4th-5th Oct. 2013, Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi

message from chairman

The last decade or so has been an extremely interesting one for Entrepreneurship in India – both exciting and challenging at the same time. Entrepreneurship is fast becoming the career of choice and that bodes well for us as a nation. In the worst economic fallout of the decade, where India has also faced a substantial slowdown, the salvation will come from innovative Entrepreneurs who are stepping up to create businesses and ventures catering to the growing domestic market, which is growing at 18% as a result.

Entrepreneurs are creators and innovators. As the market needs change and as many companies go down the Kodak route, many new ones start the Google wave. It is this constant focus on breeding innovation that drives the 'next' venture and the 'next' entrepreneur. 2010-20 is the Decade of Innovation in India and the Prime Minister has given it centre stage by creating the National Innovation Council to embed Innovation in the DNA of the country and create a strong foundation to change the culture and way of thinking. As the competition for resources increases and the relevance of geographic boundaries decreases, it is innovation that becomes the key differentiator for driving growth and change. That is why the theme for this year's TiEcon Delhi 2013 is "Innovation in Action".

Dear Friends,
I am delighted to extend to you a very warm welcome to TiEcon Delhi 2013. This is and has been your conference just as TiE Delhi – NCR, is your organization. You should take great pride that your TiE Delhi – NCR has won "The Best Chapter Award" in the TiE global Universe for several consecutive years, as this would not have happened without your active engagement, support and contribution. These positive energies have now started to result in Delhi - NCR becoming thecity of choice for entrepreneurs and we are increasingly seeing high quality ventures, mentors and investors come together to create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This year, TiEcon Delhi 2013,is focussing on the key element that has emerged as the beacon for the next generation of entrepreneurs – "innovation". Innovation will and must permeate your products, systems and business models. In recent times, entrepreneurs have tried and proven the mettle of this mix and tasted the power of this cocktail.This year TiEcon 2013 will take you through various as- pects of innovation and demonstrate how you can benefit in a tangible form and open new windows for thought and action to build new products and companies. We have brought the best in the world to TiECON for you to learn, develop and leverage from. I invite you to capitalise on the opportunities offered at this unprecedented forum of academia, entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, incubators, corporates, media and more…

On behalf of the Board and Secretariat of TiE Delhi – NCR, I would like to thank sponsors, partners, the TiEcon Committee and volunteers for making TiEcon Delhi 2013 a great success. But more importantly, it is your presence and participation that makes TiEcon Delhi the best Entrepreneur focused event in the country, if not in Asia. It could not have been possible without you.

Saurabh Srivastava
Chairman Emeritus
TiE Delhi-NCR

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