This article is sponsored by TiEcon.
The annual flagship TiEcon 2016, one of the longest ongoing active tech and entrepreneurship conferences in the world, will be hosted at Silicon Valley on May 6 and 7, 2016. The 23rd edition will see close to 4,600 attendees, including tech startups, mentors, investors, etc., making it an event you do not want to miss. Whether you are a senior technology professional or a first-time entrepreneur, TiEcon is an excellent platform to network closely with the global tech-entrepreneur community.
Here are eight reasons that will make it worth your while to make the trip halfway around the world and be at the heart of the action in Silicon Valley!
- Super-charged agenda
At TiEcon sessions, attendees can immerse themselves in the latest technology across the hottest industry segments. This year’s TiEcon spans two full days with over 100 sessions lined up. Day 1 (Friday, May 6) will feature three full-day tracks focussing on the Future of Cloud and IT, Data Economy, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Day 2 (Saturday, May 7) will focus on Trending Tech, Social Entrepreneurship, Youth Entrepreneurship, and a Best Practices track for entrepreneurs. Other relevant topics include talent acquisition and retention, funding options, and differentiating your company and products in a competitive environment.
- Star-studded speaker line-up
This year’s speaker line-up includes 200 luminaries like keynote speakers Sandisk Co-founder CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen, Diane Greene (Senior VP of Google’s Cloud Business and co-founder and former CEO of VMware), Greg Papadopoulose (Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates), and Palo Alto Networks Co-founder CTO Nir Zuk. Past TiECon speakers have included Tesla CEO Elon Musk, HP CEO Meg Whitman, and former GE CEO and management guru Jack Welch, among others.
- A chance to get mentored from the best at Mentor Connect
TiEcon attendees span the spectrum from senior executives of mature companies and technology professionals to experienced entrepreneurs who have lived through the entrepreneurial experience and are willing to share their learning and expertise.
At the Mentor Connect session, four entrepreneurs get to pick an expert mentor from among leaders from the hottest industries, introduce their startup ideas at a roundtable discussion, exchange feedback, and learn from the mentors’ entrepreneurial journey.
- Great networking opportunities
With over 4,600 innovators, VCs, and technology firms from over 20 countries attending, TiEcon 2016 is where you are sure to make meaningful connections with clients, investors, and partners. The event promises innumerable opportunities for learning, gleaning critical business insights, and discovering companies doing things you never thought possible. Who knows, you might even find your startup co-founder!
- Get recognised and win
TiE50 is TiE Silicon Valley’s premier annual awards programme contested by thousands of technology startups worldwide. This year, the TiE50 Awards Programme is not restricted to any specific technology segment and is currently screening more than 2,300 applications from 17 countries. If you are an early-stage technology startup, TiEcon offers you a unique opportunity to meet other companies like yours, vie for a chance to be among the top 100 finalists who will attend TiEcon 2016 and present before an audience.
- Showcase your solutions
Got a cutting-edge product that needs the right exposure to take it forward? Get yourself a booth at the TiEcon Expo and showcase it to the 4,600 conference attendees! The 2016 Expo will feature 100 exhibitors – startups, research labs, universities, and technology corporations – showcasing their products and services. Since many TiEcon attendees are breakthrough thinkers and highly accomplished decision-makers for their organisations, the TiEcon Expo is an excellent platform to expand your product reach to a variety of audiences, including investors, buyers, prospective hires, and large technology media outlets.
- Make in India focus
Day 2 of TiEcon 2016 features an exclusive Make in India track that will highlight the Government of India’s initiative manufacturing technology in India. It will address the global implications of the Make in India mission’s promise to enhance domestic skills, ease various challenges to doing business, and make India a hub of investments in global capital and technological innovation. This session is sure to throw up some keen insights and interesting perspectives on what the international startup community looks forward to from one of India’s marquee missions.
- Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and VC Connect
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, an invite-only, one-day session will take 100 budding international entrepreneurs through a rigorous readiness programme, including making mock presentations to prepare for pitching to investors and VCs. Winners of the TiE50 and TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneurs) programmes will be announced at TiEcon 2016.
Are you ready to dream, change and inspire the world?
If you are, then don’t miss TiEcon 2016 in the heart of Silicon Valley’s Technology hub at the Santa Clara Convention Centre on May 6 and 7.
Organised by TiE, a non-profit global organisation founded in 1992, TiEcon’s key mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through funding, mentoring, networking and education by uniting entrepreneurs, policy makers, mentors, and investors. Today, TiE has over 61 chapters and 11,500 members across 18 countries.