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TiECon 2014 to celebrate entrepreneurship sept. 27 IN TAMPA

TIECONTiECon is TiE’s (The Indus Entrepreneurs) flagship event, which is now in its 21st year, and is coming to Tampa Bay, courtesy of its local chapter. More than 300 are expected to attend the 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 event at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St.

The conference will feature thought-provoking topics on entrepreneurship delivered by some of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and thought leaders through interactive keynote sessions and panels. Eminent entrepreneur Gururaj Desh Deshpande (Sparta Group), Farooq Kathwari (chair, president and CEO-Ethan Allen Interiors) and Asif Ramji (president and CEO of Paymetric) will ignite the podium with stories of perseverance and innovation.

TiE Tampa President Ashok Kartham announced a new twist to TiECon with the opportunity for startups to pitch to charter members for a chance to win a top prize of $2,500 and $1,500 and $1,000 for the runners-up.

The content-driven conference will appeal to a wide variety of people, including budding entrepreneurs. Executive Director Kamlesh Darji remarked, “The excitement and entrepreneurial energy at this event will be nothing short of inspiring. Today, more people are leaving jobs to pursue their dream and the road less traveled is the road to entrepreneurship but it can be a rocky path so why not learn from those who have already walked on the path?”

To find out more about TiECon or for sponsorship inquiries, call (813) 841-9216 or visit

About TiE

It was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are 11,000 members, including more than 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 17 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking and education.



Curry FestImagine your taste buds watering as you enjoy the delicious aromas of flavors from the various curry-inspired dishes prepared by master chefs from around the world featuring their signature creations. The lineup of professional chefs for this year’s Tampa Bay International Curry Festival (TBICF) Oct. 4 aims to impress, with chefs coming directly from India, England, Trinidad, New York and Miami. They have prepared foods for superstars such as Sophia Loren, Gloria Estefan, Puff Daddy and Al Pacino.

Curry Fest TampaThe Friday, Oct. 3, evening charity event is hosted by Drs. Ram and Sadhana Ramcharran and presented by Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Foundation. It will feature food, beers and wine pairings, silent auction and entertainment by recording artist Jordan Lawhead. A special brewed curry-inspired beer will be unveiled. This semiformal event will be at the Marriott West Shore, Tampa. Tickets are $150 per person and $250 for couples.

From noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive, N.E., in St. Petersburg, TBICF will showcase a myriad of national, local chefs, restaurants and individuals, all vying to win the first place prize of $5,000 for professionals and $2,500 for amateurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste various types of curries from local restaurants and vendors from around the world. There will be food demonstrations, adult beverages, and musical performances by local artist, bands and main headliner Wayne Wonder.

For information or to sign up for the competition, call Dr. Sadhana Shah at (727) 798-4258 or visit

Shyam Mohapatra elected one of six inaugural inductees to Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

MohapatraUSF Health’s Shyam Mohapatra, PhD, a pioneer of applied biomedical nanotechnology, was among six inventors announced recently as the first inductees into the newly established Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

A Distinguished USF Health Professor and career research scientist at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Dr. Mohapatra develops cell-targeted miniscule biodegradable particles known as nanoparticles to deliver drugs, genes and peptides that regulate immune response to inflammatory diseases. His research has contributed to innovations in nanoscale biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics for cancers, asthma, viral infections and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Mohapatra joins Thomas Edison (1847-1931), the most prolific inventor in U.S. history, and John Gorrie, MD (1803-1855), the father of air conditioning and refrigeration, as members of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Other 2014 inductees are Robert Cade, MD (1927-2007), a University of Florida professor who developed the hydrating sports drink Gatorade; William Glenn, PhD (1926-2013), a Florida Atlantic University professor who invented the high-definition camera for NASA; and Shin-Tson Wu, PhD (1953-), a University of Central Florida professor whose liquid crystal research has widely impacted display technology worldwide.

Dr. Mohapatra has attracted more than $20 million in extramural research funds to USF and his technology inventions have resulted in several spin-out companies. Since joining the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in 1996, he has been issued 19 U.S. patents, and has several patents pending. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Mohapatra’s inventions and discoveries with applications for society include following:

The six inaugural inventors will be honored Sept. 10 at the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala in Tampa. For a complete list of the inductees, including photos and biographical information, visit

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