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Aiding Women Entrepreneurs

India has relatively fewer businesses launched by women…

Despite all-round progress in various spheres, so far as businesses promoted by women, India lags behind. However there has been an improvement in the situation in recent times with women launching start-ups in sectors like infotech, web, fashion, apparel and hospitality.

Women entrepreneurs face problems that their male counterparts do not encounter.  These problems include difficulty in accessing Bank loans, lack of networking opportunities, social barriers, absence of mentoring and support etc. However, these limitations are being gradually overcome.

Women, take up the entrepreneurial challenge today !

We list below in Resources the networks who provide support systems to women entrepreneurs and business women. Join them to take advantage of business networking, mentoring by experts, receiving guidance, attending conferences and seminars, participating in training programmes etc. Your existing business can benefit in multiple aspects such as growth, profitability, marketing, technology, strategy etc. New entrepreneurs too will gain by accessing the collective wisdom of established women entrepreneurs.

Prospective entrepreneurs need mentors, advisors, investors and helpful networks as well as a clearly articulated strategy and a go-to-market plan, which is market validated.

'Stand Up India' Scheme of Govt of India for Women

In order to promote entrepreneurship among women (as well as SC/ST) Govt of India has proposed to give loans through SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) for greenfield startups in the non-farm sector. Loans will range from Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 1 Crore.

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

1800-22-6753

www.sidbi.in

Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP)

ALEAP is concerned with women's entrepreneurship in AP and Telangana. They train, guide, support prospective entrepreneurs through programmes, credit support etc.

H.No. 8-3-677/6, Sri Krishna Devaraya Nagar, yousufguda, Hyderabad.

040-2373 2733, 2373 5439, 089789 88004

www.aleap.org

Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE)

AWAKE's approach is ‘Entrepreneur Guiding Entrepreneur’ through voluntary efforts of successful women entrepreneurs by counseling, training, business incubation, mentoring and peer group support.

B-76, KSSIDC Industrial Estate, Rajajinagar, Bangalore 560010

080-2338 5874, 2311 1059

www.awakeindia.org.in

Bazm-e-Niswan

Trains women, mostly housewives, to become self-employed entrepreneurs. Skills taught are tailoring, sewing, aerobics, karate and the English language.

Garden Hall Apartment, Ground Floor, S Zubber Road, Near Nagpada Police Station, Bombay Central, Mumbai 400008

Birjees Fakih

Bhagini Nivedita Sahakari Bank Ltd.

This Bank is staffed solely by women. They offer concessional loans for businesses set up by women entrepreneurs in Pune. Concessional educational loans are also offered for Pune-based girl students.

387/388, Narayan Peth, Rashtrabhasha Bhavan, Pune 411030.

020-2445 3542, 2445 4635, 2445 9070, 2448 0773

bhagininiveditabank.com

Biz Divas

A networking forum for women entrepreneurs and professionals. Biz Divas seeks to empower women with business skills through networking as well as Biz Divas Mentoring Leadership Program which connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over India with successful business women over a six month-long mentoring program.

www.bizdivas.in

Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE)

CWE helps women entrepreneurs to start up and scale up their businesses. Their comprehensive platform provides Information on government programs and schemes, business skills, finance, technology, trade networks and validated professional service providers especially for women entrepreneurs.

1st Floor, Global Incubation Services (Ginserv), Behind Hotel Leela Palace, Kodihalli, Bangalore 560008

098450 26251

www.c4we.com

CII's Indian Women Network (IWN)

IWN gives learning opportunities to women entrepreneurs in respect of work-life balance, building personal brand, managing a team, general management themes, mentoring on leadership, executive coaching etc.

Confederation of Indian Industry, Southern Region HQs, Prof C K Prahalad Centre, 98/1, Velachery Main Road, Guindy, Chennai 600 032

044-4244 4555

indianwomennetwork.in

Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs - India

Helps members through counselling, networking, open house meets, trade fairs / exhibitions, industrial site visits, awareness programs and workshops, buyers / sellers meets, skill development programs, facilitating loans, loan mela, job mela for skilled employees etc.

