The Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) is an exemption of its kind, unified access portal which brings together women from different parts of India to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations.
The concept of the Platform was first mooted by Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog who announced the setting-up of a Women Entrepreneurship Platform in NITI Aayog at the conclusion of the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Hyderabad in 2017 with an overarching theme of ‘Women first, prosperity for all’.
As an enabling platform, WEP is constructed on three pillars- Iccha Shakti, Gyaan Shakti & Karma Shakti where-
- Iccha Shakti shows motivating aspiring entrepreneurs to start their business
- Gyaan Shakti represents granting knowledge and ecosystem support to women entrepreneurs to help them foster entrepreneurship
- Karma Shakti represents granting hands-on support to entrepreneurs in setting-up and scaling up businesses
In addition to granting services such as free credit ratings, mentorship, funding support to women entrepreneurs, apprenticeship and corporate partnerships; WEP will motivate entrepreneurs to share their entrepreneurial journeys, stories & experiences to nurture mutual learning.
Women Entrepreneurship Platform platform, as a driver of change, will also promote offline initiatives and outreach programmes to promote entrepreneurial spirit among potential women entrepreneurs, in collaboration with partner organizations.
Attaining gender equality and empowerment rests upon unlocking the full potential of women. The third edition of Women Transforming India Awards celebrates stories of exceptional women who are breaking the glass-ceiling and challenging stereotypes by entrepreneurial initiatives which address key development challenges through innovative solutions and/or, impact their communities. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’ which will be introduced in partnership with the United Nations.DICE Districts, an initiative that provides innovative financing opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs will also collaborate. This year’s edition will also see winners getting rewards and mentorship, enabled by the Women Entrepreneurship Platform