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TiECon SouthEast Conference - Empowering a New Generation of Entrepreneurs

October 2007
TiECon SouthEast Conference - Empowering a New Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Southeast conference at the Cobb Galleria on Saturday,���September 22nd, attracted businessmen, aspiring entrepreneurs from different industries, and students. Several business leaders were present at the event including speakers from Manhattan Associates, Nokia, Marta, Siemens Medical, GE Energy, Turner Broadcasting System to name a few. The interactive sessions spread out throughout the day focused on topics like- Information Technology: "Ideas for the New Generation of Entrepreneurs", Healthcare: "An Annual Health Check", Real Estate: "Time for a Reality Check", Renewable Energy: "Going Green". Several informative discussions were presented at the workshops and panelists from the various industries offered their insights giving budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to start or expand their career.

The first session provided a great avenue for people looking at starting their own business. The second breakout session focused on examining technological trends in the healthcare industry. Some of the medical advancements are already manifesting themselves in cancer technology and biomedical engineering with new techniques guiding physicians for earlier diagnosis. The session on real estate threw light on the current real estate market situation, and the future trends both at the local and regional levels.

The last session provided several solutions for alternative fuel sources with John Richard, Bhaskar Venepalli, Hari Nair, and Charles Craig as panelists. An interesting observation made by one of the panelist was, "It only takes 33 minutes of solar energy to provide for up to 1 year of earth's energy needs. This makes us wonder that there is huge potential for us to tap solar power to generate energy." The session provided answers to questions like using bio-fuels for power generation, creating awareness of global warming and how companies and businesses can play an important role in making our world eco-friendly. Harish Mamtani, the Atlanta chapter president of TiE, brought the workshops to a finale and encouraged the audience to join in for the cocktail reception, networking followed by a dinner and entertainment.

The cultural program included well-known comedian Dan Nainan, who parodied several ironies with his wit and humor. Atlanta singers, Tanweer Mian and Lakshmi Rao sang a medley of popular Bollywood songs including Roop Tera Mastana, Churaliya, Kajara Re, Chaand Sifarish and Ye Mera Dil . The talented dancers of Kruti Dance Academy gave a colorful performance to their songs. The conference was executed professionally at the same time leaving a personal touch for the business enthusiasts. True to the theme of the conference, "Connect, Launch, Grow", TiE Conference 2007 provided a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with each other, gave ideas to start businesses and grow. For more information on the Atlanta chapter of TiE visit: www.tie-atlanta.org

~Archith Seshadri & Deepa Sreetal

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