In addition to the satisfaction of giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs, Charter Members at TiE also benefit from networking with each other. TiE Bangalore was delighted to host an exclusive TiE Charter Member Mixer on 19th January where Charter Members networked, exchanged notes and hobnobbed with among themselves.
The ambience was perfect to introduce the change in leadership at TiE Bangalore with Ravi Gururaj as President, Natarajan R. as Secretary and Parag Dhol as Treasurer. “The Governing Body plays an integral role in the functioning of TiE Bangalore. The rich experience and expertise of the Governing Body along with all the Charter Members, comprising investors, serial entrepreneurs, top corporate executives and consultants, will light the path for activities and initiatives to foster entrepreneurship,” reflected Kunal Kashyap, Executive Director, TiE Bangalore.
The elected members of the new Governing Body are Ravi Gururaj (QikPod), Natarajan R. (RNT Capital Advisers), Parag Dhol (Inventus Capital Partners), Ganapathy Venugopal (Axilor Ventures), Jawahar Bekay (Tao Automation & Captive Aid), Karthik Krishnan Mahalingam (Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas), Madan Padaki (RubanBridge & Sylvant Advisors), Sanjay Anandaram (SeedFund), Suresh Narasimha (Co Create Ventures), Suryanarayanan A. (Independent Consultant), T.R. Anand (TR Anand Consultants) and Venkatesh Kumaran (IESA). In addition to the elected members, the board has also co-opted Charter Members Arvind Tiwary (Chair IoT Forum, TiE Bangalore), Anjana Vivek (VentureBean Consulting), Sharda Balaji (NovoJuris Legal) and Bharati Jacob (Seedfund) as special invitees to the governing body to drive key initiatives on IoT, women entrepreneurship and mentoring.
Naganand Doraswamy, the outgoing president, leaves behind a legacy of exemplary work. The mixer served as a befitting farewell, commemorating his efforts over the last four years. The sessions conducted by TiE Bangalore have evolved with the focus shifting to providing a platform for startups to grow and realize their dreams, through initiatives such as Startup Showcase, Founders’ Forum, Mentoring Sessions, Legal Clinics and many others. TiE Bangalore also works with the Government of Karnataka for policy advocacy in matters related to starting up. In 2015, TiE LeapFrog, a marquee conference setting the trend for visioning the future and enabling next generation activities, saw an audience of over 650 delegates enthralled by global leaders across verticals- retail, fintech and healthcare. We also pioneered innovation and encouragement at the zeroth stage of entrepreneurship, i.e. ideation, through our flagship mentoring program, Anthah:Prerana. Currently in its 4th edition, Anthah:Prerana has mentored over 30 startups so far, with 6 of them having raised investment.
President-elect Ravi Gururaj conveyed that TiE Bangalore will put its best foot forward to foster entrepreneurship via existing vertical forums such as Retail, IoT and Education which have gained momentum and build new initiatives to help nurture forums in Women Entrepreneurship, Healthcare and others that members deem important. TiE Bangalore is well positioned through its broad network of Charter Members to support non-tech and services startups and will seek to assist ventures that can be self-sustaining and chose to bootstrap with minimal external capital infusion. TiE Bangalore will support the State government by providing inputs on startup policies and mentorship to entrepreneurial programs.
TiE Bangalore looks forward to collaborating with TiE Global, the other TiE Chapters and all the startup ecosystem players in Bangalore to build TiE as an umbrella institution supporting the cause of entrepreneurship by conducting knowledge sessions, mentoring programs and aiding the growth and maturation of startups and entrepreneurs.