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TiE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS



TiE Chennai places a strong emphasis on networking and community building, which it accomplishes notably through its Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These are groups for people who share a common interest in a subject and wish to learn more about it. SIG members benefit from a variety of events, workshops, and mentoring sessions hosted by TiE Chennai in an effort to deepen sector-specific knowledge. There are currently seven SIGs, each pertaining to a different sector, and two more are in the pipeline.

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1. Startups

2. Marketing

3. Creative

4. Consumer

5. MSMEs

6. Healthcare

7. FinTech

Upcoming:

1. Agri/AgriTech

2. Edu/EduTech

STARTUP SIG

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Are you innovating and developing products or services? Do you have a business or a business idea? Then this is the right place to be!
Startup SIG will give you access to a community of people on the same path. While some may be walking by your side, others are just a few steps ahead. This SIG will provide you with the essential experience and knowledge to be a successful entrepreneur! The Startup SIG hosts multiple events including:

1) Knowledge Sharing Sessions

In knowledge sharing sessions, you get access to enlightening fireside chats and webinars, where leaders share their experience and advice. These are more informative conversations with Q&A sessions. Participants can learn about new industry trends, build capacity, clarify doubts with industry experts and gain exposure through these sessions. 

2) Roundtable sessions

The roundtable sessions help introduce you to key customers, investors and stakeholders, foster a network of peers, and host group discussions to help you navigate your most pressing business challenges head-on.

3) Workshops

The workshop sessions are designed for growing companies at all stages and from all industries. Here, you learn the right tips and tricks, avoid common errors, and get insightful information about how to organise, run, market, finance, monetise and grow your business.

4) Masterclasses

The Masterclasses provide knowledge, expertise as well as its application for your entrepreneurial journey. With the help of expert facilities, you benefit from a hands-on learning experience.

5) Networking events

No entrepreneur is an island, and success in business is a derivative of your ties with the right mentors and connections. Through networking events, members have a unique opportunity to benefit from networking with other entrepreneurs, executives from large companies, potential customers and investors.

6) Expert Mentoring opportunities

We help you get introduced to the right mentors. There are a large number of serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the TiE Chennai world. These industry stalwarts are well-versed with advising on investment options and funding avenues. With one-on-one sessions with these industry leaders, you get the opportunity to dig deep and solve problems.

7) PitchFest for funding and investing opportunities

PitchFest is a pitch competition for startups at any stage of business. Startups at the early stage of development, operations, proto stage or even those that are at early idea stage can take part in PitchFest. The teams are mentored by TiE Chennai members and partners, undergo a wide range of workshops on topics relating to business, and pitch their ideas to potential investors.

8) Demo Day

On Demo Day, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to showcase their products and services among India's other leading innovation and startup displays. It is a platform for TiE Chennai startups to interact with investors, industry, government, and institutions across India. You also get to see the products and services of other startups, and get inspired by prominent personalities from the startup ecosystem of Chennai.

The Startup SIG is further classified into three categories:

1) Pre-startup stage for those still developing an idea or doing research, intended for those with a strong vision and mission as well as the curiosity to go down the path
2) Startup stage for those with early revenue or in operations for less than two years
3) Growth stage for those looking to scale and grow, having been in operations for over two years
To be a part of the Startup SIG, fill this form.

MARKETING SIG

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“Why should the customer buy from your firm and not elsewhere?” Marketing helps business firms differentiate themselves by attempting to answer this question. If you wish to learn business marketing from scratch or enhance your existing marketing skills, Marketing SIG is the platform for you.


Going beyond theoretical lectures, the Marketing SIG gives you a chance to interact, share ideas, learn and grow with a community of people. This is also the perfect place to pick up practical marketing tips and tactics from specialists in the field. This SIG hosts:


1. Knowledge Sharing Sessions

In knowledge sharing sessions, you get access to enlightening fireside chats and webinars, where leaders share their experience and advice. These are more informative conversations with Q&A sessions. Participants can learn about new marketing trends, build capacity, clarify doubts with
industry experts and gain exposure through these sessions. 

2. Roundtable sessions

The roundtable sessions help introduce you to key customers, investors and stakeholders, foster a network of peers, and host group discussions to help navigate your most pressing questions on marketing and its challenges head-on.

3. Masterclasses

The Masterclass provides knowledge, expertise as well as its application for your marketing journey. With the help of expert facilities, you benefit from a hands-on learning experience. 

