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Karnataka’s Global Investors Meet to focus on women entrepreneurs

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka government’s ensuing Global Investors Meet (GIM) here on February 3-5 would focus on promoting women entrepreneurs in the state, an official said on Monday.

“For the first time in a GIM, a session on promoting women entrepreneurship in the state will be held on February 4. They will also be given a center-stage platform to connect and network with other stakeholders,” Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce and Industries, K. Ratna Prabha said in a statement here.

The three-day ‘Invest Karnataka 2016’ will be held at Bangalore Palace grounds in the city center to promote the southern state as a premier destination for investments from across the country and overseas.

“A delegation of women entrepreneurs from San Francisco on the US west coast will participate in the GIM as an outcome of an agreement between the two cities (Bengaluru and San Francisco),” Prabha said in the statement after chairing a meeting with women’s associations on the event here.

Asserting that women entrepreneurs were talented, hard-working and forward-looking, Prabha said they performed much better in diverse sectors such as aerospace, biotech, IT, textiles and tourism.

“We are encouraging women entrepreneurs also to move away from Bengaluru and set up units in tier-two and tier-three cities for giving impetus to other regions in the state,” Prabha added.

The state government has decided to provide two exclusive industrial areas for women entrepreneurs at Hubballi-Dharwad and Harohalli in Ramanagara district, about 45km from Bengaluru, five percent of plots and sheds in industrial areas and estates and exclusive textiles and gems & jeweler clusters. (IANS)(Photo:businessnonstop.in)

 

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Odisha Partners with Facebook to Train Women Entrepreneurs to Promote Entrepreneurship and Digital Literacy

These workshops will be held at various locations including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, Berhampur, Angul, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Rayagada, Jeypore, Puri and Keonjhar

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Odisha, August 10, 2017: Odisha will partner with Facebook to train women entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) to promote entrepreneurship and digital literacy, an official said on Tuesday.

Facebook has agreed to partner with the state government to train altogether 25,000 Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and SHG entrepreneurs in by August 2018.

The government has decided to organize hands-on workshops for Micro, Small and Medium women Entrepreneurs and women SHGs on “Digital Marketing Skills” in collaboration with Facebook.

These workshops will be held at various locations including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, Berhampur, Angul, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Rayagada, Jeypore, Puri and Keonjhar.

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MSME Secretary L.N. Gupta said the primary objective of these workshops is to help skill and train MSME entrepreneurs, SHGs and artisans of Odishato go digitaland grow their business by leveraging social media.

The Facebook team would teach them the digital skills for the promotion of their respective products/services so as to increase reach to larger and intended customer base, he added.

Gupta stated the workshops will not only digitally empower the MSME entrepreneurs but would also offer a platform for interaction between SHGs and the existing MSME entrepreneurs.

Mission Shakti Director Sujata R. Karthikeyan said the workshops would be an important milestone in digital inclusion of the MSMEs and SHG members.

The first such hands-on workshop for MSME women entrepreneurs and women SHGs will be held on the 10th August at Bhubaneswar. The workshop is likely to be attended by more than 800 women entrepreneurs.

Rajat Arora, Policy Programs Manager, Facebook, India & South Asia said that new world skills will enable the Odisha’s entrepreneurs to accelerate their business through online exposure and integration with global markets.

“Our partnership with the Government of Odisha and the launch of #SheMeansBusiness in Odisha are steady steps towards the next phase of economic growth in the state,” he added. (IANS)

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Women entrepreneurs bring medical aid to your home

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New Delhi: India’s fast growing healthcare sector with widening e-commerce space is witnessing a sprouting growth of women entrepreneurs, providing medical aid at your doorstep.

Aiming at making healthcare easily accessible at your doorstep, many app-based startups like Care24, ePsyclinic and Pluss are sprouting up. The common factor that binds them is that they are all founded and managed by women entrepreneurs.

“Healthcare is an area that has immense growth potential and it’s an immensely gratifying industry both from the growth perspective as well as from satiating an entrepreneur’s need to do good and serve,” CEO and founder of ePsyclinic Shipra Dawar told reporters on the reason behind starting a healthcare startup.

Madhulika Pandey, co-founder of Pluss, voices similar thoughts about profits with purpose.

