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Business Groups, Associations and Networking for Expats in India

Submitted: October 2013

India has a large international community and professional networking is common, therefore expats generally find it easy to integrate professionally.

There are numerous groups, clubs, associations and other professional networks. Typically, you will have to sign up to become a member of such a network and pay an annual membership fee. In return, you will get access to networking events, publications, online resources and consultation services. Detailed information on how to become a member, various types of membership and the respective fees can be found on the website of a particular network.

Often the first contact point for expat businessmen and businesswomen is their country’s Chamber of Commerce in India. Most large countries have their Chamber of Commerce representation in India and these run membership clubs. The membership clubs are primarily directed at expats from the respective country who are doing business in India and at business professionals from India who wish to do business in that particular country. They offer support to businesses and organise regular networking events. See for example:

For a list of other Chambers of Commerce in India, click here.

Other local business networks that might interest expats include:

  • Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – one of the largest business networks in India; it represents the interests of the business community and organises networking events for its members
  • Business Network International (BNI) – the Indian branch of one of the world’s oldest and largest business networks with various groups known as “chapters” located across India
  • Indian Angel Network – brings together CEOs and investors that are interested in further investments in India

You can also have a look at the MeetUp Business Networking website and search for upcoming business networking events in the city of your choice.

Women might also be interested in networks dedicated specifically to women in business. These membership-based networks offer support to businesswomen in India and those wishing to start their own business. They also organise regular trainings and networking events. Some of the most prominent networks include Her Entrepreneurial Network and Women Entrepreneurs India.

In addition, there are countless professional networks and associations dedicated to individual professions, such as the Indian Dental Association, the Association of Engineers India  or the Indian Society of Investment Professionals.

Finally, do not forget about online networking sites for professionals, such as LinkedIn. These networks enable both businesses and individuals to create an online profile and join groups of interest. They can be useful for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field.

For other expat groups in India, see Expat Groups in India.

 

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