Bengaluru, November 20: Lauding the importance of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and the women entrepreneurs in India, Wadhwani Foundation said that by adopting several new measures will tap into the enormous untapped potential of new woman-led businesses. The Wadhwani Foundation is a global not-for-profit championing the development of entrepreneurial ecosystem across the country. According to reports, only a quarter of India's workforce is female as against a global average of 49 percent, and it is clear that India's growing entrepreneurial landscape has left behind a key demographic- the women.
Ajay Kela, President and CEO, Wadhwani Foundation said that of the 63 million MSMEs in India, only six percent are women-led, a criminal waste of talent. The Foundation believes that it is the need of the hour to unlock the untapped potential of women entrepreneurs by providing them with a support system comprising of an integrated policy framework with equal focus on rural India, women entrepreneurship programs and skill requirements of women, more gender-responsive financial sector and a conscious integration of the formal and informal networks.
According to a report by IANS, growth driving, business-friendly skills such as relationship building, emotional intelligence, and multitasking are second nature to women. The report said that there is a huge opportunity to empower women in India to choose entrepreneurship by creating networks that promote an ecosystem to motivate and support women entrepreneurs in taking the leap of faith by providing training in the nuances of entrepreneurship.
With women comprising just 14 per cent of the total entrepreneurial base in India, this is India's big chance to tap into the precious resource of women entrepreneurs so as to realize their true potential. The report said that it is equally important to celebrate the fearless breed of women entrepreneurs who have made it big as role models for inspiring women towards entrepreneurship and facilitating a major mindset shift.