presents “The Most Popular Entrepreneur Challenge 09” – the first of its kind online community driven contest sponsored by Sun Startup Essentials


15 August 2009:, India’s leading online media and networking platform for first generation entrepreneurs in collaboration with Sun Startup Essentials, a division of Sun Microsystems is launching “The Most Popular Entrepreneur Challenge 09”, an online contest for entrepreneurs that measures their popularity and zest. Supporting the initiative as partners are Mumbai Angel Network, Times Private Treaties, Morpheus Venture Partners, Yuva Magazine, Aikon Labs, Leverage – IIMA, EDC IIT Delhi, Clearpath Technology, LS Solutions and a new concept from iDuple called The Startup Garage

The month long contest will run from 1 Sep, 2009 to 30 Sep 2009 and will be conducted entirely online. Inviting registrations beginning from August 15, 2009, Shradha Sharma, founder said that “this is a unique contest in the fact that for the first time the winning metric is solely judged on the business acumen and networking abilities of the entrepreneurs. We are doing away with the more traditional competition parameters of judging business model viability, revenue growth rates, profitability and so on. The essence behind launching this contest is to celebrate and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship without passing any so-called expert views on the various business models adopted. The contest is completely online and one hundred percent community driven.”

The Most Popular Entrepreneur Challenge 09 is part of a series of initiatives being undertaken by in order to provide young entrepreneurs meaningful visibility and networking opportunities in a bid to build up a strong nation-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem. “As we celebrate our 62ndanniversary of independence, we believe that in order to fulfil Pandit Nehru’s vision of creating a ‘prosperous and progressive nation, by creating economic institutions that ensure fullness of life’ it is vital that entrepreneurs get a much-needed boost early on in their entrepreneurial journey.’, said Karthik Reddy, Vice President, Times Private Treaties.


The winner of the contest will walk away with a bouquet of prizes that include a cash prize of Rs 50,000, mentoring by Mumbai Angel Network, Times Private Treaties (part of the Bennett Coleman Group) Planet Aikon and Morpheus Venture Partners, nation-wide coverage and publicity by Yuva magazine, a two month search engine optimization programme by Clearpath Technology worth Rs 25,000, free web development by LS Solutions and a 6 month long software and application access from The Startup Garage.


About is an online media and networking platform for first generation Indian entrepreneurs. is committed to providing visibility and meaningful networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, start ups and all the self made professionals from across India. As the fastest growing platform for entrepreneurs in India, constantly undertakes initiatives that help entrepreneurs in their journey.

About Sun Startup Essentials

The Sun Startup Essentials program is designed for startups that dream big. With funding assistance, deep discounts on power efficient servers and storage products, massively scalable Web hosting services, plus free training, technical advice, and co-marketing opportunities, Sun Startup Essentials can help you shine.

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