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January 21, 2016 11:52 IST

Saundarya Rajesh has helped more than 8,000 women get back to work.

Her inspiring story, and advice to women who want to take a mid-career break:

Dr Saundarya Rajesh

First, a few startling statistics.

  • India is ranked 123 when it comes to the female-male ratio at the work place.
  • 48% per cent of women in India abort their careers midway; this is 20% more than the global average.
  • The Indian woman’s contribution to the national GDP is 17%, which is much lower than the global average of 37%.
  • If the participation of women in the Indian workforce can be increased to 41% by 2025, it can add an estimated Rs 46 lakh crore ($700 billion) to the GDP.

No wonder then when someone like Dr Saundarya Rajesh helps women restart their career after a break, the effort is considered significant.

Saundarya was recently selected for the #100Women Initiative started by the Union ministry of women and child development, in collaboration with Facebook, to recognise and acknowledge women who are making a difference in their communities across the country.

These 100 women will meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi in Delhi on January 22.

Saundarya’s journey as an entrepreneur began in 2000 when she co-founded Avtar with K Umasankar. Avatar then had five employees.

In 2005, she started Avtar I-Win to help women find a second career after a break. Ten years later, they have 42,000 women professionals in their network.

More than 8,000 women have re-entered the workforce because of Saundarya and her team.

In the meantime, she completed her PhD on women’s work force participation. In her own words, Saundarya shares her story of how she decided to help women find a career after a break.

Click here to read how she helps women get back to work

Have you been to a networking event, saw a super star executive, ran up to him to chat with him, and later go home to add he/she to LinkedIn? For me, this story is way to familiar.

Unfortunately, time after time I let the potential relationship go cold and unfortunately this is a story I have to go through over and over again, and I hate it!

We show up at networking events, meet great people, follow up poorly, and later kick ourselves when we realize we should have worked harder to create a relationship. It’s a painful situation, and here are three tips to avoid this happening to you in the future. After doing this over and over again, here are 4 ways that I stay in touch with executives

  1. Schedule Time For Follow-up

The networking event ends at 10PM but the ‘networking’ continues. If you want to effectively connect with future partners and customers, your responsibilities extend beyond the drive home.

If you’re like most people, you don’t have a set routine for post-event follow-up. Reaching out on LinkedIn, sending an email, and entering information into your CRM are all vital to growing your business and your network, but it’s all to easy to just ‘do it when I have a free minute’.

If you want to get the most out of your business networking events, build ‘post-event follow-up’ into your calendar either that same night after an event or the next morning.

For example, I go to the Cambridge Center of Innovation every Thursday night, and collect at least 20 or so business cards. Lately, I have made it a religious practice to come home and enter in all those individuals in my LinkedIn. Especially if it’s LinkedIn, I’ll make it a point to include a short message:

 Hi Jack,

Great meeting you at the CIC last night. I can’t believe you also had a Labrador retriever growing up – they are great dogs. Let me know if I can ever be of help.

Thanks

Chirag

Co-founder, Insightfully

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After testing its startup mentor programme in Israel, search giant Google is now turning its focus on Indian startups. The company has picked India to kick-start its startup mentorship programme Launchpad this year, signalling its growing interest in Indian startups.

On Monday, it launched the first of four such week-long programmes, during which a set of mentors from Google and other companies will coach startups looking to grow. “This is one of our large scale new programme offering,” said Sunil Rao, who heads the startup initiative for Google India. While Google has an interest in growing India’s digital economy, the startup programme could also turn into a pipeline for Google’s investment arm.

The company’s venture capital arm had recently picked up a stake in real estate portal Commonfloor and Freshdesk, a Chennai-based customer support tool. In India, Google plans to mentor close to 100 companies through Launchpad, which was started on a small scale nearly three years ago in Israel. Last year, it was conducted in 20 different cities.oogle benefits from the growing digital economy, as companies spend on Google to acquire customers. In the year ended March 2014, Google’s revenue crossed 3,000 crore, up 47% YoY, helped by increasing online advertising spend.

All the “bits and pieces” of Google’s startup programmes will be consolidated under Launchpad. “It will be like one offering to the developer from a startup perspective,” said Rao, country head, start-up ecosystem India, Google India.

