Geetika Dayal

Author & Startup Facilitator/Mentor

Geetika is widely recognised for her significant contribution to the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has been at the helm of the Delhi chapter of the The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)- the world’s largest organisation for entrepreneurs, for nearly 2 decades.  Under her leadership, TiE Delhi - NCR has continuously taken the lead & tirelessly worked towards building an increasingly positive ecosystem, making it rightfully the backbone of the start-up community in the heart of our nation.

Geetika has been conferred with the ‘Chairman’s Award’ in 2016 and was recognized internationally for her contribution and exceptional service to the ecosystem by being awarded the ‘Best Executive Director Globally’ from amongst 62 global chapters in 2012.

She serves on the board of the Nexus incubator, a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi and the IC² Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. Geetika is also the part of various advisory groups providing recommendations to the Government for creating a vibrant ecosystem in the country.

Geetika is known as the force behind the rise of the Delhi Chapter of TiE in the recent years.  TiE Delhi-NCR Chapter has been the winner of the TiE Global Award for being the ‘Best TiE Chapter’ globally for four years. TiE Delhi is recognized globally for successful collaboration with other entities and most innovative programming. Under Geetika’s guidance, TiE Delhi-NCR also won the award for ‘Exemplary Work in Building the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Small Businesses’ in India during the World SME Conference and was recently felicitated for being an ‘Enabler of the Ecosystem for Startups’ by CNBC Young Turks.

Geetika started her career as an entrepreneur straight out of college. A five-year entrepreneurial stint prepared her well for the role as the Executive Director of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). Geetika joined TiE Delhi in 2001 during the early days of its inception in India. In past she has also served as the Executive Director of the India Venture Capital Association till 2006.

She is known for her approachable nature and formidable spirit. Over the years she has mentored various startups and is dedicated to the cause of fostering entrepreneurship both in the region and nationally. She continues to actively engage and energise activities for startups, women entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, youth and early stage entrepreneurs.

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I Found My Feet When I Lost What I Held Dear

by Geetika Dayal