Inaugural session of the programme started with welcome of the Chief Guest, Smt Suman Sharma, Chairperson – Rajasthan State Commission for Women and the US Mentors by Mr Siddharth Agrawal – President, TiE Rajasthan. Mr Agrawal also delivered the Welcome Address.
Mr Siddharth Agarwal informed that AIRSWEE is a programme to promote an entrepreneurial mindset by providing women with the knowledge and tools of an entrepreneurial possibility which can unleash dreams of growth and value creation with a very significant multiplier effect. Mr Agrawal appreciated the efforts being made by US Mission.
Smt Suman Sharma, Hon'ble Chairperson - Rajasthan State Commission for Women was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of workshop. Smt Sharma highlighted that it is difficult to succeed in all your endeavors when you have multiple tasks at your hands yet women especially Indian women who are used to multitasking have the ability to do so. She urged the participants to stop looking outside for support and to become a source of inspiration themselves. She also appraised efforts being made by US Mission in India and TiE to foster entrepreneurship. She wished the participants success in their endeavors.
Ms Holly Flanagan, Managing Director, Gabriel Investments and Ms Trista Walker, President at Baldwin & Obenauf, Inc. said the US Mission has involved in various programmes in India from climate change to social activities as part of its bilateral relations with the country. The objective of the workshop is empowering aspiring young women in Tier-II and Tier-III cities in India.
Ms Apra Kuchhal, during her address highlighted the importance of mentoring and mentors in one’s life. Quoting her own life examples she suggested participants to not to stop learning even in any stage of business or life they are. Ms Archna Surana stated that empowering potential women entrepreneurs is a great way to boost economic growth. Here, project AIRSWEE can motivate women entrepreneurs to transform problems into opportunities and derive apt entrepreneurial solutions.
Mr Arun Pareek, Executive Director, TiE Rajasthan proposed a formal Vote of Thanks.
Smt Suman Sharma, Hon'ble Chairperson – Rajasthan State Commission for Women addressing the participants during the Inaugural Session. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) US Mentor - Ms Holly Flangan; Ms Archana Surana, Director – Arch Academy; Mr Siddhath Agrawal, President – TiE Rajasthan; Ms Apra Kuchhal, Founder – We Care and Ms Trista Walker – US Mentor.After the inaugural, introduction and icebreaker session helped mentees to understand each other. Later, Ms Holly and Ms Trista efficiently covered the sessions on Formalizing Concepts of Entrepreneurship, Opportunity Identification, Customer Identification & Segmentation and Marketing & Sales on Day 1.
During the next days Sessions on Funding & Finance, Best Practices in Human Resource Management and Operations Management, Healthcare as an option for Startups, Legal Considerations, Business Models, Go To Market Strategy, SWOT Analysis, Business Model Canvas were taken up by US and Indian mentors. Mentors also shared information about how to use social media for market search in India.