Leaders of Tomorrow Awards - Rules & Regulations

1. Definitions

Awards Leaders of Tomorrow 2021
Owner of the Awards Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL)
Awards Management Personnel fromBennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or appointed/engaged by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL)who are responsible for the conduct of the Awards
Applicant Any organization / person that sends in an application to participate in the Awards as per the rules & regulations, or is nominated by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL)to participate in the Awards
Nominee An organization short-listed to be evaluated by the Final jury
Final jury Group of persons with subject matter expertise appointed/ engaged by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) to select the winners
Rules These rules and regulations governing the Awards, as amended from time to time

► These rules & regulations are applicable to and govern the “Leaders of Tomorrow 2021” organized and conducted by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL)

► By participating in the Awards, Participant agrees to abide by and be bound by these Rules. These Rules & regulations may be modified without any prior notification. Participant is advised to regularly review these Rules. If there is any disagreement with any of the Rules & regulations and any amendments thereto, Participant must not participate or withdraw application from the Awards

2. Awards Objective

The objective of the award is to recognise and reward the contribution of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and stat upsfor their contribution to the economy in India

3. Award segments and categories

Sr. Categories No. of Awards
MSME Segment – Product/Service
1 Personal care & Hygiene products 1
2 Electrical & Electronics 1
3 Technology – IT/ITES & telecommunication 1
4 Automobiles & OEM 1
5 Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare 1
6 Packaged foods and beverages 1
7 Clothing & Apparel 1
8 Travel & Hospitality 1
9 Education 1
10 Logistic & Service delivery 1
Start-up Segment – Product/Service
11 Food tech 1
12 Energy & Environment 1
13 EdTech & Skill development 1
14 Consumer tech 1
15 E-commerce 1
16 Fintech 1
17 Health & Wellness 1
18 Logistic & Service delivery 1
19 Gaming 1
Special/Editorial Segment
20 Wealth First Creator of the Year Award 1
21 Youth Icon Award of the Year 1
22 Entrepreneur of the Year 1
  TOTAL 22

• The Award categories may be changed / modified / split / merged / increased or cancelled by the Jury based on the number and quality of entries received in each category.

• If no Participant in a category is found to be worthy of inclusion by the Jury, the Award category may be cancelled by the Jury. The Jury may decide to add nominees in the category to maintain high standards of participation. The decision of the Jury in this regard will be final and non-contestable. The Awards management will not entertain any queries in this regard

4. Eligibility criteria for participation in the Awards


• India registered sole proprietorship, partnership, public company, private company, HUF or trust SMEs

• The organization must have been incorporated and should have more than 2 complete years of operations in India as on March 31, 2021

• The participant must submit their organization’s certificate of incorporation or partnership deed

• Manufacturing and service enterprises earning annual turnover of up to INR. 250 Crores in any of the preceding financial years (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21)

• The entity must have hold a valid MSME certificate

• All the shortlisted participants; whenever requested by awards management, have to submit the duly attested copies of audited financial proofs of last three years in the form of balance sheet and profit and loss statements as mentioned in the application form

• A nominee can send entries in more than one award category provided the applications are for different projects/initiatives. Please use a separate form for each project


• The organization must have been incorporated and should have minimum 1 to maximum 10 years of completed operations in India as on March 31, 2021

• Turnover of the entity for any of the financial years since incorporation/ registration has not exceeded INR 100 Crores

• The entity should be a DPIIT-recognized start-up. The entity must submit their certificate of incorporation or partnership deed

General eligibility criteria (applicable across segments)

• The initiative entered for the awards must be already implemented and should not be in a planning or conceptualizing stage

• An organization cannot participate on behalf of its sister units, parent organization or other organizations under the parent organization

• Employees of BCCL, sponsors and partners of the awards are not allowed to participate in the Awards

• The final eligibility of the Nominee will be subject to the discretion and approval of Awards management

• If at any time, including after the conclusion of any of the Award ceremonies, any information provided by any Nominee(s), is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the Nominee will be liable to be disqualified and / or return the Award and the monetary emoluments provided to the Nominee under this Award, if any


• The Jury may modify the eligibility criteria from time to time with retrospective effect

• The Jury holds the right to disqualify any application which does not meet the eligibility criteria without assigning any reason whatsoever

5. Completeness of entries and disqualification

• Applicants can apply across all categories and send multiple entries with different initiative /project in a category. A separate form must be used for each entry

• Application forms must be filled in English only

• The application form needs to be complete in all respects

• Disqualification of entries is at the sole discretion of jury, on a case by case basis. The said disqualification will be as per the rules and regulations defined for the awards.

