A big opportunity awaits women entrepreneurs from Northeast India as the German government in partnership with Indian Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has announced incubation and acceleration mentorship programmes.

German agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is implementing the project ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women’ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE), to promote aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs in India under the name of ‘Her&Now’.

Applications are invited for the interested entrepreneurs from the region.

Her&Now through its dedicated incubation and acceleration programs will look at improving the overall framework conditions for women-led businesses in India and also provide support to women entrepreneurs through various programs and workshops.

As one of the partners of the project, Dhriiti is implementing the project Her&Now in Northeast Region of India with the objective of equipping women micro-entrepreneurs in Northeast Region of India to set up and scale up their enterprises leading to economic empowerment resulting in an increased sense of agency in their lives.

Over the next two years, Dhriiti would be providing incubation support to 140 women-led start-ups and acceleration support to 40 women-led enterprises in the region.

Recently, the GIZ and Dhriiti, organised a joint consultation workshop to interact and learn from key stakeholders, about the key sectors that lend themselves to micro-entrepreneurship for women in NE, and gain insights into the existing and potential value chains for women-led enterprises in the region.

“The workshop brought together a wide spectrum of key stakeholders in the NE entrepreneurial ecosystem — central and state government agencies, industry consortiums, corporate, investors, incubators and accelerators, NGOs and entrepreneurs. The workshop successfully served as a unique platform to meet and interact with like-minded change makers in the women entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Anirban Gupta of Dhriiti.

For over 60 years, GIZ has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development.

The GIZ is contributing to some of the most significant initiatives that Indian government has launched to address the country’s economic, environmental and social challenges. It supports key initiatives such as smart cities, clean India and skill India.

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