Encouraging Startups and Entrepreneurs have been thrust areas of Government through StartUp India and Invest India programs. Women today are leading by example in all walks of life – from winning medals in Olympics to building tech based Innovative solutions. The Indian IT sector too has played a key role in gender equality. As per the NASSCOM estimate, ~35 % of the total IT workforces are women. Under the National Policy on Software Products, 2019, the Government is placing special emphasis towards promoting and recognising women led entrepreneurship as leaders for tomorrow.
Towards this, the MeitY-NASSCOM Women Startup Entrepreneurs Awards is the first step to recognize and cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in women and inspire the next generation of women to lead the Indian digital era so as to serve as guiding role models; to encourage promising entrepreneurs who not only contribute to the nation’s economy but also to the social community; And to provide leadership and serve as guiding examples for the emerging and young future entrepreneurs.
The results of these Awards were declared on August 17, 2021 at a special event held virtually to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The awards were open to participation from tech start-up women entrepreneurs and an overwhelming response was received across the country with receipt of 159 applications. After detailed deliberations and review based on entrepreneurial journey, financial performance, strategic direction, innovation & disruption, market growth, business viability & sustainability, business model scalability, corporate social responsibility, product, business, market and technology excellence, an eminent Jury comprising of leaders from MeitY, UN Women, Industry and Academia selected 12 women entrepreneurs as winners, while 2 women entrepreneurs were declared as the Jury Choice Awardees and one woman entrepreneur was felicitated as a special mention. Each winner and Jury Choice Awardees were rewarded Rs. 2 Lakh.
From developing a unique based business outreach model using software, to providing next generation digital products to institutions of all sizes, to developing the AR/VR solutions, to handling waste streams, these 15 champions are heralding a new generation of role models for women who are second to none, when it comes to tech based solutions.
Giving a fillip to women entrepreneurs, 33 women have also been selected for MeitY-NASSCOM Tech Women Entrepreneur Accelerator Program to give them access to networks, connects, learning and resources that are needed to build scalable, profitable and global businesses.
To access the list of winners, click here.
To access the list of Jury choice awardees, click here.
To access the list of women entrepreneurs for MeitY-NASSCOM Tech. Women Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, click here.
Source : PIB