IIM Kozhikode, NCW To Launch Professional Program For Women Entrepreneurs

IIM Kozhikode, NCW To Launch Professional Program For Women Entrepreneurs

IIM Kozhikode-NCW to launch program for Women Entrepreneurs

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New Delhi:
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the National Commission for Women (NCW) have come together to give women entrepreneurs an opportunity to undergo professional training to launch their entrepreneurial careers as well as a chance for existing women entrepreneurs to augment and scale up their businesses with professional mentoring.

“This collaborative online training program to nurture and build entrepreneurial capability among women entrepreneurs will be designed and executed by the Center of Excellence for Social Innovation (CESI) of the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in association with NCW and MyGov.in,” the IIM Kozhikode said in a statement.





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To increase outreach and make the program accessible, the program will be offered bilingually in English and Malayalam. Aspiring women entrepreneurs can now choose from two programs dedicatedly designed as per their current careers and skillsets:

Foundation Program in Entrepreneurship: This introductory program is designed for women who are novices and want to enter the entrepreneurial arena. It will aim to develop the entrepreneurial skills required to identify a business opportunity and set up a business and the managerial ability to run the enterprise successfully. The pedagogy will include lectures, discussions, entrepreneurship talks, and significant mentoring from various subject matter experts.

Advanced Program in Entrepreneurship: Advanced Program in Entrepreneurship is designed for women entrepreneurs who want to scale up their businesses. It will aim to augment their entrepreneurial skills in fine-tuning their business model, expanding their markets, accessing funds, and diversifying their product or services. In addition, the program will help enhance their managerial ability to run the enterprise. The pedagogy will include lectures, discussions, entrepreneurship talks, and significant mentoring from various subject matter experts.

The duration of both online programs is four months, with four hours of classes every week. It will comprise sixty hours of learning which includes forty hours of subject sessions and twenty hours dedicated to mentoring and question and answer sessions (Q&A). Interested candidates can apply at innovateindia.mygov.in/entrepreneurship-program-for-women/.

Announcing the distinctive association Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode, said, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship are the buzz words around which the history of 21st century will be scripted. Entrepreneurship has always been a gendered phenomenon, with a far lesser number of women choosing it as a road to IIM Kozhikode is a pioneer in gender diversity and we strongly believe that collaborations like these will change the status quo and unleash the untapped potential of women entrepreneurs. It is now time to nurture women with entrepreneurship ambitions and develop the skills and perspectives that will help them set up and run sustainable businesses to make the world a better place.”

Speaking on behalf of NCW, Ms Meeta Rajivlochan, Member-Secretary of the Commission added “Women have a key role to play in the economic roadmap of India. In a knowledge economy, access to knowledge is crucial. Through this collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, the National Commission for Women aims to facilitate such access to knowledge; to empower women entrepreneurs and to pave the way for a happy, balanced and prosperous India.”

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