Posts Tagged 'India'

Putting Wind Behind Global Startups

Photo credit: IIM Bangalore

Are you based in India and thinking of starting a business?  StartupWind, Inc., a digital platform for ideation, design thinking, business model canvassing and business planning  — has on-boarded over 6,000 women entrepreneurs across India as a platform partner of IIM Bangalore’s Women Startup Programme that will provide training, mentoring, networking and financial support to budding Indian women entrepreneurs.

The programme is for women of all ages and educational backgrounds who have been thinking about starting a venture and not knowing how to do it.

The IIM Bangalore programme is coupled with the software framework and tools provided by StartupWind to help women entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.

At WEGG, we hope to partner with StartupWind to serve as a support arm by providing international expansion training to the Indian women entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the exciting program here.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 4/4/18 on “How a Wicked Road Trip to Minturn, Colorado Inspired a Thriving Global Design Business” and presented by Julia Knight, founder of Julia Knight Collections. Register here. Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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GES: Keen to Support Women Entrepreneurs In Every Possible Way

The “Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Series in Odisha, India,” brings together industry leaders, start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors as well as enablers of the innovation ecosystem such as government, international agencies and industry associations not only from India but across the globe.  One of the top areas of focus is on women entrepreneurship and gender equality.

The leading woman entrepreneur of the state, Odisha Television Network Director Jagi Mangat Panda, says:

“The most important part of women empowerment is to create an entrepreneurial culture which can only happen if issues concerning women are addressed at the grassroots level. There are gender biases and stereotypes that are so deeply entrenched in our society that a simple passage of a law will not be able to take care of it, rather some extraordinary efforts have to be taken.”

Read more about the road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017, which celebrates women entrepreneurship.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 12/6/17 on “Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion:  Creating a Workplace that Works” and presented by Joselyn DiPetta, Google and Managing Partner at Present Possibility. Register here:
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Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Boss Daughter

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Women entrepreneurs worldwide are carving out a niche for themselves in unconventional businesses.  Take Aakanksha Bhargava.  She joined her father’s logistics business in 2007, and for the longest time, subordinates did not take her seriously.  Fast forward to 2017 and she is the undisputed boss.  Yes, the boss daughter, but still the boss, and over the last decade, she has helped grow the business exponentially.

“I worked hard to change the perception of the people as well as the fortunes of the company,” she said. Bhargava asserted there are no differences between a woman and a man when it comes to business.

And then there’s the founders of cow-based sustainable living company A2 Naturals, run by Shivali and Radhika Miglani and their mom.

“Extensive R&D into merging the traditional with the modern led to developing a range of cow-based, daily-use products,” said Radhika, adding that the quirkiness of her business is often frowned upon.

Pointers from the article:

  • The success of a woman lies in supporting other women
  • A mom can be the strongest pillar of support.
  • Take the plunge [business ownership] and you will see the miracles.
  • The hurdles [to starting a business] are just in the mind.
  • Always do what you feel you need to do.
  • There are no differences between a man and a woman when it comes to business.
  • There is nothing a woman can’t do.  Absolutely, it’s an open secret!
  • Being a woman [ global] entrepreneur makes me feel more in control of my life.
  • In our office, the smartest women surround me.

Read more here.

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https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1699936616236520962.
Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Uplifting Women Worldwide Economically

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New Delhi, India Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has a desire to “desire to partner with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) to enhance the socio-economic position of women in the matrilineal state.”

He also added that:

… promoting woman entrepreneurship is crucial in the fight against poverty and felt for the need to have access to financial resources, a legal framework of non-discriminatory regime and a woman friendly economic system for women entrepreneurs.

Read more:  CM for socio-economic uplift of women

Note:  Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 4/13 on how to negotiate a winning foreign distributor agreement and presented by expert Doris Nagel.  Register here.  Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

In India, Women Entrepreneurs Do Better Than Their Male Counterparts in Startups

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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

Note:  Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 4/13.  Register here.  Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

In India, Here’s What Can Happen to Your Daughter, Sister, Girlfriend or You

We Condemn!

We Condemn!

In sadness to the recent rape of a 23-year old female student in New Delhi by six men on a public bus, we feature this piece by Ranjani Iyer Mohanty, a writer and editor based in India.  Her articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal.

Our condolences to the female student’s family on this tragic episode.

Read:  How to Fix India’s Male-Superiority Complex || The Atlantic

Illustration credit:  The Atlantic

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Ideal Country for Women Starting a Business?

According to “India is Great For Women Entrepreneurs, Bad For Women.  How Is This Possible?,” Amit Midha, Dell’s Chairman For Global Emerging Markets says:

“We have found the ideal country for a woman starting a business in 2012 could well be India.”

How can this be?

An analysis of the countries where women are rising the fastest shows India as “South Asia’s bright spot for female entrepreneurs” and Indian business hub Silicon India highlights women entrepreneurs who have been successful in India: “10 Most Powerful Indian women entrepreneurs.”

Yet a poll conducted by Thomas Reuters TrustLaw shows that India is the worst G20 country (refer to right chart) to be a woman.  There seems to be a big disconnect here.

Read the entire article here.

WEGG has a lot of women readers from India.  Do you agree or disagree?  What’s the reason for the disconnect?  We welcome hearing from you.

Illustration credits:  G20 Women – TrustLaw

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

DWEN 2012 in Delhi, India!

The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Event in Delhi, India — Innovation Through Collaboration — is taking place right now from June 17-19th.

DWEN:

Spotlights female entrepreneurial success and creates an atmosphere where women can connect with one another, share best practices, build business opportunities and recognize female influence in business and technology.

Take a look at their ambitious program agenda here.  Follow them @DellBizWomen and #DWEN.

Related post:  The 3rd Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network in India

Illustration credit:  DWEN

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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