Dazzling laser projections and rousing music along with inspiring speeches from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump saw the eighth edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit getting off to an energetic start here on Tuesday.
The event, one of the largest gatherings of entrepreneurs in the world, saw Modi and Ivanka reaching the mammoth dais at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre to a loud applause.
A standing audience welcomed the two, who were flanked by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and Governor ESL Narasimhan apart from Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao set the momentum for continuing rounds of applause as he took the stage for the welcome speech. Welcoming the delegates to experience Hyderabad’s ‘legendary hospitality’ and to relish its signature dish, the Hyderabadi Biryani, KCR also won applause as he pointed out how the TS government’s industrial project approval system of TS-iPass had ‘worked admirably’ on the ground. The policy had helped setting up of 5,469 industrial units, investment worth $17.5 billion and 4,00,000 jobs, he said.
The audience had more to applaud as Ivanka took the stage, especially as she said Modi was a symbol of transformation himself, and how he was building India as a symbol of hope to the world. “The people of India inspire us all,” she said, and garnered more applause when she repeated what President Trump said earlier this year, that India ‘had a true friend in the White House’.
Later, talking on women entrepreneurs, Ivanka drew more cheering and whistling when she pointed out that all too often, women had to do more than men to prove themselves at work.
The biggest round of applause, cheering and whistles however appeared to have been reserved for Modi, whose mentions of contributions from women scientists to the Mars Orbiter Mission, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, and of loans to women entrepreneurs had the delegates, especially women delegates, clapping all the way.
The event had a unique start as well, with Mitra the Robot coming on stage and Modi, along with Ivanka, pressing a button on the robot to signal the start of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which is being held in South Asia for the first time.