Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series #5 - Support Services Sector

Organised by COWE INDIA, in association with SIDBI, the 5th webinar in the series
SWAVALAMBAN SASHAKT, aimed at understanding business models centering
around Support Services for Corporate Sector.
The session began with insight into COWE's activities and achievements, shared by
COWE Founder, DIRECTOR, Ms Uma Gurkha who is entrepreneure par excellence with a
no. of National and International awards under her belt.
- Our expert speaker Mr. Naqi Abbas, Co-Founder & Director, ENABLE Employability
Excellence Pvt Ltd & Orgro Silutions Pvt Ltd., shared insights on some valuable
opportunities in the support services sector with detsiled examples of Corporate gifting and
Human resource management vide recruitment agency.
Ms Usha Paliath, Consultant & NEC member , COWE INDIA, ably, presented the above
model on behalf of Mr Naqi.
- Ms. Anuradha Sriram, Co-Founder& Jt MD, Integra Software Solutions, shed light on
the prospects in the field of digital publications and software solutions.
Ms Anamika Rajkumari, Manager SIDBI, explained in detail about the SUI loan process
and SIDBI''s role as the administering agency for the same.
- Mr. Ramesh Vasudevan, Regional Head for Sales at ICICI BANK, gave an excellent
insight into Banker's perspective through a detailed presentation.
- Ms. Vijayalakshmi Rao, a motivational speaker, mentor and business advisor shared
challenges faced when a woman starts her entrepreneural journey and excellent tips to
overcome them.
Patience, strength, calculated risk taking ability and focus towards the goal, being a few
of them
- Ms. Jayanthi Ramesh, MD at Srivari Foods, a SUI Beneficiary shared her inspiring
entrepreneurial journey with the attendees.

Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series #3 - Hotel/Hospitality Industry

 Organised by COWE INDIA,  in association with SIDBI, the 4th webinar in the series SWAVALAMBAN SASHAKT, aimed at understanding business models centering around Procurement for Hotel/Hospitality Industry.

Mr Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Ex Regional Materials Manager at Taj Group of Hotels, shared insights on opportunities that the hospitality industry offers, including perspectives of the buyers, sellers and consumers. 
Ms Nalini Kumar, Founder, Verto Marketing Solutions, shared her entrepreneural journey and threw light on business models based on supplying to Hotels, including investments and returns. 
Mr Mina Kanti Das, Advisor at Bank Of India, gave insights into loan application process with real life examples.
Ms Anamika Rajkumari, a Manager at SIDBI and Ms Usha Paliath, COWE Executive Committee Member, shed light on the Stand Up Mitra portal.
Ms Krishna Datta, Founder of Grtfudzz Impex Pvt. Ltd, a beneficiary of Stand Up India loan scheme, shared her success story, enlightening the participants about how the scheme benefited her. 
Ms Vandana Maheshwari, National Vice President & NMC Member, gave the welcome address while the webinar was moderated by Ms Sonali Desai, Treasurer of COWE Maharashtra Chapter and Founder at "Weaving Roots".
The opening and closing remarks were given by Ms Shilpi Datta Som, President Maharashtra Chapter & Founder of "Many Frocks".
The webinar concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms Ananya Save, Secretary, COWE Maharashtra and Founder of "Vedas Foods".

Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series #3 - Food Processing

 The Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series by COWE India in association with SIDBI is aimed at empowering women and creating awareness regarding the loans available to women under STAND UP INDIA SCHEME.

The third webinar in this 20 webinar series ,  threw light on the Business model  of “Food Processing”

Ms. Mamta Kumari, AGM, SIDBI, gave an insight into the Stand-Up India Scheme , including the current budget notifications. She also threw light on the process of loan application under the STAND UPI INDIA scheme.

Ms. Shippy Sharma, director at Holyland Marketing Pvt. Ltd. gave insight into  the food processing sector in India and explained the business model of her company. 

