As many as 75 high-potential, women-owned businesses (WOBs) graduated from the Women Entrepreneurship Development Program (WEDP). Training in the third edition of this programme was delivered to 40 WOBs in classrooms and 35 WOBs attended the virtual sessions. The cohort represented both product categories, such as edible cutlery, eco-friendly stationary and gift items, apparel, herbal cosmetics, spices, processed food, tea, nutrition bars, as well as services sectors such as AI consultancy, energy efficient solutions, travel management solutions and research and insights, among others.
The graduation ceremony was attended by women entrepreneurs, representatives from industry associations and the NGO sector.
During the three-month programme, the WOBs underwent a structured capacity building training, mentoring and technical support customised to the needs of their businesses. The programme was a successful blend of instructor-led training with faculty from EDII, industry experts, subject matter experts from Walmart.
WEDP aimed at enhancing the participants' skills and capability to build robust and sustainable businesses.
Supported by Walmart, WEConnect International led the overall coordination and conceptualisation of the programme, selection and assessment of participants while the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) customised the training curriculum and imparted the training. — TNS