Happy New Year to all of you. As we enter the new year, I would like to take a minute to reflect on our achievements from the past year and to draw inspiration to achieve greater milestones this year.
In 2018 our TiE Young Entrepreneurs program managed to reach a mark of 10,000 high school students (globally), participating in the program since its launch, 15 years ago. We managed to provide a lean canvas innovation-based curriculum to give a real-life experience of entrepreneurship to these students. This year more than 1500 students across 30 TiE Chapters will participate in the program.
Our AIRSWEEE program (All India Roadshow for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship) focuses on empowering women entrepreneurs. AIRSWEEE is funded by the U.S. State Department and in the last 24 months we have mentored and reached 275 Women entrepreneurs directly in Tier 2-3 cities in India. We organised workshops in 10 cities with participants from more than 50 towns and offered over 6500 hours of mentoring. Through a pay forward program, the AIRSWEEE participants have impacted another 350 Women entrepreneurs creating a cascading impact.
As we step into the 28th year of TiE’s existence we look forward to empowering more entrepreneurs and making the entrepreneurial ecosystem more diverse and inclusive in all of our 61 chapters in 14 countries.
I would like to take this opportunity, to welcome the new Board of Trustees and look forward to their continued support in taking the TiE community to newer heights. Once again, wishes for a Happy New Year!
Warm regards, Nitin Rai Chair, TiE Global
Board of Trustees 2019
TiECON Southwest (TiE SoCal)
TiECON Southwest is TiE Southern California’s signature annual entrepreneurship conference. It brought together highly successful and aspiring entrepreneurs, investors and mentors from varying industries such as Technology, Hospitality, Finance, Real Estate, Automotive, Entertainment, Healthcare, AR/VR, Media and Information Technology. TiECON Southwest 2018 was organised in November and recorded over 715 attendees, 60 speakers, 6 breakout sessions, 5 workshops and 28 sponsored booths.
Vikatan Group, South India’s leading media house, presented the Naanayam Vikatan Business Star Award 2018 to TiE Chennai, for Best Institutional Mentor. The award was presented to TiE Chennai President, Mr V Shankar and TiE Chennai Executive Director, Ms Akhila Rajeshwar.
TiE Amaravati celebrated its first anniversary in January 2019. The focus areas of the chapter have been majorly Policy, Educational Institutions and Startups. To this end, TiE Amaravati recently signed a MoU with Amaravati Development Partners (Joint Venture of Ascendas – Sembcorp and Govt. of AP), in the presence of Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh and Sri S Iswaran, Incharge Minister of Trade and Industry, Singapore. TiE Amaravati will be the knowledge partners to support the ecosystem at the Welcome Gallery, one of the first and iconic buildings being built at Amaravati.
TiE In The News
TiE Global along with TiE Bangalore in coalition with few other TiE Chapters in India; NASSCOM, IVCA, and IAN made submissions to the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Government of India, Shri Arun Jaitley, and Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu on vexing Angel Tax issues faced by Indian startups. – (Link to the full feature)
There are distinguished Industry Leaders that are joining the TiE Leadership. We look forward to their support to the TiE community.
TiE Dubai – Ziad Matar
TiE Silicon Valley – B.J. Arun
TiE South Coast – Deval Zaveri
TiE UK North – Vikas Shah
TiE Madhya Pradesh – Dr. Sandeep Kadwe
TiE DC – Smita Siddhanti
TiE Hyderabad – Suresh Reddy
TiE Rajasthan – Chirag Patel
TiE Hongkong – Tony Chan
New Executive Directors
TiE Seattle – Minnie Verma
TiE South Coast – Merry Cristiano
TiE Coimbatore – Shrinithi
TiE Kerala – Nirmal Panicker
TiE Madhya Pradesh – Jyoti Sharma
TiE Dhaka – Swarna Bhattacharjee
TiE London – Alex Kealy