U.S.-India Business Council Launches Mentorship Program for Women Entrepreneurs

HYDERABAD, INDIA, November 28, 2017 — The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) today announced a collaborative initiative titled Women for Women Innovators, Social Leaders & Entrepreneurs (WISE) during USIBC’s Road to GES event, “Creating the Foundations of Innovation.”

In collaboration with USIBC, WISE will be led by: Nivruti Rai, country head of Intel India and vice president of Data Center Group; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited; Vanitha Narayanan, chairman of IBM India; Vani Kola, managing director of Kalaari Capital; and Amita Vyas, producer of Girl Rising. WISE will work with key women leaders to offer leadership, mentoring, and development opportunities for women entrepreneurs and innovators in an effort to increase women’s participation in growing India’s economy.

“We are delighted to work with an esteemed group of women leaders as part this collaborative initiative in equipping today’s women entrepreneurs with the skills and direction they need to drive India’s economy forward,” said Nisha Biswal, president of USIBC. “The U.S-India commercial corridor is driven by innovation and women entrepreneurs are central to this endeavor. However, women still remain underrepresented in the economy. USIBC remains committed to working with industry partners and the government of India to empower women entrepreneurs to grow and succeed.”

“Enabling women entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and aspirations is vital for accelerating innovation and building stronger economies,” said Nivruti Rai, chair of WISE. “I am thrilled to be a part of WISE and to help bring together women who are committed to extending support to other women in their entrepreneurial journey. I look forward to working with USIBC, women entrepreneurs, the government, and others in this endeavor.”

The vision of the WISE initiative is “women supporting women to participate in creating the future of India” by offering: 

  • A platform to engage multiple stakeholders such as the central and state governments in India, industry bodies, start-ups, and academia to conceptualize and roll out programs to encourage women professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs. 
  • ​Encouraging a policy environment that is conducive to increasing women innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.
  • Mentoring, training opportunities, and career assistance for women to help them develop appropriate skills and thrive in a globalized economy.

    Formed in 1975 at the request of the U.S. and Indian governments, the U.S.-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization, comprised of 350 top-tier U.S. and Indian companies advancing U.S.-India commercial ties. USIBC is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, with liaison presence in New York, Silicon Valley, and New Delhi.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad. 

Contact: Sukanya Sen | ssen@usibc.com

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