Bengaluru: Minister for Large and Medium Industries R V Deshpande said on Monday said that more than 1700 women entrepreneurs have registered for the forthcoming ThinkBig 2016, Asia’s largest women entrepreneurship and economic empowerment summit. The ThinkBig 2016 is scheduled to be held on November 14 and 15 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre.
Speaking with media persons, Minister Deshpande said the ThinkBig 2016 would bring together more than 2000 women entrepreneurs, 300 industry leaders and 400 business and 30 top banks to connect women entrepreneurs across the globe with the thriving business ecosystem in Karnataka. “Karnataka is synonymous with entrepreneurship and progress. I believe that this is an opportune moment for the state to host ThinkBig 2016 to highlight both entrepreneurship and progress by focusing on women-owned business,’’ Deshpande said.
He said the ThinkBig 2016 has been crafted with a view to educate women entrepreneurs, train them with right skills, assess opportunities and connect them with right business ecosystem.
ThinkBig 2016 would provide women entrepreneurs the platform to interact with the broader business ecosystem which would effectively lead to inclusive growth. “Power today is all about engagement. In order to achieve meaningful impact, women entrepreneurs must connect with a diverse array of stakeholders to build community around a shared vision. The new rules of engagement demand that we leverage our influence across multiple spheres, forge partnerships and turn ideas into action,’’ Ratna Prabha, Additional Chief Secretary said.
She said the state government has issued a number of orders supporting women economic empowerment such as reimbursement of the WEConnect certification fee and establishment of an Exclusive Women Entrepreneurs Park this year. “Closing the year with ThinkBig 2016 will be a great platform to showcase the state government’s proactive approach and help pave the way for investment opportunities in the state,’’ she said.