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It was less than a year ago that Dell Technologies, in collaboration with Moneycontrol and CNBC TV-18 launched, The Challengers, a campaign to enable Small Businesses (SBs) to re-imagine their enterprises through a digital lens to develop business agility, build resilience and internalise innovation.

We came across several inspiring stories of IT innovators who challenged everything and stopped at nothing to delight their customers, more so during the last two years. With technological and digital prowess, they managed to compress a decade’s worth of changes to trigger unexpected growth. Far from letting the business slip into oblivion, they re-invented it by deploying digital tools and turned the tide against market upheavals.

They have deservedly earned our admiration. And we at Dell Technologies, want to concretise this admiration into solid recognition. Hence, in collaboration with Moneycontrol, CNBC TV18, we have launched THE CHALLENGERS AWARDS – Lauding Exemplary IT innovators in Small Businesses along with our Process Advisors Ernst & Young.A first of its kind, these awards will recognise the IT heroes and their teams, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to secure a stable footing for their businesses. They are the Challengers, who will #StopAtNothing and rise up to a challenge, anytime!

The Timeline


Last Date for Application Submission

May. 15

Announcement of Qualified Entries

May. 20

Jury Round

June. 17

Final Awards Night

June. 2022

Awards Categories

Healthcare & Life science

Small businesses who provide services in the health and wellness space, leveraged technology and skills appropriately to materially impact clinical outcomes, life science solutions, etc. can apply

Technology – IT/ITES & telecommunication

Small businesses which are hired on contract for providing operations and responsibilities of specific business functions (or processes) to a third-party service provider, online retail portals and telecom companies that traditionally provide telephone and similar services. It also includes broadband and VAS services provided to customers etc. can apply

Energy, OEM/industrial products

Small businesses with solutions that focuses on clean energy storage, battery storage, waste management, industrial products, other equipment manufacturers, etc. can apply

Travel, Logistics & supply chain

Small businesses involved in the transportation of movement of materials to the end consumer as well as their storage in a warehouse, travel agencies, tour busses, etc. can apply

Retail and E-commerce

Small businesses into business to business (B2B), business to consumer (B2C), physical and online retail stores, shopping apps etc can apply


Small businesses that do not qualify in the above-mentioned categories can apply under this category

Last date for nomination

May 15, 2022 Nominate Now


  • FAQs
  • Terms & conditions



The awards aim at providing a credible format for recognizing IT leaders’ small businesses who are leveraging innovative digital platforms for their business growth and expansion
Any Indian registered organization who has not more than 100 permanent employees as on December 31, 2021 can apply for the awards.
Entries must be submitted in English Language only
No, the participant cannot select more than one category
1.IT leaders such as Chief technology officers, Chief information officers from an organisation representing small businesses can participate
2.Participating organization should have at least 2 years of registered presence in India as on December 31, 2021
3.Participant should be a CIO/CTO for a minimum of 1 year in the current organization as on December 31, 2021
4.The initiative applied for the awards should have been implemented between January 01, 2021 to December 31, 2021
1.Participant can apply for the Awards by completing the application form online
2.Link to fill the application form will be available on the website
3.To apply for the Awards Participant should first go through the terms and conditions then select the category applicable and submit the application form pertaining to the same
No, the participant can only submit one multiple application form with the details asked in the application form. Participant must select the category relevant to their organization
No, there is no application fee associated with the Awards
No, it is not mandatory to provide supporting documents for the entry. However, we recommend you provide as much information as possible to support and strengthen your entry with relevant documents and attachments
No, the jury members will not be allowed to evaluate the work submitted of their own organization.
Your application Form will first be reviewed for completeness, eligibility and adherence to the application guidelines, including character limit. Incomplete and ineligible applications will be declined without further review. Applications that meet eligibility criteria will be further considered for the jury rounds
You will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has been received within 24 hrs of electronic submission
Once the application form is submitted you will not be allowed to make changes, however in case there any is additional information required or any document is pending the participant will be reached out to separately for the same.
No, the application must be completely filled and submitted online. However, we have a save as draft option that will enable to fill the application form at your pace and submit post completion
Last date for receiving completed application forms is 15/05/2022
Click on the ‘Forget Username/ Password’ and follow the steps
The results will be announced on the day of the award ceremony i.e. is June 2022
There could be one or more winners in each category at the discretion of the jury members appointed by the awards management
Awards management will contact you in case you are shortlisted
The link for the Terms & Conditions has been mentioned on the home page of the website. For your reference, please click on the Terms & Conditions to access the same.
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