American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association National Conference to be held in New Jersey

Past event held by ATEA, July 13, 2022. Photo

The American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) will host CATEALYZE 2022, the National Entrepreneurs Conference at the newly re-designed Bell Works, in Holmdel, N.J., Saturday, September 17, 2022. The Patel Foundation, an initiative of the Patel Family office, will be the title sponsor of CATEALYZE 2022, a press release from ATEA said.

“The conference is structured to deliver empowering sessions, enriching conversations, elevating opportunities, and engaging moments for the attendees who will be startup founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business professionals,” organizers said, adding that the agenda will include experts from industries that are seeing renewed and new interest in investments including fintech, supply chain, digital health, and sustainability.

“To be prepared for the future, one must understand the opportunities that will drive it,” Ram Nagappan, co-founder of ATEA is quoted saying in the press release. “The experts at the helm of the CATEALYZE 2022 have scanned the horizon to evaluate how today’s market, product, funding, and networking opportunities can transform your current ideas into the businesses of the future,” he added.

Speakers at the program include:

Keynote speakers:

  • Francisco D’Souza, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Recognize
  • Sowmyanarayan Sampath, Chief Executive Officer at Verizon Business

Additional speakers:

  • Lakshmi Narayanan, Managing Partner, Patel Family Officer
  • Ravi Koganti, Chief Information Officer, Capital Health (US)
  • Ajay S. Mookerjee, Exec Chair, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Balaji Krishnamurthy, Global Head, Enterprise Technology, Bloomberg
  • Navneet Kathuria, Chief Medical Officer – Regional, Lumeris
  • Vineet Gulati, CEO, Harmony Health
  • Gayathri Rajan, Chief Product Officer, DriveWealth
  • Eash Sundaram, Venture Capital & Digital ExecutiveTailwind Capital
  • Chandra Subramanian, Head of Retail & Manufacturing Vertical, ORS GROUP
  • Prabhu Palani, Chief Investment Officer, City of San Jose Retirement System
  • Sowmya Gottipati, Head of Global Supply Chain Technology at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Roopesh Das, SVP Digital Acceleration, Wallenius Wilhelmsen
  • Kwanzaa Hall, former U.S. Congressman representing District 5


  • Suresh U. Kumar, Vice Chairman, Monroe Township Economic Development Advisory Board
  • Karishma Vanjani, Markets Reporter, Barron’s
  • Siva Nadarajah, Co-Founder, JOGO Health
  • Chandra Subramanian, Head of Retail & Manufacturing Vertical, ORS GROUP
  • Hiral Desai, Head of Marketing, DriveWealth

“The Patel Family is honored to be an integral part of this groundbreaking event which brings together the best and brightest within the Indian American community,” said Dipika Patel, chairwoman of the Patel Family Office and Patel Foundation. “The vision of ATEA and this event aligns perfectly with our foundation’s core values – to support and encourage the spark of excellence within us all.”

The Patel Family Office is a privately held, 3rd Generation organization focused on UK retail, US hospitality, global real estate and other financial sectors since the late 1970’s.

The American Tamil Entrepreneur Association (ATEA) is a business-focused non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the vision of creating and providing a platform for networking, exchanging business ideas, seeking mentorship and investments, making connections, and creating an atmosphere for entrepreneurial thinking among NRIs and Americans of Tamil origin.

The conference planning is led by Venkatesh Sadagopan and Krishna Chari, who are the organization’s New Jersey Chairs. Event tracks are planned by Ponnarasi Raj and Karthik Sundaram and supported by marketing experts Priya Kartik and Karthik Rangarajan and Annamalai Sambanthan, the key member of the treasury. The program’s media and public relations lead is Suji Iyer.



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