New Delhi: Building on their shared commitment to empower women entrepreneurs across India, NITI Aayog, the Government’s public policy think tank, and Cisco today launched the next phase of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).
Titled “WEP Nxt”, this next phase of NITI Aayog’s flagship platform will leverage Cisco’s technology and experience working with India’s startup ecosystem to enable more women-owned businesses across the country.
Amitabh Kant (CEO NITI Aayog), Anna Roy (Senior Adviser NITI Aayog),Maria Martinez (EVP & COO, Cisco), Daisy Chittilapilly (President, Cisco India & SAARC) and Harish Krishnan, (Managing Director, Public Affairs and Strategic Engagements, Cisco India and SAARC), were present at the launch.
WEP, initially launched by NITI Aayog in 2017, is a first-of-its-kind, unified portal that brings together women from diverse backgrounds and offers them access to a multitude of resources, support, and learning.
WEP Nxt is a significant step to augment these efforts. Based on a focused study of Indian women entrepreneurs and their most urgent needs across six key verticals – community and networking, skilling and mentorship, incubation and acceleration programs, and financial, compliance, and marketing assistance – WEPNxt will be driven by evidence-based decision-making.
The focused study, fueling this transition, is also being made available for the benefit of the ecosystem.
Additionally, as a part of this initiative, Cisco, in collaboration with the Nasscom Foundation, Sattva Consulting, and the DeAsra Foundation, will enable technology-led experiences and engagements to address the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs at individual and enterprise levels and create new opportunities for growth.