Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India, says, “Women [in India] are doing better than their male counterparts in start-ups.” His point is well taken.
Women business innovators recently congregated at one platform in New Delhi (India) to make a pitch to Mr. Aroon Purie, Chairman, The India Today Group, an Indian media conglomerate, to win US $25,000.
Here is what each of the four women presented in a span of 1-1/2 minutes.
4 women entrepreneurs make the perfect pitch to win 25,000 USD
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Jayne Graham, who came up with the idea of Colleagues on Tap (COT) five years ago after working at home herself for many years, sold her business to concentrate on her coaching and consultancy practice, 20:20 Consulting. Durham-born entrepreneur Jo Cameron purchased COT from Graham and has ambitious plans to grow the company exponentially both in the UK and abroad.
COT helps home-based small business owners come together on a regular basis in an office environment for the day. Once there, they are able to share experiences, peer mentor one another and combat the isolation of working alone.
“Once you look abroad it becomes a mind-blowing opportunity which is my ultimate aim. I [Graham] have strong links in Australia and America and this is an export opportunity I am eager to take to those countries.”
Read more: Colleagues on Tap Set for International Expansion Thanks to Durham Entrepreneur
Photo courtesy: Colleagues on Tap
Kyoko Okutani leads the Women’s World Banking Japan and has helped more than 1,000 women start a business in male-dominated Japan.
How is she doing this? She’s tapping into Japanese women’s desire for fulfillment in life and a greater need to create their own destinies.
Okutani, who became the leader of WWB Japan in 2005, attributes the recent interest in starting businesses to changing values in Japanese society and a shift in people’s perspective on life after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, which left about 18,500 people missing or dead.
Women in Japan, by starting businesses, will help Japan’s economy in the long-run.
Read the entire article: Kyoko Okutani Helps Women Start Businesses, Skirting Japan’s Gender Gap
Photo courtesy: Roger H. Goun
Posted by: Laurel Delaney
Published September 29, 2012
Country specific , Economic growth , Enlighten Me! , global women entrepreneurs , Startup
Tags: Christopher Schroeder, Hallie Bateman, Laurel Delaney, Middle East, PandoDaily, women entrepreneurs
Christopher Schroeder at PandoDaily will be sharing his stories over the next two weeks (don’t miss them) on the changing Middle East and it involves rockin’ women entrepreneurs.
They are running platforms for Arabic translation out of Beirut, and eCommerce enterprises in Amman. Retailers who have achieved local success in traditional “bricks and mortar” boutiques have opened sites to reach audiences across the region, even the globe. Former athletes use technology to create products that enhance training routines, and mothers have created social platforms to access best-in-class education and advice. Veterans of Tahrir Square leverage their unique social network experiences to build crowd-sourced video story telling.
Read his entire empowering piece here.
About Christopher M. Schroeder
Christopher is a Washington, D.C. and New York-based entrepreneur, venture investor and former CEO of the online content and social platform start-up HealthCentral.com, which he sold last January. He is writing a book about tech start-ups in the Middle East due Spring 2013. You can follow him here on Twitter.
Illustration credit: PandoDaily (created by Hallie Bateman)
Posted by: Laurel Delaney