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Trade Carnival 2013

Event Date: (2013-06-07)

Conducted 7th to 10th June, 2013 at Sri Satya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony, Hyderabad

COWE’s Trade Carnival 2013 started on 7th June 2013 at Sathya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony. The Trade Carnival with the theme ‘Gearing Women towards Social Entrepreneurship’ is being organised in association with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and supported by Ministry of MSME, Government of India. The sixth in the series of annual trade carnivals, it was held for 4 days from June 7th to 10th. The Trade Carnival is a platform for Women Entrepreneurs to display and market their products to a wider and larger section of society. This trade carnival has seen 76 stalls set up by women entrepreneurs for all the four days from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.

COWE is gearing women towards social entrepreneurship, by exposing women to new ideas that make business sense and also create solutions to social issues. Women entrepreneurs are making a mark for themselves in many male dominated sectors and now we want women entrepreneurs to be the change-agents in the society, making the best of opportunities and improve systems, taking a new approach to problems and creating solutions that create social value.

Inauguration

The Trade Carnival was inaugurated by the ‘Chief Guest’, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Smt. D. Purandeswari. Renowned Social Entrepreneur, Mrs. Mangalam Balasubramanian, Founder & Managing Trustee of Exnora Green Pammal was the Guests of Honour at the inaugural function. Mr. K. Srinivas, Senior Branch Manager of NSIC and Mr. A. Karthikeyan, Project Director, ZDH / SEQUA Partnership Program were the special guests on the dais along with the office bearers or COWE – Ms. Soudhamini. P, President, Ms. Girija Reddy, Vice President, and Ms. Geeta Goti, Secretary. In her eloquent speech, Smt.D.Purandeswari said Women constitute half of the nation’s population and are multi-tasking and efficient workforce. She observed that the exclusive industrial parks for women entrepreneurs will be useful, she exhorted women to utilize the incentives being provided by the government and asked them to set up industries.

Panelists from several organizations such as Indian Industries Association, Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam Ltd., Federation of Madhya Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FMPCCI), Udaipur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UCCI), ZDH SEQUA Germany, etc. and others participated in the conference.

Social Entrepreneurship

 Our Guest of Honour, Mrs. Mangalam Balasubramanium said responsibility of social entrepreneurship is to make livelihood out of waste so that it gives livelihood to other women. Mrs. Mangalam is a doctorate in Nutrition and entered the field of recycling in Chennai in the year 1991, when she got together 15 women and trained them herself. One of her notable achievements was the preparation of manure before the establishment of MCH garbage cans by the government. By 2004, her team grew to 100 members. Abhiram Seth, the executive director for overseas agricultural operations in India then pushed Mrs. Mangalam to scale up her efforts. She said that 125 women are currently in charge of collecting garbage

and recycling it. They also burn off dry leaves and grind plastic bottles into pellets. Mrs. Mangalam’s NGO, Exnora, transforms carry bags into chips that are used to lay roads. She also explained the concept of “up-cycling” the process of adding value to waste products by slicing fibers into small pieces to weave them into carry bags. On a lighter note she said “I am happy to be in the dirty business. I am called as ‘garbage aunt’, which I don’t mind.” She also expressed her desire to take COWE activities to Chennai.

Address by the President

Ms. Soudhamini, the President of COWE explained various activities taken up by COWE. She said COWE is targeting the international market and the entrepreneurs have signed agreements with Fortune 500 companies. “Our members are attending B2B exhibition this month being arranged by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in Minneapolis, USA”. As a part of the Trade Carnival a round table conference on ‘Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in India: Role of BMOs (Business Member Organisations) & Associations’ will be held on June 8th at Hotel Avasa, Madhapur.

In the past year, COWE in partnership with the National Institute of MSME (Ni-MSME) conducted a series of 8 Entrepreneurial Development programs during which 240 students were trained by COWE in topics such as CAD/CAM, JAVA, and 3D Animation. Recently, COWE has signed to be a partner institute for NI-MSME.

Mrs. Soudhamini said “As a part of corporate social responsibility, we have arranged an awareness programme for better sanitation through a Walkathon conducted on Necklace Road which evoked tremendous response. We are planning to use make use of eco-friendly technology for maintenance of toilets in public places and train women to take it up as a business opportunity.

” Stalls, Sponsors and Partners

The Trade Carnival was focused and organized by COWE with an aim to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs from all over India. We had entrepreneurs from Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Madhyapradesh, Jaipur, Pune, Srikalahasthi, Chennai and from other districts of Andhra Pradesh to showcase their products and to widen market opportunities. The stalls were displayed with garments, Handloom designs, home furnishings, designer Kurtis, designer sarees & blouses, Handicrafts, Jewellery, Herbal products & Household items. The carnival had encouraged and had given inspiration to upcoming women entrepreneurs who would like to start something on their own. This year’s Trade Carnival also showcased the products of our young and upcoming entrepreneurs who are part of Young COWE team. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), Margadarsi Chit Fund Pvt Ltd & ZDH/Sequa Partnership Program had sponsored and supported the event.

