Entrepreneur Excellence Awards

Our Partners - Pune Eat Outs and J4E Just for Entrepreneurs

Are you a food business owner from Pune or PCMC and have an inspiring story to share? Nominate yourself for the Entrepreneur Excellence Awards today!
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Last date to fill the application form is 10 January 2022

About the Awards

Small businesses are the backbone of the Indian economy. Despite immense hardships faced over the last two years, they have constantly adapted to change and met challenges with courage. Through the ashes of the pandemic, we’ve seen several phoenix businesses rise! deAsra recognises the need to appreciate the efforts of such ventures and takes the opportunity to felicitate them at our annual flagship event - the Entrepreneur Excellence Awards.

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Exciting Rewards

Cash award of Rs. 20,000 to each of the five winners
Story of each of the five winners to be published in deAsra’s e-magazine Yashaswi Udyojak

Program Highlights

  • 5 entrepreneurs from Pune or Pimpri Chinchwad (PCMC) with inspiring stories from the food and allied industries will be rewarded with exciting prizes
  • They will be felicitated by Dr. Anand Deshpande (Founder, Chairman & MD of Persistent Systems, and Founder of deAsra Foundation), and get a chance to interact with him
  • Everyone who participates and shares an inspiring story will enjoy publicity across deAsra’s social media channels
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Our Partners

Pune Eat Outs

With an ever-growing strength of over 1.9 lakh members, Pune Eat Outs has been instrumental in shaping the social food ecosystem, as we see it today. With its presence online as Pune’s most loved community and a very strong connect with restaurants and foodies alike, PEO is a one-stop place for everything and anything about food.

J4E Just for Entrepreneurs

Just 4 Entrepreneurs is often referred to as J4E, which is a socio-commercial enterprise started by Vishal Methi in 2015. The vision behind this journey has been to create an eco-system of entrepreneurs where everyone gets an opportunity to network, share their ideas and seek solutions for their challenges.

Jury Members

Kishor Sarpotdar

Proprietor at Sarpotdar Caterers

Kishor Sarpotdar is the Proprietor at Sarpotdar Caterers. Mr. Sarpotdar scaled up Sarpotdar Caterers from a 2 person start up to 1000 people with 25 Cr revenue company in 5 years and is the Pioneer of food festivals of India

Dr Anand Godse

Consulting health psychologist, a doctorate in Suryanamaskar and mental health

Dr Anand Godse leads the entrepreneur program at deAsra. He has more than 12 years of experience in teaching, training, research, coaching and counselling. He has facilitated more than 1000 drum circles with more than 350 organizations and has conducted around 150 training programs.

Aniruddha Patil

Founder of Pune Eat Outs

Aniruddha Patil is the founder of Pune Eat Outs - a pioneer food community in India, since 2005. With a decade's-worth of global experience and a past in the corporate world, he is now building hyperlocal human business models that revolve around people and food in Pune. A jury member of national-level food awards, an avid traveller and a mentor to many, Aniruddha has been helping local businesses start and sustain themselves. In 2015, he launched the first F&B incentive program while in 2020 (in the midst of the pandemic), he introduced - a Zero Commission Food Ordering Model.


The Entrepreneur Excellence Awards is an effort to recognise, appreciate and felicitate 5 resilient entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges and still managed to grow their businesses.

Any entrepreneur over the age of 18 who fits the eligibility criteria  and follows the terms and conditions of the program, may participate.

  • Business Domain: Food and allied sectors
    For example: Food production – packaged snacks, spice/pickle/jam making, confectionery products & services – catering, tiffin services, mess, snacks centres, small cafes, etc.
  • Business Location: Pune or Pimpri Chinchwad (PCMC)
  • Growth in spite of adversity: For those who have overcome challenges, sustained and grown their businesses in the face of adversity.

Apply by clicking on the label ‘Apply Now’ and filling the application form.

  • Application period: 14 to 31 December 2021
  • Entrepreneur Excellence Awards ceremony : TBD
  • YouTube Live date: TBD

No. You must be a business owner with at least 1 year experience in the same business prior to December 2021.

Yes. Submissions are open from 14 to 31 December 2021.

Yes, you may register with both, provided you have at least 1 year’s experience in both businesses prior to December 2021.

Your application will be reviewed and analysed by our panel of experts. Interviews will be conducted to shortlist and eventually select our top 5 winners.

Disclaimer: deAsra Foundation (including their staff and agents) are the (“Organiser(s)”) of the Entrepreneur Excellence Awards, 2021. (“Award(s)”). The Award is presented in good faith, by following a transparent, fair, and objective evaluation process and the Organisers retain the discretion and right to evaluate, nominate and select winners for the Awards. Organisers further reserve the right to reject or entertain any disputes and the decision of the Organisers shall be final in all matters relating to the Awards.
The Awards are finalised as per the information collected, received, and processed for the limited purpose of evaluating the winners. The information collected for the purposes of the Award has no legal, tax or financial issues, etc. nor is the Organiser concerned with any legal dispute or non-compliance of the applicants.
The Award and the associated accolades presented by the Organisers are meant for appreciating entrepreneur’s contribution in the food industry, but are not guarantees, assurances or acceptance of any obligation/liability on the Organisers part. Further, Organiser provides no warranty, makes no statement or representation, express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information contained herein, and in so far as permitted by law, shall not have any legal liability (including liability for negligence) for any loss or damage which may result, whether directly or indirectly, from the provision or use of such information.