By Mayank Shishodia, Correspondent, DQChannels
Pradeep Gupta, CMD, Cybermedia (India) Ltd. has been recognized as the premier Mentor for entrepreneurs in the Private categories at the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016. The awards was handed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The National Entrepreneurship Awards have been introduced by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country. These awards are organized to encourage and honour the Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their remarkable efforts.
Organized for the first time this year, these awards were decided under the jurisdiction of five national Jury members Naina Lal Kidwai (Retired Chairman HSBC Bank), T.V Mohandas Pal (Chairman of Manipal Global Eduaction Services), Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar (Former Director General, CSIR), Dr. MK Bhan (Former Secretary, Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India) and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (Founder of Sulabh International).
A first-generation entrepreneur, along with his family members promoted Cybermedia in 1982. A B.Tech from IIT Delhi and PGDBM from IIM Calcutta. He is the main promoter as well as Chairman& Managing Director of Cybermedia (India) Ltd. Cybermedia Group, has media Brands including Dataquest, DQ Channels, The DQ Week, PCQuest and Voice&Data. Cybermedia is exhausting India’s first Electropreneur Park, an incubation centre for Electronics start-ups. He is also the Co-founder of Indian Angel Network, investing in 30-40 deals annually. He chairs the Alumni Trust, sponsors of IvyCap Ventures with corpus of $140mn for seriesA and on board of OOM Calcutta Innovation Park.
He was the global trustee of Tie, the World’s largest entrepreneurial ecosystem and served on Board of UTI AMC (AUM $20Bn) and its subsidiary UTI Capital, IIT Mandi and FITT. He was also a part Chairman of PanIIT India Association.
The other award winners are as follows:
Entrepreneurship Education : National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs, Karnatka
Incubation: TREC-STEP, Trichy
Mentor-Private: Pradeep Gupta
Mentor-Government: Harkesh Mittal