“India Rising: New Opportunities for Minnesota Entrepreneurs”

Manmohan Singh quoted Victor Hugo in his 1991 parliament address “No power on Earth can stop an idea whose time has come”The emergence of India as a major global power is an idea whose time has come. Over the past 15 years, India has been the second fastest-growing country in the world—after China —averaging above 6 percent growth per year. This over 1.2 billion strong market opens up many new opportunities for the U.S entrepreneur.

Dear Friends of TiE Minnesota,

For our upcoming event on March 16th, we are excited to announce a panel discussion: “India Rising: New opportunities for Minnesota Entrepreneurs. Our panelists are Prakash Puram, President and CEO of iXmatch and Dr. Bruce Corie, Professor of Economics, Concordia University. Prakash Puram, was recently appointed to the President Export Council that advises the president on government policies and programs that affect U.S. trade performance.  The Council consists of 10 Cabinet Secretaries, 27 other CEO's of the largest U.S. Companies, and 5 Congressmen and Senators.  In February, Prakash was appointed by the President, along with Condoleezza Rice and several others, to the Sub-Committee on Trade Promotion and Negotiations. Prakash will be spending June 21st in a working session with President Bush in Washington D.C.. Bruce Corie is founding editor of the online journal www.policybriefs.org, which provides diverse perspectives on policy issues (please see that attached for their full bios).   Discussion will focus on the following topics 

  • Thefuture of the Indo/US relationship and implications for entrepreneurs  
  • Examplesand anecdotes of companies locally that have capitalized on an Indianconnection. 
  • Topsectors that are growing and that may present opportunities for members.
  • LocalMN business perspectives of how the entrepreneurial landscape may bechanging.
  • Impressionsand takeaways for TiE members from President Bush's visit to India.

Prakash Puram

Prakash has over 25 years of management experience in the consumer and high-tech industries. Most recently he was GM of the Consumer and Retail Markets Software Business at Net Perceptions. Prior to that, he was Director of Worldwide Strategy and Business Development for Honeywell's Home & Building Controls division. He has had successful business leadership and product management roles at Honeywell, IBM, Pillsbury, and Unilever, and a unique consulting stint in Kiev with Harvard University's Project for Economic Reform in Ukraine (PERU.) He received a BS from Loyola College, Madras, India; a Business Management diploma from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India; an MBA from the University of Minnesota; and a Master's in Competitive Strategy and Trade Policy from Harvard University. Prakash serves on the advisory board of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a private pilot, and speaks Japanese and some Russian. Prakash was a torch-runner for the Atlanta Olympics.

Bruce Corrie

Dr Bruce Corrie, is Professor of Economics at Concordia University in Saint Paul and has a PhD in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.  Recent appointments include, the Minnesota Academy of Entrepreneurs, the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, the Help America Vote Act State Planning Committee, the Minnesota appeals panel for the Leave No Child Behind Act, Chair of the US Small Business Administration District Advisory Council in Minnesota, National Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Rural Entrepreneurship Academy and the Community Advisory Boards of Twin Cities Public Television and KFAI radio.  In the city of Saint Paul he served on Cultural Advisory Board (CAB), the Biotechnology Advisory Committee of the Mayor, and the Neighborhood STAR board. He is on the board of the Neighborhood Development Center that does cutting-edge work around immigrant and small business development.

  • When: Thursday, March 16th, 2006 6:30pm

  • Where: Radisson Roseville (2540 North Cleveland Ave., Roseville 55113)

Registration: (include dinner)
Member Registration: $10.00
Non-Member $15.00
Please use the form below to register. If you experience technical difficulties, you can pay at the door as well.

Kind Regards,
TiE Minnesota Executive Committee



TiE is a global not-for-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship. TiE helps budding entrepreneurs by way of advice, guidance and assistance from successful & experienced entrepreneurs and professionals.

Our greatest strength is our network through 42 chapters across 9 countries that consists of many participants in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – successful & experienced as well as budding entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, angel investors, service providers, etc. We make continuous efforts to interconnect this network in a way that allows us to deliver real value to all our constituents.

What does TiE stand for?

TiE stands for "The Indus Entrepreneurs", reflecting the South Asian background of the individuals who chartered the organization in 1992. Over time, TiE has come to represent "Talent, ideas and Enterprise" or 'The Innovative Ecosystems' through its activities and influences.

How and when was TiE started?

The concept of TiE was born at the end of 1992 at a lunch meeting of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and professionals. The idea originated with the objective of sharing and giving back to society. Initially this small group of individuals launched monthly activities, which, in turn, attracted more members. By 1994, TiE had become a formal organization with a larger group of members and participants. TiE remains a unique volunteer driven organization, with the single-minded focus on its objective.

What is the mission and objective of TiE?

TiE's mission is to foster and advance entrepreneurship across the globe. Its principle objective is to provide a platform on which people with entrepreneurial spirit and those interested in economic value creation can come together to share ideas. TiE endeavors to cultivate and nurture the ecosystems of entrepreneurship and free-market economics everywhere, as it sees this to be the single most powerful instrument of prosperity.

Does TiE have any religious or political objectives?

No! TiE does not engage in political or religious activities or any matters that may create divisiveness among people.

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Member Pre-Registration Ended $10
Non-Member Pre-registration Ended $15
TiE Minnesota Annual Associate Membership Ended $100

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