TV 9 was the Media Partner. TV 5, Radio Mirchi, Gemini Group and Narne Creative Advertising had supported the Trade Carnival 2013 giving it huge publicity and making the event a grand success.


Women’s Day Celebrations, March 2013

Event Date: (2013-05-05)

Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs Hyderabad, celebrated Women’s Day on March 8th 2013 with a great enthusiasm and camaraderie. As part of the day long celebrations

, several programs were organised. Chief Guest Smt.Sunita Laxma Reddy, Honourable Minister for Women Development and Child Welfare, Govt of Andhra Pradesh has graced the occasion. After the Prayer song and Lighting of the lamp Smt. Soudhamini.P, President of COWE welcomed the Chief Guest, VIPs, Sponsors, Guests and the members of COWE, she briefed the accomplishments of COWE in the last six months which included members participation in national & international fairs in Turkey and Mexico City. Entrepreneur Development Programs and Project Sanitation.

Smt.Sunita Laxma Reddy, Honourable Minister for Women Development and Child Welfare, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, speaking on the occasion has appreciated the efforts by COWE and the President Ms.Soudhamini about her iniatives and the opportunities providing to the members by the way of conducting training programs in Hyderabad and other districts also. She motivated all the entrepreneurs.

AWARDS

Chief Guest has honoured women entrepreneurs who have made a mark in their field of business. Twelve Women Entrepreneurs received best entrepreneurs award: COWE – International Women’s Day 2013 Awards Categories & the Nominees for the year 2013

on 8th March 2013 at Hotel Green Park, Ameerpet, Hyderabad

S.No Category Name of the Winner Company Name

1. Engineering Ms. Geetha V Nair, Managing Director Getech Equipments Int’l Pvt Ltd

2. Bio-Technology Ms. Namita Banka, Founder & CEO BANKA BIOLOO PVT LTD

3. IT & ITeS Ms. Goli Shyamala, Director GS Digital Dream Designer Pvt.Ltd

. 4. Media & Communications Ms. P.Kiranmayi, Producer & Director Timeline Digital Solutions

5. Handicrafts Ms. Renu Rao, Proprietor Deckle Edge

6. Textiles Ms. Dipali Mehta, Proprietor DM Crafts

7. Education Ms.A.Vijaya Sarada Reddy, Director Holy Mary Group of Institutions

8. Herbal Ms. G.Latha Kalyani, Managing Director ANCIENT LIVING, SRINIVASA INDUSTRIAL & AGRO PRODUCTS (P) LTD

9. Apparels Ms. Y.S.R.Rajeshwari, Proprietor Sidhi Creations

10. Agriculture Dr. P.Sudha Reddy, Managing Director K.N.Bio Sciences (India) Pvt Ltd

11. Beauty Products Ms.Gopi Lavanya, Proprietor Perfect Herbal Products

12. Services Ms.Sashi Nahata, Proprietor Akritti Elite COWE past presidents were also honoured by the chief guest for their services in building the institution and developing women leaders. It is with their insight and dedication that COWE is growing as an excellent organisation.

Ms.A.Shylaja Reddy, Founder President, COWE during 2004-2006\

Ms.Suman Kumar, Past President COWE during 2006-2008

Ms.Uma Ghurka, Past President, COWE during 2008-2010

Ms.K.Sandhya Reddy, Past President, COWE during 2010-2012

As a special honour COWE conferred Business Excellence Award to Smt. Renu Challu, Retd MD, SBH. Smt Renu Challu was instrumental and encouraged COWE since inception.


Sanitation and Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainability

Event Date: (2013-01-20)

In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge turned into the eight Millennium Development Goals: Millennium Development Goals:

1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

2 Achieve universal primary education

3 Promote gender equality and empower women

4 Reduce child mortality

5 Improve maternal health

6 Combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases

7 Ensure environmental sustainability

8 Develop a global partnership for development “Sanitation is more important than independence.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The World Health Organization states that: “Sanitation generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and feces. Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease world-wide and improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact on health both in households and across communities. The word ‘sanitation’ also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal. The term “sanitation” can be applied to a specific aspect, concept, location or strategy, such as: • Improved sanitation: refers to the management of human faeces at the household level. This terminology is the indicator used to describe the target of the Millennium Development Goal on sanitation, by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.

