TiE-ISB Networking Event for Entrepreneurs, Investors, Business Leaders

India’s largest networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders will be held from September 20 – 22, 2006 at the ISB Campus in Hyderabad and will feature prominent Venture Capital Firms, Business Leaders and over 400 participants from around the world. The event will be inaugurated by Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Shri M M Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of State for Defence, Govt. of India will also be present during the occasion. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and The Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (WCED) at the ISB, are jointly organising the 3 day event.

For the first time, TiE – ISB Connect 06 will hold discussions on entrepreneurial opportunities in 5 new industry tracks. These new industry tracks are Sports and Fitness, Retail, Media and Entertainment, Infrastructure and Real Estate, Semiconductors. Along with these there will be industry tracks on Biotech / Pharmaceuticals, Internet Technologies, Technology, IT Enabled Services. This event will help identify the multiple entrepreneurial opportunities in these sectors in the near future.

“We are delighted with the interest TiE-ISB Connect 2006 has generated among number of aspiring entreprenuers, investors and business leaders. This time the scope is much wider, touching 5 new industry tracks and the number of participants is overwhelming,” said Mr. J A Chowdary, President, TiE, Hyderabad. “Each day of the conference will feature keynotes from luminaries of the investment and business world and will also include several distinguished panels sharing thought provoking ideas on successful entrepreneurship.”

Expressing his views on TiE-ISB Connect 2006, Professor Chandrasekhar, Executive Director Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at the ISB said, “Our focus is to nurture and guide the next generation of business leaders. We aspire to be the Hub of all innovative Entrepreneurial activity. We want to create wealth and value for India by promoting entrepreneurship and helping entrepreneurs to build successful businesses.”

Over 40 Venture Capitalists with a combined venture fund of about $ 5 Billion from countries such as the USA, UK, Middle East and India will be present at the TiE- ISB Connect 2006 eyeing strategic and profitable investment opportunities. Some of the prominent ones are Ashish N Chandak (IDFC), Kishore Goteti (ICICI Ventures, Sameer Sood (Google), Rajesh Jog (Waygate Capital), and Vani Kola (NEA Indo-US).

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and we find the time is right to bring business leaders, entreprenuers and investors together to talk about the next wave of entrepreneurship and business ideas to grab global attention. This is a unique platform where an entrepreneur gets a venture capitalist to listen to his business pitch. The conference will be about sharing ideas, discussing the future, and debating what lies ahead for young entreprenuers and what makes business ideas click,” Mr. Sateesh Andra, Convenor, TiE-ISB Connect 2006, said.

TiE – ISB Connect 06 is a uniquely designed platform for entrepreneurs with early stage as well as growth stage ventures, to interact with Venture Capitalists /Angel Investors, successful entrepreneurs and mentors especially in the ‘Sunrise Sectors’ of the rapidly growing Indian economy. TiE-ISB Connect 2006 is now into its second year with increased opportunities.

Another aspect reflecting the vision of TiE-ISB Connect is a panel discussion on “Taking India Forward” featuring prominent personalities – Mr. Ramalinga Raju, Chairman, Satyam Computer Services, Mr. Sanjay Nayar, CEO, Citigroup India , Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, Loksatta and Mr. Jignesh Shah, CEO and Managing Director of MCX, and CMD of Financial Technologies.

Jumpstart your Venture– A workshop customised for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas will cover the following areas.

  • Identify Opportunity
  • Evaluation
  • Entrepreneurial Characteristics
  • Risk Reward Conundrum
  • Making Viable Business Plans
  • Overcome internal blocks

Some of the panelists who would be speaking at the event are Mr. Peter Mukherjea, CEO, Star India, Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder-naukri.com, Rajiv Gowda, IIM-B and Mr. Srini Raju, Founder and Chairman, iLabs.

About TiE
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a global not-for-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship. TiE helps budding entrepreneurs through advice, guidance and assistance from successful & experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. TiE Hyderabad Chapter provides guidance and assistance to budding entrepreneurs through programs that cover networking, education and mentoring. For more information on registration for TiE ISB Connect 2006 please visit our website.

About the ISB
The Indian School of Business is a research-oriented independent management institution that grooms future leaders for India and the world. Its association with the Kellogg School of Management, The Wharton School, and London Business School make it one of its kind in Asia. The School offers a one-year Post Graduate Programme; short-duration, high-powered Executive Education programmes for CEOs and senior executives; and a two-year Research Fellowship Programme. The origins and distinctive research of our faculty members ensure that our programme content is contemporary and global in its perspective, and develops our students’ understanding of modern management opportunities and challenges.