TiE confers Lifetime Award to Bill Gates and Late F. C. Kohli

TiE has conferred the TiE Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Gates, Lifetime Achievement Service to Indian IT Industry posthumously to late F. C. Kohli and Lifetime Achievement Family Business Transformation to Bill Marriott of Marriott International.

Bill Gates is a living legend and almost everyone on the planet Earth has been touched by his work as an entrepreneur and also through his philanthropic work. It is every entrepreneur’s dream to be like him, create and achieve what he had achieved. He was chosen for his outstanding contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world.

Receiving the award virtually, Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft said, “Innovation is the key to solve the world’s toughest challenges – whether it is stopping a pandemic, avoiding a climate disaster or just raising human productivity but as Paul Allen and I experienced with Microsoft, innovators can’t make it on their own. They need supporters and partners to make sure that their best ideas make it from the lab to the marketplace.”

“For over 27 years, TiE has been doing just that. You support great entrepreneurs around the world and in some of the most important fields in technology today. Your work is essential in fostering innovation and creating the better world we all want,” added Gates.

“As a first generation entrepreneur, Bill Gates created a remarkable impact not only on the global economy but also has become an inspiration to many entrepreneurs through generations and the fact that he continues to give back to society and what he has achieved is commendable,” said Mahavir Sharma, Global Chair, TiE.

“Bill Gates is a visionary entrepreneur who has overcome various challenges and failures to create a new world. He has leveraged success to tackle health and poverty issues worldwide which are overlooked by society,” said Sridhar Pinnapureddy, Chair, TGS2020.

Late F. C. Kohli’s wife received the Lifetime Achievement Service award on behalf of Late F. C. Kohli who was the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software services company. He is also regarded as the father of Indian IT Industry.

TiE also presented ten awards under various categories. The awards recognized outstanding entrepreneurs who are shaping our world and also the key ecosystem players who are enabling entrepreneurship to flourish. Six Outstanding Entrepreneurs and Seven Ecosystem players were also recognised.

TiE Awards 2020:
Best Government Agency Supporting Startup Ecosystem – Government of Singapore
Best Corporate Supporting Entrepreneurship – Google/Alphabet
Best University Promoting Entrepreneurship – Stanford University
Best Accelerator Award – Y Combinator
Best Performing Global VC Fund – Sequoia Capital
Most Active Angel Network – Tech Coast Angels
Bootstrapped to Billions Award – Ben Chestnut
Rapid Listing Award – VIR Biotechnology,
Lightning Unicorn Award – Indigo Agriculture
Most Innovative Startup – Data Robot

“Our task was to identify which awards to be given, keeping in kind their relevance for the global entrepreneurial committee. We wanted to honour the outstanding individuals who with their sheer hard work and entrepreneurship, have completely transformed the industries and became role models for millions of people across the world,” said Kali Prasad Gadiraju, Chairman of Global Board of Trustees, TiE.

Manohar Reddy, Global Co-Chair, TiE said, “The world’s largest entrepreneurship summit is richer by Bill Gates’ presence.”

A distinguished jury consisting of distinguished personalities from around the world and chaired by N. R. Narayana Murthy, Founder Infosys Technologies judged the awards. The other jury members include Prof. Jagdish Sheth; Charles H. Kellstadt, Professor of Business, Emory University; Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, President and Chairman, Sparta Group; and Ping Fu, Co-founder, Geomagic and Board Director, Entrepreneur & Author.

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