Express Awards for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

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The 2nd edition of the Express AWE awards, organised by the Express Group and FICCI FLO, will recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by India’s leading women entrepreneurs. Whose innovative approach and ground-breaking ideas have resulted in positive changes in India’s business and social ecosystems. Moving beyond ‘empowerment,’ the platform seeks to recognise and enable women leaders and achievers who have created new possibilities for themselves.


Celebrate the achievements of today’s women entrepreneurs

Establish a network of like-minded individuals

Inspire the next generation of innovators and change makers

Stages of the Program

Awards Categories

We invite entries of individuals from both established organisations and rising businesses in the following eight industry verticals


who have identified niche growth opportunities in the e-commerce space or who could innovate and use the power of this medium to ensure consumer gains while also being transformative for the business


who have leveraged technology to create impactful solutions for a sector or found an innovative way to solve a difficult problem. The result could benefit users in any industry

Social Impact

who have used their entrepreneurial skills to create business models that positively impact our lives or who have made a material difference in addressing a social problem. However, it must be a sustainable solution or service that can be scaled and has attracted takers - either through impact numbers or the ability to sell the model and raise funds

Education & Skill Development

Individuals who have been able to evolve and stay in sync with changing needs in the education space and have developed transformative, sustainable, and scalable models and solutions in this space

Health & Wellness

Individuals who identified opportunities in the health and wellness space and developed innovative, sustainable, and scalable solutions, leveraging technology and skills appropriately to materially impact clinical outcomes

Media & Entertainment

Individuals who own businesses in the Indian creative industry and have carved out a niche, with a clear USP, that has produced results and is able to attract customers/investors

Fashion & Lifestyle

Individuals who have been able to pivot their businesses or develop innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions or services with a clear USP that takes into account changing consumer aspirations


Individuals who have been able to clearly demonstrate a USP that has helped it prevail in times that had upended the sector and is not just an also-ran. Participants must clearly demonstrable outcomes that is finding takers -customers/ investors

Jury Awards

What’s more, the jury will confer three additional awards in recognition of outstanding and inspiring work by women entrepreneurs in India who have gone above and beyond to achieve the extraordinary!

Lifetime Achievement

Legacy Spin-off

Newsmaker of the Year

Promising FICCI-FLO Entrepreneur

Why to Participate

Boost your organisation’s reputation, setting you "apart from the crowd”
Winning this prestigious award also gives your people a morale boost and confidence about the future of their organization
If you are a young company, winning awards can signal to the world that you are building a company that is making a difference
For more established players, business achievements and awards not only showcase your heritage, but also prove that you are still dynamic and innovative

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sole proprietorship, partnership, public company, private company, HUF, or trust organisation registered in India
  • Entrepreneurs who have made a significant contribution to their industry sector in the previous year as of September 30, 2022
  • Participants applying in the organisation segment:- The company must have been in existence for at least 9 years as of September 30, 2022
  • Participants applying in the emerging business segment:- The company must have been in existence for at least two years and no more than nine years as of September 30, 2022

Methodology & Evaluation Parameters

To select finalists from the list of entries, an equitable judging committee comprised of relevant industry experts, experienced businessmen, and academic leaders has been appointed. This industry-specific Jury panel will evaluate entries using a uniform 20% weightage for each of the evaluation parameters listed below






Following the scoring of the entries, nominees will be shortlisted, and finalists will be chosen for each category


  • Nominations close on

    31 December 2022

  • Jury meet

    3rd week of January 2023

  • Award Ceremony in

    2nd week of March 2023


Supporting Partner

Winners of Previous Edition

Rising Segment Winners

Education & Skill Development

Supriya Paul


Fashion & Lifestyle

Akanksha Arora

CEO Tribe Amrapali

Health & Wellness

Rupal Mehta

Founder & CEO MedMarvel Software Solutions

Media & Entertainment

DVL Padma Priya

Co-Founder & Editorial Lead Suno India

Social Impact

Ishita Sharma

Founder & CEO MukkaMaar


Jyoti Sudhir

Director & COO InventIndia Innovations


Pallavi Utagi

Founder & CEO SuperBottoms

Travel & Hospitality

Pallavi Agarwal

Founder & CEO GoStops Hospitality Pvt Ltd

Established Segment Winners

Education & Skill Development

Divya Gokulnath

Co-Founder Byju’s

Fashion & Lifestyle

Anita Dongre

Founder House of Anita Dongre

Health & Wellness

Ameera Shah

Managing Director Metropolis Healthcare

Social Impact

Chetna Sinha

Founder Mann Deshi Bank

Media & Entertainment

Shradha Sharma

Founder & Chief Editor YourStory media


Pallavi Utagi

Founder & CEO SuperBottoms


Anu Acharya

Founder & CEO Mapmygenome

Food & Beverages

Rajni Bector

Founder & Chairperson Emeritus Mrs Bectors Food Specialities

Special Award Winners

FICCI-FLO Excellence Award

Shobhana Bhartia

Chairperson & Editorial Director HT Media Limited

Legacy Spin-Off

Lavanya Nalli

Chairperson Nalli Group of Companies

Newsmaker of the Year

Falguni Nayar

Founder CEO Nykaa

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anu Aga

Former Chairperson Thermax

Contact Us

Partnership & Alliances

Omar Farooq
+91 99587 04610

Nomination Inquiries

Vibhav Sharma
+91 9005224111

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FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), the women’s wing of the apex chamber ‘Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’ (FICCI) was founded in the year 1983 and is the oldest women’s business chamber in Southeast Asia. FICCI-FLO represents over 8000 women entrepreneurs and professionals across 18 chapters nationally and impacts the lives of thousands every year through its work. FLO works aggressively towards promoting economic empowerment & equal opportunities for women across sectors and verticals of the economy, for a truly inclusive economic growth trajectory.