TiE and QGLUE (the design venture of QAI) announce awards that recognize entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ventures driven by 'Responsible Design'.

Responsible Design pays special attention to the "human-centered" approach to shaping new businesses, conceptualizing meaningful innovation and undertaking a venture journey that forever has empathy and responsibility at the center of critical decisions. In summary, ventures embracing attributes and values of "design thinking" will be recognized and rewarded.

Design Thinking has three lenses through which a designer attempts to seek a good solution- 'Desirability', 'Feasibility' and 'Viability'. The jury seeks to find how ventures balance business imperatives with technological feasibility, along with human needs and desires. Thereby having a social impact on people. The sweet spot at the intersection of 'Desirability', 'Feasibility' and 'Viability' is value innovation which is rare, and is worth rewarding and recognizing.

After the evaluation process, selected candidates will pitch their proposals at TiE Global Summit and the winners will be recognized at the conference and their work will be highlighted. Further, exclusive design mentoring sessions from acclaimed Mentors will be given to the winners, post the event.

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Together, we design a better future.


  • Any entrepreneurial venture- recent start up or otherwise.

  • Private Independent entities.


Application Link
Register before last date
First level of screening
Semi-finalists - Tele Interview with jury
The Finalists selection
Open Presentation
Announcements of Winners

Evaluation Process

The entries can be shared through pitches and can be documented with photos, videos and testimonies from stakeholders.  The submission will also contain a 2 to 3-minute HD video explaining the original approach, the design imperatives, customer centricity and the relentless validation that was undertaken in the process.

The Jury, comprising of eminent thought leaders and practitioners drawn from academia and industry will evaluate the entries on the following criteria:

• How human-centred design played a role in the entrepreneurial roadmap
• How empathy mode is exemplary in the development of activities,
• How the company proposes a transformation which favours the human situation.
• How environmental/technological/ business/ and human (and social) needs were balanced.

Winning isn’t everything.
But this one is worth winning!

The winners will be awarded

  • Associate Membership of TiE Delhi – NCR
  • Opportunity to pitch at Ah! Ventures for funding
  • Opportunity to pitch to Altius Venture Partners for funding
+ all the benefits of being a finalist

The top 5 finalists will receive

  • Top 3 shortlisted start-ups get to present at IDEAS 2021 Summit.
  • Mentions in social media. Presence on website.
  • Eligibility to get into First Gear mentoring program from Ah! Ventures
  • One on one coaching on “Design Your Life” with Navyug Mohnot
  • One on one coaching with Srinivas Peri, expert, on “Story Crafting for Innovation”, for your venture.
  • One on one coaching for “How to Build Your Brand”, from Sonia Manchanda and Alok Nandi.
+ all the benefits of being an applicant

All applicants will receive

  • Get to connect with Leading Design and Innovation Coaches (a slack community)
  • Online session on “Design Thinking”
  • Online session on “Design Your Life”

About Tie Delhi-NCR

The Delhi-NCR Chapter of TiE, one of the biggest and most vibrant of the TiE chapters, has unique significance. It seeks to engage not only with entrepreneurs but also with policy makers, in order to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship. It seeks to become the bridge that would connect Indian government and industry with successful Indian entrepreneurs across the world, many of whom are regarded as thought leaders.

The Delhi-NCR Chapter is among the largest and most vibrant across the vast TiE network. In the last 10 years, it has emerged as the forum of choice for startups, serial entrepreneurs, VC and angel investors, policy makers and academia. At the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, TiE Delhi-NCR plays the role of an ecosystem builder by bringing in multiple stakeholders and values to align with the common goal to foster entrepreneurship.

TiE Delhi-NCR conducts over 50 events every year covering aspects of entrepreneurship like funding and finance, marketing and sales, expanding into new geographies and business and organization management.


QGLUE is a venture promoted by QAI.  QAI, incorporated in 1980, is a transnational consulting company facilitating quality and process improvement in organizations world-wide. With clients in 30 countries, QAI has over 30years undertaken 700 client journeys.

QGLUE helps businesses design services that people love and also impact the world around us. Using a human centered approach with robust framework rooted in design research, analytics and process modelling and through inculcating a design mind-set within the stakeholders. QGLUE equips people to solve wicked problems by helping them seek the problem, and reach a solution that betters the world around us.

Jury members

Sudhindra V.

Chief Design Officer, IBM Interactive Experience

Anuradha Sachdev

Group Design Director, Fjord Design - an Accenture Company, San Francisco

Srishti Bajaj

Head Of Department for Product Design, Pearl Academy | Founder, DesignBait

Hemant Suthar

Alumnus – National Institute of Design Founding Member and President, NEC, Associations of Designers of India Co-Founder, Fractal Ink Design Studio

Vineeth Abraham

Vice President Strategy - Innovation, Swiss Re | ex-Head of Innovation at Dell EMC

Harshit Desai

Head - Customer Experience, Partnerships & Automation, Aditya Birla Finance Limited | Ex-Director - Customer Experience & Digital Transformation, KPMG India

Anjali Kelkar

Founder & Director, Studio for Design Research, Hong Kong Alumnus – IIT Institute of Design & Parsons School of Design, New York Ex-Lead HCD and Design Thinking Instructor, Luma Institute Board Member, Hong Kong Design Institute

Past Jury

Ravi Arora

Vice President, Group Technology & Innovation Office, Tata Sons

Sumant Sood

Head Innovation, Titan

Gita Ramanan

CEO & Co Founder, Design Café

Navyug Mohnot

CEO, QAI & Founder Qglue

Kshitiz Anand

Assistant Vice President - Design at 1mg, Chairman of Board @ Happy Horizons Trust

Rhishiraj Neog

Program Manager - Frog

Past Design Mentors

Claire Vincent

Service Designer Design Thinking facilitator - United Arab Emirates

Dan Levy

Human-Centred Design, Design Sprint Facilitation,  Coaching, Strategy, Consulting, UX/CX, Adelaide, Australia, The principal of More Space For Light

Rafael Citadella Daron

Business Designer, Lisbon, Portugal

Dean Meyers

Strategy, Design Thinking & Innovation Design Consulting

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