According to a Global Report on Women and Entrepreneurship there are still less female entrepreneurs than their male counterparts. In most economies around the world, there are fewer women than men starting and running new businesses, but there are even fewer running mature ones. Analysts also have predicted that by 2020 there will be more female millionaires than men across the globe. But many female business owners still face significant obstacles because of their gender. A few examples of the challenges these business-savvy ladies face are varied such as lack of support, work-life balance, fear of failure, less investor funding, effective utilization of business connections / network, and the expectation to succeed at everything to name a few. The objective is to try decoding a few of these at this forum and seeing today’s womaniya and her journey as a thought leader.
09:00 am – 09:45 am – Registrations and Welcome
09:45 am – 10:00 am – Welcome address by Mr. Bhavesh Kothari – Co-Founder & Chief Mentor, TheMentorpreneurs Inc.
10:00 am – 10:15 am – Opening session by Mr. Ajay Ramasubramaniam – Director, Zone Startups/India.
10:15 am – 11:00 am – Panel Discussion: What it takes to be a Women Entrepreneur!
Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar – Partner, CiteHr & 100 Women Achievers Awardee.
Ms. Anuja Shukla – Country Head, Google for Entrepreneurs.
Ms. Gowree Gokhale – Sr. Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
Ms. Atibhi Mehra – Mobile Strategy Expert (Formerly Regional Director APAC – Yahoo for Mobile)
Ms. Naiyya Saggi – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, BabyChakra.
Moderator: Ms. Shruti Mishra – Senior Features Producer & Anchor, CNBC TV18.
11:00 am – 11: 30 am – Coffee Connect with Mr. Mahesh Murthy – Founder, Pinstorm & Managing Partner, Seedfund.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Overcoming Challenges while managing Leadership roles as a Women Entrepreneur!
Ms. Shweta Shalini – CEO, Real Time Wave.
Ms. Revathy Roy – Entrepreneur & pioneer of Asia’s 1st Women Cabservice, Viira Cabs
Ms. Mary Ellen Matsui – Founder, Atma (Accelerator for Education NGOs’)
Ms. Sukhada Tendulkar – Co-founder, Shirsa Labs.
Ms. Aastha Almast – Co- founder, Smartican.
Moderator: Ms. Madhura Karnik, Writer – Quartz India.
12:30 pm – 01:30 pm – Power Lunch
01:30 pm – 02:00 pm – Session 2: Challenges of Starting Up*
Ms. Ritu Soni-Srivastava – Founder & CEO, ObiNo.
02:00 pm – 03:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Challenges of Scaling Up*
Ms. Smriti Dalvi – MD & CEO, Florista India Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Angela Kurien – Delivery Project Lead, IBM.
Ms. Ashni Dwarkadas – Co-Founder, KoffeePlace.
Ms. Anisha Mehta – Co-Founder, KoffeePlace.
03:00 pm – 03:20 pm Tea /Coffee Break
03:20 pm – 04:20 pm – ScaleUp Pitch by top 5 Selected Startups to the Investor Panel.
Mr. Abhijeet Kumar – Co-Founder, Ah! Ventures & Co-Founder, Pronto.
Mr. Robin Gupta – Co-Founder, Catapooolt
Ms. Revathy Roy – Sr. AVP, ICare Learning Pvt. Ltd. & Co-Founder, Viira Cabs
Mr. Sachin Tagra – Associate VP, Head Incubator Capital, Times Group.
Ms. Ritu Verma – Co-Founder, Ankur Capital.
04:20 pm onwards – Announcement of Awards & Power Networking