Charter Members are successful veteran entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals who have reached a stage in their professional life when they are ready, willing and able to contribute to fellow members. Charter Membership is by invitation only and subject to a due process prescribed in the TiE bylaws. Charter Members pay significantly higher annual dues than members and help underwrite TiE operations. The annual membership dues are to be paid annually. No additional initiation fee is required. Charter members benefit by networking with each other and derive satisfaction through helping budding entrepreneurs. They also gain opportunities to participate in start-ups in many ways.
Gururaj Deshpande is an Indian American venture capitalist and entrepreneur, who is best known for co-founding the Chelmsford, MA-based internet equipment manufacturer Sycamore Networks, the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT and the Deshpande Foundation. Presently, Deshpande is the Chairman of A123Systems, Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks, HiveFire, Sandstone Capital, Sparta Group, and sits on the Board of Airvana.
Dr. Prabhakar Kore is an Indian Politician and a member of Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is the chairman of the Karnatak Lingayat Education Society, Belgaum which runs over 440 educational institutions in Karnataka and 30 other institutions in other part of the world.