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Silicon Valley based GTEN organizing conference in Chennai in January

From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
Chennai, 20 November 2018 (

:The Silicon Valley based Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Network (GTEN) is organizing a conference in Chennai in January, called GTENChennai. The conference will be held in conjunction with the GIM (Global Investors Meet) being organized by the Tamil Nadu government. It will be held on January 25.

GTENChennai ( will bring 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.

Narasimhan Kasthurirangan, one of the conveners of GTENChennai, based in California, says: 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 experts from Tamil Nadu and the US and other countries discussing about the startup climate in the State.

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 GIM from other places. Various TiE chapters are helping in making it a great success. Around 500 delegates are expected to attend it. GTEN itself was formed at TiECon Silicon Valley by volunteers of TiESV.

GTENSV is being held every year since 2017 during TiECon Silicon Valley. The meet provided networking opportunity for Tamil entrepreneurs from all over the world who attended TIECon last year. GTEN will be held in other countries where Tamils are living. Various universities alumni associations like BITS, IITMadras, NIT and other engineering colleges will be involved in the exercise, said Paddu Govindaraj, one of the co-founders of GTEN.

The idea of GTENChennai was discussed with the Tamil Nadu IT minister, Manikandan, last month and the industry minister, M C Sampath, recently at the GIM roadshow in Silicon Valley.

Chennai is touted as SaaS capital of India with close to 50 startups in SaaS area, the focus will be on IT startups.

But there will be sessions on connected vehicles and electric vehicles, AI and other technology areas. Already, a startup in electric bikes, SVM Bikes, is keen to be participate. The conference will be produced by the local chapter.

Dorai Thodla, well known in startup circle, is leading the pack. The focus of GTEN is to connect youth, women and emerging entrepreneurs of our community in the US with India and other parts of the world for better business collaborations. GTENs will be held during TiEcons in different parts of the world and will be a regular feature, Narasimhan Kasturi said.

Tamils living in other parts of the world interested to host GTEN or sponsor can contact Narasimhan (Narsi) Kasturi at

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