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The Finale

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During GEW

End Global Entrepreneurship Week in style with our big closing bash.  Hear from guest speakers, student organizations, and competition winners. Also, don’t miss out on the exclusive networking opportunity with our VIPs.  This event is OPEN TO ALL!


Date : Friday, Nov 22 2013

Time : 11:00am - 1:00pm

Venue : Main Campus, MTCC Ballroom

Honarary Keynote Speaker : Idris Kothari (CTO and Owner of Vertical Systems Inc)

Design cutting-edge technology, then creatively transform it into practical business applications. That is what Mr. Kothari has done repeatedly over a distinguished career of almost 30 years.

In his current responsibilities with Vertical Systems, Inc. (VSi) – a company based in Silicon Valley that he helped to co-found in 2001 – he is developing sophisticated solutions for the hospitality industry through a wide range of automated business centers, mobile applications, Wi-Fi hotspots, kiosks, and in-room products.

As both an innovative scientist and a visionary entrepreneur, he has co-founded and held senior engineering positions at several successful high-tech start-up firms – notably VPNet Technologies, VIA Technologies, and SLI Systems – that focused on such specialized areas as PC chip-sets, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), search engine optimization (SEO), and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

Mr. Kothari earned two undergraduate degrees at schools in Karachi, Pakistan – one in physics at SM Science College and the other in electrical engineering at NED Engineering University. He earned a master degree in computer science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Although Mr. Kothari is a man of industry, he is also a man of character and of the community. For example, he is a founding member, past president, and current board chairman of OPEN Silicon Valley, a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship and leadership among the area’s Pakistani-American residents.

In addition, he is a board member of several other civic groups, including the NED Alumni Association of Silicon Valley and Friends of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) USA. From 2002 to 2005, he served on the first global board of directors of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and helped to start TiE chapters in Karachi as well as Lahore.



11:00am – 11:15am : Reception open & refreshment served. Chat, mingle & network!

11:15am – 11:30am : Welcoming & opening speech by IIT Provost Alan Cramb

11:30am – 12:00pm : Keynote by Idris Kothari

12:00pm – 12:30pm : Sigma Nu Tau Induction ceremony

12:30pm – 1:00pm  : Lunch & Networking

For more exciting events happening during Global Entrepreneurship Week at IIT, please visit our website.


Seats are limited and on a first come first serve basis. Don't miss out on an exciting event! 

This event is free for members of the IIT community and $10 for guests. Register today.

Students / Youth
Entrepreneurs / Startups
Investors / Mentors
  • When: 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Start: 22 November 2013
  • End: 22 November 2013


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