Where are you from originally?
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus (Indian subcontinent) region.
TiE is the world's largest not for profit organization for entrepreneurs. It is spread across 61 chapters in 17 countries. The strength of TiE is its global network of 13,000 members worldwide including over 2500 charter members.
What is your group’s mission?
TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.
What brought you to North Texas?
TiE Dallas has been serving as a networking, mentoring and educational resource to the DFW Entrepreneurial community for over 10 years by organizing valuable events for its members and non-members alike.
This year, for the first time, the Dallas, Austin and Houston chapters of TiE are collaborating on a conference, and bringing TiECon SW 2013 to the North Texas region. This conference is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and corporations to connect, learn and create new opportunities and relationships
What need does it fulfill?
The conference brings entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, university and corporate representatives, all under one roof. By providing one venue to bring together the key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, TiECon SW 2013 serves as a platform to raise funds, to find mentors and advisors, for business development, to create partnerships, to learn from experts and from each other, and most importantly to network and build connections.
What exactly does it bring to startups?
In addition to a lineup of dynamic speakers, we have three diverse panels on highly relevant topics for today’s environment. Our panels cover Funding Choices for Startups, Big Data Trends and Cross Border Trade and Innovation. This year, for the first time, we also have a Mentoring Roundtable, where over a working lunch, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to seek advice on specific business issues from experienced startup executives and entrepreneurs. And of course, the most exciting event of the day is the Elevator Pitch Competition, when finalists, shortlisted from an extremely competitive pool of applicants, will get the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges composed of angel investors and VCs. This is the opportunity for startups to get in front of investors and take the first step to secure funding for their business.
What type of startup would benefit from your group?
TiE does not have an industry or stage focus, we welcome any and all entrepreneurs. From technology to hospitality we have a wide variety of members that can not only learn from each other but also provide advice to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Take advantage of these networking and mentoring opportunities. Learn more about TiE and TiECon SW 2013 at http://tieconsw.org
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