About 50 companies are in the race to secure growth-funding in the 9{+t}{+h} Edition of the TiE-ISB Connect scheduled to begin here on March 26.

Over a dozen venture capitalists and private equity players will be evaluating proposals of these companies to extend funding of up to ₹10 crore each.

“This is the first time that the Connect is focusing on growth capital needs of firms with investor-connect. All along the years, the focus has been on the start-up alone,” Safir Adeni, President, TiE-Hyderabad, told newspersons here on Thursday.

All the aspiring companies had submitted expressions of interest for the organisers already. In addition to this, the three-day event will also feature a mentorship session for the start-ups, sessions on various businesses of prominence such as e-commerce and an exclusive session on opporuntinies and challenges in `Make in India’ initiative.

The event, to be attended by over 500 delegates, will be hosted by the Indian School of Business at its campus.