Women Entrepreneurship & Gender Studies

Background

Participation of women in the economic development of the country has become important since they have now not only entered almost all areas of professional life but, have also demonstrated their excellence in these fields. In the field of business too, their participation has become noticeable as many women have opened their ventures and are also running them successfully. However, the number of women taking up full-time business as their career is still very meagre when compared with their male counterparts.

The Centre for Women Entrepreneurship & Gender Studies (CWE&GS) has been established with a view of providing necessary thrust and focus on developing and sustaining women entrepreneurs. Accordingly, the activities are based on facilitating women to become self-reliant and sustain their career/livelihood. The Centre seeks to eliminate the age-old gender bias in any development activity of the country in general, and entrepreneurship in particular. The Centre is thus especially focused and contributes to women entrepreneurship and gender studies.

Though there are a number of businesswomen who have brought glory to their businesses at both national and international levels, it has been observed that in many cases initial efforts by women in business have been marred by a number of hindrance, in terms of financial bottlenecks, technical ignorance, lack of adequate marketing, operational skills, etc. Because of these barriers, even a good business idea or initiative is aborted in its infancy. Hence, there is a need to provide a network of support system and knowledge base so that the women are able to break barriers that inhibit their growth.

The CWEGS aims to inculcate the required skills and competencies of business among the prospective/existing women entrepreneurs. It aims to develop entrepreneurial mindset among the female population and endeavours to motivate and guide them to set up their own enterprises.

Centre co-ordinator

S. B. Sareen sareen@ediindia.org

 

Strategy

UNDER EVOLUTION AS PER ANNUAL PLAN EXERCISE

Core Activities

  • Identification of business opportunities & business plan preparation for potential entrepreneurs

  • Self-employment opportunities for economically weaker sections

  • Performance Improvement and Productivity Enhancement programmes

  • Training programme for capacity and competency building

  • Entrepreneurial orientation and strengthening of SHG members and producer groups

  • National Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Management for Scientists & Technologists with Government Sector

  • Issue-based Workshops on CSR, Micro Enterprise Promotion, Cluster Development and Women Empowerment

  • Women Empowerment thru Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (WEDPs) for international and national participants

  • Awareness Programmes on Life Skills & Gender equality

  • Girls’ Education Programmes

  • Entrepreneurship Training programme for Women Entrepreneurs and professionals of developing countries

 

Programmes and Activities 2017-18

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
6.1.1 Women Entrepreneurship Development Programmes Regional           4 Weeks Potential Women Entrepreneurs To equip women participants with requisite skills and knowledge on various aspects of business decision making process. Bring about necessary behavioural changes in them for initiating, planning and implementing entrepreneurial activities and become self-reliant. Target: 50 participants
6.1.2 Strengthening of Women SHG Members as Producers Groups Dhenkanal, Odisha Throughout the year  SHG Members  Involving women in productive activities and subsequently forming producers' group and producers' company. Target: 50 members
6.1.3 National Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development & Management for Women Scientists & Technologists with Government Sector  EDII Campus 1 Week Women Scientists and Technologists Sensitizing women scientists and technologists working with government sector towards entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviours.
6.1.4 Identification of Business Opportunities & Business Plan Preparation for women HO 3 Days Potential Women Entrepreneurs Facilitating potential women entrepreneurs to prepare business plans and assess their feasibility.
6.1.5 Self Employment Opportunities for Economically Weaker Sections HO 1 Week Women from Economically Weaker Sections Enabling women from economically weaker sections to be self-employed. Offer sensitization workshops to women in green sector, after due discussion. Target: 20 participants  
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome

6.2.1

International Programme on Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship Development

EDII Campus

6 Weeks

Professionals/Officers engaged in Small Business Promotion

To sensitize and develop a cadre of effective Women Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators and help them encourage, initiate, plan and implement entrepreneurship development activities for women entrepreneurs in their respective countries.

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
6.3.1 Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) Over 10 States 2 Years Women  Provide skills that aid employability to women to become self-employed or entrepreneurs. Target: 100 participants
6.3.2 Scaling up Kudumbashree enterprises Kerala  Throughout the year  Kudumbashree units Scaling up of Kudumbashree sponsored entrepreneurs. Target: 20 units
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome

6.4.1

Organizing Issue-based Workshops on CSR, Micro Enterprise Promotion, Cluster Development and Women Empowerment

Bhubaneswar

1 Day

Corporates, NGOs, Entreprenuers, Service Providers and SHGs

To make the stakeholders aware of the latest developments in various domains. Target: 100 participants.

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome

6.5.1

Compilation of Case Studies of Women Entrepreneurs/Startups (Coffee Table Book)

HO

1 Year

Women Entrepreneurs

To disseminate information about success stories of women entrepreneurs. Target: 25-30 women entrepreneurs

Research and Publications

  • Select Case Studies of Women Entrepreneurs / Women in Business

Policy Advocacy and Advisory Services

TO CHECK WITH ACTIVITIES OF OTHER THRUST AREAS

Accomplishments

  • Provided access to better standards of living to disadvantaged rural households through women SHG members
  • Equipped women potential entrepreneurs on management aspects, like; business decision making
  • Sensitized Women scientists & technologists towards entrepreneurship
  • Offered Management Development Programmes (MDPs) to existing women entrepreneurs
  • Developed a cadre of Women Entrepreneur-Trainer Motivators (WETMs) at the international level

Future Plans

  • Identification of business opportunities & business plan preparation for potential women entrepreneurs (Planned)

  • Self-employment opportunities for economically weaker sections (Planned)

  • Performance Improvement and Productivity Enhancement programmes for women in business (Planned)

  • MDP for women professionals (Planned)

  • Organizing Issue-based Workshops on CSR, Micro Enterprise Promotion, Cluster Development and Women Empowerment (Planned)

  • Seminars and conferences on issues, challenges and way forward for women entrepreneurs

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P. Ganesh

 
Area Of Apecification : Production & Operations, Supply Chain Management, Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence, IT and MIS and ERP Implementations.

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

(Via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge), P.O. Bhat 382 428, Dist. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

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