NIESBUD Organises Digital Conclave To Recognise Women Entrepreneurs

The conclave will be conducted in association with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary MSDE, speaking at the Digital Conclave to Recognise Women Entrepreneurs

Under the flagship initiative by the Government of India to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) has organised a digital conclave on holistic empowerment of women through entrepreneurship. The digital conclave Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship: The Changing Landscape recognised women entrepreneurs whose innovative approach and ideas have brought about a promising change in the business and entrepreneurship ecosystem in India.

The event provided a platform for budding women entrepreneurs to share their success stories, learn from policymakers and discuss resources for ventures. The conclave was organised in association with the Indo-German Development Cooperation Project—Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Startups by Women (Project Her&Now) —and jointly implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The landscape for women's entrepreneurship in the country has been gradually evolving over the last few years, bringing fresh opportunities for enterprising women. NIESBUD has collaborated with GIZ to expand its training activities and fulfil the Skill Development Mission. 

The event also celebrated a few successful women entrepreneurs trained under Skill India. One such woman innovator is Daya Patki. Hailing from Raigad, Maharashtra, she founded Bamboo Tantra in September 2018. Daya enrolled in the Green Skill Development Program conducted in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and completed a certificate course in Bamboo Propagation and Management. Along with this course, she also completed her training in Entrepreneurship Development Program from NIESBUD, Dehradun. Bamboo Tantra has managed to make a name for itself. It participated in various exhibitions in Pune and Mumbai and created online profiles on Facebook and Instagram to market its products.

Another such example is Suvarna Rasal of Maharashtra who has received training under the incubation programme of GIZ and Mann Deshi. She now runs her own idol manufacturing business named Swami Samarth Gift Article. Suvarna feels that being independent and being able to support her family has made her empowered. She strongly believes that more women should work and have their own businesses to boost their economic status. Suvarna is keen to share her experience and motivate women across different regions to come forward and join the Skill India Mission.

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