• If at any time, any information provided by an applicant is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the applicant will be disqualified from the awards

• If after the conclusion of the awards ceremony, any information provided by any applicant is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the applicant will be liable to return the award/ prize money provided to the applicant under these awards

• Determination of whether information provided by the applicant is incorrect or not is at jury’s discretion

• The jury has the right to ask for documentary proof of information provided/ audit the information provided. If such a request is made and the applicant does not comply within 3 days from the date the request is made, the applicant would be disqualified from the awards

6. Call for Entries & Participation

• • Applicant can apply for the Awards by submitting the completed application form on the website lotawards.com

• An Applicant can provide more than one entry in an Award category if the entries are for different initiatives. A separate application form must be used for each initiative

• The Jury has right to reclassify Application Forms from one award category to another, at its discretion. This is not contestable in any manner

7. Receipt of entries

• A participant can apply for the Awards by logging on to the website Lotawards.com and filling the application form online and attach the supporting documents along with the application form directly on the website

• Receipt of application forms after last date of receipt specified may be permitted only at the discretion of the awards management

• Awards management will not be responsible for application forms that are received in an incorrect format / late / corrupt file etc.

8. Additional Information

• Participants may be contacted for any additional information or / and conduct field visit to verify the information provided. Such information sourced from the Participants will become part of the original application

• Awards Management has the right to ask for documentary proof of information. If such a request is made and the Participant does not comply within 3 working days from the date the request is made, the Participant may be disqualified from participation in the Awards

• Information provided by the Participant will be confidential and will be used only for the limited purpose of evaluating the Participant’s entry to these Awards

• Awards Management or team appointed by Awards Management will try to contact the Participant on best effort basis by any means deemed appropriate

• In the event it is not possible to contact any Participant to obtain information on them, interview them, etc. such Participant may be disqualified from further participation

• The participant hereby irrevocably authorizes the Awards Management to use the data gathered during and/or the Awards in respect of the participants. This shall be the property of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (“BCCL”) and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) shall be entitled to use the same in its communications including marketing promotions and advertisements along with/without Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”)brand. Awards Management shall not be liable in any manner for any mishap, accident, injury or damages etc. of whatsoever nature, caused to the participants during the Awards. Further, Awards Management shall not be liable in any manner for any loss, damage, theft, or any other mishap caused during the Awards

9. Determination of the Winners

• The final jury will score / rank the Nominees on predefined evaluation parameters, based on the application form / presentation submitted by the participants

• There could be one or more winners in each award category, at the discretion of the Jury

• The determination of who should receive an award for any award category rests with the Jury

• The Jury’s decision is final and binding on all nominees

10. General

• Participant agrees that the Participant is legally capable of entering and, if selected, participating in the Awards and agree to the Rules

• Participant understands and agrees that merely participating in this Awards does not entitle the Participant to a prize or to any other form of consideration

• Participant warrants and represents to the Awards Management that all information including any communications, software, photos, text, video, graphics, music, sounds, images and other material submitted or recorded in any manner by the Participant or the partners of Awards Management including Awards Management for consideration for the Awards are solely owned by the Awards Management and do not infringe upon any other individual or organizational rights (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights). Participant shall be completely responsible for handling any infringement or alleged infringement and shall indemnify the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”), and the Awards Management from any claims, costs or damages from infringement or alleged infringement of the logo or trademark or the defence of a claim or any costs payable thereof

• Participant must enter the Awards at their own will and the Awards Management are not in any way obligated or liable for any loss or costs that the Participant may suffer or incur and nothing is payable to the Participants for participating in the Awards or any event prior to or following the Awards

• Participants for the purpose of entering the Awards, automatically grants Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) a royalty-free, irrevocable, worldwide, non-transferable, non-exclusive right and license to use and display such entry, for participation in the Awards, and any intellectual property in relation to and arising out of such participation in the Awards and footage thereof, which shall include trade publications, press releases, electronic posting to the Website, the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) website in any display format selected by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) during the Awards or use by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”)as it deems fit.

• The Awards Management reserves the right to, at its discretion, withdraw or amend or add to the Rules & Regulations of the Awards at any time, with prospective or retrospective effect, and does not take responsibility for any loss or damage that any individual or organization may suffer as a result of participating or attempting to participate in the Awards, the Awards being withdrawn, or its rules amended

• Should a Participant wish to withdraw from the Awards, kindly inform Awards management in writing at any time up to one week prior to the final awards ceremony

• All disputes relating to or arising out of the Awards shall be subject to the laws of India, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of competent jurisdiction at Mumbai, India

