To achieve a sustainable economic growth in India and create more jobs, women must play a greater role in the economy as employees and entrepreneurs. The Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups by Women project aims to improve the overall framework conditions for women-led businesses in India and encourage women to become entrepreneurs and existing women-led enterprises to grow. Under the name Her&Now, the project pilots an incubation and acceleration programme, that equips India women to start new businesses and grow their existing businesses in Northeast region, Rajasthan and Telangana with three local partners.
With an aim to gain an on-the-ground picture, value chain analysis workshops were recently conducted in Guwahati, Hyderabad and Jaipur. The focus was to gain insights into sectors and value chains that lend themselves to entrepreneurship for women-led enterprises in all three regions. The workshops, jointly organised by the project Her&Now and Dhriiti, were attended by 140 ecosystem experts and entrepreneurs. And were a melting pot of ideas and insights on current value chains and sectors alike. Some of the highlights from the workshop were:
Though there are similarities in all the three regions in the women entrepreneurship landscape, there are also differences, and each region needs to be treated differently keeping in my all these complexities. Keeping these factors into consideration, it was decided that all the stakeholders need to create a focused approach towards encouraging and supporting women entrepreneurship in their respective regions.
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