Program Director, India
WEConnect International in India identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.
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(October 13, 2017) Women Entrepreneurship Development program (WEDP) aims to build the capacity of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi/NCR, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh
This program uses a combination of capacity building workshops and mentoring support to strengthen both the entrepreneurs and their enterprises and connect them to institutions and the marketplace.
WEDP provides an opportunity for participants to meet successful entrepreneurs to share, learn and network.
WEDP 2017 will involve identifying and training 64 high-potential women entrepreneurs and training them on 10 different modules, over a period of 9 months. On successful completion of the training, Walmart will procure goods and services from these women entrepreneurs. Walmart, WeConnect International, ThinkThrough Consulting and Amity University are the strategic implementing partners of this program.
Walmart India also published a press release about the second round of the program, highlighting WEConnect International's involvement in the project as well as Walmart India's commitment to empower women around the world and help women owned businesses succeed and grow. The announcement was also featured in Economic Times, with the Walmart India President and CEO Krish Iyer calling the initiative strategic for the business and contributes to creating shared value for the company, stakeholders, and society.
(September 7, 2017) WEConnect International is pleased to announce the expansion of WEConnect India with the addition of Krithika Ram as Program Manager.
Krithika brings over 10 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors, including leading the NGO Credibility and Engagement Team at Charities Aid Foundation India. In previous roles, she worked to strengthen and execute corporate social responsibility initiatives in companies such as Ramky Group, L&T Infotech, and Icreon Tech. She earned her MA in International Studies from Stella Maris College.
As the Program Manager in India, she will be actively working on growing and strengthening WEConnect India’s women owned business network, including organizing meet the buyer events. She is also looking forward to forging fruitful partnerships with companies, government agencies, and other stakeholders to help Indian women’s businesses thrive and contribute to economic growth. Krithika says she is “both excited and humbled to join the WEConnect International family.”
WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. It identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with qualified buyers.
(June 27, 2017) WEConnect International recently held its first ever photo contest for women-owned businesses. We received nearly 100 entries from 11 countries and named 5 finalists who are now in the running for a grand prize. Though SoftSolutions4U's entry - S.M.A.R.T. people at work. (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely) - was not chosen for the final round, we wanted to share their photo and a little more about the company.
SoftSolutions4U is an intense and focussed technology company working in niche technologies like LAMP, Symfony, Doctrine, Magneto, TYPO3, AngularJS and NodeJS. For the past 10 years SoftSolutions4U has successfully partnered with Award Winning Technology Product companies and helped them grow. Sharmistha Sen, C.E.O. of SoftSolutions4U, is a first generation entrepreneur with a never say die attitude. She is also passionate about mentoring women in technology and IT business.
Program Director, India