Government of India honors Pradeep Gupta with Best Entrepreneur Mentor Award

Bangalore, February 3, 2017 Pradeep Gupta, CMD, CyberMedia (India) Ltd., has been recognized and awarded the Best Mentor (Private) for his role and contribution to mentoring entrepreneurs in the private sector at the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016, instituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The award was given by Shri. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the presence of Home Minister Shri. Rajnath Singh. During the ceremony, an overview of MSDE’s entrepreneurship initiatives was outlined by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Home Minister Rajnath Singh in his speech highlighted the role of entrepreneurship in making India a leading economy globally. He also congratulated the winners and praised them for their exceptional achievements.

The National Entrepreneurship Awards have been instituted to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country and to encourage and honour entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their remarkable efforts.

Organized for the first time this year, the awards were decided under a national jury of five luminaries from diverse fields. The jury comprised Naina Lal Kidwai (Retired Chairman HSBC Bank), T.V Mohandas Pal (Chairman of Manipal Global Education 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).

PradeepGupta is a first-generation entrepreneur pioneered technology publishing inIndia when he launched CyberMedia in 1982 at the young age of 28. A B.Tech fromIIT Delhi and PGDBM from IIM Calcutta, Pradeep began his career with HCL. TheCyberMedia group publishes media brands that include Dataquest, DQ Channels,The DQ Week, PCQuest and Voice&Data. Cybermedia was also involved inlaunching one of the first entrepreneurship magazines in India, titled DARE,which has now been transformed into India’s first Electropreneur Park, an incubationand acceleration centre for electronics start-ups.

Pradeep isone of India’s earliest angel investors. He co-founded Indian Angel Network,the earliest organized angel network that continues to invest in 30-40 dealsannually. A Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Delhi, Pradeep also chairs the AlumniTrust, sponsors of IvyCap Ventures with corpus of $140mn for Series A and is onthe board of OOM Calcutta Innovation Park.

Earlier,Pradeep was the global trustee of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s largestentrepreneurial ecosystem. He also served on the Board of UTI AMC (AUM $20Bn)and its subsidiary UTI Capital, IIT Mandi and FITT. He was also a part Chairmanof PanIIT India Association, the global IIT alumni association.


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