Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Sangeeta Kulkarni, Co-founder & CEO, Brickwork India has been presented with the “Most Promising Entrepreneur” award by Enterprise Asia, at a grand event held at the JW Marriott, New Delhi, India. The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) is a recognition for Sangeeta’s outstanding strategic vision and direction in transforming Brickwork India into a global leader in Remote Executive Assistance (REA™) services.
The APEA is often compared to the Olympics for its stringent entry criteria and highly-competitive judging parameters. Nominations to the APEA itself is by invitation after an in-depth selection process. Nominees are subjected to a series of rigorous tests, which include financial verification by an appointed audit firm and a compulsory physical site audit and interview, culminating with a confidential balloting process by an independent judging panel.
The recipients in India were selected from among 150 shortlisted candidates, ranging from talented young entrepreneurs to experienced industrialists.
Other awardees included stalwarts like Mr. Rahul Bajaj of Bajaj Auto Ltd, Mr. Malvinder Singh, founder of Fortis Hospitals and V. Vaidyanathan of Capital First Limited. General V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs was the Chief Guest and Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia presided over the function.
About Sangeeta Kulkarni
An alumnus of Boston University and Northwestern University, USA, Sangeeta has been widely acknowledged and felicitated for her leadership and business achievements.
Sangeeta has taken a 5 member start-up to a 350 strong workforce, with a concentrated focus on business excellence. Revenue growth has been over 500% in the past 6 years, a big achievement for a business that is highly personalised, complex, diverse and demanding. Brick-by-brick, she built a global brand, catering to the diverse service requirements of clients located across 116 countries by implementing innovative business & people practices and strongly leveraging process and technology.
Brickwork India has also been certified as a Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) after a detailed due diligence, by WEConnect International, headquartered in Washington DC, USA. She is the recipient of “The Women Entrepreneur of the Year (IT) – 2015” instituted by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). Her most recent recognition was receiving the “Women Leadership Achievement Award” at the 3rd World Women Leadership Congress & Awards (WWLCA) – 2016 event held at Mumbai.
She runs CSR initiatives and activities through “Brickwork Pragathi Foundation” which focusses on employability training for underprivileged youth and helps them become skilled and economically independent through long and short term functional and soft skills development programs. The foundation also runs women’s empowerment programs through Self Help Group schemes and provides IT education to rural schools.
About Brickwork India
Brickwork India pioneered the concept of Remote Executive Assistance™ in 2005. The idea was to make the benefits of outsourcing available to individuals and small to mid-sized companies, by providing personalised one-to-one assistance in the Admin, business information and IT space. This concept found instant worldwide recognition and media attention, including the New York Times best seller ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman and “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris. Brickwork’s clientele ranges from Fortune 500-companies to start-ups and entrepreneurs, spread across 116 countries.