TiE Boston Team

Executive Director

TiE Boston

Jenna Bergquist

Rowena Kay Mascarenhas

Executive Director

TiE Boston

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Dean Walsh

Program Manager

TiE Boston ScaleUp

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Vivek Soni

Katie Quigley Mellor

Managing Director

TiE Boston Angels

Program Director

TiE Young Entrepreneurs


TIE Boston Board

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Anu Chitrapu

President, TiE Boston

SVP, Bank of America

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Venkat Maroju

Founder & CEO


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Asha Dixit

Managing Partner

Shah, Dixit & Associates

Treasurer, TiE Boston

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Emily Ladd-Kravitz


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Clerk, TiE Boston

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Shirish Nimgaonkar

Founder & Managing Partner

Optix Capital

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Zack Jha

Head of Business Development, NE 


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Sangeeta Moorjani


Fidelity Investments

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Thomas Arul

CEO & Co-Founder


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Darshana Zaveri

Managing Partner

Catalyst Health Ventures

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Thara Pillai

Director of Alumni Entrepreneurship

Harvard Innovation Labs

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Geetha Sreedhar

Co-Founder, Tarmika

COO, MondCloud

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TiE Boston Announces Semi-Finalists for the Women Pitch Competition!

First Place Winner will represent Boston at the TiE Women Global Pitch Competition at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai and compete for $100K of equity-free money!

Sep 3, 2021

Boston, MA


TiE Boston is proud to announce the seven women founders chosen to advance to the semi-finals of the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition! The semi-finalists will pitch to a panel of three influential judges in the New England startup ecosystem virtually, on September 15th from 4:30 - 6:30. Judges are Nilanjana Bhowmik, Co Founder & General Partner Converge, Darshana Zaveri, Managing Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures, and Rama Ramakrishnan, Professor of the Practice at MIT Sloan School of Management and serial entrepreneur. Keynote speaker Desh Despande will kick off the competition. Members of the community are encouraged to tune in and support the founders! Prize money will be awarded to the top three companies!

“Congratulations to our semi-finalists! It was not an easy task for our review team to pick 7 companies from all the amazing applications we received. I am personally thrilled to see Boston serve as home to so many women founders.  Women play a pivotal role in the TiE Boston ecosystem. They comprise 50% of our Board and represent every aspect of the entrepreneurial ecosystem including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, executives and service providers. TiE Boston is committed to take women-led entrepreneurship in Boston to the next level. I invite women founders to explore our programs and join us in our mission of fostering entrepreneurship.” - TiE Boston President Anu Chitrapu

Congratulations to the following female founders:




  • Amrita Saigal, Founder and CEO of Kudos




  • Avani Sarkar, Founder and CEO of  Modi Toys


The First Place Winner will represent TiE Boston at the TiE Women Global Pitch Competition at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai and compete for $100K of equity-free money! Airfare and hotel are fully paid for the Boston Finalist!

Register here to watch the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition. Congratulations to our semi-finalists and best of luck!

About TiE Boston

TiE Boston connects tomorrow's founders with today's entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. Founded in 1997 by entrepreneurs who immigrated from the Indus region, TiE Boston champions inclusion in innovation by blending the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with traditional Indian values that place importance on community, mentorship, and long-term relationships.

TiE Boston is one of the region's largest and oldest organizations supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem, focused on supporting entrepreneurs throughout their lifecycle — from ideation to creation, through growth, wealth creation and ultimately, support of future founders.

The TiE Boston community encompasses students, founders, experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Its programs foster trusted, long-term relationships between its participants — span education, mentoring, networking, and funding.

For more information about TiE Boston, visit https://www.tieboston.org/.