• On-site sanitation: the collection and treatment of waste is done where it is deposited. Examples are the use of pit latrines, septic tanks etc.

• Food sanitation: refers to the hygienic measures for ensuring food safety.

• Environmental sanitation: the control of environmental factors that form links in disease transmission. Subsets of this category are solid waste management, water and wastewater treatment, industrial waste treatment and noise and pollution control.

• Ecological sanitation: an approach that tries to emulate nature through the recycling of nutrients and water from human and animal wastes in a hygienically safe manner.

As perceived by many lack of proper sanitation is not just rural or slum problem but also the consequences are reflected in all strata of the society, because for the virus, bacteria and infectious diseases there is no discrimination. Open defecation contaminates and spreads through air, water and other means which can reach any household that has proper toilets. No wonder we have more children dying of diarrhea and suffering from food poisoning. Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs has as part of their contribution to the society have come up with a plan to act with responsibility on the following as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative:

• Better Sanitation – Awareness on safe and clean toilets and voicing for banning open defecation. • Women Empowerment – to ensure women live with dignity and respect by earning through social entrepreneurship.

• Environmental Sustainability – women to manage and maintain private and public toilets to eradicate open defecation.

The number of people who do not use any facility and resort to open defecation has decreased by 271 million since 1990. But there remain 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the global people with no sanitation facilities at all. Around 48% of the population with no toilet facilities is in India. By partnering in the development goals of the country, COWE will directly and indirectly addresses atleast six of Millennium Development Goals like girls enrollment in schools, women empowerment, combat and reduce children’s deaths due to bacterial and infectious diseases, better access to toilets for pregnant women and develop strategies for environmental sustainability.

When we did a quick dip stick on this subject we were surprised to note that many have expressed their embarrassment to discuss in public. Statistics also show that though there are funds available with Government, charitable foundations and NGOs their usage is not actually addressing the issue. It is disheartening to know that though solutions to this problem are plenty but the willingness to discuss is very low.

Social entrepreneurship means identifying or recognizing a social problem and using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a social venture to achieve a desired social change.

Business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, but social entrepreneurs also take into account a positive return to society. Social entrepreneurship typically furthers broad social, cultural, and environmental goals and is commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors. Profit can at times also be a consideration for certain companies or other enterprises.

Social entrepreneurship practiced in a world or international context is called international social entrepreneurship. COWE is putting actions to train women to maintain and manage toilets that are now locked for want of people to manage.

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions. To make a better tomorrow, COWE is putting efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in their own small way. We seek support from likeminded people and organizations to partner on this cause. While voicing the problem COWE is also coming up with a solution and is committed to identify and train women to manage and maintain the private and public toilets.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead


MEXICO VISIT

Event Date: (2013-02-21)

Key Statistics: Delegates – 377 Participated Countries – 48 Participants from Developing countries – 39 Sellers – 146 Buyers – 45 Trade support institutions – 76

6th November 2012: Event started with the Plenary followed by keynote address and workshop on procurement practices , post lunch buyer seller focus meetings were organized and with their buyer mentor groups interactions were held.

First Plenary session – Summary

• Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC) emphasized International trade centre’s initiative to connect all other bodies promoting women owned businesses.

• Nathan Wolfe , US Conusel General in Mexico informed that women contribute for 39% of GDP growth in US alone, thereby huge positivity for value creation , international representation and exports

• Mr. Carlos Casas Guerrero, Head, Export Promotion Unit, ProMéxico , pointed out women differentiators creating eco system, innovation etc • Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO, WEConnect International , shared importance of partnerships and capacity builders as change agent

• Ms. Alia Lorena Ibarra Ávalos, National President, Asociación Mexicana de Mujeres Empresarias , said key growth factors are quality and continuous improvement that open to opportunities. She said that 72% of job opportunities are from 37% of entrepreneurs in the globalised economy.

• Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC) and Mr. Carlos Casas Guerrero, Head, Export Promotion Unit, ProMéxico signed an MoU for trade and capacity building of women entrepreneurs.

All the delegates then joined for a group photo followed by coffee break

KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Mr. Michael K. Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM pointed out that for any business customer is important and one has to know the customer for their business and govt. regulations. One has to strive for under commitment and over delivery for customer delight.

PANEL ON PROCUREMENT PRACTICES Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, Chief Executive Officer, WEConnect International Speakers: Mr. John Priddy, Chief Executive Officer, Priddy Group ; Ms. Pacita Juan, Philippines Coffee Board and Ms. Phyllis Johnson, International Women’s Coffee Alliance

This session was informative with data from the speakers on their line of expertise. M/s Priddy brothers gave an account of how Wal-Mart gives a premium for quality and volume orientation. After the panel discussion delegates were put onto their buyer mentor groups (BMG)

 

Ms. Liz Cullen Business Generation Specialist: Ms. Grace Oliver, ProMéxico

Mrs. Soudhamini, Mrs. Vijaya Sarada and Mrs.Jessica participated in this session.

