The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and the US Embassy, New Delhi along with consulate partners will mentor as many as 30 women from across India with skill development training. The workshop will include women from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with the objective to empower women entrepreneurs.
The workshop is part of the AIRSWEEE 2.0 project. AIRSWEEE stands for All India Roadshow on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship aims at scaling women entrepreneurship in India. While two workshops were inaugurated at Vadodara and Hubli, similar workshops were already held in Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Patna.
The women entrepreneurs partaking in the workshop include those running consultancy firms and FMCG businesses among others looking to scale their startups. The mentees have been selected from over 800 applicants that the organisers received.
Seema Chaturvedi AIRSWEEE’s chairperson said, “AIRSWEEE is seeking to create a significant multiplier effect by creating a pay-it-forward culture by requiring each of these 150 mentees to mentor at least 2 mentees each. This will create a ripple effect of at least 450 empowered women entrepreneurs in tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India.”
The workshop, which will continue till around mid-March, has roped in two mentors from the US, namely – Caroline Lewis and Komal Goyal. Geeta Goradia, formerly president of Federation of Gujarat Industries and Rita Agarwal will also be involved to share knowledge, experience and best practices with the 30 women.