TiECon Midwest 2009
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TiECon 2009 :The INNOVATIVE Entrepreneur

History tells us that in every economic downturn a new group of corporate giants is born. Microsoft, MTV, HP, Disney, IBM, Proctor & Gamble… in fact 16 of the Dow Jones 30 companies were launched during a recession or depression.

It takes a truly INNOVATIVE entrepreneur to launch and grow a business in the current economic climate. TiECon is just the stimulus needed to jumpstart INNOVATIVE entrepreneurs and pull us out of this recession. On October 23 and 24, TiE Detroit presents the state’s largest conference on entrepreneurship: TiECon 2009 for the INNOVATIVE Entrepreneur. Celebrating the extraordinary person who thinks creatively, innovatively and resourcefully to create his or her own future. Over 1,000 participants will engage in rich dialogue with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry executives, and thought leaders in two action-packed days at TiECon Midwest 2009.


“The best way to predict the future is to create it .” – Peter Drucker
Will you be INNOVATIVE enough to create the opportunity?

TiECon Midwest 2009 Highlights

TiE Midwest 20 - The 20 hottest startups.
This year’s TiECon will host the first annual showcase of 20 of the most promising startup companies across five focus segments. This year’s focus segments are: Cleantech, Wireless, Software, Life Sciences, and Media. The 20 companies will be selected from hundreds of emerging start-ups after a rigorous screening process that includes reviews from industry experts as well as voting by the wider segment community.  Attendees will receive a brief overview of the focus segment, and learn how the TiE Midwest 20 company addresses needs in that industry.


PowerConnect - Power Networking with a Segment Focus.
TiECon Midwest  2009 introduces a premium networking session, PowerConnect, to facilitate meeting with industry experts relevant to your interests. Each day, PowerConnect participants will spend almost two hours over lunch with 50 other relevant entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and VCs with a similar background and interest in their segment area. The sessions will include intense interaction at a small group level, as well as interactive panels with leading industry experts in that segment. PowerConnect attendees will “deep dive” on relevant topics and walk away with new found insight from focused discussions on a particular technology area, as well as 50+ relevant connections in their area of interest.

Business Bootcamp
Starting a company. Running a company. Taking it to the next level: All of these require more than technical ingenuity and a bright idea. Even the most innovative entrepreneur needs to consider the practical aspects of managing a company such as funding, legal issues, building teams, scaling sales and creating hype through PR campaigns. This year’s TiECon will offer bootcamps focused on these key areas. These interactive bootcamps will require attendee participation and provide hands-on experience. Our workshop leaders are experts in their fields and will offer battle-tested tips to give a venture its greatest chance for success.
Who will attend TiECon 2009?
TiECon 2009 attendees will include more than 1,000 intellectuals from across the world bringing together a complete ecosystem for accelerating the full cycle of a company’s development from funding to launch, growth and success. Attendees span the spectrum from entrepreneurs creating new companies to financial market experts to government policy makers to eminent personalities from academics and media.
TiECon is ideal for:
  The ENTREPRENEUR, Who just had a flash of a billion dollar idea
  INTRAPRENEURS in multinationals, focused on new corporate initiatives
  STARTUPS & EARLY STAGE COMPANIES developing a viable business model
  PROFESSIONALS offering legal, financial, marketing, engineering services
  SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS looking to make a world of difference.
About TiE
TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network. Since its founding in 1992, TiE has grown to become the world's largest organization for entrepreneurs and professionals, with membership spread across 53 chapters in 12 countries. Membership includes over 1,800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as Charter Members, and over 12,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as Members. Top Venture Capital firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and professional service providers are among TiE sponsors.
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