She said due to the efforts of the State government, Telangana was more cohesive and inclusive with respect to economy and gender neutrality.

 MLC K Kavitha lauded the Telangana model as an accurate case study of working with ‘leadership, politics and policy-making’ in the Indian system. She said due to efforts of the State government, Telangana was more cohesive and inclusive with respect to economy and gender neutrality.

Participating in a webinar on ‘Long Story Short’ hosted by Ashoka University in association with We-Hub here on Monday, Kavitha spoke on a range of topics including the need for financial independence among women and how Telangana government was working extensively towards making women self-reliant. She also explained the policy framework in India as a country, that needs relaxation for businesses and venture to expand and grow. “In a rapidly growing economy like ours, having a young population, there is a need to focus on policy-driven leadership to automate course correction process,” she said.

Read More: https://telanganatoday.com/telangana-govt-committed-to-making-women-self-reliant-kavitha

At WeHub, enabling women as entrepreneurs has also led to the creation of solutions for problems specific to women.

The pandemic-induced-lockdown of last year has brought to light a new and evolved narrative of women entrepreneurship, one that involves merit and dignity, from Telangana.

When K Kavya Sirikonda, an electronics engineer from Teldarpally in Telangana’s Khammam district, decided to start a business it was not difficult for her to choose mushroom farming given her family background. She prepared a detailed project report, pitched her plan before the bankers, and succeeded. Through the COVID-19 pandemic season, when challenges of breakages in supply and distribution channels mounted on her, she turned it into an opportunity by scaling up and diversifying into pickle-making in addition to mushroom farming. For all the handholding through these difficult times, she credits WeHub, a special incubator and accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

Read More: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/hyderabad/wehub-ramp-telanganas-women-entrepreneurs-take-off-7164106/

The CEO of WE-Hub spoke in length about the kind of work the incubator has been doing for women entrepreneurs from not just Telangana but pan-India

India’s first and only government-led incubator for women, WE-Hub situated in Hyderabad, has so far worked with 3,497 entrepreneurs across the board and has made sure that not just urban startups but even rural entrepreneurs are provided a platform to grow their business, said Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE-Hub. On the last day of TiE Global Summit, she spoke in length about the kind of work the incubator has been doing for women entrepreneurs from not just Telangana but pan-India.

“We are working with women entrepreneurs across verticals, space and scale. There are three main things that we are focused on – government liaising, incubation wherein we also run a pre-incubation programme for entrepreneurs to understand the nuances and then tell them to apply for the incubation, and finally work with 32 institutions and 18 countries to support our entrepreneurs,” she said.

Read More: https://telanganatoday.com/we-hub-has-worked-with-3497-entrepreneurs-so-far-deepthi-ravula

The incubator has helped not just Telangana-based women entrepreneurs but even women entrepreneurs from across the country to have a say at the policymaking table

When IT Minister K T Rama Rao announced the formation of WE-Hub in November 2017, little did people understand the vision of this initiative and the impact it would create. It was created to not just push the envelope of women entrepreneurship but also change the mindset towards women-led businesses. In less than five months, the incubator took shape and the application for the first batch was opened on March 9, 2018.

Since then, the incubator has helped not just Telangana-based women entrepreneurs but even women entrepreneurs from across the country to have a say at the policymaking table. In the last two years, the incubator has pushed the narrative of democratising entrepreneurship by breaking the barrier of gender and space.

Read More:

https://telanganatoday.com/we-hub-changing-the-course-of-women-entrepreneurship

The startup scene was riding the success wave until the first quarter of 2020. Then came the sad tales of no funding, lack of activity and of course the lockdown.

Covid-19 was an unexpected jolt to the startup sector, but considering most startups are based on new ideas, we all adapted to fast to the ‘new normal’. The startups in the ecosystem revisited their business ideas, took to product pivots and remodelled it to suit the current needs and also realised the need to stay lean to be able to stop from falling harder. Instead of general webinars, we took actionable steps for our startups. We at WE Hub, for example, focussed on helping our members remodelling some of the products. We got the founder of the startup called Sweet Tooth, which was into gourmet desserts in Hyderabad, to start making essentials like daily needs and connected her entity to multiple hyperlocal delivery players. It not just saved jobs but made her expand her business to be able to scale to employ more people and expand her unit as a new product vertical was created. Then Radius, an edutech company which was primarily into designing hardware components which can digitalise any blackboard, focus on Octa, a video conferencing platform. We ourselves use this product here. WE Hub also waived off three-month rentals to the entrepreneurs. WE Hub is also working on funding mechanisms including a debt funding facility for the MSME and rural entrepreneurs.

-DEEPTHI RAVULA, CEO – WE Hub

To Know more: https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2020/jul/08/startup-down-up-down–2166782.html

As companies, big, small and tiny, struggle to find their feet in the midst of the Covid-19 mayhem, WeHub, an exclusive incubator for women entrepreneurs, is going about the incubating differently — by helping start-ups fine-tune their business strategies to tap newer opportunities unfolded by the pandemic.

For example, it helped an education player it was incubating, Radius Edutech, to go beyond e-delivery of academic content to schools and colleges and develop a video-conferencing offering — which the incubator put to use for its second round of start-ups to incubate.

As it allowed staff to work from home once lockdowns were announced, WeHub initiated the process to recruit start-ups for its second cohort.

After calling for applications and funnelling them, it picked 62 start-ups (out of the 223 applications) for the final pitches.

Read More: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/how-wehub-is-fine-tuning-start-up-selection-building-networks/article31566641.ece#

Saaniya Mehra and Zane Barboza are founders of ADIRO Labs. Their initiative, Project AASHA, offers a DNA kit that will transform the way evidence and samples are collected from victims of sexual assault.

Worried about the spate of sexual crimes against women in the country, and buoyed by a passion for socially relevant solutions that bring an impactful change in the world we live in, two young graduates decided to start ADIRO Labs to transform DNA evidence and sample collection in the country.

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/herstory/2020/05/woman-entrepreneur-dna-testing-kit-sexual-assault

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