Categories

We have 7 Global Startup Awards Baseline Categories, 7 SAARC Vertical Categories and 7 Special Mention Categories under Individuals, Startups and Ecosystem Supporters. Special Mention Categories will get an automatic upgrade to SAARC Vertical Category based on the traction for nominations. Come become a legend!

GSA BASELINE CATEGORIES
These categories are all uniform across the Global Startup Awards regions including the Nordic, Central Europe and ASEAN. These categories have the chance of becoming part of the Global Grand Finale which will be a place for all regions under GSA to come together. We have 6 baseline categories and an additional category based on public votes called "People's Choice"

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  • Startup Of The Year

    Startup Of The Year

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, impact, sales, with their product and/or services.

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with their product/service.

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    INDIVIDUAL SEGMENT

    Description

    A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth and/or sales, funds raised, uniqueness and/or impact of the product/service, leadership and his/her impact in the ecosystem.

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTER SEGMENT

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be for example as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.

  • Best Coworking Space

    Best Coworking Space

    ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTER SEGMENT

    Description

    A coworking space/maker space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.

  • Best Accelerator Program

    Best Accelerator Program

    ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTER SEGMENT

    Description

    A fixed short-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

GSA SAARC VERTICAL CATEGORIES
These categories are specific to SAARC region and identified based on the relevance of the existing ecosystem and their activities. We have 7 vertical categories.

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  • Best Social Impact Startup

    Best Social Impact Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, and/or environmental issues aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Best FinTech Startup

    Best FinTech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service to support or enable banking and financial services.

  • Best Student Startup

    Best Student Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup founded by a student that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with or without support from an educational institution/incubator/accelerator.

  • Best Deep Tech Startup

    Best Deep Tech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product / service built with cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, chip design, IoT and wearables. The startup shouldn't use technology that is commonly available in form of public or semi-public APIs for their primary offering.

  • Best Health Tech Startup

    Best Health Tech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that uses technology to keep people healthier and/or improve the ability to diagnose and treat illness.

  • Best Incubation Program

    Best Incubation Program

    ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTER SEGMENT

    Description

    An Incubation program that is a unique and highly flexible with combination of business development processes, infrastructure, seed funding and people designed to nurture new and small startups/individuals by helping them to survive and grow through the difficult and vulnerable early stages of development.

  • Best Startup Journalist

    Best Startup Journalist

    ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTER SEGMENT

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed passion for the startup scene by providing insightful and impacting coverage as either a blogger or a journalist. It could be based on stories shared with impact, original/creative angles, perseverance interest in the topic.

GSA SPECIAL MENTION CATEGORIES
These categories are specific to SAARC region and identified based on the relevance of the existing ecosystem and their activities, but was added with consensus that we will graduate a special mention to GSA Vertical based on the traction we receive on nominations. We have 7 special mention categories.

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  • Best Space Startup

    Best Space Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that uses technology which is on the leading edge of space research and sciences.

  • Best Biotech Startup

    Best Biotech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that uses technologies like CRISPR and its likes, who are leading biotech R&D that target life sciences, healthcare and agricultural development.

  • Best AgriTech Startup

    Best AgriTech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that target agricultural development and productivity.

  • Best EduTech Startup

    Best EduTech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service that has improved the education sector by either enhancing the existing system or providing a complete alternative.

  • Best Fashion Tech Startup

    Best Fashion Tech Startup

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a seamless integration of technology (which can be electronic or functional behaviour of material) by using some of the best textile manufacturing techniques or the best R&D in providing a sustainable alternative to clothing.

  • Best Smart City Solution

    Best Smart City Solution

    STARTUP SEGMENT

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions or products that target better connectivity, digitalization and managing the city infrastructure in urban development.

  • Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

    Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

    ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTER SEGMENT

    Description

    A startup ecosystem initiative can be an event, a program, a project, an agenda etc. initiated by individuals, community building organisations, corporates & government that has empowered and supported entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.

Definitions

Startup
A company with up to 5 years of age which uses technology/software in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

Founder
An individual that has founded a startup company which uses technology in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

Investor
An individual or company who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Coworking Space
A flexible shared working environment for fast-growth tech companies, that offers services, support and resources through memberships to accelerate business growth, with an eye on innovation.

Accelerator
A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Impact
To change the name of the game and the way things are “normally” done.

Innovation
Activities that contribute to the research, development and design of new products, services or techniques, or to improving existing products, and generates new technological knowledge.

Growth
Growth in the form of employees, countries to operate, number of users etc.