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E Week India Awards
From February 9th to 16th 2013, over 500 academic institutes from the NEN community will come together across the country to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and celebrate opportunities in today's India. Every year, E Leaders and Faculty leaders from these institutes lead the show and surprise everyone with their zeal, effort and thinking to drive the E Week movement in India.
Their contribution to increasing awareness and support for entrepreneurs in India is commendable and is recognized through the E Week India Awards. Winners are those institutes that best demonstrate the spirit of E Week and provide the extraordinary leadership required to make E Week India a success.
E Week India 2013 Awards winners will be selected in 4 categories:
- E Week India Champions (6 nos.)
- E Week India Runners-Up (8 nos.)
- E Week India Honor Roll (12 nos.)
- E Week India Debut Awards (2 nos.)
Additionally, there are Special Awards winners for which will be selected in 3 categories:
- Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award (1 no.)
- Most Effective Public Awareness Campaign Award (1 no.)
- E Week@School Award (1 no.)
2. Descriptions of the Awards
All E Week India awards are given for overall excellence and leadership during E Week. They include:
- E Week India Champions
- E Week India Runners Up
- E Week India Honor Roll
- E Week India Debut Awards
All of the above are given in 2 categories: a) Institutes with less than 500 students and b) Institutes with more than 500 students
· Special Awards
Special awards are given for specific events irrespective of the student strength of the campus. The awards under this category include:
a) Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award: Given to the most creative, innovative and resourcefully designed solution/prototype that offers transformational impact and is able to indicate growth beyond conceptual stage
b) Most Effective Public Awareness Campaign Award: Given to the most creative outreach program or event reaching and directly engaging large numbers of people in E Week.
c) E Week@School Award: Given to the Member Academic Institute that engages the highest number of school students in entrepreneurship through the E Week@School activity
E Week Awards and Special Awards are given to NEN Member Institutes. Student led E Cells of NEN Member Institutes compete against each other for the Championship and other awards. In order to compete for the awards, an institute MUST:
- be an active NEN Member Institute
- have registered for E Week India 2013 Awards on the E Week Website
- have submitted the required documents in the relevant formats for evaluation
- have agreed to the terms and conditions of the award process
E Week Champions exhibit overall excellence and leadership in increasing the reach and extent of awareness in entrepreneurship and in the quality and depth of the programs. The key indicators that determine the E Week India Champions, Runners Up, Honor Roll and Debut awards include the:
- Overall high levels of awareness and buzz created around entrepreneurship and E week both on campus and in the community
- High impact from programs – programs are of high quality, innovative, creative and learning oriented
- Have high relevance to the E Week theme: Innovating for India
Special awards are built around specific events and E Cells can apply for this award separately from applying for the overall Championships. Key indicators that determine the special awards include:
a) Nilima Rovshen Creativity and Innovation Award:
Given to the most creative, innovative and resourcefully designed solution/prototype that offers transformational impact and is able to indicate growth beyond conceptual stage
b) Most Effective Public Awareness Campaign Award:
Given to the most creative outreach program or event reaching and directly engaging large numbers of people in E Week
c) E Week@School Award
Given to the Member Academic Institute that engages the highest number of school students in entrepreneurship using the E Week@School activity
Institutes participating in the E Week India 2013 Awards will be expected to submit documentation to support the above. NEN has provided documentation templates to help present the information in a structured manner for the purpose of judging. Additionally, we are looking for photographs and copies of marketing collaterals to support, validate and enhance the documentation that competing institutes provide. You can view sample materials here to help guide you through the process.
The judging process for the E Week Awards and the Special Awards includes the following:
E Cells MUST APPLY specifically for the different categories of awards that they are contending. It is fine to apply for more than 1 category. Please refer back to the award categories for details of the awards.
Application to an award includes submitting a) overall application form on behalf of the institute b) submitting details of the programs that the E Cell is running, depending upon the awards that the E Cell may be applying to.
Please refer to the E Week documentation requirements before submitting your application.
E Cells can download the Application form and the other documentation formats from the E Week India Website (www.eweekindia.org) starting January 10th, 2013.
Every application form must be filled up completely, verified and signed by the Dean or the Director of the Institute. The Institute takes responsibility for the authentication of the information submitted by the contesting teams.
Only completed application that includes, the Application form along with the required documents will be accepted for consideration for the Awards.
Step 2: Shortlist based on authenticated information from the institutes
A first shortlist of 45 contenders based on the authenticated information from the institutes is developed by a NEN Trust team panel for the E Week India Awards.
Shortlists of 5 each for the ‘2 categories of the Debut Awards’ and the ‘2 categories of the Special Award’ are developed.
Step 3: Audit of information submitted
The application submissions of each of the short-listed programs is verified and audited extensively for authenticity by the NEN Trust team.
The auditors will be looking for the following indicators:
• Actual implementation of the presented plan – you are doing what you have said.
• ‘Buzz’ or ‘energy’ on campus: there is general vibrancy around campus with lots of things happening; clear presence of E Week branding with extensive & creative use of materials; large scale participation in any given event or program; general awareness amongst students, management and faculty about E Week and entrepreneurship.
• Awareness off campus: the campaign has created large scale awareness off campus about E Week and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the program has meaningfully engaged stakeholders - directly involved the public in awareness campaigns including pledge ceremony, discussions and other activities.
• High quality of programs – this is reflected in content and delivery of the program to inspire, inform and educate; and in how well the program is organized. High quality is an outcome of thoughtful and systematic work and advance planning. Programs with higher speaker and teaching content; and first hand entrepreneurial experience generally result in higher learning and are desirable.
The audits will include:
1. On the ground verification
An NEN Trust team member will visit each campus on the short-list for E Week India Award to verify the on the ground ‘buzz’ and ‘energy’ in addition to developing a clear sense for the quality of the programs run by you.
The audit team member will use your submitted schedule of activities to decide best times to visit. The visits will be unannounced and during the visit the audit team member may choose to do one or all of the following:
a) Meet with the management
b) Look around the campus
c) Interact with the students
d) Interact with members of the audience of a specific program
2. Phone audits
In addition to the ‘on the ground audit’ one or more audit team member/s will verify the happenings on campus and information related to sponsorships etc. through phone conversations with participating speakers or sponsors or any of the organizing team members including E Leaders and Faculty leaders.
Please note: contact info of all speakers, sponsor contacts and organizers is required if you are competing for the Awards.
Step 4: Final Selection of the winners from the audited information:
The audited information will be presented to the E Week 2013 panel of judges. The panel will include senior Trust team members and entrepreneurs from the community.
Note: All contenders are encouraged to discuss ideas and plans with their NEN Consultants in advance to help them flesh out the details.
E Week India Champions, Runners up, Debut awardees, and Special awardees will receive all their trophies during the gala Awards Ceremony. They will be showcased on the E Week India Website and the NEN website. Additionally, Champions will be showcased in the DARE magazine.
Two representatives from each of the Champions, Runners up, Debut awardees and Special awardees will be flown in by the NEN Trust to receive their trophies at the E Week India Awards Ceremony in Bangalore. Of course, as many students as possible, from the institutes are encouraged to attend!
E Week Honor Roll winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. These winners will receive Plaques, which will be couriered to the Principal or Director of the Institute. The awardees will be recognized on the E Week India Website and on the NEN website.
All E Week India Awards Winners will be notified after E Week and invited to attend the Prize Giving during the Awards Ceremony in Bangalore. NEN team members will call the NEN Faculty Leaders and will e-mail both the NEN Faculty Leaders and the E Cell Leaders to let them know.