Ushering In The New Era

Accelerate Your Entrepreneurship

TiECON Southwest 2016 is TiE Southern California’s signature annual entrepreneurship conference bringing together 700+ entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and business professionals for a great combination of substantive conversation, education and peer networking.

Make High-Level Connections

TiECON Southwest brings together highly successful and aspiring business women and men from varying industries such as IoT, Entertainment, MarTech, Healthcare, Construction, Mining, Renewable Energy, AR/VR, Media and Information Technology.

The agenda features several keynote/plenary discussions and a number of smaller break-out panels, with plenty of time for informal exchange and mentorship.

Learn The Latest Technologies

Learn how MarTech affects your business in the brave new digital world. Come listen to Google Evangelist, Brand Marketing Gopi Kallayil, Founder of MS International Manu Shah, and General Partner of Foundation Capital Ashu Garg. Our awesome MC Rajiv Satyal will make you laugh and keep the adrenaline flowing throughout the day. But that’s not all:.
  • Attend Breakout Panels
  • Participate in Open-Mic Startup Pitch
  • Enjoy the popular Mentor-Mentee Power Lunch
  • Network with high profile VCs
  • Promote your startup business
  • Get inspired and engaged with newfound connections


TiECON SouthWest is brought to you in association with TiE South Coast, TiE Arizona, TiE Rockies and TiE Las Vegas.


Open Mic Pitch for Entrepreneurs

Open Mic Pitch for Entrepreneurs sponsored by Microsoft

openmicTiECON Southwest will conduct an “Open Mic Pitch” for entrepreneurs. The program includes one-minute pitches by 10 pre-selected applicants, grand exposure to various venture capital firms, incubators and other local entrepreneurs, and continuous exposure on the website.

Liz Goodgold of Redfire Branding will share her red hot, on the spot ideas to brand out and stand out.

Three entrepreneurs will walk away as the most likeable, most scalable and most innovative. Microsoft will provide exclusive Office software to the winners.

List of Open Mic Pitch contestants

Event Schedule

8:00 AM Exhibitor Room Breakfast & Networking
8:45 AM Grand Ballroom Welcome Note by Rajiv Satyal and TiECON
Co-Chairs(Neeraj Bhavani & Hemant Warudkar)
9:00 AM Grand Ballroom "Decade of the CMO" by Ashu Garg
(General Partner - Foundation Capital)
9:45 AM Grand Ballroom "The Internet to the Inner Net" by Gopi Kallayil
(Google Brand Marketing Guru)
10:30 AM Exhibitor Room Chai & Networking
11:00 AM Grand Ballroom "Ethics in Business – Ingredient for Growth" by Manu Shah
(CEO & Founder - M S International)
12:00 PM Garden Terrace Lunch LUNCH - TiE SoCal Mentor Program Activity
(Mentors: Tadanki/Chugh/Grama/Somani/Ram/
1:00 PM Lakewood “Internet of Things” - Panel Session I
1:00 PM Cypress “MarTech” - Panel Session II
1:00 PM Artesia “Evonexus Innovations" - Panel Session III
2:30 PM Exhibitor Room Chai & Networking
3:00 PM Grand Ballroom "Open Mic Pitch"Judges: Navneet Chugh, Mangesh Mahajan & Venkat Tadanki
3:30 PM Grand Ballroom "First Fast Fearless - How to lead like a Navy Seal" by Ed Hiner
(ret. Lieutenant Commander)
4:30 PM Grand Ballroom "Open Mic Pitch" - Winners Announced
(Sponsored by Microsoft)
5:00PM Exhibitor Room MIXER - Sponsored by Etihad

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Devang Thakkar

EvoNexus Panel Moderator & Open Mic Pitch Facilitator

Chad Trytten

Co-Founder, Koriist

Rohit Kumar

Dhol Player and Percussionist

George Kenney

Open Mic Pitch Judge, Managing Director at Shepherd Ventures

VADM Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder, VP of Organizational Development

Harina Kapoor

TiE SoCal President

Neeraj Bhavani

Co-Chair - TiECON Southwest

Justin Weissberg

CEO, Evasyst (Immersive Gaming)

Robert (Bob) Curtis

Co-Founder & COO, Immersive Entertainment (VR)

Rob Benson

CEO at Qelzal Corporation (Drone Obstacle Avoidance)

Venkat Tadanki

Open Mic Pitch Judge, Investor at THB

Mangesh Mahajan

Partner at Watermark Venture Capital

Sanjay Dalal

Conference Marketing Chair

Anand Mahale

Conference Sponsorship Chair

Navneet Chugh

CEO & Founder, Chugh Firm

Rajiv Satyal

Conference Master of Ceremonies

Ed Hiner

Lieutenant Commander (ret.)

Raghu Bala

IoT Visionary and Thought Leader

Rajit Gadh

Professor, UCLA

Nitin Chawla

Vice President, Innovation, Disney

Sweta Patel

CEO, Global Marketing Tactics

Anurag Bist

Founder & CEO, Monet Networks.

Imran Currim

Chancellor's Professor, UCI

Hemant Warudkar

CEO, Express Analytics

Gopi Kallayil

Google Brand Marketing Guru

Ashu Garg

General Partner, Foundation Capital

Smita Bagla

Managing Partner, Amritt, Inc.

Manu Shah

CEO & Founder, M S I

Event Price list

Student Special! Valid till 15th October


  • Valid Student ID required

Event Location


12725 Center Court Drive,

Cerritos, CA 90703

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