December 13, 2017, Boston, MA— TiE-Boston, the second largest chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs, the world’s largest not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, awarded its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to the Vice Chair of the American India Foundation, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, at its 20th Anniversary Gala.
Dr. Srinivasan is a serial entrepreneur, who has founded eight companies, including Rage Frameworks, e-Credit, EnglishHelper and Corporate Fundamentals Inc. During this time, it is estimated Venkat has created nearly 2,000 jobs through his companies and more than two billion dollars for shareholders. “I could think of no one more deserving of this honor than Venkat,” remarked AIF Co-Chair Lata Krishnan. “His clarity of thinking, ability to articulate vision, empathy and humility are just a few of the special characteristics that have inspired us at AIF.”
Venkat has been a member of the AIF Board since 2012 and has served as Vice Chair since 2014. He and his wife Pratima are also leaders of the AIF New England Chapter, which they helped found more than a decade ago. “Venkat’s many talents and accomplishments in the business world have been equally, if not more, impactful to the governance, strategy, and direction of AIF,” noted CEO Nishant Pandey.
“Venkat embodies the true spirit of TiE by building good companies, empowering employees and entrepreneurs, and giving back to solve big problems and help society at large,” said TiE-Boston President Praveen Tailam in a statement. “He has been associated with TiE for a long time and has always inspired budding entrepreneurs by investing his time and capital, and is well-respected by fellow charter members for his philanthropic work.”
Venkat is an expert in knowledge-based systems architectures, computational linguistics, and natural language processing. He holds several patents in the field of knowledge-based components and has spent the last 25 years contributing his research and acting as a thought leader to both the business community and the academic world. In September, 2016, Venkat published his book, “The Intelligent Enterprise in the Era of Big Data,” presenting a cutting-edge approach in how enterprises should organize and function.
He previously taught as an Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA. Venkat holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and is a Chartered Accountant [equivalent to a CPA]. He is also active in community organizations such as the BUILD Boston Chapter, TIE and the Boston Harbor Now.
About the American India Foundation:
The American India Foundation is committed to disrupting poverty, catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women to achieve gender equity. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 3.7 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org