DK to Celebrate Achievements of SMEs


Destination Kerala is committed to celebrating Kerala success stories big and small, since 1997. Taking this spirit forward, we are launching a new recognition platform to spotlight Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) in the State – Destination Kerala SME Excellence Awards. A distinguished and independent jury of experts supported by knowledge partner NASH Capital Partners will evaluate applications to select winners across various categories.

The award jury members are C Balagopal, Founder MD, Penpol (now Terumo Penpol), Founder President, TiE Kerala, Angel Investor, Mentor and Author; Deepak L Aswani, Chairman, Aswani Lachmandas Group and Co-Chair, FICCI Kerala State Council; Paul Basil, CEO, Villgro Innovations Foundation; Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, CMD, Eram Group and Director, INKEL Ltd.; Sunil Kumar V, MD, Asset Homes and Executive Committee Member, CREDAI Kochi; Rajesh Nair, Head – Kerala & Tamil Nadu, EY and President, TiE Kerala and Vivek Krishna Govind, Partner, Varma & Varma Chartered Accountants and Sr. Vice President, Kerala Management Association.

The industry segments are Food Products/Fruits Processing/Rice Mills; Garments/Handloom/Silk; General Engineering/Electrical & Electronics; Wood/Cane/Plywood/Furniture/Handicrafts/Bamboo; Footwear & Leather; Ayurveda/Traditional Medicines; Coir; Rubber/PVC and Jewellery/Diamond. The awards will be presented at a gala event in Kochi and will include an SME workshop as well conducted by subject matter experts.

“SMEs are the unsung heroes of our State’s economic and industrial development. But most recognition programmes focus on large enterprises. We are trying to give them their due,” said Jose Kunnappally, Chief Editor, Destination Kerala.

To download the entry form, click here.