Mentoring women entrepreneurs

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IndiaMART, online marketplace connecting buyers and suppliers, organised a high-impact immersive discussion forum for SMEs titled ‘IndiaMART Emerging Business Forum’ at The Park. The discussion pivoted on ‘Empowering Women- Fostering Entrepreneurship‘. It showcased the new entrepreneurial opportunities coming up for women, particularly in the SMB space.

According to Sumit Bedi, vice president, marketing, IndiaMART, “Today, Hyderabad boasts of nearly one in every six start-ups having a female co-founder when there were hardly any women leading the way a few years ago. The business environment for women entrepreneurs is changing and there is scope of substantial evolvement.

The need of the hour is to create a more enabling ecosystem with concerted efforts and policies by government and industry bodies to help women entrepreneurs partake directly in the economy of the country and setup their ventures. High time to augment specific skill based training and education with special emphasis on latest technology adaptations for excellent results.

They should not be lagging behind because of inappropriate financial support from bankers.” “IndiaMART’s Emerging Business Forum is committed towards empowering woman and helping them in whatever way possible, so that they can realise their dreams to be successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” said Sumit.

The event witnessed some of the most prominent leaders on the panel with enriching thoughts and ideas culminating into an enlightening discussion on the subject of women entrepreneurship:- challenges, measures to improve the condition, expectations from government and so on.

Some of them are Meghana Musunuri (founder and chairperson of Fountainhead Global School, creator My Edu Guru and NGO, SWAN), Rama Devi (president, Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP) and Veena Reddy (chairperson of Young COWE).

The event was also graced by IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan who presented some in depth insights on the promising impact of entrepreneurship towards women economic empowerment. The symposium will now progress towards other Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities including Ludhiana, Surat, Vadodara, Bengaluru, Indore and Pune.


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