Sid Mookerji was honored with the 2019 Sig Mosley Entrepreneurial Leader Award. During a reception held at the Egyptian Ballroom of the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the award’s namesake, Sig Mosley of Mosley Ventures, and the Imlay Foundation presented the award in person to Sid Mookerji. In remarks shared with a audience of 300+ Atlanta technologists, friends, students and other well-wishers, Sid described his journey as an entrepreneurs, shared anecdotes about the challenges and successes he and Sophie Mookerji encountered over two decades in bootstrapping Software Paradigms International (SPI), and the joy of being able to give back through the Mookerji Foundation, Silicon Road Ventures, Georgia Tech’s Advance Technology Development Center, Emory University’s entrepreneur program, Kennesaw State University and other organization like TiE.
Recently, Sid Mookerji provided a gift to Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) to establish a retail tech startup vertical, which now counts over 40 startups. Seeding these startups may be achieved in an even bigger way with the launch of Silicon Road Ventures, a venture capital fund, accelerator program, and innovation research group with the mission to drive the “future of retail, funded by retailers.”
Also present at the award presentation were Sid and Sophie’s son, Shaunish Mookerji of Silicon Road, Frank Tighe and John Avery of ATDC, Vish Narendra, Board Chair of TechBridge and SVP & CIO of Graphic Packaging International, Tom Hall, SVP & CIO of Genuine Parts Company’s NAPA division, Penny Collins, president & CEO of Women In Technology (WIT), TechBridge Digital Events Series Co-Chair Edwina Payne, EVP & Chief Enterprise Architect of McKesson, 2019 Ed Steinike CIO Award recipient Bryson Koehler, CTO of Equifax, 2018 Ann Cramer Volunteer Award recipient Mark Farbman of SSI, 2019 Ann Cramer Volunteer Award recipient Patti Dismukes of HUNTER Technical, TechBridge Leadership Awards Co-Chair Bill Bolling of Food Well Alliance and many others from the TechBridge Executive Ambassador, nonprofit leader and startup communities.