Many aspiring entrepreneurs face trouble in meeting other like-minded people. There are various organisations and industry bodies, which support and encourage entrepreneurship in India. It may be helpful to explore the offerings for entrepreneurs’ benefits.
Popularly known as The Indus Entrepreneurs, TiE is a global organisation with chapters across India. They organise various networking events to bring entrepreneurs together and contribute to each other’s progress. Senior and successful entrepreneurs share their experiences with young and budding entrepreneurs. Regular mentoring sessions are held in major cities for aspiring entrepreneurs. It has a membership fee which brings some benefits, but events are also open to non-members.
Headstart Startup Saturday
Headstart is a nonprofit organisation that conducts Startup Saturday across various cities — an event scheduled for every second Saturday of the month and brings together entrepreneurs, students and investors in an informal setting to encourage dialogue and participation. Entrepreneurs can share ideas, get feedback from their peers, put up concerns and grow their network. There is a nominal fee for attending the events. It also organises annual startup exhibitions to give a platform to new ventures.
Open Coffee Club
It is an informal group of entrepreneurs and professionals who come together on a monthly basis to network with each other for common goals. Most events have a central theme to drive the discussions and interactions. It is also well supported by Google groups, where all members contribute actively to solve common issues faced by each other. Bangalore chapter is most active, while it has its presence in Pune, Chennai and Kolkata too.
Article Originally Published : http://expressbuzz.com/education/entrepreneur-networks/368925.html on 04 Mar 2012