I’m pleased to be elected as the Chair of the TiE Global Board. We have come a long way since our humble beginnings in 1992. The time is now right for us to move forward and assert the value of Brand ‘TiE” and the value that the membership to this great organization brings. This starts with Chapters ensuring that we have the right process in place to enrol the deserving members, to have the right mix of quality knowledge-sharing and learning events mixed with social events. To ensure that you must attend not just your local chapter events, but also attend larger events that other chapters and TiE Global organise. Make sure to reach out to as many members across chapters while you are there.
This year we will achieve many milestones. First of those is TiE’s entry in the continent of Africa. We are launching three new locations in Africa – South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya. The launch event is on February 29th in Kenya. More details on that are shared further in this edition.
Continuing with last editions tradition, this edition has another useful video for TiE members to make the most out of your membership and TiE Hub. As a TiE member, you can access events from the entire TiE Universe and this video will help you navigate the TiE hub.
This edition also has programs and events from our Chapters in Hubli, DC, Lahore, Mumbai, etc. A special mention to TiEcon Mumbai where I witnessed Mr Ratan Tata and Mr Narayana Murthy giving enormous credit to TiE for creating a huge impact in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in India and the world. The second special mention is about a new initiative of TiE Global, the TiE Women program. We announced our partnership with empoWer during TiEcon Mumbai and thereafter the team travelled across many chapters in India and continues to launch the program. More on this will be in our upcoming March edition. Kudos to the TiE Mumbai team led by Atul and the TiE Women team led by Hema and Dharti for their efforts.
In this edition, there are updates from other programs being run by TiE Global as well. We have a power-packed first quarter filled with Chapter programs and once again I would like to encourage all of you to participate in upcoming TiE events, whole-heartedly.
Lastly do reach out to me at [email protected] with suggestions and feedback, and do let me know new ways to in which we can collaborate to strengthen TiE.
Best Wishes Mahavir Sharma
Chair, TiE Global Board
TiE Africa – Launch Invite
Entrepreneurship in Africa is a key driver of economic growth and prosperity. The African entrepreneurial ecosystem is on the brink of massive growth. The 2020 Partech research report shows that African tech startups have reached a new symbolic milestone with 250 deals recorded USD 2.02 Billion raised in equity funding, a 74% YoY growth. Africa is projected to be the world’s second-fastest-growing economy by 2020.
TiE has been ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship’ worldwide for almost 3 decades now. With an existing presence in 61 cities in 14 countries, we are expanding our vast network of entrepreneurs to Africa.
TiE Africa is set to launch on 29 February 2020, to bring together thought leaders, angel investors, pioneers and captains of the industry in Africa. We hereby invite you for the launch in Kenya.
Travelling to a new city? You can attend TiE Chapter events worldwide. Here’s how you can leverage the TiE network and network with entrepreneurs in other cities.
AIRSWEEE Global Fellows
We concluded the AIRSWEEE Global Fellowships in December-end, through which 3 selected AIRSWEEE Global Fellows travelled to the USA for shadow mentoring. The selected fellows were Shraddha Khare, Tharakeshwari Palanisamy and Zaiba Sarang.
The Global Fellows, ‘Shadowed’ US-based entrepreneurs to learn best practices and network with entrepreneurs in the USA. They also got an opportunity to promote business practices exchange between India and the USA. The trio was mentored by Jarrett Streebin, co-founder, EasyPost and Mani Krishnan, Founder, Shastha Foods. For more details visit – http://airsweee.tie.org/index.php
Applications Invited for TiE University
Plans are underway for two dozen chapters to participate in TiE University 2020 being held in conjunction with TiEcon Silicon Valley in May 2020. TiE University provides an opportunity for the best university teams to network and pitch in Silicon Valley in May 2020.
Every TiE chapter can nominate one team for the final pitch competition in California, and each chapter can customize the TiE University program to its local needs and resources. Charter Members who wish to be involved should connect with their chapter leaders to collectively strengthen the focus on building the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Chapters would nominate their single, best college team during Q1 2020 to compete in the TiE University Pitchfest in Silicon Valley in May. All student teams participating in person can additionally attend Startup Bootcamp and TiEcon Silicon Valley in California. For further details or to be invited to scheduled conference calls for chapters interested in participating, please contact Mohini Suchanti at TiE Global, [email protected]. Chapters can also get answers and assistance from TiE University program co-chairs.
TiE Lahore – TiE Crazy
TiE Lahore hosted its flagship event: TiE Crazy. The evening event was invite-only for Charter Members, industry giants, and aspiring entrepreneurs.
TiE Crazy featured six hand-picked speakers and the performance-based event showcased the entrepreneurial passions of these individuals. It explored how they had defied norms and gone against the grain in ways that might be perceived as ‘crazy’ by most, to achieve their objectives. The agenda of this event was to educate, inspire and entertain TiE Lahore’s guests and potential members.
The speaker lineup featured the co-founders of the Islamabad based startup, DeafTawk, alongside co-founder of Airlift, Zohaib Ali. Other speakers included motivational speaker Tanzila Ali, laughter therapist Yasmin Butt, trans-activist and comedian Anaya Sheikh, as well as co-founder of Nehar Ghar Films, Kamil Chima. The event was moderated by Saad Idrees who is a founding member of the co-working space, Daftarkhwan.
The event proved to be an evening of inspiration and was widely lauded by stakeholders as a noteworthy step in encouraging outside-the-box thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.
TiE DC Hosts Meet and Greet With the Indian Ambassador
TiE DC was thrilled to host a Farewell luncheon for His Excellency, The Ambassador of India, Mr Harsh Vardhan Shringla. The event was held on January 3rd at The Capital Grille. CLICK HERE to view a photo album of the event on Facebook.
