A forum to inspire, empower and support Women Startups with their entrepreneurship journey and come forward to share their stories, ideas, aspirations, milestones and their struggles. This celebration is designed to recognize female founder's unique achievements and to extol the power of the new role that a woman plays as an entrepreneur and furthermore giving a platform to grandstand their success to inspire many more women striving to become entrepreneurs.
India is fast emerging as one of the world's favorite investment destinations for start-ups, for creating awareness on innovations, accelerating & empowering women for up skilling and global collaboration opportunities.
We believe “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”
And nothing could be truer for the women entrepreneurs of today who are chartering unknown territories, unabashedly and fearlessly. Be it in ecommerce, education, investing, food & tech, travel, fashion, fitness and anything and everything under the sun, they are proceeding with gumption and unbridled enthusiasm to change the world around them, in turn making a difference with their ideas, seeking solutions that have never been sought, fighting the social norms, running successful ventures and giving rise to new sustainable ecosystems
The event would have IOD leadership and eminent luminaries from the industry to share their views on “Women Startups - growth opportunities & challenges”.
IOD Regional webinar on “WOMEN STARTUPS SUMMIT 2022”
(Friday) Mar 4th, 2022 India
1430 - 1740 Hrs (IST)
Complimentary & Open to All
SRAVAN SHIPPING SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED is a company established at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh in August 1997 with a seed capital of Rs. 5 lakhs . Visakhapatnam was chosen as a strategic location as there is a NATURAL PORT. SRAVAN SHIPPING SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED has already established a large customer base covering various industries like Fertilizers, Fertilizer raw materials, Chemicals and Pharma, Food grains, Coal, Iron Ore, Steel, Cement, Petroleum products, Sugar etc. It provides end-to-end logistics solutions for the following sectors:
Shipping Agency, Stevedoring, Customs Broker, Transportation, Cargo Handling, Warehousing & Customs Bonded Warehouses, Freight Forwarding, Customs Broker Container Freight Stations, LCL Exim, Cold Storage and Empty Container Yards. It has two Container Freight Stations.
It has overall transportation connectivity as below:
ROAD CONNECTIVITY: Dedicated 4-lane road from VPA to our CFS.
AIR CONNECTIVITY: Visakhapatnam Air Port is about 8 Km from our CFS.
RAIL CONNECTIVITY: Our CFS is well connected 8 sidings of VPA which operating 24/7.
PORT CONNECTIVITY: VPA operates 24/7 and we are connected with dedicated roads within 12 KM for our bulk cargo and containers.
Efftronics Systems Private Limited with 35+ Years experience has designed and provided smart solutions using cutting-edge technologies like IoT, Mobile, Cloud, AI and Digital Twin for Railways, Cities, Buildings and Industries.
50+ innovative solutions with value centric approach over three decades:
Efftronics was honoured with CIO CHOICE AWARD 2017 for IoT voted by 400+ CIOs and CTOs across India on product performance, Customer satisfaction and continued customer service.
WE Hub is India’s first and only State led incubator for women entrepreneurs – with the primary goal to promote and foster women entrepreneurship by way of Incubation, Access to Government and Building a collaborative ecosystem. Initiated as a response to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in 2017, the inception of WE HUB was announced in November 2017 with operations from March 2018.
WE Hub works with the mission to ensure that all women entrepreneurs in the country have access to technical, financial, governmental and policy support required to start-up scale up sustain and accelerate with global market access. The work of WE Hub is primarily in the fields of providing access to technical, financial, government and policy support required to start-up, scale up and accelerate with global market access, to all women entrepreneurs in the country.
Mission: WE HUB is India's first state-led incubator to foster and promote women entrepreneurship to startup, scale up, and accelerate with global market access in Telangana and across India
Vision: India's first state led incubator to foster and promote women entrepreneurship
Dr. Pavani Kadiyala
Dr. Pavani Kadiyala is a Consultant at Natsoft Corporation, which design new ecosystems, new business models and new revenue streams through providing a richer consumer experience.
She has 12 years of overall experience in Human Resource & Business Development. She is also the Board Advisor for MSME Business Forum India; the President, leading Government Blockchain Association (GBA) - USA Hyderabad Chapter and Mentor for NASSCOM - WWRT (Women Wizards Rule Tech program).
