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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

International Women’s Day, 8th March 2021

Women are the core of the Indian Society and they can be credible drivers of creating a new social mindset towards entrepreneurship. Women exposed to Entrepreneurship can easily change the social mindset of success, defined today in India by secure and stable jobs.


“Empowering Women Entrepreneurs” held by India SME Forum along with the Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India. With the purpose of inspiring and promoting the idea of entrepreneurship among women, the conference endeavors to support existing and aspiring Indian Women Entrepreneurs through providing a platform for sharing the knowledge, experiences and entrepreneurial journey of the most successful women entrepreneurs with other women, as well as for discussing the best practices and innovation in entrepreneurship with International experts.

So far, two editions of the Conference on “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs” have been successfully conducted. First edition held in Mumbai in 2019, was inaugurated by Shri Giriraj Singh, the former Minister of MSME, wherein 250 women entrepreneurs participated and benefitted from spotlight and panel discussion sessions. The same way, the second edition held in New Delhi in 2020, was inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of MSME, with the participation of a number of 350 women entrepreneurs.

Vanue : Hotel Shangri-la's Eros, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Date : 8th March 2021


Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Minister of the MSME, Government of India, will inaugurate the programme, giving his kind Keynote Address. Other respected dignitaries who will give addresses in the inauguration session are:

- Welcome & Opening Remarks by Smt. Alka Arora, JS- SME, Ministry of MSME
- Special Address by Shri. D. K. Singh (IAS), AS & DC, Ministry of MSME
- Special Address by Shri. B. B. Swain (IAS), Secretary, Ministry of MSME
- Inaugural Address by Shri. Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Hon'ble MoS, Ministry of MSME


Breaking the Glass Ceiling

A group of renowned Successful and outstanding Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs from across India & pan Industry sectors, who have braved their personal entrepreneurial journey to success, will share their insights and experiences on how they overcome their struggles and their achievements.

- Ms. Aditi Madan, Founder Director, BluePine Foods Pvt Ltd
- Ms. Hiresha Verma, Founder & CEO, Han Agrocare
- Ms. Seema Mishra, Proprietor, Maheshwari Creations
- Ms. Kalavathy Sridharan, Managing Partner, Shree Apparels
- Ms. Pallavi Chauhan, Founder Director, Vitthal TPS Kreationss LLP
- Ms. Madhumita Sarkar Guha, Founder CEO, Luxe Living
- Dr. Shruti Poddar, Founder & Manager Trustee, Shruti Foundation
- Ms. Hema Ashish Ghadiali, Proprietor, Vrushti Creations
- Ms. Hemlata, Founder, Osk Cadenza Advantage India
- Ms. Shweta Lanke, Founder, Saad Creations
- Ms. Varsha Mahendra, Founder & CEO, Dsgyn Idys

Expert Interventions

Towards a sustainable ecosystem for women in business: Best practices and Learning from all around the world
  • Opportunities in Covid times to Reorient your business
  • Accelerating business through Digital Transformation
  • Boosting Business through E-commerce, (B2B & B2C), Global opportunities
  • Challenges and Solutions for Women entrepreneurs post Covid

- Ms. Meeta Rajivlochan, IAS, Member Secretary, NCW
- Ms. Aileen Nandi, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs US commercial Service
- Ms. Anna Mori, ITC SheTrades & UPS Project Manager, ITC
- Ms. Archana Vohra, Director Global Business Group Scaled & SMB, Facebook India
- Ms. Judith Weinberger-Singh, Associate Director Projects, EBTC
- Ms. Hana Onderkova, Head IP, EBTC
Session Moderated By : Smt. Alka Arora, JS - SME, Ministry of MSME