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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

Global Tamil entrepreneurs meet in Silicon Valley

From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
Silicon Valley, 12 April, (

GTEN which means Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Network, will be held in Silicon Valley on May 4, 2017 to coincide with TiECon2017. TiECon is one of the largest conferences for entrepreneurs in the world and this year will be held on May 5 and 6.

GTEN2017 Spring is the inaugural edition hosted by ATEA. GTEN brings together the world Tamil entrepreneurs, investors, industry influencers and thought leaders and innovators. GTEN will create partnerships and offers great value for learning, sharing innovations and ideas by the community.

Lena Kannappan, president of ATEA, said: the event will be packed with key notes, panel discussions and mentor connect sessions from among the successful community entrepreneurs. There will be a panel on Cross border innovation with panelists from Tamil Nadu and the US discussing about the startup climate in Tamil Nadu. C K Kumaravel of Chennai will give a keynote address. There will be a pitching session by startups and networking party in a fun and informal setting. Mentor sessions will offer learning opportunities. GTEN is free for those who are attending TiEcon. Various TiE chapters are helping in making GTEN Spring a great success. GTEN is open for any entrepreneurs not only Tamils. Around 400 delegates are expected to attend it.

GTEN Spring will give a networking opportunity for Tamil entrepreneurs from all over the world, including Sri Lanka, who will be attending TiECON. ATEA was launched during TiECON2016. Around 175 members from the US and other countries including Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia attended the launch. A lot of startups from Chennai, Kovai and Pondicherry were present. Now, ATEA-SV is actively organizing events almost every month with huge attendance. It hosted Suja Chandrasekhar, CIO of Kimberly Clark in February. Recently, in March ATEA hosted a serial entrepreneur, Michel Susai, founder and CEO of Netscaler which was sold to Citrix. Ravi Ravichandran of Sales Force spoke about opportunities in SaaS based software.

Narasimhan Kasturirangan, one of the organisers of GTEN Spring, said: the focus of ATEA is to connect youth, women and emerging entrepreneurs of our community in the US with India and global Indian entrepreneurs from other parts of the world for better business collaborations. It is a non-profit organization that promotes and motivates next generation of entrepreneurs in USA, India and Sri Lanka. ATEA has two chapters one in Silicon Valley (SV) and the other in North East (NE), ATEA had soft launch of its chapter in Chicago in March 2017.

Apart from Spring conference, a two-day annual conference is planned in October.

More information about ATEA is at Narasimhan (Narsi) Kasturi 00650 793 0056

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