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Entrepreneurship panel focuses on India, Oct. 25

Three Princeton alumni will participate in a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in India at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Friend Center auditorium.

The discussion, titled "Creating New Ventures in India: Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges," is part of a technology entrepreneurship lecture series sponsored by Princeton's Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE) and the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network, a venture capitalist group.

The panel will be moderated by entrepreneur Ed Zschau, a faculty member in electrical engineering and in operations research and financial engineering. Panelists will be:

  • Randolph Altschuler and Joseph Sigelman, members of Princeton's class of 1993 and co-presidents of Office Tiger, a company specializing in business process outsourcing services;
  • Sumir Chadha, also a 1993 Princeton graduate and senior managing director of Sequoia Capital India; and
  • Bharat Desai, co-founder of Syntel, a global information technology services company.

"We would like to get beyond the clichés about outsourcing and bring an understanding of what's really happening from entrepreneurs who are directly involved," said Bob Monsour, associate director for external affairs for CIEE. "The panel discussion will cover all facets of the entrepreneurial experience in India."

The next event in the lecture series will be an Innovation Forum in early 2007 featuring Princeton scientists and engineers discussing their early-stage entrepreneurial ventures.

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