SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TiEcon 2015, the world's largest gathering of entrepreneurs, will become ground zero for "disruptive entrepreneurship" on May 15-16 at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center. This year's conference will present, for the first time, findings of a new global study examining how start-ups are impacting market transformation and corporate innovation. It will also feature provocative sessions on a wide range transformational technology trends, including keynotes and presentations from leading innovators and hot start-ups from around the world.
Conference organizers also announced that they are still accepting nominations for this year's coveted TiE50 Awards. Announced at TiEcon, the awards recognize promising innovators and disruptors selected from thousands of start-ups around the world. Since the Awards inception in 2009, some 94 percent of winners and finalists have received venture funding and many have gone on to be acquired, merged or become public. To nominate your organization for the TiE50 Awards, please visit http://www.tie50.net/TiE50Awards/ and click the register button. All submissions are due by April 15th.
"This year's conference is shaping up to be the most comprehensive celebration of entrepreneurship in the history of TiEcon," said BJ Arun, co-convener of TiEcon 2015. "Not only are we getting the biggest names from the hottest start-ups, but also senior executives from major corporations have been eager to support the program. Additionally, we are executing primary research around innovation and entrepreneurship that will be showcased at the event. Participants from all over the globe will find valuable information and networking opportunities to further their personal, career, corporate, and social entrepreneurship goals."
The TiEcon Experience
TiEcon is where the world's wealth connects with technology stealth to create an energizing environment for start-ups to take off. Worth Magazine recently honored TiEcon as a Top 10 Worldwide Conference for Ideas and Entrepreneurship, alongside events such as Demo, TED, and the World Economic Forum. The conference attracts thousands of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology buyers and journalists from around the world. Last year's conference brought together over 4,000 technology and entrepreneurial professionals from over 22 countries.
The theme of this year's TiEcon is "Disruptive Entrepreneurship: Break-In. Break-Out. Break Away." It will include major tracks on topics such as The Data Economy, Cloud Infrastructure, and the Internet of Things, as well as Entrepreneurship, TiE Youth, Healthcare, Oil & Gas Technology and Online Education. Technology sessions will feature keynotes by industry luminaries, customer perspectives, technology talks, VC panels, and presentations by six of hottest start-ups in each respective area.
Among the featured speakers at this year's conference are Phil Libin, founder and CEO of Evernote; Vivek Ranadive, founder and former CEO of TIBCO and owner of the Sacramento Kings; Blanca Trevino, founder and CEO of Softek, Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder, president and CEO of SanDisk, and Suja Chandrasekaran, CTO of WalMart, along with many others. A list of speakers is available on the TiEcon 2015 web site.
Dr. Sharad Sapra, the inaugural Director of UNICEF's Global Innovation Centre, will be one of this year's featured speakers. Dr. Sapra will announce the launch of an exciting new campaign to crowdsource breakthrough ideas and technologies for social good from the most innovative entrepreneurs around the globe. The landmark initiative calls for disruptive entrepreneurs to engage in social innovation and demonstrate how their brilliance can make a difference in the lives of underprivileged people around the globe.
TiEcon has teamed with the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network this year to conduct major survey to determine where, how and to what degree venture-funded startups are disrupting established markets and businesses and driving new thinking, faster innovation and transformation in enterprises worldwide. The study, "Start-Up Innovation: Inspiring Business Transformation," includes a global survey of senior corporate executives, change agents, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. People wishing to participate can access the online survey on the BPI Network web site at http://www.bpinetwork.org/tie-startup-innovation-survey
Now in its 22nd year, TiEcon is one of the world's largest gatherings of entrepreneurs and innovators. It brings together innovators, venture finance professionals, and technology buyers from around the world to help advance the cause of disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship and provide a stage for new technology start-ups seeking funding and recognition. TiEcon has been identified by Worth Magazine as a Top 10 Worldwide Conference for Ideas and Entrepreneurship, alongside events such as Demo, TED, and the World Economic Forum. TiEcon 2015 will be held on May 15-16 at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center. www.tiecon.org
TiE is a global not-for-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, education, and networking. We consider entrepreneurship to be the single most powerful instrument to advance global prosperity. Our greatest strength is our network of over 60 chapters in 17 countries with a worldwide membership exceeding 14,000 that includes successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, and aspiring entrepreneurs. For more information on TiE, visit www.tie.org