Twin-unicorn founder Naveen Tewari awarded Uttar Pradesh Gaurav Samman; recognized for elevating Indian start-up sector to global prominence

Twin-unicorn founder Naveen Tewari awarded Uttar Pradesh Gaurav Samman; recognized for elevating Indian start-up sector to global prominence

Makes history as one of first two recipients of the award; this is UP’s highest civilian honour instituted to recognize state citizens for outstanding achievements in various fields.


  • Tewari is a strong proponent of building tech products and platforms out of India for the world.
  • Founded India's first unicorn InMobi, an AI-led advertising technology company.
  • Second unicorn, Glance is an AI-led consumer technology company, whose smart lock platform has more than 230 million users across US, Japan, India and Southeast Asia.
  • To receive the award from UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the UP-Foundation Day celebrations on January 24, 2024.

Bangalore, January 23, 2024: The state of Uttar Pradesh has awarded the inaugural UP Gaurav Samman, its highest civilian honour, to Naveen Tewari, founder and CEO, InMobi Group. The award will be presented to Tewari by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath during the UP-Foundation Day celebrations on January 24, 2024. The award recognises Tewari’s exceptional entrepreneurial vision and outstanding achievements as a tech entrepreneur and acknowledges the role he has played in putting the Indian start-up sector on the global map.

Tewari’s vision is to develop India as the next big hub for building tech products and consumer platforms for the world. He is the founder of InMobi, which became India’s first unicorn in 2011. Under Tewari’s leadership, InMobi has grown from an SMS based search service to an AI-led advertising technology giant, spread across Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, Middle East, and Australia. In 2019, Tewari founded his second unicorn Glance - a revolutionary AI-powered smart lock screen that has changed the way users engage with the internet. Over 230 million users across India, US, Japan, Indonesia, Latin America, etc. are now using Glance to discover the best in gaming, content, trends, and multiple other experiences without even unlocking their phones, directly from the lock screen of their Android phones.

Additionally, Tewari has served as an inspiration to an entire generation of entrepreneurs and has extended his entrepreneurial endeavours to include investments in over 30 start-ups. Notably, he co-founded iSPIRT, an organization dedicated to influencing government policies, fostering market catalysts, and advancing the development of product entrepreneurs, with the goal of positioning India as a focal point for cutting-edge software products.

“As a proud native of Kanpur, receiving Uttar Pradesh's highest civilian honour is an unimaginable source of pride for me. I extend my deepest gratitude to the state government, particularly to Honourable Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, for the UP Gaurav Samman Award.” said Tewari.

"Having been raised on the IIT, Kanpur campus, surrounded by excellence, I was fuelled by a desire to showcase India's true potential for innovation, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial prowess on the global stage. I am proud to say that we have achieved this with InMobi. Now, with the launch of Glance worldwide, and especially in highly advanced markets like United States and Japan, I confidently assert that we have achieved this success yet again. It is our commitment to innovation that has not only placed us on the global map but has also led this profound honour today," he added.

Tewari's family boasts a rich and esteemed connection with UP. His father, Dr. Sachchidanand, held a distinguished position as a professor in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. His grandmother, Krishna Tewari, was a mathematics professor at the institute and held the distinction of being the first female professor across all IITs. Continuing the tradition of academic excellence, Tewari graduated from IIT Kanpur before pursuing an MBA from Harvard Business School, USA.

The UP Gaurav Samman serves to recognize significant contributions across diverse fields such as entrepreneurship, science and technology, arts and culture, social development, and more, specifically by individuals who are natives of Uttar Pradesh.

Other Notable Awards and Recognitions - Naveen Tewari

  • 'Future Leaders Award’ presented by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 2015
  • Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Award 2019
  • Outstanding Start-up Entrepreneur In Forbes Leadership Awards 2021


  • MIT Technology Review’s 50 Disruptive Companies List, 2013
  • Fast Company’s “The world’s most innovative company” – 2016
  • 2018 CNBC Disruptor List

About InMobi

InMobi is a leading provider of marketing and monetization technologies. With deep expertise and unique reach in mobile, it is a trusted and transparent technology partner for marketers, content creators, and businesses of all kinds. InMobi’s mission is to power its customers’ growth by helping them engage their audiences and build meaningful connections. Its affiliated businesses – Glance, an unconsolidated subsidiary that offers a smart lock screen-based content discovery platform, and trends-first platform Roposo – help InMobi create new content and commerce experiences in a world of connected devices. InMobi is headquartered in Singapore, maintains a large presence in San Francisco and Bangalore, and has operations in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Delhi, Mumbai, Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul, Tokyo, London, and Dubai. To learn more, visit

About Glance

Founded in 2019, Glance is a consumer technology company that operates disruptive digital platforms including Glance, Roposo, and Nostra. Glance’s ’smart lock screen’ inspires consumers to make the most of every moment by surfacing relevant experiences without the need for unlocking their phones, downloading apps, or searching for content. Glance Lock Screen is currently available on over 450 million smartphones worldwide. Roposo is a LIVE platform that is revolutionizing live experiences, through a unique, immersive, creator-led approach. Nostra is the largest gaming platform in India and Southeast Asia, offering gamers engaging ways to discover, play, watch, learn and compete.

Headquartered in Singapore, Glance is an unconsolidated subsidiary of InMobi Group and is funded by Jio Platforms, Google, and Mithril Capital. For more information visit, and