The Indus Entreprenuers (TiE) is an international network of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals spanning over 60 chapters in 17 countries. The roots of these professionals in the Indus Region as well as their interest in fostering entrepreneurship provides them a common ground to work on shared objectives.
The central organization drives the global brand with big international events and a network of the top professionals in the industry, while local chapters work with local ecosystems to organize events and support their communities. This involves working with local universities, businesses and governments on issues in the field as well as becoming a common place for professionals and students interested in the area to get together and participate in workshops and speaker events. Together, they form a formidable force in terms of supporting individuals and institutions in the field of entrepreneurship.
TiECon is the organization’s annual flagship event that takes place in May each year. This year’s event was organized on May 16-17 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, United States. The conference claims to be the largest entrepreneurship conference in the world, attracting more than 3,600 technology professionals from 50 countries in 2013.
The agenda of this year’s conference included parallel sessions on Internet of Things, Big Data, Cloud Infrastructure, Healthcare IT, Entrepreneurship and Next Gen Tech Services. These issues are at the forefront of business, technology and research across several industries – the conference tackled different aspects of each area with Keynote speakers and workshops.
TYE Global Program
TiE’ Youth Entrepreneurship (TYE) Global Program is an educational program aimed at young people in order to help them learn more about entrepreneurship and connect them with the right resources and mindsets to progress in their future careers. According to TiE’s website, this program was conducted in 17 locations around the world in 2014.
In addition to the educational aspect of the program, there is a business idea competition held as part of the program with a $10,000 reward. Participants get a chance to network with each other as well as industry professionals in the process of learning more about entrepreneurship.
The Business Plan competition in 2014 was hosted by TiE Vancouver, and was won by teams from TiE Atlanta and TiE Austin. Teams from around the United States as well as international teams from the UK and India participated in the event. Teams that were not able to make it to the event in person participated virtually from their home stations.
TiE in Pakistan
TiE has a presence in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad in Pakistan.
TiE Islamabad started in 2008, and focuses on working with the government on issues related to entrepreneurship as well as serving as a source of mentorship and training to students from the 25+ universities in the twin cities area. The organization conducts business trainings, speaker events and mentorship sessions around the year.
TiE Lahore was established in 2002, and is housed inside the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). This relationship makes this chapter focused on developing university students into future entrepreneurs, exemplified by their initiative to establish TiE4Youth Clubs in different universities in Lahore, with the first club formed at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology.
TiE Karachi is also pretty active with its events such as the upcoming (September 30) speed networking event and a speaker session titled “Here is to the crazy ones” in November this year.
I am sure that TiE in Pakistan is more active than their websites give away. It is great to see that Pakistan is on the map of this international organization that is engaging stakeholders in the right conversations and providing a platform and an excuse to build more institutional capacity for the youth of developing countries to engage in entrepreneurship.
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