“The health products market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15 percent and touch 10 lakh crore ($155 billion) by 2017. We believe that solving the problem of medicine procurement is an opportunity worth working on,” said Pandey.

These apps provide affordable healthcare assistance within the comforts of home. Care24 offers skilled and experienced nurses, attendants, caregivers, physiotherapists, maids, and ward boys.

ePsyClinic is an online emotional, relational & mental well-being start-up providing video/audio/chat functionality as well as a plethora of articles and real-time shareable self-help tools for well-being seekers.

Pluss offers delivery of medicines, baby care product, daily essentials, Ayurveda drugs, pet care requirements and healthcare devices.

These healthcare startups aim to change the way healthcare is delivered in India, making it affordable and accessible without competing with the traditional methods.

“Medical aid will always be provided in a traditional way. The doctor will need to interact with the patient to ascertain his condition but the point after which the patient leaves the doctor’s room, he can rely on startups like us to get his medicines, healthcare products and book diagnostic tests with just a touch of the button,” said Pandey.

Dawar says that startups support and complement traditional set ups. “Our aim is never to replace them but enable the larger healthcare infrastructure to function effectively and solve its last mile issues.”

Changing lifestyles and round-the-clock work patterns may also be the reason behind people opting for healthcare startups, say the entrepreneurs.

“We bring innovation, we are modern. We let clients and patients have control over many processes while also servicing superior health outcomes,” Dawar said. Further, timely delivery of medicines is being seen as a major advantage.

Was the road to a healthcare startup easy for these women entrepreneurs?

“People have opened their minds to the possibility of women entrepreneurs. The increasing list of women entrepreneurs is bringing confidence to aspiring women as well,” Garima Tripathi of Care24 says.

The challenges they faced were also the ones their male counterparts would face.

“The major hurdle that I faced was initially building up a credible healthcare team. Healthcare professionals are hard to be convinced to try something different. But with persuasion, right offering and approach, I was successful,” responded Dawar.(IANS)

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Mompreneurs shaping Indian economy

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By Ashleen Kaur

New Delhi: Wikipedia describes a Mompreneur as “a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of an entrepreneur”.

‘Mompreneur’ is a relatively recent word which has grown exponentially due to the prominence of internet based businesses. In India, more and more women are entering the world of business which was once reserved as a male bastion. Whether they make it big or contribute in a small way, they are definitely running a business on their own terms.

How can a mother make a career from home? By blogging.

Indian mothers can now fulfill their duties as a mother and work from home as well, even starting their very own company. India, in recent times, has become a hotbed for women entrepreneurs and even though Indian women have been doing various home based businesses for a long time, the newly found drive, ambition, and professional attitude has brought a world of change to the female entrepreneurial scene.

CEO & Designer Tory Burch said, “we need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing.  It’s time to take ownership in our success.”

The truth about being a Mompreneur is that a large number of talented and creative women have been discovering uncharted niches, creating jobs and utilizing the potential of a new economy. Since India is the most populated country in the world, there are not enough jobs for every single person. In such an economic condition, being self-employed is a commendable aspect.

“Harvard Business School defines entrepreneurship as the relentless pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled,” states Harvard Business School Professor Janet Kraus.

“You know you’re doing what you love when Sunday nights feel the same as Friday nights….” says Donny Deutsch in his book Donny Deutsch’s Big Idea.

― Donny Deutsch, Donny Deutsch’s Big Idea: How To Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True, From The AHA Moment To Your First Million

The major benefit of being a Mompreneur is that your passion, idea or talent is turned profitable. Creativity is the biggest tool required to become an entrepreneur and the best part is that you can actually get paid for doing what you love.

Running a business and caring for a family are two demanding jobs that often seem to be competing against one another. Working mothers are often caught in the crossfire between the needs of their business and the cries of needy children. However, most Indian mothers have the capability to multitask and manage money, kids, and be thrifty as well.

As a Mompreneur, whether you’re pitching an investor, a potential client, or recruiting a new employee, it’s crucial to be able to lead with a hook and deliver your message clearly. Mothers are experts at telling stories and breaking down complex subjects using everyday words, even when the subject is anything but simple. (Picture Courtesy: www.3dcart.com)