ROAD TO GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT HELD IN BENGALURU
CELEBRATING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Bengaluru :To celebrate and empower women in entrepreneurship, FICCI has partnered with NITI Aayog to organize six interactive entrepreneurial events as a part of “Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Series”. These events will bring together industry leaders, start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors as well as enablers of the innovation ecosystem viz. government, international agencies and industry associations not only from India but across the globe. The stakeholders would deliberate on several aspects related to start-ups game such as finance, investment, mentoring and human capital. These events will showcase success stories, social impact and also the gaps to be filled to ensure that women entrepreneurs are successful in fulfilling their dreams and ambitions.
For the Bengaluru Road to GES, NITI Aayog and FICCI partnered with Nadathur S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, given that NSRCEL is the start-up Hub of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Aligned with the theme of the main summit, the Bengaluru Road to GES had a strong emphasis on women entrepreneurs. The event provided entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop valuable people-to-people relationships and interact with industry leaders.
The Bengaluru Road to GES saw participation from eminent women leaders including Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Limited, Ms. Rekha M. Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture in India and iconic entrepreneurs like Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman and Founder, Narayana Health. Touching on various important subjects, the summit sessions included topics like “Breaking the stereotype: women entrepreneurs in unconventional businesses” and “Women entrepreneurs as agents of change”. A special session was focussed on pitches from start-ups to give impetus to entrepreneurs as well as to give awards to success stories.
Making the keynote address at the event Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Limited talked about 10 key points for women empowerment. She said that Gender inclusiveness is required in policy making and there is need to make education gender positive. Dr. Shaw emphasised the need for girls to be given image and role models to look up to and an equal opportunity to join STEM.
Making her special address Ms. Rekha M. Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture in India said, “At 27%, India has one of the poorest representations of women in the workforce. That’s a lot of untapped economic potential. If we double their participation, India’s GDP growth could go beyond 9 per cent. She added, “Women entrepreneurs in particular play a crucial role in unleashing this potential. As business leaders, role models, and as employers, they can create the virtuouscycle that serves as a force multiplier for gender inclusive growth.”
In his special address Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman and Founder, Narayana Health said “Healthcare is an $8 trillion segment and larger than any other sector. Entrepreneurs must leverage this sector for innovative operations”.
In partnership with the Government of the United States of America, NITI Aayog is hosting the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India from November 28-30, 2017. The Summit will be addressed by The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The US delegation will be led by Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to President Trump.
Since the inception of GES in 2010, it has travelled across the world from Washington D.C. to Istanbul, Dubai, Marrakech, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Silicon Valley, and now finally Hyderabad! This year is the first time GES will be hosted in South Asia, and the event will highlight India’s enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship – including actions by the government to increase the ease of doing business, eliminating unnecessary regulations, and supporting start-ups.
At GES 2017, over 1500 attendees, including entrepreneurs, investors, educators, government officials, and business representatives will represent the full measure of entrepreneurial talent from diverse backgrounds across our nation and the world. Through networking, mentoring and workshops, the GES empowers entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, and create innovative products and services that will transform societies for better tomorrow.