She has received International Achievers award for excellence in Blockchain Business Analyst on “Generating Global Partnership” Dubai 2019, Best Blockchain Business Analyst 2019 award from Nationwide Entrepreneur awards 2019 India, Best Emerging IT Business Analyst award presented by Indo Global award for Emerging IT Business Analyst Bangkok - Thailand 2019, Outstanding Achievement award for Excellence in Leadership 2021 by IEDRA, International Global Leadership Award 2021 Dubai in HR Leadership.
She has done Ph.D in Business Management with Specialization in HR & Marketing from University of Swahili and Master in Business Administration – HR from Magnus School of Business, Visakhapatnam (University of Mysore) in 2008.
Ms. Divya G Medar
Snackerstreet Pvt. Ltd
A chef by professional, Divya and her co-founder-Chef-husband Gopinath founded their food business in 2007. They co-founded Snackerstreet in 2009. From selling momos over 165 days of exhibitions in Hyderabad to running outlets in Blue chip companies, today, Snackerstreet is a successful, solid enterprise, offering ready to cook, Frozen snacks in the B2B space. It is an ISO 22000:2018 certified company having developed over 250+ varieties of snacks such as momos, dimsums, nuggets, poppers, samosas, rolls, tikkis, kebabs, burger patties, etc. for its clients that include international 5-star hotel chains and resorts to Unicorns in the Food tech space.
The company co-founded by Medar, brings together culinary expertise and manufacturing scalability in a niche that is unique to the food processing industry. This is because Snackerstreet’s snacks are made using fresh veggies, meat, dairy and spices, without any added colours or added preservatives. They taste fresh, just like how a chef would make it, but with the convenience of a 24-month shelf life. The recipes for this are to the credit of the chef-duo.
Ms. Vaishali Neotia
Co - Founder & CEO
Merxius Software Private Limited
Ms. Vaishali Neotia is the cofounder & CEO of Merxius, a deep tech company at the forefront of Extended Reality Innovation for the Metaverse, from India. Their Product RED is a No-code software for creating machine training/maintenance sequences in XR (Extended Reality).
She also cofounded Gold Collar Inc., an AI startup in the Manufacturing sector, accelerated by Silicon Valley based - The Alchemist. She is also a consultant for Ashoka-Innovators for the Public.
She is an alumnus of La Martiniere, Osmania University, Indian School of Business & Goldman Sachs 10000 women, Stanford GSB Ignite, Startup Leadership, Sonder Connect and United Nations (UNCTAD) Empretec. She is a regular speaker for TEDx, Industry and Academia on diverse topics including technology, innovation, diversity, inclusion, entrepreneurship and inspiring lessons from her own life experiences. She also participates in judging hackathons, startup pitches and in AR/VR policy advice to Govt. and allied organisations.
She has been conferred awards for her leadership by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Women Economic Forum among others.
Ms. Sandhya Deepa
Director of Strategy & Operations
Ms. Sandhya Deepa is the Director of Strategy & Operations at T-Hub. She holds more than 20years of extensive experience in leadership and strategic roles in renowned and diverse organizations such as ONGC, Hexagon, Deloitte and ISB. She brings deep experience in developing, leading and implementing strategy & priority initiatives, enabling business planning, nurturing key stakeholder relationships, delivering business insights, and people development.
At T-Hub, she is focused on creating a robust ecosystem for early-stage start-ups to help accelerate their growth by bringing together start-ups, corporates. investors and other ecosystem players. She drives alignment across business units for achieving business objectives, creates enabling processes and drives excellence through identification and execution of high priority initiatives.
She is an Engineering graduate with Masters in HR by qualification.
Ms. Meghna Khan
M K Counselling Services
Ms. Meghna Khan is the Founder of M K Counselling Services. She started her professional journey almost 20 years back in the education industry as a skill trainer. She went on playing different roles and navigating various functions in the education industry. She has a global professional experience working across educational startups, big corporate houses, NGOs and respectable educational institutes in US, India and UAE. She is a certified life coach and career counsellor having counselled innumerable individuals on career paths.
After spending 15+ years working for various organizations & institutes, She came to the hard realization that there remains a significant gap in addressing career specific needs of students and professionals since most of the career counselling seem to be happening by people who had an inherent interest in the outcome. She started her journey on increasing career options awareness and providing career guidance keeping the individual at the heart of the counselling process.