• The Participants indemnify Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”), its employees, officers, contractors, partner or other persons used by them in relation to this Awards and hold them harmless against any loss, claim, demands, costs, damages, judgments, expenses or liability (including legal costs) arising out of or in connection with any or all claims, that may be brought against the Awards Management by any third party in connection with the Participants participation in or winning the Awards, which is inconsistent with any of the warranties and representations made by the Participants, or due to breach of these Rules and shall reimburse Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) for any loss, costs, expense, or damage to which said indemnity applies. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) shall give the Participant prompt written notice of any claim or actions covered by this indemnity, and the Participant shall have the right, at its own expense, to participate in any such action

• Decision of Awards Management on all matters is final and binding on all Participants and no correspondence will be entertained on the same

• In the event these Rules & Regulations do not cover any question or complaint in relation to the Awards, the same will be concluded on by the Awards Management (for all other issues) or an independent body or legal team as appointed by the Awards Management and deemed necessary

• The Participant agrees to give full consent unconditionally for Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) to share any information provided by the Participant with agencies working with them with regards to the program, its recording and broadcasting and related activities including agencies involved with Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”)

• The decision of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) in relation to the interpretation of any of these Rules & Regulations shall be final and binding on the participants

• If Participants are unclear as to the Rules & Regulations or any element of the Awards or have any queries/concerns pertaining to the Awards, they can write in with their questions, concerns or queries to the concerned person details in the contact us section

• Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) shall endeavour to the best of its ability to respond thereto.

11. Speaking to the media and third persons

• None of the Participants shall, without the prior written approval of the Organizers, speak to the press or any other media or any third person, nor give any interviews or comments relating to the awards process or any aspect of the awards or write blogs, post any messages in social networking or any social media platforms. The Participant(s) shall not disclose any information whatsoever relating to the Organizers to any other party. Violation of this clause shall immediately disqualify the Participant’s prospects of further participation.

• The Participant(s) shall always keep confidential the selection process and all details regarding the awards including shortlisting which he/she might be informed of or which he/she might learn or come to know of as a Participant(s) or as a short-listed potential candidate.

12. Website

• The website is only an informational lotawards.com (the “Website”) for the Awards. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (“BCCL”) is not liable or responsible for any action or decision taken by Participant or anyone acting on Participant’s behalf or under Participant employment or under contract with Participant. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) shall not be under any obligation to Participant and Participant shall have no obligation or rights in relation to the Awards and shall have no claims whatsoever against the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) relating to the selection process or the running of the Awards

• Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd(“BCCL”) shall not be responsible for:

  • i. any delivery, failures relating to the registration or uploading videos/presentations;
  • ii. any SPAM generated messages as result of Participant accessing the Website;
  • iii. Awards Management not receiving or rejecting any data;
  • iv. any lost, late or misdirected computer transmission or network, electronic failures of any kind or any failure to receive entries owing to transmission failures or due to any technical reasons and
  • v. Other conditions/situations or failures beyond its control.

13. Disclaimers

• Awards Management has no obligation to screen the entry material in advance and is not responsible for monitoring entries for preventing violation of intellectual property ownership rights, or violations of any law, rule or regulation. If Awards Management is notified of submissions or materials that may not conform to the Rules, it may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and in its sole discretion whether to eliminate such an entry from consideration. The Awards Management has no liability or responsibility to Participants or other users of the Website for performance or non-performance of such activities.


To participate in the event, you have to accept the declaration form while registering.
  • I /We for and on behalf of my/ our Organization declare to have read and understood the rules & regulations governing the Leaders of Tomorrow – Awards, 2021 and voluntarily express our interest in participating in the Event.
  • I/We declare that all information submitted as part of our application is true and accurate. We understand that any kind of misrepresentation/ false claims could lead to disqualification at any point of evaluation during the course of the Leaders of Tomorrow – Awards, 2021
  • I/We declare that we are Indian citizens currently residing in India.
  • I/We declare that the Promoters and Key Managerial Personnel of the participating entity and the participant entity itself are not subject to any litigations or disqualifications by any court of law or regulatory authorities.
  • We authorize ET Now / ZENL / BCCL to use the content submitted as part of my/our entry, in whole or in part and use and display such entry, which shall include trade publications, press releases, electronic posting on the Awards website, electronic hyperlinks to the website of the Participant, and any display format selected by ET Now/ ZENL/ BCCL during the Winning Pitch or at a later point in time.
  • I/ We further declare and confirm that (i) the decision taken by the investors and/or BCCL will be final and binding and we shall not raise or make any claims, allegations or action in respect of the same and the event or any part thereof against the investors and/or BCCL, its channels, directors, managements, employees, agents or authorized representatives. (ii) we shall not make any statements, claims or press releases, in any manner, directly or through any third party, on any public platform including any social media or any other online media in respect of our participation, selection and shortlisting or winning (as the case may be) relating to the event and that such act may lead to disqualification

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