D.No.1-10-74/C/201, 2nd Floor, Galada Towers, Chikoti Gardens, Begumpet, Hyderabad 500016

040-2776 3448, 2776 3449, 4007 4230

co-we.com

Empower by Zone Startups India

Empower is India’s 1st accelerator for women entrepreneurs building tech ventures. The accelerator program selects women entrepreneurs from applications received and offers them mentoring, workshops, case studies of successful women led startups, industry connect, peer network, investor connect and over Rs 60 Lakhs in cash & professional services as takeaways.

BSE Building, 18th Floor, Dalal Street, Mumbai 400001

022-2272 2595, 088606 11220

india.zonestartups.com/empower/

empoWer Programme of Zone Startups

This is a programme to support women entrepreneurs in tech businesses and startups through industry connect, peer network, investor connect, boot camps, events and demo days.

BSE Building, 18th Floor, Dalal Street, Mumbai 400001

022-2272 2595, 088606 11220

india.zonestartups.com

Facebook Group 'Flexi-Work Options for Women (F-WOW)'

Join this closed Facebook group to post flexi-jobs as well as to access flexi-jobs.

Snehal Agrawal

Facebook Page

Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE)

FIWE is a National-level organization devoted to women's entrepreneurship development in India. They conduct Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) at periodic intervals across the country.

F-321 A, 1st Floor, Lado Sarai Village, Opp. Mother Dairy, New Delhi 110030

011-4608 9142, 2952 1395

fiwe.org

Female Foundry Accelerator Programme by Dentsu Aegis Network

This is an initiative to mentor, develop and fund female led start-ups with a focus on tech based in South or Southeast Asia. They must have a sustainable long-term business plan and have already secured seed funding. The programme will partner selected candidates with senior industry mentors as well as strong and inspiring female business leaders from across Dentsu Aegis Network.

1 Raffles Place, #28-61 One Raffles Place, Tower 2, Singapore 048616

+65 6501 4900

dentsuaegisnetwork.com/asiapacific

Financing of Women-Owned Businesses by Yes Bank

Yes Bank will provide capital to women-owned MSMEs. Yes Bank is now a part of the global 'Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility' (WEOF) launched by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and 'Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women' initiative.

Delhi: Aniruddha Ghosh 011-6656 9073, Mumbai: Jitesh Patel 022-3347 9753

Web Page

Forum for Women in Leadership (WILL Forum India)

Conducts programmes for women professionals: (a) WILL Corporate Boards Certification to equip women with capability to take up Board Director roles (b) Mentoring programmes, executive education and forum meetings

011-2689 8869, 078386 82883, 099713 99962

www.willforumindia.com

Her Entrepreneurial Network (HEN)

Promotes entrepreneurship by women by providing inspiration, information and support. Provides a platform for networking and sharing experiences among women entrepreneurs.

henindia.com

Idea2POC (Idea to Proof of Concept) Fund for Women Entrepreneurs by Karnataka Government

This is a Rs 10 Crores fund launched by Karnataka Government. Amount upto Rs 50 Lakhs can be sanctioned to any woman innovator looking for funds for proof of concept validation, certification, manufacturing pilot products etc.

Dept.of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, VI Floor, 5th Stage, M.S.Building, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore 560001

080-2228 0562, 2203 2434

PDF page of scheme guidelines

IMC Ladies' Wing

The Ladies’ Wing of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber has over 2200 members, consisting of entrepreneurs, managers and professionals. The Wing seeks to inspire, motivate and encourage women to participate in entrepreneurial activities. Activities include panel discussions, workshops, educational and industrial visits, women entrepreneurs' exhibition etc.

3rd Floor, IMC Building, IMC Marg, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020

022-2204 6633 Ext. Nos. 605 / 614 / 267 / 132

imcladieswing.org

Mahila e-Haat

This is an e-commerce portal for products manufactured by three lakh women entrepreneurs of India. Products include clothing, fashion accessories, jewellery, bags, home decor, carpets, rugs, cushion covers, baskets, pottery, toys, grocery & staples etc.

011-2656 7187, Whatsapp: 088269 09309.

mahilaehaat-rmk.gov.in/en/

Mahila Udayam Nidhi

The scheme is to meet gap in equity in new projects in tiny / small scale sector set up by women entrepreneurs. Scheme operated through scheduled commercial banks. Cost of Project: Not to exceed Rs.10 Lakhs. Soft loan limit: 25% of cost of project subject to a maximum of Rs.2.5 Lakhs per project. Service charges: 1% per annum on soft loan.