The Built Environment (Including clean & green technology, construction and mining)

BMG Lead: Ms. Tess Mateo and Ms. Porie Saikia-Eapen

Business Generation Specialist: Ms. Lorena Colin, ProMéxico

Mrs. Vandana Dudhani participated in this session Trade Facilitation

BMG Lead: Ms. Dagmar Steinmez Business Generation Specialist: Ms. Lorenia Orantes, ProMéxico

Mrs. Geeta Goti participated in this session Textiles and Apparel (and Silver Jewellery)  

BMG Lead: Mr. John Priddy and Ms. Rupa Ganguli

Business Generation Specialist: Ms. Tania Mosquera, ProMéxico

Mrs. Rajeshwari ,Mrs. Kamala Kumari and Ms. Chandrika participated in this session Agribusiness

BMG Lead: Ms. Luz María de la Mora Sector Specialist: Ms. Ileana Dominguez, ProMéxico

Mrs. Rani participated in this session Post lunch – all delegates joined their respective groups for BMGS to understand procurement process and parallel sessions of Buyer/Seller focus meetings were held

PLENARY – Ms. Aicha Pouyé, Director, Division of Business and Institutional Support, ITC , exchanged her views on the day’s event and future programs.

RECEPTION – Launch of the Vital Voices Latin America and the Caribbean Businesswomen’s Network in Mexico

GALA DINNER along with honoring the organizers – LAUNCH OF WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL IN MEXICO

: Contracts Signed

VANDANA DUDHANI – VRK EXTRUSIONS PVT LTD

SREE RAJA RAJESHWARI YELLAPRAGADA- SIDHI CREATIONS

KAMALA KANDRU – KK HANDLOOMS

JESSICA RAJESH KATARI – MAVIN

INFOTECH

SARITHA VEDERE – VIKRAM COATS

In discussion stage

GEETA GOTI – HUSYS CONSULTING PVT LTD GEETHA YARALA – 3G Telecom Infra India Pvt Ltd

ASHA TIBREWALE – PAWAN ELECTRICALS PRODDUTURI SOUDHAMINI – VISION 2K+INC USHA RANI

7th November 2012

Plenary followed by the workshops and understanding pre-qualification stages marked the second day.

Plenary – Elements for success for women vendors along the export value chain. Overview of parallel workshops – Organizers listed out the delegates who signed contract. Special mention was made to COWE as 50% of the delegated submitted letters of intent on Day one of the event.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

BUYER/SELLER FOCUS MEETINGS continued with the new partners to understand pre qualification steps: 

 Workshop: ACCESS! Capacity Building Programme for Women Exporters

Mr. Sebastién Turrel, Senior Trade Promotion Officer, ITC

Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), ACCESS! for Businesswomen in International Trade has been developed and implemented to primarily meet the needs of businesswomen and entrepreneurs, in view of improving their access to a set of trade support services, such as export training, business counselling, market opportunity products development, setting up distribution channels and managing market intelligence.

The session on ACCESS! aimed at presenting the concept and its implementation modalities. In particular, the session looked at the ACCESS! benefits, its methodology and approach and its various components (Export Training, Business Counseling and Market Access). Participants also engaged in discussion with TSIs which have successfully implemented ACCESS! and shared best practices for replicating the programme.

Workshop: Supply Chain Management

Mr. Kofi Essuman, Senior Adviser, Export Value Chain, ITC Efficient Supply Chain Management is vital for exporter competitiveness especially from developing countries. One major challenge many women entrepreneurs face is inefficiency in the movement of goods and services from the source to customers and consumers. Consequently the session on Supply Chain Management for exporter competitiveness aims at creating awareness among women entrepreneurs on how to achieve enterprise competitiveness through capacity building in purchasing and supply chain management.

During this session, participants were introduced to the Modular Learning System on Supply Chain Management (MLS-SCM) programme and how this programme can benefit women entrepreneurs. Furthermore this platform also allowed sharing of experiences and other networking opportunities.

Workshop: Managing the built environment – delivering green & clean projects Ms. Tess Mateo and Ms. Porie Sakia-Eapen

This session provided an overview of what sustainability is and why it is important to business. Discussions included sustainability solution examples such as ecosystem services, ecological restoration, green buildings, sustainable remediation, green transportation, green infrastructure, sustainability tools and best practices. Participants learnt about applying sustainability to major infrastructure challenges and sustainable construction approaches.

