‘We Summit’ to Assist Women Entrepreneurs
Thiruvananthapuram: Since mid 1990s, Kerala has been witnessing a surge in women entrepreneurship initiatives as part of various women empowerment programmes set in motion by successive governments. Now, it has become imperative to push these women-led ventures to the next level of growth. Acting as a catalyst for this process, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is organising Women Entrepreneurs Summit (We Summit) 2015 in Kochi on November 19 on the occasion of International Women Entrepreneurship Day. The sectors in focus at the event, to be held as part of KSIDC’s ‘WE Mission-Kerala’, will be garments, education, agriculture, food processing, light engineering, retail and hospitality.
According to KSIDC managing director Dr. M Beena IAS, ‘WE Summit’ aims to showcase Kerala’s remarkable achievements in women entrepreneurship before the global community. Further, it will provide a platform to the women entrepreneurs for future collaborations and networking.
Sebastian Thomas, AGM of KSIDC and regional coordinator of WE Mission-Kerala, said that the ‘WE Summit’ would instill confidence among the women entrepreneurs that they have the strong backing of the State Government to grow their ventures in the competitive global market.
The event will see the participation of over 2000 women entrepreneurs from the State, 200-plus exhibitors and several national and international agencies. The foundation stone for KSIDC’s Manufacturing Industrial Zone at Angamali, which is primarily focused on supporting women-led garment making ventures, will be laid on the occasion. The Summit, being held in close coordination with Kudumbashree and MSME-DIC (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Department of Industries and Commerce), would see sector-specific discussions, one-to-one interactive meetings and exhibition of products to boost women entrepreneurship in the State. The event will also witness honouring of best women-led enterprises in Kerala, declaration of the State’s women ambassadors and presentation of awards to best exhibitors. For details and participation, contact: +91 471-2318922, +91 484-2323010 or log on to www.wemissionkerala.org. DK