Mompreneurs India

Chapters are in Mumbai and Ahmedabad. This is a community of women entrepreneurs. They meet once in a month to network, share knowledge, contacts and to benefit from strategic partnerships.

B/42 Anjali, 90 Feet Rd, Mulund East, Mumbai 400081

Chetana Misra

9920810363

www.mompreneursindia.com

Nasscom's 'Girls in Technology' (GIT) program

This is a special initiative targeted towards women entrepreneurs in technology in order to encourage and promote them. Nasscom conducts comprehensive skill development programmers for closed-groups of women interested in entrepreneurship. Nasscom is also connecting with currently functional tech start-ups with women entrepreneurs.

Kavita Doshi

011-2301 0199

www.nasscom.in

Saha Fund

Saha Fund is India's first SEBI-approved venture capital fund dedicated to invest solely in startups promoted by women entrepreneurs. They also invest in companies that employ a majority of workforce as women or companies that are creating a product or service for women.

No. 70, 2nd Floor, Grace Towers, Above Navnit Motors, Millers Road, Bangalore 560052

www.sahafund.com

Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

This is an organisation of poor, self-employed women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. Sewa Bank (Swashrayi Mahila Sewa Sahakari Bank) provides loans to members to enhance their businesses, build up assets etc. Other services provided by SEWA include capacity building, legal services, healthcare etc.

SEWA Reception Centre, Opp. Victoria Garden, Bhadra, Ahmedabad 380001.

079-2550 6444, 2550 6477, 2550 6441

www.sewa.org

Shakti Women Entrepreneur's National Convention by India SME Forum

This convention is useful for women who wish to setup and run a sustainable business. The convention offers substantial knowledge on various business opportunities, national best practices in doing business, access to financing, innovation in projects, assessing risks, growth mantras etc.

404, Durga Chambers, Veera Indl. Estate, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053

022-4113 9999

Web Page

She the People

SheThePeople is the platform on which women entrepreneurs and working women tell their stories by videos. These stories inspire women, strengthen their efforts, exchange leadership ideas, foster networking and reinforce their ability to contribute to growth.

shethepeople.tv

SheEO

After successful debut in Canada, SheEO (a female entrepreneur support organisation) has now come to India. Under their scheme 1,000 women have to commit $1,000 (Rs 68,000 appx) which will be loaned at low-interest rates to 10 women-led ventures that are selected by then funding 1,000 women. The selected ventures get access to the women's network, their buying power and expertise.

www.sheeo.world

SheThePeople

This is a video storytelling place centred around women entrepreneurs. If you aspire to be an entrepreneurs watch the videos to get inspired. If you are already an entrepreneur, submit your story.

Shailee Chopra

www.shethepeople.tv

Stand Up India Loan Scheme for Women Entrepreneurs

This scheme encourages women to set up greenfield non-farm businesses in manufacturing, services or trading. Loans sanctioned will be between Rs 10 Lakhs and Rs 1 Crore. No collateral, zero processing fees and the rate of interest: 1% per month.

Information on the scheme

TREAD (Trade Related Entrepreneurship Assistance and Development) for Women

The scheme provides women entrepreneurs trade related training, information and counseling extension activities related to trades, products, services etc. Government will grant up to 30% of the total project cost whereas the remaining 70% will be loan assistance to applicant women. GOI grant and the loan portion from the lending agencies shall be routed through eligible NGOs engaged in assisting poor women through any kind of income generating activities in non-farm sector.

Udyogini

Udyogini works with poor, illiterate women and imparts them skills so that the women can set up micro-businesses in sectors like agriculture, forest produce, artisan and services. Udyogini has field programs in Rajasthan, MP, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, and Orissa.

3B, 2nd Floor Arjun Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi 110029

011-2616 8061

Web Page

WEConnect International in India

This organisation certifies companies which are owned by women and connects them with multi-national companies like IBM and Accenture. Such connections have enabled women-centric companies to garner business from the MNCs.

weconnectinternational.org/en/india

Women Entrepreneurs India

They organise networking events, arrange training programmes by experts, connect to mentors, provide business guidance etc.

Sudershan Gardens, Velachery Main Road, Guindy, Chennai 600032

044-4203 1721, 099520 13800

www.womenentrepreneursindia.com