In the second part of the workshop, the discussion focused on construction logistics and planning for multi-billion dollar projects in dense urban areas, as well as a case study of Lower Manhattan Reconstruction post 9/11.


SBH Sanctioned Loans on CGTMSE

Event Date: (2013-03-08)

Also present on the occasion was Dr. Suresh Babu , CGM, State Bank of Hyderabad , he has issued loan in-principle sanction letters to Fifteen women entrepreneurs. Following members received the loan sanction letters:

1. M/s Vishwas Hospitality Services

2. M/s Magic touch beauty parlor

3. M/s Kalakshetra

4. Ms Inavolu Ramadevi Reddy

5. M/s Sri Sai Lakshmi Paper products

6. M/s Sreshthaa Designer boutique

7. Ms. June mary

8. M/s. Balaji Graphics

9. M/s. Teja Sarees

10. M/s Archana Paper Products

11. M/s DM Crafts

12. M/s EYANTRAS

13. M/s Sarada Industries

NSIC conducted buyer seller meet Shri. P. Ravi Kumar, Zonal General Manager and Mr.K.Srinivas, Sr.Branch Manager Hyderabad branch joined the meeting, speaking on the occasion Mr.Ravi Kumar emphasised the role of NSIC and the opportunites to SME’s to participate in National & International Exhibitions. He also informed about the vendor registration with the PSU’s and other Government departments.

Officials from BDL Smt V.Latha, Addl.General Manager, BDL and Smt Meera Asst Manager Purchase presented BDL procurement program and encouraged women entrepreneurs to participate in the program.

Shri Nageswar Rao, DGM, BEL and Shri Srivastava, DGM BEL shared their programs with women entrepreneurs.

43 COWE members participated in the Exhibition displaying different products. This buyer seller meeting drew lot of appreciation from the members as they have created marketing opportunities for their products under one roof along with networking and publicity.

COWE has always mixed business with fun and brought in a element of cultural programs in most of their events. Post lunch young COWE members entertained around 150 members with their dance and team activities. Artists from Dept. Of Culture gave an excellent classical dance and folk dances. On this occasion students from Kaluram Ghurka Vidyadayini Vidyalayam also presented shakti dance, which was very much appreciated as the school children performed with sincerity and perfection various feats during the dance drama.

Smt.Geeta Goti, Secretary, COWE during her vote of thanks shared her gratitude for the relentless efforts of Shri Raghavendra Kaparthi, consultant for loan processing, Ms.Rumana Singh Sehgal for her beautiful sculptor of COWE Logo, Sponsors for the program M/s Archana Packaging, Anyloan.com, M/s Dr.Vijay Group and M/s Vishwas Hospitality services. She also thanked the representatives of Print & electronic media and hotel management.

Program concluded with presentation of mementoes and prizes to the dignitaries and performers.


Cables Manufacturing Factory Visit for Students of HITS

Event Date: (2013-09-06)

Young COWE organized a factory visit for the students of the Holy Mary Institute of Technology. A total of 67 girls from the 3rd and 4th years of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department (ECE) and those from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department (EEE) visited the factory on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013.

The factory we visited was Thermo Cables Limited, a leading manufacturer of Instrumentation Signal Cables, Power / Control Cables, Thermocouple Extension / Compensating Cables, Telephone Cables, Fire Survival / Resistant Cables and Insulated Cables & Wires for High Temperature applications. Thermo Cables is a part of Thermo Group.

The co-founder of the Thermo Group is Ms. Uma Ghurka, Past President and one of the Founding Members of COWE.

Students learned about the various cables produced at the premises, the raw materials, the process and the applications of the final products.


COWE Delhi chapter launch on 23rd Oct, 2013

Event Date: (2013-10-18)

COWE has been a part of International conference “Creating, Strengthening, Sustaining and Scaling up Women Entrepreneurs – Roadmap to 2020” at New Delhi Hilton Worldwide on 23rd October, 2013. Ms Viginia Littlejohn, President, CEO and Co-founder, Quantum Leaps and Global – Adviser, WEConnect International presented the “Roadmap to 2020” during the conference.


Export Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh

Event Date: (2013-11-11)

Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) in association with Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC), a Government of Andhra Pradesh jointly organised Conference on “Export Opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh”, was held on 21st November 2013 at 09:00 A.M in Hotel ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad.

Ms..Geeta Goti, Secretary, COWE & Ms..Veena, Young COWE Chairperson facilitated the Inaugural sessions and technical sessions.

Ms.. P. Soudhamini, President, COWE in her address informed that the conference was organised to provide awareness on trade and exports at national and international markets and on other areas like acquiring credit, business skill training, technical and technological training, marketing services, etc. Also this gives a platform for networking for women entrepreneurs. Planned one-on-one B2B sessions with some of the largest brands in the comprehensive business scenario viz.Surya Masale, VLCC, etc. were also organized.

