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Science and technology: Women aim to break glass ceiling

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Aspiring women entrepreneurs from across the country would converge here on Thursday to receive expert tips aimed at lessening their under-representation in running businesses in the field of science and technology.

The 'Women Startup Summit' on August 1 is being hosted by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with the Indian Women Network under the Confederation of Indian Industry.

The summit would bring together successful women leaders, startup founders, policymakers and aspiring women entrepreneurs on a common platform to share their experiences, aspirations and success stories, KSUM said in a press release here Tuesday.

The deliberations with Developing an Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as the focal theme would feature inspiring visionaries whose innovative actions are changing the world on an unprecedented scale.

The event at the integrated startup complex at Kalamassery would also host panel discussions, fireside chats and keynote conversations between women luminaries from a diverse range of fields such as technology, business, media and entertainment.

Besides knowledge-based sessions, there would be one-on-one interactions at the meet that is open for all women professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and startup founders, the release said.

The opening session would be addressed by KSUM CEO Saji Gopinath.

Kerala State Planning Board member Mridul Eapen would deliver the inaugural address, while Teja Ventures founding-partner Virginia Tanwill would give the keynote speech.

The meet comes in the backdrop of Kerala having 13 per cent women participation in the technology startup ecosystem and the state governments proactive steps for increasing the participation of women in the sector.

The administration has implemented multiple policies and schemes which focus on supporting the women startups.

Based on the concept Of Women, By Women, For Women, the state government schemes can be availed by women startups from across the country.

The support facilities offered by the government would be shared during the women's summit.

About 20 women startups shortlisted from the She Loves Tech national grand challenge would be showcased in the summit.

She Loves Tech 2019 Global Startup Competition is a worldwide platform for women entrepreneurs as well as startups dedicated to improve the lives of women.

KSUM is the nodal agency of government of Kerala for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, July 30 2019. 16:25 IST