“It will be like one offering to the developer from a startup perspective,” said Rao, country head, startup ecosystem, Google India. The company plans to take Launchpad to 50 cities this year but in India, most of its activities will be focused in Bengaluru. Rao, who heads the developer relations team for Google in India, has grown the Google developer community to one of the biggest with 45 chapters.Google Developer Relations was set up in India about five years ago in Hyderabad.

The team now has four people and operates out of Bengaluru, the largest among such teams for Google. It mainly focuses on creating Google developer groups, focused around Google technologies such as the Android operating system.

India is one of the largest Google developer ecosystems, with a large number of Android developers.

Increasingly, India has become core to Google’s vision of getting 7 billion people or the world’s population to use the Internet.

Many top executives of the $60 billion search company have been visiting India over the last few months, signalling its increasing interest in India’s growing Internet economy. Last September, Google launched its Android One programme to make smartphones affordable in India and other Southeast Asian countries.

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/startups/google-offer-launchpad-to-digital-startups-in-india/46103773

Entrepreneurs are invited to compete for the BW|Businessworld Young Entrepreneur Awards 2014-2015 in two categories. Category A is for companies between 3 and 5 years old as on 30 June 2014. Startups that are 0-3 years old are invited to apply and compete for awards in category B. Three winners will be chosen and awarded in this category. At least one founder has to be 35 or under as on 30 June 2014. The last date for applications is July 31, 2014.

Q. Who can apply for the BW|Businessworld Hottest Young Entrepreneurs 2014 awards?

A. There are three basic criteria.
One, all founders should be no more than 35 years old as of June 30, 2014 .
Two, companies which are between 0-3 years old as on July 31, 2014, can apply. This is a category we introduced for the first time last year.
Three, companies which are between three and five years old as on July 31, 2014. All companies must be registered entities.

Q. What is the selection procedure?

A. After applications close on July 31, 2014, winners will be picked via a three-step process. In Step 1, independent auditors will shortlist eligible candidates based on a due diligence of accounts. In Step 2, a screening committee comprising venture capitalists will interact with applicants and shortlist finalists for the jury round. Shortlisted candidates will then be put through a mentoring process before being presented in front of an independent jury. The jury will pick five winners, ranked 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest rank. The winners will be awarded at an awards function hosted by BW|Businessworld in March. We will update applicants on the outcome of each step on this website.

Q. Apart from the winners, are there any other awards?

A. We pick five companies as winners in the Editors’ Choice category. These companies are featured in BW|Businessworld as part of the special issue on the awards. We don’t not award them at the awards function.

Q. Is there a cash prize for the winners?

A. No, at this moment we do not give cash prizes.

 

 

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The Economic Times Young Leaders is the largest and definitive platform for the most promising young Indian corporate managers. It was born in 2011, in partnership with SHL (now CEB India), the authority on leadership-tests. The program has since become the national benchmark for talented youngsters, offering them an unfair advantage in the climb to leadership. Previous winners have received national recognition, and more importantly, glorious tributes from their supervisors and CEOs.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • To self-discover your own leadership strengths basis industry-endorsed standards
  • To feature in the coveted The Economic Times Young Leaders ranking, thus gaining recognition as one of India’s top talents
  • To meet and learn from India’s blue-chip CEOs
  • To network with the country’s best young managerial talent

Read testimonials of finalists of previous editions of The Economic Times Young Leaders.

So if you are between 26-32 years and yearning for your place in the corporate spotlight, here’s your moment.

To know more about participation and related details, read the FAQs

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The Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 – 1st -2nd February, 2014 | IIT Bombay www.ecell.in/esummit

The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay presents the Entrepreneurship Summit 2014- a confluence of industry veterans,business leaders, entrepreneurs,visionary students and anyone who wishes to be the one of those  bent on creating a dent in the universe.

The Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 has got UN patronage which is UNESCO’s highest form of support granted to demonstrate the Organization’s moral endorsement of an exceptional activity.

