WE Summit 2015

WE Summit 2015, an event to promote and provide support for existing women entrepreneurs in the State, was held on 19th November 2015, the International Women Entrepreneurship Day, at Bolgatty Palace Kochi.

Hon’ble  Chief Minister  Oommen  Chandy inaugurated the  Summit which  was presided  over by   Shri. P. K. Kunhalikutty ,  Hon’ble Minister for Industries & IT. Smt. Margaret Alva, Former Governor & Union Minister delivered the special address. Shri. P.H. Kurian, IAS, Principal Secretary, (Industries & IT), Dr. M Beena IAS, MD,KSIDC, Shri. Hibi Eden, MLA, Smt.Patricia Barandun, Deputy Representative, UN Women – India, Smt. Shalini Warrier-COO-Federal Bank, Shri.Rajneesh Kumar, Vice-President, Walmart India (P) Ltd and Smt.K.B. Valsalakumari, former ED, Kudumbashree was also present on the occasion.

The WE Summit showcased the remarkable achievement of Kerala in women entrepreneurship to the global community and to further strengthen the cause of Women Entrepreneurs by collaborating and networking (WE CAN). Fostering the growth of entrepreneurship among women and creating an enabling environment for business ventures was the highlight of the event. More than 1,500 invited women entrepreneurs from all across Kerala participated in the WE Summit and 24 dignitaries from diversified sectors spoke in the four sectors viz Retailing-The Emerging Opportunities For MSME, Scaling Up Ventures: Sourcing The Fund & Collaboration And Networking, Exploring The New Business Opportunities (Food Processing & Hi-Tech Farming) and Tapping Global Market- The Kerala Way (Garments & Fashion Industry). As part of the Summit, 50 exhibition stalls were arranged by Women entrepreneurs and agencies that support women entrepreneurs in the State.

The WE Summit 2015’ the first ever Women Entrepreneurs Summit in the country, had attracted wide spread attention from different sectors. The Summit has succeeded in creating a new entrepreneurship culture and thinking in Kerala among the women entrepreneurs in the State.