A total of 22 Indian entrepreneurs were awarded for their excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation in business and sustainable leadership. Organized by Enterprise Asia, a non-government organization, the awards were presented to top entrepreneurs across the region each year for promoting entrepreneurship.

This year 22 Indian entrepreneurs were honored at the 9th Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony. Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh was the chief guest at the award ceremony, which were given away in different categories.

Three entrepreneurs were awarded under the special category for their outstanding performance –Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Electricals Limited Shekhar Bajaj and Hari Om Rai, Founder and CMD of Lava International Limited were awarded the Entrepreneur of The Year Award in their respective Industries, electrical and electronics industry and manufacturing industry.

Enterprise Asia president William Ng said, "We can say with certainty that the recipients of the APEA are like none others. Not only do they have to prove their entrepreneurial skills and experience in one of the toughest contests in the world, but also subject themselves to a pledge to uphold the highest standards of entrepreneurship, which includes allegiance to the two founding pillars of Enterprise Asia, namely Investment in People and Responsible Entrepreneurship.” He further added that the APEA is globally aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. Beyond recognizing the efforts of these entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level in the current digitalization era, and in the process, providing more job opportunities to the people in the region, and help to drive the economy forward which is in align to Enterprise Asia's purpose, Democratizing entrepreneurship, institutionalizing sustainability and empowering Innovation.

Over 250 attendees were present at the gala, comprising of industry leaders, leading entrepreneurs and dignitaries including Dr Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia, President of Enterprise Asia.

The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, better known as APEA, is a regional recognition program that aims to band leading entrepreneurs across the region to spur greater innovation, fair practices and entrepreneurship development. – Web India 123