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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Fairfax June2016(May 24, 2016) The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) in Virginia, USA, in conjunction with its India representatives Brickwork India and partner Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), are presenting a June 7 forum in Bangalore to highlight successful business strategies and investment opportunities in the U.S. market especially for companies in sectors such as social and mobile technology, cloud computing, cybersecurity, analytics and information technology.

(May 12, 2016) IDRC is assisting WEConnect International to develop a searchable database of women-owned businesses in India. This will strengthen WEConnect International’s eNetwork, providing tools for businesses to connect with local suppliers, as well as promoting a wider community of practice.

WEConnect International has helped 600 companies register in the database, and 60 are certified to supply large companies. This has helped generate over US$127 million annually and employ more than 4,600 people across India. The plan is to scale up the model by replicating it in another 17 developing countries.

India wkshp 2016.04.15 04(April 28, 2016) The capacity building workshop organized by WEConnect International in India and sponsored by Intel India, was held at MacAfee India office, Bengaluru on April 15, 2016. During the workshop, Ramesh Vemuganti, Independent National Sales trainer, shared American best practices on “Sales and Innovation.” The workshop was attended by 30+ number of women entrepreneurs from various fields.

The session began with a Key Note speech by Anubha Grover, heading Supplier Diversity for Intel India, where she shared Intel’s Supplier Diversity vision 2020:

  • To spend USD 1 billion with diverse suppliers globally by 2020;
  • To develop women-owned businesses through development workshops and mentoring; and
  • To create transparency in diversity spending.


Krithika Ram

Program Director, India

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