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CHANDIGARH: Asserting that Punjabis are born leaders and every Punjabi has entrepreneurship in their DNA, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Saturday urged aspiring startup investors to help the state government in making Punjab the most favourable investment destination.

Punjabis can turn any venture into profitability with their innate spirit to take and absorb risks, the Chief Minister said here while delivering the keynote address at 9th edition of TiECON Chandigarh 2024 at Hyatt Regency ,  Chandigarh while assuring the large gathering of Industry leaders his fulsome support to industry in the state's growth trajectory.

Aptly billed as North India's largest entrepreneurial conclave, TiECON extends a viable platform to budding entrepreneurial talent while marking Chandigarh tricity presence on the global map. Currently in its 9th year, TiE Chandigarh has over the years contributed significantly to the region's success in IT and allied sectors.

Recalling various measures undertaken by his government in last 2 years, the Chief Minister said that innovations unleashed by state government through colour coded stamp papers had brought incremental success with permission time for business approvals reducing drastically.

State government's endeavour has been to ensure speedy approvals by relaxing the levers and by cutting down on unnecessary bureaucratic red tape, the Chief Minister said while urging the youngsters to come up with innovative ideas which would make delivery of citizen-centric services more smoother and easier to avail.

Thanking the TieCON organisers for their unhindered service for making Punjab an attractive destination for investment, the Chief Minister highlighted the significance of world class educational facilities in and around Mohali.

Today we have too class educational facilities which would act as key drivers of overall growth and especially in attracting the right talent, Bhagwant Singh Mann said urging parents to understand and evaluate their children's inherent talent to excel in a particular field or stream.

When I was studying, my father had banned my presence at stage shows as he wanted me to concentrate more on studies. However, when I succeeded in my stage ventures, it was may dad who was most proud, the Chief Minister recalled to a loud cheer from the gathering.

Identifying talent early is crucial and with this aim we have started Schools of Eminence where upto Class 8 aptitude of a child is evaluated to see which field he or she will excel more, the Chief Minister said.

On the occassion Chief Minister also released StartUP Punjab Eco System 2.0 which encapsulates states journey towards becoming the most favoured investment destination . 

Earlier, while listing out the various initiatives, ACS Industry Tejveer Singh said that state government has come up with robust and dynamic Industrial Policy and state is working hard to ensure every investor gets the very best of facilities in Punjab. Owing to these efforts, Punjab has ranked as Top Performer in recent GoI's rankings for States' Startup Ranking 2022, he added.

While delivering the Vote of Thanks, Senior Director ISB DNV Kumara Guru thanked the Chief Minister for his forthcoming approach in assisting the industry always. We are grateful and express our gratitude to the Chief Minister and State Government for providing a congenial environment for industry to grow and thrive, he said.

Earlier while delivering the Welcome Address, President TiE Chandigarh Harit Mohan said the aim is to make 'Brand Punjab' a reality to bring greater success and prosperity to the state through IT.

The significant impact of ensuring hard work out by TiE professionals on the state's IT ecosystem has been recognised globally, Harit Mohan said. Since 1992 when TiE was instituted at Silicon Valley, our dedicated team of professionals have created 1 trillion dollar worth of wealth besides creating 205 million jobs globally, he added.

Thanking all stakeholders for making TiE Chandigarh the fastest growing Chapter, Mohan said fostering Entrepreneurial Culture, Innovation and energy in our ecosystem is our continuous aim, Mohan added.

Prominent amongst others present during the TiECON 2024 included , DPS Kharbanda , IAS and CEO Invest Punjab , Shiv Khera ,  acclaimed author educator and Business consultant , Aman Gupta , CMO , Boat Lifestyle and and Judge Shark ,  Ankur Warikoo , Founder , WebVeda , IS Paul , Director , Cedrus Bio- Products Pvt Ltd , Partap Aggarwal , Founder , CEO IDS Infotech , Caroline Rowett , Deputy High Commissioner  FCDO



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