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Women in India have stepped up as firm entrepreneurs despite gender-centric notions. Raging examples like Shradha Sharma who started the decade-old YourStory.com or Aditi Gupta who founded Menstrupedia, or even the long-established Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Indra Nooyi have been inspiring others today. To support and uplift many more like these, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Jain University Incubation Center (JUIC), the United Nations (UN), and NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) - Government of India joined hands and presented the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.
The campaign involved two panel discussionsin a bid to increase awareness about women entrepreneurship in India.The panelists present for both the discussions were eminent people from various organizations.The first panel discussion was titled, “Building Conducive Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs in India” and had the following panelists Ms. Akila Krishnakumar – Chairperson, Social Venture Partners; Mr. Jeyachandran - State Project Officer, UNDP; and Ms. Anna Roy - Adviser, NITI Aayog.The discussion was based on building a healthy environment for women entrepreneurs that is free of gender-based restrictions, through opportunities of advocating ideas, charting out sustainable strategies and giving financial & legal guidance.
The second panel discussion was titled, “Journey and Lessons of Being an Entrepreneur” - focusing on being a woman entrepreneur. The panelists were Ms. Kavita Iyer - Founder, Zumutor; Ms. Dipika Trehan - Founder, Health of Women Forum; Dr. Geetha Manjunath - Co-founder, CEO and CTO, Niramai; and Dr. Som Singh Dutta – Founder, Unspun Group and Co-chair NASSCOM Product Council. Tips and lessons, along with the know-how, were drawn attention to, to help fellow entrepreneurs master their skills.