Mentoring in Motion – The commute to TiEcon Delhi 2015 turns rewarding


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‘Mentoring in motion’ is a unique initiative that was first organised at TiEcon 2014 to make the best use of delegates’ long commutes by giving participants the opportunity to choose a TiE Charter Member (senior entrepreneur) and accompany him or her to TiEcon in a pre-booked vehicle. The initiative proved so popular that it’s all set to return at TiEcon Delhi 2015 on 16 and 17 October.

The concept is simple. Delegates get to travel with their chosen mentors to the venue – given that the time taken is often close to an hour, they can use that ‘captive’ time to interact with their mentors and capitalize on the capital’s traffic snarls to turn a potentially wasted hour into something rewarding.

Startups can choose from the listed Charter Members the person they would like to travel with from their home to the venue. This way, they gain the flexibility to select their mentors based on their area of requirement. The ideal scenario could well be a startup being able to pitch their idea and gain funding or get the right advice that can help turn around their business to a faster growth track.

Mentors and mentees can choose either taxis from Carzonrent and or use Myles self-driven cars. Chaayos is serving up breakfast to make sure energy levels don’t begin to flag.

Vaibhav Srivastava of Integus, who’d had participated in 2014, says, “Mentoring in Motion was a great idea. I’m wondering if it can be followed outside the conference too. It gave me a great mentor to whom I was able to explain my idea and get excellent feedback. I would like to try this again.”

Kanishk Agarwal of CriTaxCorp had a positive experience as well. “Mentoring in Motion was a great initiative for a personal interaction with some of the best delegates from the startup eco system. I was lucky enough to get a mentoring session with Saurabh Srivastava, serial entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, whom I didn't knew earlier but it was a learning experience to hear about how investors look at startup pitches and what exactly they look for in founders. It was a short session but a crisp and informative one.”

Mentors too found it fulfilling to interact with new entrants in the startup ecosystem. Atul Nath, Managing Director of Candid Marketing says, “I think it’s a super idea. It uses what would otherwise be dead time for both people involved. It’s a great place to start, though it’s a bit difficult to have in-depth discussion. It should be a first step in a 2- or 3-step mentoring process. It requires follow-up with the mentor for more meaningful dialogue. I recommend implementing this at multiple platforms.”

Alok Goyal of Helion Advisors believes that “TiEcon Delhi is a landmark event to celebrate and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country. It has been a privilege to be associated with TiE. The mentoring sessions are a great opportunity for entrepreneurs as well as mentors to learn from each other. Thanks to TiE for pioneering this initiative!”

Here’s a list of mentors participating this year:

Amit MunjalBrahmaXFounder & Chief Executive Officer
Alok GuptaGraphisads Pvt ltdDirector
Amit JainHealth Point Services Global IncPresident & CEO
Arvind K. SinghalTechnopak Advisors Pvt LtdChairman
Ashish MittalTURNINGIDEAS SOLUTION PVT LTDFounder & Chief Mentor
Ajay LavakreIndian Angel Network and Lets VentureAngel Investor
Shekhar DasguptaGreenField Software Private LimitedFounder & Director
Ajay MehtaInteractive Television Pvt LtdManaging Director
Tarun SinghalSteria India Ltd.Director Enterprise Business & Strategic Alliances
Pradeep GuptaCyberMedia GroupChairman and Managing Director
Rohtash MalEM3Agriservices Pvt LtdChairman and MD
Rajan MehtaRS Livemedia Pvt LtdFounder & CEO
Rishi SrivastavaAARK TechAccess Pvt LtdFounder CEO & Managing Director
Subinder KhuranaBankSmarts SolutionsFounder & CEO
Ishan GuptaEduKartCEO
Namit pandeyIdeact InnovationPast CEO
Rajat GoelEyeQ Vision Pvt LtdCo Founder & CEO
Bharat JoshiAssociated Container Terminals LtdDirector
Rajesh JainLacoste IndiaManaging Director & CEO
Priyank NarayanAshoka UniversityDirector, Centre for Entrepreneurship
Nikhil Madane-navik Global Services India Private Ltd.CEO & MD
Vinod SoodHughes Systique Ind Pvt LtdManaging Director
Neeraj Kumar SinghalSemco India Pvt LtdDirector
Harish BahlSmile Interactive Technologies LimitedCEO & Founder
Paritosh PathakParitosh Pathak InternationalFounder
Reji Kumar PillaiMagnetar Venture Private LimitedFounder & Managing Director
Japreet BindraMahindra Group of companiesSenior Vice President – Digital Innovation and Ecommerce
Sharad AgarwalSpectra Products Pvt. Ltd.Director
Rahul AggarwalOptima Insurance Brokers Pvt LtdCEO
Vikas KuthialaFirst India Assistance Pvt. Ltd.Founder and Managing Director
Pankaj ThakkarPad UP Ventures Pvt ltdFounder
Arjun SethPearl Group Of Companies( Director
Praveen TyagiEvelyn Learning SystemsFounder Director
Amit BhatiaAspire Human Capital Management (P)Ltd.Founder & CEO
Sameer MutrejaScapes IndiaFounding Director
Arvind JhaMovico Technologies Pvt LtdDirector & Co-Founder
Ashutosh GargGuardian LifecareChairman & MD
Navyug MohnotQAI India LimitedCEO
Aloke Bajpaiixigo.comCEO
Ramesh VaswaniIntex Technologies (India) LtdPresident & Executive Vice Chairman
Vinay kumarMicrosoftBing APAC Head (Alliances and Strategy),
Sandeep SahiRYPE
Vinay SharmaS Chand GroupBusiness Head and Digital Services
Vineet singhBuildzar.comCo-Founder, CEO& MD
Prasoon GuptaSattviko RestaurantsFounder
Vishal KapoorCedarwoodCo-Founder
Pranay Gupta91 spring boardsCo-Founder
Kuldip ChawlaASK StrategiesFounder and CEO
Hemant KohliEntrepreneur in Residence


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