COWE had celebrated its 9th Anniversary with the COWE members. on this occasion Mr. Sadhu Sunder, Vice Chairman and Administration Director, Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC), Ms. Virginia Little John, Global Advisor, WEConnect International, USA, Ms. Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director, WEConnect International India were present on the Formation day by lighting the lamp and cake cutting.

At the inaugural ceremony Mr. Sadhu Sunder, Vice Chairman and Administration Director, Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC) in his address gave insights that a lot of untapped export potential opportunities not only in exporting but also in the infrastructure for facilitating exports such as storage warehouses, cold storage facilities is potential opportunity for women. The women entrepreneurs are achieving and are inclusive but there is lot to do. In India, we observe that there is a lot of competition. What is required is that new people should come into new areas and setup businesses. COWE & WEConnect International can facilitate awareness sessions, trainings, taking delegates to foreign countries for networking, etc.

Ms. Virginia Little John, Global Advisor, WEConnect International, USA, a global non-profit organization that facilitates sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses to succeed in comprehensive value chains in her address said that it is a fantastic deal of interest in women’s economic development on the comprehensive level. WEConnect had done a study on ‘Roadmap 2020 and Beyond’ for Bangalore city recently. Another study on the same lines will be done in either Hyderabad or Delhi next which can be facilitated by COWE.

Ms.. Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director, WEConnect International India in her address said that there are a lot of women entrepreneurs coming out but they lack a certain direction and platform to be successful. WEConnect International is aiming to empower women as the Third Billion. Quoting a study done by Booz and Company in 2010, Ms. Sucharita said that the emerging group of women entrepreneurs will be as significant as that of the billion-plus populations in both China and India. It is estimated that approximately 870 million women will enter the economic mainstream, with the number passing one billion during the following decade – making this the next powerful ‘Third Billion’ in the comprehensive marketplace. Women entrepreneurs have a huge potential to transform our economy and our society, she added.

Technical sessions were held post lunch Representatives from Krishnapatnam Port, Pharmexcil, APEDA, Foreign Trade Department, WEConnect International, SBH (FOREX), KN. Biosciences (I) Pvt Ltd, VLCC, Surya Masale etc. spoke on Trade and Export Opportunities in those respective trades. Ms..Soudhamini, President has given vote of thanks and thanked the sponsors for supporting and promoting the event to make it a big success.


The Fashion Designing course

Event Date: (2013-12-03)

COWE is conducting “The Fashion Designing course” for 3 months with the following syllabus. The batch will start from 12th December 2013

Course: Pattern making.

Duration: 3 months.

Detailed syllabus:

1.Principles of Garment construction (attachment of the sleeves,necklines,collars,borders etc).

2.Stitching of Various Kurtas – 5 types.

3.Stitching of Various Shalwars – 5 types.

4.Stitching of Various Blouses – 3 basic + 3 designer blouses.

5.Practical Examination.

6.Project submission.

7.Financial Assistance from Banks (SBH).

Fees: Rs. 7500/- per candidate Outcome of the course:

Candidates will be able to stitch the garments by themselves even in case they want to become self employed.

Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course.

Registrations are in the process. Interested members are requested to register by 7th December 2013 Looking forward to provide an opportunity to the successfully completed trainees to avail the financial assistance through banks.

For more details, contact us at info@co-we.com.


9th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant (APSCI) and Related Sciences, 26-29 Nov 2013, HICC, Hyd

Event Date: (2013-12-10)

APSCI is an International convention for professionals involved in alleviation and management of the Hearing Impairment. It was a gathering of Surgeons, Audiologists, Speech Therapists, Scientists and the industry, having more than 850 delegates from all over the world. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Bridging Hearing Beyond Boundaries’. Dr.Swathi Ravindra was part of the organizing committee and the scientific committee; she also chaired a session at the convention, along with Dr.Dimity Dornan (Australia).


Report on

Event Date: (2013-11-21)

                         Export Opportunities for Women in AP held

         on 21st November 2013 at Hotel ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, Hyderabad

Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) in association with Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC), a Government of Andhra Pradesh jointly organised Conference on “Export Opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh”, was held on 21st November 2013 at 09:00 A.M in Hotel ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad. 

Ms..Geeta Goti, Secretary, COWE & Ms..Veena, Young COWE Chairperson facilitated the Inaugural sessions and technical sessions.

Ms.. P. Soudhamini, President, COWE in her address informed that the conference was organised to provide awareness on trade and exports at national and international markets and on other areas like acquiring credit, business skill training, technical and technological training, marketing services, etc. Also this gives a platform for networking for women entrepreneurs. Planned one-on-one B2B sessions with some of the largest brands in the comprehensive business scenario viz.Surya Masale, VLCC, etc. were also organized.

