I joined TiE, The Indus Entrepreneurs when it was first launched in Manchester about two years ago. TiE differentiates with other organisations by concentrating on providing mentoring services for entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, just like many organisations, it tends to attract more service providers than entrepreneurs these days. This has resulted in less attendance by me over the last year, as I value learning from fellow entrepreneurs and not necessarily interested in meeting with service providers. However, I appreciate the value it provides and continued my membership for another year, just now. I also plan to attend their Christmas Cheer on 15th December 08. The membership is £30 per annum and events are typically priced at £10 for members. If you have not attended an event before, I suggest you try them out.
In my opinion, TiE lacks volume of entrepreneurs in the North West. Northern StartUp 2.0 lacks mentors but is not short of digital entrepreneurs. I see this as a great opportunity for a partnership.
According to TiE’s website, it has 135 charter members (128 listed online) and 568 members. Charter Members includes Chris Allen (Laterooms) and Imran Hakin (iTeddy). Quite a number of North West members are also members of Northern StartUp 2.0 and falls in to the category of Service Providers.
Perhaps I ought to restart my discussion about a partnership.