Hyderabad: There are delegates from over 150 countries at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. But these three could be one set of delegates who are unique, both in their presence at the GES and in their connection to the host city of Hyderabad.
Meet Mansoor Q. Syed, his sister Umamah Syeda, and their brother Haider Syed. The siblings are part of the United States delegation to the GES. All three are entrepreneurs, born and raised in the US, and making their mark with distinctly different startups.
That’s not all. The trio has a deep-rooted connection to the city, one that runs back to the days of the Nizam. According to Manzoor, the trio’s grandfather, Syed Moosa Quadri, was one of the government contractors in Hyderabad during the Nizam’s reign, and was behind the construction of various known structures here, including the Salar Jung Bridge, the Quli Qutb Shah Stadium and the City College to mention a few.
Their grandmother’s brother, Syed Farid Pasha Quadri, Mansoor says, was a personal teacher for the Nizam as well. The three are not in Hyderabad for the first time, having visited the city almost every five years. But the visit to the GES was totally unexpected, they say. All three had won awards for their startups and were selected by the US State department.
“The State department did not know we were siblings, and we did not know the event was happening in Hyderabad,” says Haider.
Umamah, on the other hand, is quite surprised at the way the city has changed.
“It’s a New Hyderabad, like we say New York! It has changed so much, and is changing every time we come here. It is amazing how the city is growing,” she says.
They haven’t got time to meet up with cousins and friends here, but are hoping to stay back for a few days after the GES to go around and see more of how the city has changed.
This, they say, will be again a visit that is going to strengthen their relations with Hyderabad and India, with their startups already in discussions for expansion here. Haider, in particular, is sure he is going to keep coming back, since his venture, Faloos, a social peer-to-peer money transaction mobile application, is meant for India and the Middle East countries.
“I’m doubly excited to be here,” he says, adding that the conference has been ‘fantastic’. Umamah, whose venture ‘See It Yourself’ is a virtual relocation service, echoes him, saying she too is excited about the focus on women at the GES.
For Mansoor too, the conference has been quite good, and he is looking to get partnerships for his Window Shopper, a 3D virtual dressing room platform. This doctor-turned-entrepreneur feels his app will have takers in India as well and is quite optimistic about the outcome of the GES.