At the annual TiE Global Awards 2020, Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Bill Gates and Lifetime Achievement Service posthumously to Indian IT Industry to late FC Kohli, Father of Indian IT Industry and Lifetime Achievement Family Business Transformation to Bill Marriott of Marriott International.

Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft Corporation virtually received the award. Bill Gates is a living legend. Almost everyone’s life on the planet Earth has been touched by his work as an entrepreneur and also through his philanthropic work. It is every entrepreneur’s dream to be like him. To create and achieve what he had achieved. He was chosen for his outstanding contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world.

While receiving the award, Mr. Bill Gates said, “It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award from TiE. I’m sorry I can’t be with you and my fellow recipients to be there to accept it but I want to share a few thoughts why your work is so important: Innovation is the key to solve the world’s toughest challenges – whether it is stopping a pandemic, avoiding a climate disaster or just raising human productivity. But as Paul Allen and I experienced with Microsoft, innovators can’t make it on their own. They need supporters and partners to make sure that their best ideas make it from the lab to the marketplace. For over 27 years, TiE has been doing just that. You support great entrepreneurs around the world and in some of the most important fields in technology today. Your work is essential in fostering innovation and creating the better world we all want. Thank you again. And I hope you have a successful summer”.

As a First Generation Entrepreneur Mr. Bill Gates has created a remarkable impact not only on the global economy but also has become an inspiration to many many entrepreneurs through generations. And the fact that he continues to give back to society, and what he has achieved is commendable.

“My Heartiest Congratulations to Mr. Bill Gates on being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award”, said by Mr. Mahavir Sharma, TiE Global Chair. Mr. Gates is a Visionary Entrepreneur who has overcome various challenges and failures to create a new world, and he has leveraged success to tackle health and poverty issues worldwide which are overlooked by society. He democratized the entire IT and Computer Technology ecosystem. He is a living legend and a role model for every entrepreneur. My Personal and Hearty Congratulations to Mr. Bill Gates on being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.” said Sridhar Pinnapureddy, TGS2020 Chair.

Mrs FC Kohli received the award Lifetime Achievement Service to Indian IT Industry Award on Mr. Kohli’s behalf. Late FC Kohli was the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest Software Services Co.. He is regarded as the father of Indian IT Industry. His wife thanked TiE for choosing him for the award.

Along with the Lifetime Achievement Award, TiE also presented ten awards under various categories. The awards recognized outstanding entrepreneurs who are shaping our world and also the key ecosystem players who are enabling the entrepreneurship to flourish. Six Outstanding Entrepreneurs and Seven Ecosystem players were recognised. On the whole 13 awards were presented. They include Best Government Agency Supporting Startup Ecosystem. This award was bagged by Government of Singapore.