COWE had celebrated its 9th Anniversary with the COWE members. on this occasion Mr. Sadhu Sunder, Vice Chairman and Administration Director, Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC), Ms. Virginia Little John, Global Advisor, WEConnect International, USA, Ms. Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director, WEConnect International India were present on the Formation day by lighting the lamp and cake cutting.

At the inaugural ceremony Mr. Sadhu Sunder, Vice Chairman and Administration Director, Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC) in his address gave insights that a lot of untapped export potential opportunities not only in exporting but also in the infrastructure for facilitating exports such as storage warehouses, cold storage facilities is potential opportunity for women. The women entrepreneurs are achieving and are inclusive but there is lot to do. In India, we observe that there is a lot of competition. What is required is that new people should come into new areas and setup businesses. COWE & WEConnect International can facilitate awareness sessions, trainings, taking delegates to foreign countries for networking, etc.

Ms. Virginia Little John, Global Advisor, WEConnect International, USA, a global non-profit organization that facilitates sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses to succeed in comprehensive value chains in her address said that it is a fantastic deal of interest in women’s economic development on the comprehensive level. WEConnect had done a study on ‘Roadmap 2020 and Beyond’ for Bangalore city recently. Another study on the same lines will be done in either Hyderabad or Delhi next which can be facilitated by COWE.

 

Ms.. Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director, WEConnect International India in her address said that there are a lot of women entrepreneurs coming out but they lack a certain direction and platform to be successful. WEConnect International is aiming to empower women as the Third Billion. Quoting a study done by Booz and Company in 2010, Ms. Sucharita said that the emerging group of women entrepreneurs will be as significant as that of the billion-plus populations in both China and India. It is estimated that approximately 870 million women will enter the economic mainstream, with the number passing one billion during the following decade – making this the next powerful ‘Third Billion’ in the comprehensive marketplace. Women entrepreneurs have a huge potential to transform our economy and our society, she added.

Technical sessions were held post lunch  Representatives from Krishnapatnam Port, Pharmexcil, APEDA, Foreign Trade Department, WEConnect International, SBH (FOREX), KN. Biosciences (I) Pvt Ltd, VLCC, Surya Masale etc. spoke on Trade and Export Opportunities in those respective trades.

Ms..Soudhamini, President has given vote of thanks and thanked the sponsors for supporting and promoting the event to make it a big success.


Study Tour for Students of Vasavi Engineering College

Event Date: (2013-09-12)

Young COWE organized it’s first ever study tour for the students of Vasavi Engineering College. We visited Getech Equipments International Pvt Ltd that manufactures Water Well, Core Drilling, Mining, Piling Rigs and all related tools and accessories.

About 80 students visited the factory located in Cherlapalli village, near Hyderabad. Students visited two workshops of Getech Equipments each manufacturing the various components that go into the Rigs and also learned about the company and their manufacturing processes from the Production Managers


Cables Manufacturing Factory Visit for Students of HITS

Event Date: (2013-09-06)

Young COWE organized a factory visit for the students of the Holy Mary Institute of Technology. A total of 67 girls from the 3rd and 4th years of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department (ECE) and those from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department (EEE) visited the factory on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013.

The factory we visited was Thermo Cables Limited, a leading manufacturer of Instrumentation Signal Cables, Power / Control Cables, Thermocouple Extension / Compensating Cables, Telephone Cables, Fire Survival / Resistant Cables and Insulated Cables & Wires for High Temperature applications. Thermo Cables is a part of Thermo Group.

The co-founder of the Thermo Group is Ms. Uma Ghurka, Past President and one of the Founding Members of COWE.

Students learned about the various cables produced at the premises, the raw materials, the process and the applications of the final products.


Introduction to entrepreneurship at Holy mary group

Event Date: (2013-06-18)

Introduction to Entrepreneurship for the students of Holy Mary Group of Institutions

The team from COWE comprising of our President, Smt. Soudhamini, Secretary, Smt. Geeta Goti, Chairperson of Young COWE, Ms. Veena Endula and Seed Members of Young COWE, Ms. Divya Prodduturi, Ms. Jyotsna Kotha and Ms. Swetha Gargey visited the Holy Mary Group of Institutions’ (HITS) campus for a seminar on Entrepreneurship.

With their sprawling gardens, imposing buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and an amphitheater in the heart of the campus, it was nothing short of every student’s dream campus. On this occasion, we were proud to be at their campus for the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an educational group.

The program was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by the Management of HITS namely Sri. Vara Prasad, Chairman, Smt Vijaya Sharada Reddy, Secretary and their daughter, Ms. Yamini Reddy and the COWE representatives.

