WITH tier-2 cities transforming into next growth drivers, and the country bracing itself for an entrepreneurial revolution, members of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Chandigarh, couldn’t have brought this event at a more opportune time. For the first time ever, TiE Chandigarh will be organising the TiECON Chandigarh.
A one-day conference to be held this February 19 at The Lalit, IT Park, TiECON will see 40-plus speakers, CEOs and founders, 500-plus delegates and 30 plus exhibitors. While the Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Mohali, will be holding an award show for the best entrepreneurs, the event will open its doors to extensive business networking, exciting start-up pitches and more.
It will also see active participation of luminaries like Dr Omkar Rai (STPI), Mohan Das Pai (Manipal Global), Ravi Gururaj (Qikpod), Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Info Edge), Krishnan Ganesh (Portea Medical), Mahesh Murthy (Seedfund), Andrey Terebenin (Sistema Asia Fund), Shanti Mohan (Lets Venture), Raman Roy (Quattro), Sharad Sharma (Ispirit), Suneet Singh Tuli (Datawind Technologies), Samar Singla (Jugnoo), etc, as speakers and panelists.
TiE was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and
An annual flagship event of TiE, TiECON, says Ajay Tewari, president, TiE-Chandigarh, is being organised to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship in the region, and to create an opportunity to connect with mentors, investors, collaborators.
“It brings together diverse, dynamic, and expert ecosystem to ignite and display innovation. Not only will the conference deliberate on making tier-2 cities the new startup hubs, but it will also recognise the entrepreneurial and innovative efforts of the ICT achievers of the Tricity through STPI awards,” adds Tewari.
India ranks 130th among 189 countries when it comes to ‘ease of doing business’. “A TiECON helps in creating and accelerating an entrepreneur-friendly and a vibrant ecosystem in which there is synergy and energy, where IT and non-IT, start-ups and other businesses establish and thrive,” says Munish Jauhar, Honorary Secretary, TiE-Chandigarh.
Listen, learn, get inspired, network is the motto of this event which, as a curtain raiser, will also see a startup pitch on February 17 with members from Chandigarh Angel Network (CAN) on the panel. More than 100 entries have already been received by the team so far.
“Compared to TiECON-Delhi, which is a two-day event and witnesses crème de la crème and the big boys of business, ours is a step towards it and hopefully will grow from here,” adds Jauhar. Now that Mohali will also have a massive incubation space for start-ups, Additional Director and Centre Head, STPI, Mohali, Ajay P Shrivastava is excited about TiECON Chandigarh.
“TiECON is usually limited to metros but it will for the first time come to a tier-2 city, which is a huge step towards creating a healthy environment for entrepreneurs for such events provide a platform to share ideas, experiences, network and connect. Also, just like Gurgaon and Noida took advantage of TiECON Delhi, here, Mohali and Panchkula will be benefitted by it as it will open up multiple opportunities and extensions to businesses,” adds Shrivastava.