With the vision of providing a better livelihood to three billion people living around the world with limited access to basic services, the Aavishkaar – Intellecap group organised the Sankalp Forum from 11 to 12 December in Mumbai. The event was attended by entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, corporates, academics, policy makers, and other thought leaders from around the world. GIZ participated and facilitated two panel discussions as part of the gender track. The sessions focused on increasing access to finance for women entrepreneurs by leveraging the power of women as investors to invest in women-led enterprises; as well as the power of online platforms to facilitate market access for women entrepreneurs.
The Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups by Women project also facilitated two panel discussions as a part of the Sankalp Gender track. The panel on ‘Online Platforms-Powering Women Entrepreneurship’ included esteemed participants from both the public and private sector – Ms Renana Jhabvala (Sewa Bharat), Ms Kanupriya Agarwal (Powai Women Networking), Mr Satish Upadhyay (Amazon Marketplace), Mr Gopal Krishna Choudhary (MSDE) and Ms Julia Karst (GIZ). The session was moderated by Syna Dehnugara.
Two reports supported by the Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups by Women (WEE) project were also launched at the event.
Women investing in Women: A Case for Gender-lens Investing in India - The report explores the potential of the 'Women Investing in Women' movement to enhance access to finance for women-led start-ups and small businesses. To access the study: click here.
By Women- For Women: Building a Childcare Ecosystem in India - The report takes stock of the current state of the childcare ecosystem in India and identifies significant opportunities for women entrepreneurs by articulating recommendations for implementing an integrated three-pronged approach that combines building the required policy, skilling and entrepreneurship ecosystems for childcare. To access the study: click here.
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