Stronger women equity must to ensure gender equality in entrepreneurship

The current digital age has heralded increased opportunities to women entrepreneurs, feel speakers at Women Startup Summit 3.0.

Making gender equality a reality in entrepreneurship would need to ensure that women are provided with opportunities towards stronger equity participation, felt a two-day startup summit organised under the aegis of the Kerala Startup Mission in Kerala.

Women Startup Summit 3.0, a hybrid event which rode the theme of ‘Rise To Equal – Post-Pandemic Era’, acknowledged that the present digital age has heralded increased opportunities to women entrepreneurs.

Women Startup Summit 3.0 has been designed as an effort towards inspiring women in entrepreneurship. This follows a road map if facilitating women’s participation in three sections – Innovation Challenge, Investor Café and Hackathon.

Coming together of women leaders and entrepreneurs

The summit also witnessed the coming together of women leaders and entrepreneurs from various fields on a common platform to share experiences, aspirations and success stories.

The summit, as had been promised, chose nine startups for funding aimed at boosting core female participation in various businesses.  

According to Dr Usha Titus, Chairman and Managing Director, Additional Skill Acquisition Programme, women should not wait for concessions; instead they must propose quality entrepreneurial projects that can provide immense service to customers.

Opportunities galore for women entrepreneurs

Subsequent speakers noted that the current day digital environment has opened up added opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

The summit, flowed the ‘Rise to Equal — Post-Pandemic Era’ theme was addressed by around 40 experts, including Srimathi Shivashankar of HCL Technologies, and former Dutch hockey player and coach Sjoerd Marijne. As many as seven panel discussions on domains such as entrepreneurship, economy and technology were also part of the summit.

Participants at the summit Women Startup Summit 3.0 also got together to share their experiences, thereby making use of the podium to air their aspirations and success stories.

The startup ecosystem has been vibrant in the Kerala domain and has spawned a slew of companies that have blossomed into major successes. Most of them have now grown into major success stories with Indian and overseas operations that have made the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), the nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state, proud.

Now with the Women Startup Summit 3.0 also garnering much attention, it is expected that a bunch of new women entrepreneurs will also take centre stage.  

Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »
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