Speakers

The E-Summit ‘14 is proud to play host to yet another panel of esteemed guests ,renowned businessmen from across the world. Some of them include (Full list here):

 

Bharat Desai, Founder and CEO, Syntel

Sachin Bansal CEO and founder, Flipkart

Bharat Banka CEO,Aditya Birla Private Equity

Rana Kapoor CEO and founder, Yes bank

Mr. Anand Kumar – Founder Super 30

Varun Agrawal – Co-founder, Alma Mater

Steli Efti – CEO Elasticsales, San Francisco

Avani Davda- CEO, Tata Starbucks Limited

Susan Sweeney, Social Media Marketing Expert

Asher Hasan,Asian Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

Yu kai Chou, Gamification Guru

Mukund Mohan-CEO,Microsoft StartupAccelerator

Alexander Blass, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School

Prakash Amte , Social Activist

 

Workshops and Panel Discussions

It is not just our speaker line-up that we pride ourselves in, but also the quality of workshops, panel  discussions  we offer.

 

              Workshops

      Panel-Discussions & Trends Today

Lean Methodology

E-Commerce: The Inside Story

Gamification

Big Data

VC Funding

Mobile Space

Social Enterprise Bootcamp

Job vs Entrepreneurship

Design Thinking

Mobile Gaming

Entrepreneurial Finance

Cleantech

User Experience and Product Design

How to get your startup  idea funded

Debt Funding

Education Technology

Business Model Canvas

Healthcare

HR for Startups

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Media Marketing

Social Campaign by E-Cell

 

Networking Arenas

 

1. Investor’s Arena: A platform wherein you get to pitch your idea to major VC firms in the ecosytem (Nexus Partners, SAIF Partners, Indian Angel Network) by filling in this form and getting an appointment with them on the day of the E-Summit.

 

2. Business Mentoring Hub: A platform wherein you can get expert mentorship on various problems you are facing as a startup. Fill this form, and if you get selected, you get a meeting scheduled with them on the day of the E-Summit.

 

3. Co-founder’s Arena: This is a team building platform for two kinds of people,

a.) ones who are looking for a design/coding/sales etc. team mate for their startup

b.) ones who are coders/designers/salesmen etc. and are looking to join a good startup idea

If you are either of them, you can register for Co-founder’s Arena here.

 

4. Idea Validation Arena: A platform where you can get your idea validated by the best experts in the Indian startup ecosystem. You can register for Idea Validation Platform here and if selected you will get to validate your idea with a mentor on the day of E-Summit.

 

Crowd Funding

Crowd Pitch: A crowd funding pitch competition wherein you submit your idea here and 15 ideas out of them get to pitch in front of a crowd and compete for a cumulative prize worth Rs. 1.3 lakhs.

The Lean Startup Machine Bootcamp
The Lean Startup Machine Bootcamp is a 9 hour long workshop where the participants will learn how to apply Lean Startup Methodologies to build products customers will pay for. This is not a Hackathon nor is it a conference. This is an immersive, 9 hour experience at the end of which you will have a working MVP (Minimum Viable Product) on hand.

Speaker & Mentor: Adam Berk, Director of Entrepreneurial Science at LSM, Entrepreneur

 

To know more, visit:http://ecell.in/esummit/leanstartupmachine

How to attend?

Register yourselves at http://ecell.in/esummit/register/

Join us on facebook: facebook.com/ecell.in

Tweet using #eSummit14

 

PRICING

Student (contingent) – Rs. 200/-

Student (Individual) – Rs. 300/-

Professional – Rs. 1000/-

Note that by registering for E-Summit once, you will get unlimited access to any of the 14 competitions, 16 workshops and numerous speaker sessions.


For Queries
Mahak Maheshwari
Contact: +91-9833429735

 

Key Topics

  • Speaker focus introductions in the media and entertainment space
  • Opportunities for startups in media and entertainment space
  • Who are the various buyers of the various media focused businesses that are coming up? What are they looking for?
  • How can the start-ups gear themselves for more fruitful sales meetings?
  • Who are the investors in the media and entertainment space?
  • What are the recent deals that have happened? What are the investors looking for?
  • How can start-ups beef –up their pitch better?

Click Here for more details about this TiE program to be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm


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