New Delhi February 3, 2017:Veteran technology journalist and publisher, Pradeep Gupta, has been honoured by government for for his role and contribution to mentoring entrepreneurs in the private sector. The Chairmand and Managing Director of CyberMedia (India) Ltd., has been awarded the Best Mentor (Private) Award at the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016, instituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
The award was given away by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The National Entrepreneurship Awards have been instituted to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country and to encourage and honour entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their remarkable efforts.
Organized for the first time this year, the awards were decided under a national jury consisting of Naina Lal Kidwai (Retired Chairman HSBC Bank), T.V Mohandas Pal (Chairman of Manipal Global Education Services), Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar (Former Director General, CSIR), Dr. MK Bhan (Former Secretary, Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India) and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (Founder of Sulabh International).
Pradeep Gupta is a first-generation entrepreneur pioneered technology publishing in India when he launched CyberMedia in 1982 at the young age of 28. A B.Tech from IIT Delhi and PGDBM from IIM Calcutta, Pradeep began his career with HCL.
The CyberMedia group publishes leading tech journals likeDataquest, DQ Channels, The DQ Week, PCQuest and Voice&Data. Cybermedia was also involved in launching one of the first entrepreneurship magazines in India, titled DARE, which has now been transformed into India’s first Electropreneur Park, an incubation and acceleration centre for electronics start-ups.
Pradeep is one of India’s earliest angel investors. He co-founded Indian Angel Network, the earliest organized angel network that continues to invest in 30-40 deals annually.
Earlier, Pradeep was the global trustee of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s largest entrepreneurial ecosystem. He was also a part Chairman of PanIIT India Association, the global IIT alumni