|By Business Wire||
|May 22, 2014 09:03 AM EDT||
Over 500 entrepreneurs and investors will be attending TiE-Boston’s 16th Annual TiECON East conference, the largest startup conference on the East Coast, being held on May 29 & 30 at the Cambridge Marriott. This year, the theme Breaking Boundaries celebrates the hottest sectors making an impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem on the East Coast.
New this year is Leader Bank TiE Sharks, a sponsored program, where outstanding startups will pitch LIVE, during the Friday Night Banquet, to a panel of angel investors for on-the-spot investment, modeled after ABC's Shark Tank! "I am thrilled to introduce this new program, where startups can pitch and raise real money on the spot from TiE Sharks" says Sanjay Jain, TiECON East Conference Chair.
Surya Panditi, SVP of Cisco, kicks off the conference with his keynote address followed by the high powered India Keynote Panel, Exporting India, which features senior executives from Piramal, TATA, JSW Steel, and Essar. In short, Indian multi-national companies on a global buying spree and expansion.
Friday morning session celebrates “Made in Mass” with keynotes from Roger Marino, Co-founder of EMC, Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia, and a Fireside Chat with Abigail Johnson, President of Fidelity Investments with Stephanie Mehta of FORTUNE.
The conference also explores areas of innovation across three tracks: Startup Track, which covers hurdles a startup faces from Fundraising to Selling to Exits; the Technology Track discusses the latest trends in Big Data, Cyber Security, and Electronic Payments; while Rodney Brooks, Mick Mountz, Joe Zarb, and Aman Bhandari celebrate industries defining the East Coast: Robotics, Connected Health, and Internet of Things in the “Heat in the East” track.
Friday Night Banquet highlights include a keynote from US Representative Tulsi Gabbard and inspiring stories from TiE Stars.
Other programs in the conference include Entrepreneur BootCamp Sessions on: Finding Your First Customer, Branding and Partnerships, and Intellectual Property; and the final pitches to select the 5 Champions of TiE Challenge 2014.
“Entrepreneurs benefit from attending TiECON East because it offers a platform to push their limits and reach their goals,” says Gaugarin Oliver, President of TiE-Boston.