TiE-ISB Connect 2017

TiE-ISB Connect 2017 
“The Next Trillion – Where and How to Create”

The 8th edition of TiE ISB Connect, hosted by TiE Hyderabad and the Indian School of Business (ISB), was held on September 7 and 8, 2017. The two-day event titled “The Next Trillion – Where and How to Create” focused on disclosing and discussing the sectors in which new wealth creation opportunities 

exist. Approximately 50 investors, 50 legendary business personalities and 500+ delegates, including start-ups, CXOs and government officials, attended the event. Announcing TiE ISB Connect 2017, Pradeep Mittal, President of TiE Hyderabad and CEO of GreatFour Systems Inc., said, “TiE Hyderabad continues to be at the forefront of fostering entrepreneurship. This edition of TiE-ISB Connect will open up avenues for the existing ecosystem and next-gen to discover potential in emerging sectors like the rural economy, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and several others and trigger the next wave of entrepreneurial and national economic growth.”
Sharing his views on ISB’s entrepreneurial focus and TiE-ISB Connect, Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, ISB said, “Advancements in technology are encouraging innovation in business models across sectors and creating markets that span every city and town in the country. This presents a never before business opportunity for today’s entrepreneurs. While there is no dearth of good ideas and entrepreneurial talent in India, what they need is timely knowledge, training and resources. ISB aims to address this gap by mentoring several such entrepreneurs and helping them turn their ideas into enterprise.”

“India is on the cusp of huge economic transformations, creating unlimited opportunities. Disruptive technologies such as AI, blockchain, robotics, IoT, cloud and 3-D printing are driving innovations and changing the way people live and work in India. How entrepreneurs can create compelling business models to go after these happening ‘trillion-dollar markets’ is our mission in this edition,” said Srini Chandupatla, Chair, TiE ISB Connect 2017 and Co-founder, Manjeera Digital Systems.

At the Investor Connect event on the first day, more than 150 start-ups vied for investment from 50 investors. Through their keynote addresses and networking discussions, leaders from diverse sectors enlightened start-ups on opportunities and realities. The focus of the second day was on the infrastructure landscape, rural economy, technology enablers, security, governance and compliance, featuring panel discussions with eminent leaders from the respective sectors.

In its coverage of the event, The Hindu highlighted the point made by industry leaders that, “at a time when IT and ITES services jobs were shrinking to mere 40% in the wake of automation, 80% of untapped rural economy will be where a majority of Indian youth will be turning for opportunities. With huge investments to be made in infrastructure, road, railway, and port connectivity projects and the economy tipped to grow at 7%, entrepreneurs should look for opportunities in the healthcare, education, pharma, food processing, electronics manufacturing, and leisure sectors. That is where business opportunities will abound.” Read more of The Hindu’s coverage here.

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