(L-R) Corporate Advisor R. Gopalakrishnan, Vineet Patni, Chairperson TiECON 2019 and mentor and angel investor R. Narayanan at the Jugalbandi session at TiECON 2019
(L-R) Corporate Advisor R. Gopalakrishnan, Vineet Patni, Chairperson TiECON 2019 and mentor and angel investor R. Narayanan at the Jugalbandi session at TiECON 2019

Pune, 12 April: In an era where the success rate of start ups is still low, Ideas and Talent will play an important role opined experts. The Indus Entrepreneurs, a Not for profit making organisation organised the seventh edition of TiECON, a unique two day initiative for start ups at The Westin Hotel Koregaon Park. More than 500 start ups from across India took part in the event.

In a Jugalbandi session between start ups and grown ups moderated by TiECON 2019 chairperson Vineet Patni saw stalwarts and Corporate Advisor R. Gopal Krishnan and Angel Investor and mentor R. Narayanan shared some interesting insights on startups and grown ups.

Narayanan who has been deeply involved with start ups said that while the success rate in start ups is still low and the start up industry has to yet take off we should not be judgemental. Just like a baby tries to walk and falls down to get up again and in the process learns to walk, similarly we should not stress start ups what not to do, instead they should be given a free hand.

Gopalakrishnan said that a start up is like a new born baby and one has to nurture it. The good thing is that they are young and have no boundaries and fear and the only thing they see is success and there is a learning process in a free wheeling environment.

Talking about ideas Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation said that “the water cup revolution started during the Satyameya Jayate series and we came across a startling fact that there is no  problem in India which has not been solved but the solution has been restricted to a specific area or village and has not converted into a mass movement. So we have the know how but no scale and I  think communication is the missing link between these two. We came up with the idea of Water Cup which is a competition and is fun, modern and participative. It adds to the excitement of participating and also gives an opportunity of sharing knowledge. We shut down Satyamave Jayate and concentrated on one  issue and that is of water and in a state of Maharashtra which already was a laboratory of techniques to fight endemic droughts, but this was confined to only a few talukas. There is a need to convert this into a mass movement to transform the face of the entire landscape.”

(L-R) Kiran Rao and Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation speaking at the TiECON 2019 at Westin
(L-R) Kiran Rao and Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation speaking at the TiECON 2019 at Westin

Kiran Rao said “I am a city girl and my idea of village came from paintings, film shoots and I didn’t really get a chance to know more about them.  Going to villages and visiting them changed my perspective about my own life. At a deeper level something  changed and I felt more connected with people and in a sense experienced a bright new world and connected to the vast nature. It was incredibly transformative and fulfilling for me. It has been a  fun to do  thing. It connected me to nature and it made me realize how far we have gone to destroy nature. This gave me a chance to step up to help conserve our nature. It is a joyous celebration. The Jalmitra initiative which we have started was to bridge the gap between village and the city. This is bringing about a transformation where an entire community is working towards a common goal.”

The electrifying  theme of the event is second wave with many industry experts sharing their powerful insights. TiECon Pune 2019 is redefining the way entrepreneurial conferences are run promising a unique experience which will be Knowledge Driven and High Energy.  TiECON Pune is spread across 2 days, with the first day being devoted to ‘8 masterclasses’ for the young entrepreneur.

Kiran Deshpande, Co-Founder – Mojo Networks & President of TiE Pune said “Start-ups bring in focus, speed and innovation in their offering that is  often missing in established businesses. India and Pune are emerging as one of the top three start up hubs globally, prompting a global giant like NTT Data to participate with TiE-Pune for scouting global entrepreneurial talent. TiECON Pune 2019 shall showcase the very best effort in fostering entrepreneurship”.

Vineet Patni – TiECON 2019 Chair said – “TiECon Pune has an entire day devoted to learning masterclasses and has 50+ speakers from across the world which will be a treat for all those who currently run their businesses or are aspiring to become an entrepreneur.”

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