During the seminar we noticed that both Chairman and Secretary of HITS were among the most forward thinkers amongst the educationalists we have come across in the past year. Since they are from a business background, they spoke to the students about the benefits of “being their own boss” and “earning much more money as an entrepreneur than as an employee” without any inhibitions. It was a stimulating to hear their personal experiences in setting up their educational institutes.
Ms. Veena Reddy Endula, Chairperson of Young COWE elaborated the various activities planned for the students for the upcoming year that would give them a well-rounded knowledge about entrepreneurship. The COWE representatives in their presentations provided knowledge about starting an enterprise and anecdotes from their personal experience. They offered encouragement to the students to reach out to them for guidance on developing new business ideas.


Entrepreneurship Scenario for Today’s Woman at Vasavi Engineering College

Event Date: (2013-06-18)

Conducted by Young COWE for the girl students of Vasavi College of Engineering & Pendekanti Institute of Management
The Vasavi Academy is very warm at welcoming their guests. The introduction of Young COWE was a grand event with the Principals of both colleges, top faculty for the Entrepreneurship Cell and over 200 girl students attending the seminar. The faculties in attendance were Sri I.V.Rao, Principal of Vasavi College of Engineering, Sri Samuel, Principal of Pendekanti College of Management, Sri. Ram Mohan Rao, Head of Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) at Vasavi Academy, and Sri. Prasad Reddy, Management Faculty.

The members of COWE & Young COWE including Smt. Soudhamini, President COWE, Smt. Rashida Adenwala, Executive Committee Member of COWE & Managing Partner of R&A Associates and Smt. Veena Reddy Endula, Founder of YoungCOWE were welcomed to the dias.

Mr. Ram Mohan Rao spoke about the E-Cell which was started almost a decade ago at Vasavi, long before any other professional colleges in Hyderabad even acknowledged its need. It was impressive to hear about the young and budding student entrepreneurs from Vasavi who have participated and won at various design and start-up related competitions.
Smt. Soudhamini spoke about the role of COWE in mentoring and shaping young women into successful entrepreneurs through the various programs. She encouraged students to not give up on their careers at any point, be it post graduation, post marriage or post kids. She advised that entrepreneurship does not have any age restrictions and that it is one of the most viable career options for young women who take a break from full time jobs for the sake of their family.

Ms. Veena Endula presented a vibrant presentation about entrepreneurship, the present scenario and the statistics about women entrepreneurs in India. She interacted with the students to get a feel of their opinions about starting an enterprise and quizzed them about top female executives locally and globally. She encouraged students to come up with some impromptu business ideas which got everyone excited, including the Vasavi management.

Ms. Rashida who has been in the field of Corporate Laws for 25 years spoke about her experience in starting her company, R& A Associates – one of the country’s most respected company secretary firms. She spoke of the ups and downs she faced through her career and life. She advised the students that if they are good at their work, regardless of the right connections or network, success will surely come to them.


APEX training Programs for the year 2012-13

Event Date: (2013-02-01)
NIMSME APEX PROGRAMS from 1st February 2013 Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs, Hyderabad sponsored programme by National Institute of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (Ni-MSME), Government of India, Hyderabad had organised the ESDP in computer courses like Advanced Java, CAD with Pro-E, CAD/CAM, 2D Animation for the unemployment women and men.

Valediction

Event Date: (2013-05-05)

The valedictory function was conducted on 17th May 2013.

COWE conducted a total of eight Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programs which trained around 240 unemployed candidates in different trades.  The successful candidates received certificates from the Chief Guest, Shri.M.Chandrashekar Reddy, Director General, ni-msme. Ms.Soudhamini.P, President, COWE said that most of the participants are well qualified and are keen to setup their own enterprises.
 

Speaking on the occasion M. Chandrashekar Reddy said, “ni-msme trained 30,000 unemployed youth in skill development during the year 2012-13.  Since its inception, the institute has been taking gigantic strides to achieve the objectives through the scope of operations ranging from training, consultancy, research and education, to extension and information services.”

He further added that, around 25 to 47 per cent of the students trained by the institute either got a job or settled as an entrepreneur. “The most preferred trade for training is IT.  However, we are constantly introducing new trades such as solar technology, soya products manufacturing under food technology etc.”

 

Dr. C. Rani, Programme Director explained the importance of the programme and its relevance in present context of strengthening the capacities of faculty members. She also described the role of faculty members and ni-msme officials in motivating the students to take up self-employment as their carrier.

 

NIMSME had been providing entrepreneurship and skill development training to the first generation entrepreneurs and helping and supporting them in the establishment of their enterprises.