In a new initiative, TiE Bangalore has felicitated leading stalwarts such as Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Azim Premji, Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty and Pradeep Kar and Sachin Bansal for their contribution towards creating Bengaluru’s vibrant and robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Bengaluru, September 14, 2021: TiE Bangalore kicked off its maiden awards initiative, the Spirit of TiE –Trailblazers Awards, by felicitating Smt. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon & Biocon Biologics, in a virtual awards ceremony last week. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw was honoured for her exemplary journey as a successful entrepreneur, her contribution to Bengaluru’s start-up journey as well as her significant and instrumental role in the founding group of the TiE Bangalore chapter 22 years ago. The award was presented on behalf of TiE Bangalore’s Board and Charter Member community by Madan Padaki, Hon. President, Priya Chetty Rajagopal, Chair, Spirit of TiE Awards & Board Member, Geetha Ramamurthy, Hon. Secretary, Sathyanarayana BV, Hon. Treasurer, Ravi Gururaj, Past President & Board Member, Naganand Doraswamy, Past President & Board Member, among other Board Members.

The Spirit of TiE – Trailblazers Awards was launched last month against the backdrop of World Entrepreneurs’ Day on August 21, 2021, with the aim of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of leading entrepreneurs from Bengaluru and helped shape the city into being among India’s top vibrant entrepreneurial hubs that it is today. As the first set of awardees, along with Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw, TiE Bangalore will be felicitating: Azim Premji, Founder-Chairman, Wipro Ltd.; Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys; Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder, Infosys; Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman & Executive Director, Narayana Health; Pradeep Kar, Founder, Chairman, and Managing Director, Microland Ltd. and Sachin Bansal, Managing Director, Navi Group and Co-founder, former CEO & Chairman, Flipkart.

Over the next few months, TiE Bangalore will be celebrating the contributions of each of these leaders through a series of interesting webinars to discuss and highlight the milestone moments in their entrepreneurial journeys. Through these discussions, TiE Bangalore will capture key leadership insights, learnings and takeaways that can inspire and encourage future and budding entrepreneurs of Bengaluru and further foster the thriving entrepreneurial spirit of the city.

In her conversation with TiE Bangalore, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw spoke candidly and passionately about her journey as a young woman entrepreneur at the age of 25 years, her passion for nurturing entrepreneurial talent, especially women, financial and social challenges she faced in her entrepreneurial journey as well as bringing in bio-technological advances in a country that was still in its most nascent stages of impact-driven technology. She also shed light on her significant role in the founding group of the TiE Bangalore chapter almost 22 years ago.

As a symbolic gesture of honour, TiE Bangalore planted a tree in her name, as well as presented her with a wildlife photograph by Wildlife for Cancer for underprivileged children suffering from Retinoblastoma (a form of eye-cancer) to a cancer charity Iksha Foundation.

Receiving this honour, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon & Biocon Biologics said “I am honoured to receive the Spirit of TiE - Trailblazers Award. I was lucky to benefit from the business-friendly ethos of Bangalore when I set off on my entrepreneurial journey with Biocon in the late 1970s. In the decades since then, Bangalore has received global recognition as a start-up hub and become the preferred location for entrepreneurs looking to make a success of their ventures. TiE Bangalore has played a significant role in this transformational journey, inspiring entrepreneurs and fostering entrepreneurship excellence through mentoring, networking and education, funding and incubation. It has enabled the next generation of entrepreneurs through its untiring efforts. In a post-COVID world, Indian entrepreneurs will have enormous opportunities to conceptualise and build new businesses. I believe Bangalore will be at the heart of global efforts to rebuild a post-pandemic world through the power of entrepreneurship.”

Delighted to present this award, Madan Padaki, Hon. President, TiE Bangalore said “On behalf of TiE Bangalore as well as the city of Bengaluru itself, we applaud Kiran for her significant strides as a successful entrepreneur and for her role in sculpting the city into this phenomenal entrepreneurship ecosystem that it is today. The next generation of entrepreneurs like us owe a lot to the enormously inspiring journeys of Trailblazers like her, as we have immensely benefited from the light they have shone on the path of entrepreneurship. We are filled with great pride to have exemplary leaders like Kiran as one of the Founding Members of TiE Bangalore 22 years ago and look forward to her guidance as we accelerate our journey at TiE Bangalore of building a more vibrant ecosystem.”

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