TiEcon Kolkata was hosted by TiE Kolkata on 16th and 17th January 2020 at Hyatt Regency in Kolkata. The event brought together collective energies and galvanized the rapid acceleration of entrepreneurial mindset. TiEcon Kolkata witnessed more than 800 delegates and 60+ speakers.
Some of the sessions included Going Global from the East, The Art of Starting From Zero, Building Global SaaS Businesses from Kolkata, Building Businesses for the Last Mile, Growth Hacking For Sale, etc.
Parallel to the sessions, five masterclasses were also conducted. These included – How to Raise Your First Seed Cheque by Sanjay Mehta, Founder & Partner – 100X.VC; ICCNexxt Policy Roundtable; Transforming Your Business with Digital Automation by Zoho One; Catch Them Young by Dr Vanita Shastri – Dean of Global Education & Strategic Programs – Ashoka University; and Angel Investment by Dr Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder & President – Venture Catalysts.
The Keynote Speakers at the two-day event included Nick Low, British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata; Dipanjan Purkayastha & Indraneel Ganguly from HyperXchange; Sramana Mitra- Founder of 1Mby1M; Satyarup Siddhanta- Mountaineer; and Debashis Sen, Chairman & Managing Director West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. HIDCO.
TiE Kolkata also organised ‘The Hot Pitch’ in association with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and supported by The Indian Angel Network. Out of the 900 applications from startups, 50 shortlisted startups pitched their business ideas & plans to a preliminary jury. Out of these 12 startups got a chance to pitch to Angel Investors from Indian Angel Network and a number of other VCs. Sabse Sasta Dukaan, Master Mentors, myElsa, Majdoor Mera Naam Ezy Mov and Technixia were the six local startups which bagged initial funding of INR 6 Crore at The Hot Pitch.
TiE Mumbai recently hosted the 11th edition of TiECon Mumbai on 28th – 29th January 2020 at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The two-day event was themed – “The Decade of Startups – Kickstarting the Future”. The two-day forum focused on tech-driven innovation. The other highlights were Pitch room, Masterclasses, Startup Clinic.
TiECon Mumbai 2020 Keynote Speakers focused on Innovation and technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, BlockChain. This year for the first time TiECon Mumbai hosted a Startup Expo with more than 200 Startups exhibited their products. TiECon hosted more than 2700 attendees and 50+ speakers.
The opening day had sessions with iconic speakers ranging from Deepak Parekh (Chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation); Narayana Murthy (Chairman Emeritus – Infosys); Mohandas Pai (Chairman of Manipal Global Education) and many others. During his session, Narayana Murthy advised the aspiring entrepreneurs to create enterprises with the highest standards of integrity, ethics and honesty.
Later, Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus, Ratan Tata was conferred Life Time Achievement Award TiECon Mumbai 2020.
At TiECon Mumbai, TiE Global announced a partnership with empoWer for its TiE Women program. Established in 2016, empoWer is India’s 1st tech accelerator for women entrepreneurs.
On the second day among other sessions, Ashish Hemrajani – Founder, BookMyShow.com and Harsh Jain, Founder – Dream 11 shared practical insights highlighting that it is not just about an idea, but about great execution. Culture, humanity and integrity should be the DNA of any company.
The closing session witnessed Ma Anand Sheela and the dynamic actor & entrepreneur Neha Dhupia in a fireside chat. Ma Anand Sheela shared her life lessons drawing parallels with an entrepreneur’s journey. She urged entrepreneurs to live life on one’s own terms and build businesses, which makes work pleasure.
TiE Hubli hosted the Women’s Conclave & TiEcon 2020 on February 1st & 2nd 2020 at Hotel Denissons, Hubli. Over 2500 entrepreneurs attended the two-day event which brought together successful entrepreneurs, professionals, practitioners, academicians, and innovators from across the country to focus on this year’s theme “Imagine Innovate Inspire ”. Over 40% of the attendees were women entrepreneurs from Manipal, Udupi, Mangalore and Bangalore.
Some of the key speakers at TiEcon Hubli included Dr K.R Rajyashree – Founder & Director Navya Biologicals Ltd; Dr Ranjini Manian – Founder & Chairman Global Adjustments; A Balasubramanian – MD & CEO Aditya Birla AMC Ltd; C K Ranganathan – Chairman & MD, Cavinkare; Sanjay Ghodawat – Chairman Ghodawat Industries; Apurva Purohit – President, Jagran Prakashan Ltd; Priya Malik – Actress, Poet, Author; Cdr Anil Gudi Ex Indian Navy; Capt. D Ramesh Kumar Head, Customer Services – HAL; and R Dileep IPS, Police Commissioner.
As the closing keynote, TiE Hubli hosted “An Evening with Legends” with Baba Ramdev & Mohandas Pai. Baba Ramdev shared his entrepreneurial journey of Patanjali Ayurveda and Padm Shri Mohandas Pai addressed the gathering about India @ 2030.
TiE Hubli also organised TiE Sharks to give access to venture capital and investment opportunities for startups. Out of the 150+ applicants 10 shortlisted startups from North Karnataka, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad pitched to VCs and Investors. Apart from this, during the TiEcon over 250 entrepreneurs got mentoring and 40+ startups showcased their products & services at the exhibition space.
The pitch masterclass was done by one of the participating investors Dharti Desai. She has more than 23 years of success – spanning direct marketing, wines, printing, packaging, and the lifestyle industry. The masterclass was organised in collaboration with KLE CTIE, for all the shortlisted participants to guide them for investor pitch and understanding what investors look for in startups.
TiE Hubli also recognised the local talents and achievers. This year the chapter felicitated entrepreneurs from 8 different categories.
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