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India Opens the Door to New Opportunities

Saturday, March 14, 2009
at the California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California
Registration and Continental Breakfast:
8:00 a.m. Baxter Hall
Program: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall
Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall
Cost: $40 on-line registration fee  $50 at-the-door.  $10 for students with full-time student ID (must show at door); free to Caltech students. Registration closes at 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2009. There are no refunds for no-shows.

In 2007 India’s GDP crossed the trillion-dollar line; it is now among the Top 20 trading partners for the United States. According to the New York Times, the Harvard economist Kenneth S. Rogoff noted at the International Monetary Forum in Davos, Switzerland that India seems to be in line for economic growth in a time when few countries are. With a newly open economy and a powerful technology industry, India offers attractive global marketing opportunities for tech companies in California.

Signaling this change, technical and financial collaboration opportunities between the United States and India have increased rapidly over the past five years. India, the world’s largest democracy, offers an important growth market for American tech companies. Investment, intellectual property, R&D and innovation are starting to flow in both directions: almost every blue chip venture capital partnership including such titans as Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital now has an Indian operation. Equally important, Indian investors such as Baring have begun looking to the US for opportunities. In the program on March 14th, we will examine how these new trends will influence emerging companies in Southern California in 2010 and beyond.

Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum
295 South Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
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