The Expat Entrepreneurs Circle (EEC) celebrated its second anniversary with a glitzy event at the Novotel Bengaluru Techpark recently.
Since its inception over some banter, camaraderie and problem sharing at a city hotel, the EEC has grown from a small niche group of six business persons, who believed in the great Indian economic boom, to an expanding circle of 100 people. They hope to tackle the challenges of doing business in a complex, enigmatic India successfully.
Ema Trindad, one of the founding members of EEC said, “If you last the distance, pool your resources, try not to duplicate mistakes, it makes life easier.”
Eric Savage, Co-founder and CEO of Unitus Capital bagged the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Savage, an American citizen with a background in investment banking moved to India in 2007 to help set up Unitus Capital (UC). In a relatively short span of seven years he led the company in raising nearly $1 billion for various social businesses, thereby impacting over 35 million lives.
“Our aim at Unitus Capital is to change the structure of global capital markets across the affordable healthcare, education, microfinance, agriculture and renewable energy sectors,” he said.
Jennifer McIntyre, Consul General of the United States of America presided over the event. Apart from Felton, consul general of Israel Menahem Kanafi, consul general of France Eric Lavertu and trade commissioner of Sweden Carina Reimers spoke briefly on the strategic partnership of India and the US in various areas of business and its resulting impact on entrepreneurship.