Archive for August, 2013

Women Make Their Mark in the Entrepreneurial World


Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Women are making their mark in the entrepreneurial world yet they continue to face problems, particularly in cities such as Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

A survey of women entrepreneurs conducted by research advisory firm Greyhound Knowledge Group found that numerous challenges frustrate women.  A few are:

  • Lack of capital
  • Lack of family approval
  • Strategic troubles

Big plus for starting a business?  Sense of FREEDOM.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  Emmanuel Dyan

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Entrepreneurs in Chile Manifest Their Ideas


SERNATUR, SERNAM and BancoEstado Microempresa announce Contest No. 4 for women entrepreneurs in Chile.  The contest will focus on enterprises in the area of sustainable tourism.

In the competition for women owned micro-businesses, each Chilean region will select a venture to compete in the final round. The 15 women that will be participating have to present their projects to the jury consisting of SERNATUR, SERNAM and BancoEstado Microempresa, which are bound to specified rules for the competition. They will select the three highest scoring out of a wide variety in businesses.

The winners will be announced in November:

•  First place receives CL$500,000 in cash and a trip to Puerto Varas for 3 days

•  Second place consists of CL$300,000 in cash and a trip to Valdivia

•  Third place of CL$200,000 in cash and a trip to Viña del Mar

More than 600 women entrepreneurs participate.  The competition encourages women all over Chile to manifest their ideas.

Learn more here.

Photo courtesy:  Maria Jose Bustamante

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney



Forge a Global Partnership


We posted about this fabulous article on our sister site, The Global Small Business Blog.  Women continue to embrace entrepreneurship and forge relationships across borders.  Forming global partnerships is a way to expand internationally.

… women all over the world have also taken hold of entrepreneurship as shown by the Gender Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (Gender-GEDI) released in June and the just-released Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2012 Women’s Report, sponsored by Babson College and two international universities.

Read the entire article here.

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•  Global Strategic Alliances:  Advantages and Disadvantages to Global Strategic Alliances

•  Global Strategic Alliances:  Negotiating the Deal on a Global Strategic Alliance

•  Global Strategic Alliances:  Enter Into a Global Strategic Alliance (GSA) For the Right Reasons

Photo courtesy:  United States Mission Geneva

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Japanese Women Are a Key Part of the Country’s Economic Growth


Fresh green tea leaves

Encouraged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of making women a key part of the country’s economic growth, state-affiliated financial institutions are strengthening their support for female entrepreneurs.  This growth initiative is anticipated to accelerate.

In June, Keiko Yoshimoto, president of Royal Blue Tea Japan Co., won the second new business plan competition for female entrepreneurs organized by the Women Entrepreneurs Center of the government-backed Development Bank of Japan.

Japanese women want to provide solutions to current problems.  Entrepreneurship is a vehicle to make it happen.  However, it is difficult for women to launch new businesses in Japan due to difficulties in balancing work and family lives.

Read the entire article:  State-backed banks said boosting aid for female entrepreneurs as per Abe policy agenda

Related article and worth a read:  Women Entrepreneurship (2007); There are indications of global changes in venture businesses in Japan.

Photo courtesy:  Wilerson S Andrade

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women the World Over Who Dare to Start Their Own Business


Cuna (Panama) Woman

According to a new report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, which tracks entrepreneurial activity in 67 countries, women lead in entrepreneurship in seven countries.

Women entrepreneurship varies widely around the world, however. In Zambia, for example, 40 percent of women are engaged in entrepreneurial activity. In Pakistan, only 1 percent of women dare to start their own businesses.

Read the entire article:  Global Entrepreneurship Monitor finds 126 million women entrepreneurs in 67 countries

Photo courtesy:  Christian Dory (Note:  Kuna or Cuna is the name of an indigenous people of Panama and Columbia).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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