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National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) launches ‘Dream to Destination (D2D)’ – A Women Entrepreneur Development Program

– A Women Entrepreneur Development Program aimed at helping women entrepreneurs achieve their business goals, especially in terms of fundability, scalability and revenue growth.
– Recent workshop organized by NEN at Bangalore on 7th & 8th March 2014 witnessed enthusiastic participation of women entrepreneurs.
~ Aims to assist 100 high-potential women entrepreneurs across 5 cities.
~The program is handled by experts in the field of entrepreneurship.
~ Encouraged by the response from its Bangalore & Hyderabad (D2D) program, NEN is all set to reach out to other cities.
~ Jointly offered in association with Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

Bangalore, 24 March 2014: The Dream to Destination (D2D) program jointly offered by the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) and the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) aims to help 100 high-potential women entrepreneurs improve the fundability, scalability and revenue growth of their businesses through robust enterprise- development support.

National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), the flagship initiative of Wadhwani Foundation has conceptualized and spearheaded this initiative, leveraging its decade long experience in developing successful entrepreneurs & profitable start-ups. The Dream to Destination program (D2D) is designed for women entrepreneurs who own and actively run businesses with potential for growth.

The selection to the D2D program is through a careful scrutiny of applicants against a set criteria. This exclusive women-only mentoring-cum-workshops (mentor-shops) has been planned in 5 cities – Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hyderabad. These mentor-shops will equip the participants with tools to grow their businesses and assess their needs and then draw up a development plan for each participant. The selected entrepreneurs will receive support from NEN mentors and educators to developed tailored programs that fit their needs and enhances their potential for scale-up.

The applications were received from a diverse group ranging from late twenties to late forties, from full-time entrepreneurs to professionals turned entrepreneurs, and their business ranging

from early stage to growth stage with revenue slabs from Rs. 0 – 5 Lakh p.a. to Rs.1 crore and more. As far as industry type is concerned majority was of the participants were from IT, Manufacturing, Retail, Education and the rest from Biotech, Consulting, F&B and Hospitality.

Dr. K. Srikrishna, Executive Director, National Entrepreneurship Network says “We believe that women have tremendous, untapped potential that that can transform local economies. Today only 15-20% of new entrepreneurs are women and these women face substantial challenges in access to networks in addition to skills and knowledge that all new entrepreneurs need. The D2D program has been designed exclusively to help women entrepreneurs grow their own businesses through proven tools & strategies that NEN has developed, over the years. The enthusiastic participation and response by women entrepreneurs to the first Dream to Destination workshop in Bangalore tells us that we are on the right track to helping them take their businesses to the next level.”

Attending the Bangalore workshop, Ruche Mittal, who is in the business of Marketing and Branding through her venture Idea Perfect Communication, says “Dream To Destination’ is a very promising program. Being a complete and customized solution for each participant, it is a great idea and I am glad NEN along with ANDE could really think through the real requirement that entrepreneurs like me have today.”

She adds “I have experienced the 2 days class-room session and I am now eagerly waiting to get connected with my mentor”
Post the 2 day program, NEN is firming up customized development plans for each entrepreneur. The next phase of the program will roll out development plans by connecting the participants to relevant resources & support system. The aim of this program is to arm all the participating women entrepreneurs with access to knowledge & skills through intensive workshops, online courses, and courseware on topics such as business plans, business models, start-up finance, and customer acquisition; Goal-driven 1:1 mentoring support through NEN’s certified network of mentors and access to Industry experts & networks drawing on the NEN Resources Bureau network of 4,500 experts.

Having received huge number of applications from Bangalore, NEN is planning the second leg of workshops cum need assessment sessions in the month of April 2014, at below cities:

Location Dates
Delhi 11th & 12th April
Jaipur 11th & 12th April
Kolkata 4th & 5th April
Bangalore 18th & 19th April

Program / Workshop facilitators:

Radhika Meenakshi, Founder of Wise Owl Consulting has trained more than 1000 entrepreneurs and mentored many practicing start-ups. She is the President of South East-Hyderabad chapter of Bharat Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) engaged in mentoring and guiding young entrepreneurs

Raj Shankar, Founder of Ichiban Business Consultants Pvt Ltd and a visiting faculty teaching Strategy and Entrepreneurship at B Schools. Experienced in starting up ventures, specializing in Business Growth and Innovation

Anil Paranjape, Co-founder of Pune Cleantech and has been atively helping companies with strategy, business development, technology and marketing

Nitin Mukadam, Consultant for marketing & advertising, specializing in technology management
& technology related to marketing. He has mentored many entrepreneurs in the areas of building business model, business plan preparation, achieving VC funding

Akhil Shahani, Serial Entrepreneur with Ventures in Education, Private Equity and Non Profits. He is the Director at Smart Entrepreneur and Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt Ltd and Managing Director at Centre for Management and SAGE Foundation.

Deepak Khaitan, Chairman of Eastern India Regional Council of ‘The Institute of Company Secretaries of India’ and faculty of Law & Entrepreneurship at several prestigious colleges.

Shashank Rajurkar, Co-founder of two start-ups – Zephyr Turnaround Advisors Private Ltd and Knights Restructuring Services Southern India Private Ltd. He has extensive experience in venture capital investments, building business models & securing customers and mentored many start-ups

Eco-system partners:

NEN and its eco-system partners are working closely on this D2D program to handhold entrepreneurs in their progress.

– Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP), SHEROES, Her Entrepreneurial Network, India (HEN, INDIA), The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) – New Delhi, Engineering Manufacturer Entrepreneurs Resource Group (eMERG), Fab Women Foundation Trust (FAB), WEConnect International – India, Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) – Kolkata, Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs, Karnataka (COWE, Karnataka) and FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Jaipur.

Entrepreneurs who are specifically looking for funds, after assessing their readiness will be given a platform to pitch in front of the investors.

Having seen the success of its two programs at Bangalore & Hyderabad, NEN is planning for a larger and more ambitious future rollout of similar programs within India and other developing countries.

About NEN

The National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) is Wadhwani Foundation’s flagship initiative in India. It was established in 2003 with a mission to inspire, educate and support high potential entrepreneurs to create millions of high-value jobs. NEN does this by building institutional capacity for entrepreneur support and a robust entrepreneurial eco-system. It was co-founded with IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, BITS Pilani, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology.

NEN represents Asia’s largest and most dynamic community of young and future entrepreneurs. For more details, visit:

About Wadhwani Foundation

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundation’s primary mission is economic acceleration of emerging economies. The Foundation embarked upon its mission in India first, by leveraging India’s human potential. Subsequently, the Foundation has expanded into the US and other countries.

In India, with an expected explosion of 250-300 million people joining the workforce by 2022, large scale job creation became the primary imperative for the country. Also, as India is growing young, most advanced nations of the world are growing old, offering India an opportunity to become the global talent supplier.

Hence, catalyzing job creation and skill development become the two primary target areas of focus for the Foundation.

During the last decade, Wadhwani Foundation has launched five niche, high impact Initiatives in India. These include promoting entrepreneurial and employment skills, tapping the educated disabled, encouraging innovation, and driving policy changes to jump-start economic opportunities. In the U.S, to address the persistently high youth and displaced-worker unemployment, Wadhwani Foundation launched the ‘Race to a Job’ Initiative in 2012.

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About Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBS can help lift countries out of poverty. ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization.

Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions and corporations from around the world. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 200 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries.

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