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Funding for women entrepreneurs continues to be a challenge globally. This 2016 year end Women’s Web report tells you the avenues to find.
The stifling gender bias that cripples Indian society has not spared the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country as well. One look at the global Female Entrepreneurship Index of the last two years, compiled by the Washington based Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI), confirms that India is surely not the best place for a woman to wear the entrepreneurial hat.
Even as the number of self-employed women (many working in low-skilled jobs from home or as street vendors) has doubled to a crore over a 10-year period (2000-10), high potential women entrepreneurs, who through job creation and widening of markets can boost economic growth, remain a rarity.
In January this year, the entrepreneurial ecosystem of India received a significant boost with the launch of the Start-Up India scheme. Further incentives focusing exclusively on Women and SC/ST entrepreneurs were added by instigating the Stand Up India scheme in April. Despite these efforts to make India Inc inclusive, women entrepreneurs in India still remain a minority compared to their male counterparts.
So what is stopping the women in the country to achieve the best of their entrepreneurial acumen? The reasons are many. Limited access to external funds and business networks remain major challenges to growth, concede many women entrepreneurs who have been able to mark their presence in the entrepreneurial scenario of the country.
What is the outlook on funding for women entrepreneurs in India? What sources of funds exist today, and what support can we expect in the next few years for worthy start-ups led by women?
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This exclusive article about funding for Indian women entrepreneurs explains the following:
How do gender stereotypes affect funding decisions for women-run organizations and businesses?
What are some significant bank loan schemes that support women entrepreneurs?
Details of the Government’s Stand Up India scheme that supports SC/ST women entrepreneurs.
Handy details of some Venture and Private capital sources of funding that have significantly invested in women owned businesses.
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From all news reports, clearly, Aftab Poonawalla seems to be a psychopath, and It was a well-strategized story of domestic violence, abuse, subjugation, and a well-planned murder.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence, gaslighting, murder, and abetting violence, and may be triggering to survivors.
One case has gripped the nation and I do not need to mention which. My problem is with how the news reflects a victim’s character. The disrespect we show to someone who was long abused and lives no more is appalling. The disservice we do to her through spoken and written words lies in the sensationalizing of the entire case.
How do you spot a crazy human? They do not have two horns and red eyes. They may have no empathy but will show it to lure the victim, just like a child abuser lures a child with candy. Their grooming styles may vary but it is mostly about creating an untrue sense of safety and security around the victim. They present themselves as this effortless savior, an ultimate generous destination for a mentally and emotionally vulnerable person.
Fathers play a crucial role in nurturing and raising children, so why isn't paternity leave considered essential?
Some time ago, Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were in the news, yet again. An entertainment website, Bollywood Hungama, reported that the expectant father, Ranbir, wished to take paternity leave to spend time with his baby when it arrived.
The website claimed that the actor would not be signing new films for the time being. He would take care of the child, while his wife Alia would return to work at the earliest.
One would think the internet would laud this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Instead, Ranbir got trolled for his decision to be a stay-at-home dad. Netizens made fun of him; they claimed that it was because he had no offers in the pipeline, and Alia was far more successful than him. Others claimed that it was the right decision – his recent films (other than Brahmastra) had bombed, and it was time he reflected on his roles.
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