GTEN Spring 2017

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) has announced Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Network (GTEN) Spring 2017 Conference in Silicon Valley on May 4, 2017 (a day before TiEcon 2017 – world’s largest Entrepreneurship Conference organized by TiE, Silicon Valley chapter).

Date: 4th May 2017, Thursday

Time: 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST

Venue: Silicon Valley Bank (Kellogg Auditorium), 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, California 95054, USA
(Location is one block west of Santa Clara Convention Center, Hyatt Regency, Hilton Hotels)

Event Registration: Advance registration is required. Admission is free for paid ATEA members. Includes dinner.

Please register at the following Eventbrite link:

Event Schedule**

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Check-in and Networking / Coffee / Snacks

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Opening Remarks / Introductions

4:00 pm – 4:40 pm – Panel discussion on: Entrepreneurship Lessons
Moderator: Prabakar Sundarrajan, Entrepreneur, Co-founder, The Fabric Accelerator
Panelist 1: A G Karunakaran, Entrepreneur, President / CEO, Multicoreware
Panelist 2: Michel Susai, Founder / CEO, Netscaler & NeoAccel
Panelist 3: Balaji Rajagopalan, Founder / CEO, Decision Minds

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm – Keynote: Innovative Global Entrepreneurship: Ganesan Ramanathan, Servant Leader, Serial Entrepreneur, Innovator, Global Advisor

5:00 pm – 5:40 pm – Panel discussion on: Global Entrepreneurship / India-US Opportunities / Challenges
Moderator: Ganesan Ramanathan, Serial Entrepreneur, Executive, Global Advisor
Panelist 1: Sridhar Ramasubbu, CFO, Opera Solutions, Former CFO, Wipro Technologies
Panelist 2: Nishith Desai, Managing Partner / Vaibhav Parikh, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
Panelist 3: Indu Navar, Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, Serus, Woodside Capital Partners,

5:40 pm – 6:00 pm – Keynote: Nandini Ramani, VP Engineering, Twitter

6:00 pm – 6:40 pm – Dinner / Networking

6:40 pm – 7:00 pm – Entrepreneurial Journey by Badava Gopi (Artist / RJ / Entrepreneur), Chennai

7:00 pm – 7:40 pm – Keynote: C K Kumaravel, CEO and Co-founder, Naturals Salon and Spa, India.

C K Kumaravel, popularly called CKK, hails from a family which pioneered the `Sachet Economy’ in India two decades ago. Born into a business family that launched Velvette, India’s first sachet shampoo in the late 1970s,  Kumaravel had worked under elder brothers CK Rajkumar, who ran the family business.

Kumaravel launched Naturals Salon in 2000. Naturals currently operates over 550 beauty salons, with 220 of them in Tamil Nadu.

Naturals’ target is to have 3000 salons and create 1000 women entrepreneurs and 50,000 jobs by 2020. The company is working on franchise model. His goal is to make Naturals the No. 1 brand in the world by 2025. His wife, a co-founder of Naturals, Veena Kumaravel, played a key role in developing the first few salons.

7:40 pm – 8:20 pm – Panel discussion on: Women in Business

Moderator: Nandini Ramani, VP Engineering, Twitter
Panelist 1: Sudha Michel, Co-founder, NeoAccell (Invited)
Panelist 2: Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan, Co-founder, CTO, Lily App

8:20 pm – 8:30 pm
 – Pitches / Intros from early stage Startups (Share your elevator pitches)

Badava Gopi8:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Performance by Badava Gopi (Artist / RJ / Entrepreneur)

Attendees are expected from US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tamil Nadu.

If you are interested in becoming a hospitality sponsor or corporate sponsor for this event, please contact us.

** Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

** Fees paid are not refundable.

** Event admission can be substituted.

Media Sponsors

Our media sponsors are 8K Miles Media and India Abroad.

8K Miles Media South Asian ConnectIndia Abroad

Event Sponsors

Our event sponsors are Naturals Salon and Spa, Decision Minds, Silicon Valley Bank (Venue), and Swagath Gourmet.

Decision MindsNaturals Salon and Spa

Silicon Valley BankSwagath Gourmet

About ATEA

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) is a not-for-profit, federally recognized [tax exempted under section 501 (C) (3) by IRS] organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship among the Tamil diaspora in US. Currently ATEA has two chapters in Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area) and North East (New York / New Jersey).

ATEA organizes entrepreneurship education programs, meetups, conferences, startup pitch sessions, networking events, and mentorship programs for early stage entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.