4. Networking opportunities

No entrepreneur is an island and success in business is a derivative of your ties with the right mentors and connections. Learn and implement your marketing skills through networking events as members have a unique opportunity to benefit from networking with other entrepreneurs, executives from large companies, potential customers and investors.

5. Expert Mentoring opportunities

We help you get introduced to the right mentors. There are a large number of marketing experts in the TiE Chennai world, who are well-versed with advising on marketing trends and techniques. With one-on-one sessions with these industry leaders, you get the opportunity to dig deep and solve problems.
To be a part of the Marketing SIG, fill this form.

CREATIVE SIG

In order to build a competitive edge, an entrepreneur’s mind must always seek out innovative ideas and creative opportunities. TiE Chennai’s Creative SIG is the best place to nurture this creativity through our events, book review sessions and much more. By discussing the trials, errors and triumphs of others before us through their writing, the Creative SIG walks their path and learns from them. The doors are open to book readers, writers and bibliophiles as well as people curious about branding and innovation.
To be a part of the Creative SIG, fill this form.

CONSUMER SIG

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As you participate in this SIG, you will not only learn how to look at products but also how to seek out potential in product categories. You will be able to keep up with the latest market trends through our well-curated sessions and in the process, build up the confidence to take your own ideas to the next level! This SIG, meant for anyone working with consumer products and services, hosts:

1. Knowledge Sharing Sessions

In knowledge sharing sessions, you get access to enlightening fireside chats and webinars, where leaders share their experience and advice. These are more informative conversations with Q&A sessions. Participants can learn about new trends in dealing with consumers, build capacity, clarify doubts with industry experts and gain exposure through these sessions.

2. Roundtable sessions

The roundtable sessions help introduce you to key customers, investors and stakeholders, foster a network of peers, and host group discussions to help you navigate your most pressing questions on how to build products based on consumer needs head-on.

3. Workshops

The workshop sessions are designed for growing companies at all stages and from all industries. Here, you learn the right tips and tricks to avoid common errors and get insightful information about how to seek out potential in product categories and grow your business.

4. Masterclasses

The Masterclass provides knowledge, expertise as well as its application for your entrepreneurial journey. With the help of expert facilities, you gain hands-on learning experience.

5. Networking opportunities

No entrepreneur is an island, and success in business is a derivative of your ties with the right mentors and connections. Through networking events, members have a unique opportunity to benefit from networking with other entrepreneurs, executives from large companies, potential customers and investors.

6. Expert Mentoring opportunities

We help you get introduced to the right mentors. There are a large number of serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the TiE Chennai world, who are well-versed with advising on investment options and funding avenues. With one-on-one sessions with these industry leaders, you get the opportunity to dig deep and solve problems.

7. Demo Day

On Demo Day, you will have the opportunity to showcase your consumer products and services among India's leading innovations and startups in the consumer products and services industry. It is a platform for TiE Chennai startups to interact with investors, industry, government, and institutions across India.

To be a part of the Creative SIG, fill this form.

MSME SIG

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and those who are associated with the sector can benefit from the sessions conducted by this SIG that focuses on manufacturing and service industries. These sessions are held in Tamil.
Fill this form to be notified of and participate in events conducted by the SIG.

 

HEALTHCARE SIG

TiE Chennai, in association with the Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC), conducts many informative sessions and events for those in or interested in the healthcare sector. As it grows, this community will host peer-learning platforms and other events related to healthcare.
To be a part of the Healthcare SIG, fill this form.

 

FINTECH SIG

TiE Chennai conducts knowledge sharing sessions, workshops, pitch competition and networking events for those who are associated with or are interested in the FinTech industry. The FinTech SIG is a growing community that also gets priority notifications and updates on events conducted by those we collaborate with, such as FinBlue – A Center of Entrepreneurship, STPI Chennai.
To be a part of the FinTech SIG, fill this form

AGRI/AGRITECH SIG

One of the SIGs in the pipeline, we are seeking to build a community of those who are both interested in and associated with Agri/AgriTech.
To be part of the Agri/AgriTech SIG, fill this form.

EDU/EDUTECH SIG

This upcoming SIG seeks to address the building interest and growing innovation in the Edu/EduTech sectors. Through this SIG, we hope to build a community of those interested in and associated with Edu/EduTech.
To be part of the Edu/EduTech SIG, fill this form.