VCCircle Awards 2016

Over the years, VCCircle Awards have become the pre-eminent honour for startups as well as private equity and venture capital firms in India. The awards, year on year, recognise companies and entrepreneurs who have created outstanding shareholder value, changed the industry they operate in and showed sustainable performance.

The VCCircle Network’s 5th edition of VCCircle Awards 2016 was held on March 9, 2016, at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, along with VCCircle’s flagship Limited Partners Summit.

Adding value to the awards evening was an exclusive gathering of more than 300 CEOs, prominent international and domestic private equity fund managers, limited partners, and top executives of investment banks, accounting firms and law firms.

The awards were given in 12 categories, ranging from Consumer Internet Company of the Year to Startup of the Year. Winners were chosen by an elite jury put together by India Inc. and felicitated with honor.

Award Winners

» Startup of the yearDelhivery Pvt. Ltd. (Delhivery)

» Dealmaker of the yearJai Pharma Ltd. - Mylan Inc.

» Fundraiser of the year - Private EquityIndium Fund V - India Value Fund Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

» Fundraiser of the year - Venture Capital Kalaari Capital Partners III LLC - Kalaari Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

» Exit of the yearMankind Pharma Ltd. - ChrysCapital IV LLC

» Law firm of the yearAZB & Partners

» Investment bank of the year for PE/VCAvendus Capital Pvt. Ltd.

» Consumer internet company of the yearSupermarket Grocery Supplies Pvt. Ltd. (

» Healthcare company of the yearRainbow Children's Medicare Pvt. Ltd.

» Financial services company of the yearJanalakshmi Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.

» Education company of the yearByju's - The Learning App

» Jury Special Award for Innovative Business Model of the year Star AgriWarehousing and Collateral Management Ltd.

JURY 2016

Roopa Kudva
(Jury Chairperson)
Omidyar Network India Advisors

Anjali Bansal
Partner, TPG

Ireena Vittal
Indian agriculture
& urban change

Gopal Srinivasan
Chairman & MD
TVS Capital Funds Limited

Valerie Rozycki Wagoner
Founder & CEO, ZipDial
Senior Director of Growth, Twitter


The nominations were screened to shortlist the top contenders in each category. The shortlisted nominations were then scrutinised for performance and compared against industry-specific benchmarks and peer group performance.

Financial performance was judged on a range of rigorous parameters including growth in revenue and profitability, and return on investment. Companies were also assessed on qualitative aspects such as brand value, existing and estimated market share, business models, and impact of products on the industry and the economy.

The qualifying nominations (and their detailed information dockets) in each category were shared with the jury members. The jury debated and decided on the winners with help from VCCircle and VCCEdge team.

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