Chennai Team

About Chennai

Chennai, also known by its former name Madras, is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre of south India. According to the 2011 Indian census, it is the sixth most populous city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. The city together with the adjoining regions constitute the Chennai Metropolitan Area, which is the 36th-largest urban area by population in the world. Chennai was ranked the 43rd most visited city in the world for the year 2015. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. It attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. As such, it is termed "India's health capital".

National Geographic mentioned Chennai as the only South Asian city to feature in its 2015 "Top 10 food cities" list. It was also named the ninth-best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet. In October 2017, Chennai was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list for its rich musical tradition. 

The Chennai Metropolitan Area is one of the largest municipal economies of India. Chennai is nicknamed "The Detroit of India" with more than one-third of India's automobile industry being based in the city. Home to the Tamil film industry, Chennai is also known as a major film production centre. In January 2015, it was ranked third in terms of per capita GDP. Chennai has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under Smart Cities Mission.
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Horatiu Moldovan
Muthu SingaramRegional director of India
Muthu is founding director of VibaZone, a virtual international business accelerator,.and a parallel entrepreneur having been involved in several startups over last 15 years. He is the Chief Mentor, Head of Consulting and a corporate facilitator at Muthu Singaram Consulting, Malaysia and PQMDC, India and the Managing Trustee of Belief, a foundation to promote rural education. Muthu has a MBA in Multimedia Finance and his passion is in Entrepreneurial Development, Mentoring, Management of Emerging Technologies and Innovation. Moreover, he is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Chartered Member (IET UK), a Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council, UK) and an European Engineer (European Federation of National Engineering Associations) Muthu has been a judge and mentor in many business plan competitions including IIM, IIT, Power of IDEAS, HSBC Business Plan Competition, McKinsey's and several others in the last 10 years.Muthu is a regular speaker at many international Entrepreneurship conferences and a lead facilitator for innovation and other workshops. Currently he is the innovation driver for several companies and Universities in India and Malaysia.

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