Ms. Renu Vala, SUI Beneficiary and founder of Cookspick Kitchen Equipments, shared her entrepreneural journey and how the loan under Stand up India scheme helped her to start business venture.
Ms. Komal Jain, founder of Sow Fresh India LLP, emphasized on her endeavour towards empowering women. She also shared the business model of her company and how they are working on the  concept of organically grown food.
The webinar was highly interactive , covering various aspects required to ignite the spark of  entrepreneurship in women from all strata of society.

Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series #2 - Medical Services

 COWE India, in association with SIDBI and Stand Up India, presents SWAVALAMBAN SASHAKT, a webinar series aimed at empowering women, to nurture entrepreneurship culture and create awareness regarding the loans available to women under STAND UP INDIA SCHEME.

The second webinar in this series was centred around the topic “Business Model - Medical Services”.
The webinar began with Dr. Ajay Reddy, MD at Vitality Hospital and CEO & Co-Founder at MeduViz. He highlighted various business models that can be sought after by entrepreneurs in healthcare services.
Dr. Kamalalakshmi, a wellness speaker, emphasized on maintenance of Health, Wellness and prevention of diseases. Ms. Bharati Patnaik, the managing partner of Unique Dreams Company spoke about her journey beginning as a lawyer to later opening a toy store.
The banking partner of the session was Balbheem Vaidya, an assistant General Manager at SBI. He shed light on the working parameters of the Stand-up Scheme and the guidelines to be followed while applying for it. All encompassing, this webinar was wonderfully informative, making it a huge success.

Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series #1 - E-Commerce Model

The inaugural session of Swavlamban Sashakt webinar series by COWE India in association with SIDBI and Stand Up India was held on 3rd Feb 2021. 

The session was first in the series of 20 webinars aimed at developing entrepreneurship culture amongst women and give fillip to the STAND UP INDIA scheme of Govt of INDIA.  
Mr. VSV RAO, DMD SIDBI encouraged the participants with his words of wisdom. 
The session was attended by more than 80 participants. The webinar began with a session on understanding E commerce business model by the expert speaker, Mr. DK Mishra.
Information on the Stand Up India Loan process was given by the Banker Mr. Kailash Narayan Khatik(AGM SBI). Beneficiary of Stand up India Loan and a successful E Commerce business operator Mrs. Swati Popli Co founder of Swastikahye e services also shared her experience to encourage the budding women entrepreneurs. 
The session was wrapped up with the inspirational and motivational guide Dr.Jayshree Suresh who beautifully explained the concept of entrepreneurship with the word Namaskar.

COWE's advocacy for Women Entrepreneurs with PM Modi

 Participation of COWE TEAM  in the  Post Budget Webinar organised by Department of Financial Services, Government of India.

We truly appreciate the opportunity given by SIDBI to COWE TEAM, represented by Ms Madhu Tyagi, National Secretary, COWE INDIA, and myself for participating as Panelists in the above mentioned webinar which was addressed by Honorable Prime Minister Shri NARENDRA MODI.

We are glad to inform that based on our observations while connecting with all the stakeholders and women participants for the ongoing SWAVALAMBAN SASHAKT WEBINAR SERIES , COWE TEAM was able to give some valid suggestions. 

The following suggestions, mentioned by us, were included in the summing up of the break out session on Credit Linked Schemes, by the Department of Financial Services.

1. Bring clarity ,  that  women from all strata are eligible for the StandUpIndia scheme .

2. Rebrand and Relaunch the Stand Up India scheme for greater penetration/outreach.

3. Set up a platform/ pool of incubators, ex-bankers, hand holding agencies to help bridge the gap and identify and connect  suitable prospective beneficiary entrepreneurs with the  banks .

4. Financial literacy including awareness regarding credit linked Govt schemes, to be provided at grass root level i.e school (Class 11 & 12) and college level.

5. Clinics/ workshops to be held with prospective borrowers, bankers, successful entrepreneurs and hand holding agencies.

It was an excellent platform and gave COWE INDIA visibility at  national level .





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