She is an Engineering graduate with Masters in HR by qualification.
Ms. Lakshmi Mukkavilli
Patra India BPO Services
Lakshmi Mukkavilli is the Managing Director of Patra India BPO Services for past 15 years, She was instrumental in setting up Patra India offices and played a key role as a unifying factor between the offices in both countries.
She is now the President Designate for ITAAP Andhra Pradesh (IT Association of Andhra Pradesh), Head of Women’s Forum for Vizag Security Council, Member on Advisory Board for Institute of Directors and for Dr.LB College of Engineering. She is also the External member on the POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Committee and Ex Chairwoman of CII Women Network for the State of Andhra Pradesh.
Prior to this, she has worked for 8 years in California for Soft Line Consulting Services and Cyberbills, Inc. After relocating to India in 2003, worked with Cross domain Solutions, Bangalore.
She was awarded with Most Talented Leaders in Outsourcing Industry” from Asia Outsourcing Congress, Mumbai, The fastest growing Indian Company Excellence Award from “International Achievers Conference” at New Delhi, “Legendary Lioness” award for exemplary work to promote women leadership and for being the strong and confident leader from VR Oneness Foundation Hyderabad, “US Global Impact Award -2019” from PATRA, and "Vajra - you are a Gem” award at the “IKON Mahatma Memorial Awards”.
Ms. Dharitri Patnaik
Diversified Energy Solutions Private Limited
Ms. Dharitri Patnaik is the Chairperson of Diversified Energy Solutions Private Limited, a fast growing infrastructure company implementing various large scale industrial projects in Eastern India. Her startup company Jivada Ventures Private Limited is developing a chain of boutique wellness resort. She is also the Founding Chairperson of FICCI FLO Bhubaneswar Chapter, India’s largest women’s chamber of commerce.
She has more than two decades of experience working to empower some of the most vulnerable sections of the society, including women, children, and underprivileged people of India. She has worked with global institutions like UNICEF, ActionAid International, CARE USA, UN Women, Water Health and Bernard van Leer Foundation globally. In 2014, she founded Humara Bachpan Trust- which works with people living in poverty spread over multiple cities and villages. In 2017, she launched another new initiative called SAMBHAVI- Women’s empowerment with enterprise and employability.
Her organization Humara Bachpan Trust won an international award as the Best Youth Act by Peace Jam Foundation One Billion Acts and she won the Inspire Award in 2020 for leadership. She was felicitated by Ministry of MSME, Govt of India in 2020 for being a successful woman entrepreneur and mentoring other women. She was also awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellowship in Harvard.
She has done Masters in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA.
Ms. Deepthi Ravula
CEO, WE HUB (Women Entrepreneurs HUB)
A Government of Telangana
Ms. Deepthi Ravula is the CEO of WE HUB (Women Entrepreneurs HUB), A Government of Telangana initiative for promoting and fostering Women Entrepreneurship in Telangana and across India.
She is an Electronics Engineer by profession and passion and has 15 years of experience working in USA with Palm, Nokia, Atheros, Qualcomm, LitePoint, Teradyne among others in RF Communication roles. She joined the Government of Telangana as a Joint Director for Electronics in 2016 and has been appointed as CEO of WE Hub since inception in 2017.
She is a strong proponent of Girls in STE(A)M, Empowerment through economic enablement, Women in Leadership roles and Women in Decision making spaces. She is working towards creating a work environment that is gender diverse and on constructing economic independence mechanisms as a tool for Women Enablement.
Mrs. Uma Devi Chigurupati
Co-founder and Executive Director, Granules India Limited
Chairperson, FICCI FLO (Hyderabad)
Mrs. Uma Chigurupati is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Granules India Limited. She holds more than three decades of experience across various fields of corporate functions. She co-founded Triton Laboratories Private Limited in 1984, which was later amalgamated with Granules India Limited.
She is also the Chairperson of FICCI FLO, Hyderabad and had taken up many initiatives to empower women at both grass root and at the white collar level and the Director of KRSMA Estates Private Limited, one of India’s premier boutique wineries and the President of Ikebana International, Hyderabad Chapter.
Prior to this, She was the Chairperson of the Hyderabad 10K Foundation, which promotes health awareness for the citizens of Hyderabad particularly women through multiple initiatives including different runs in the city. An avid marathoner, she holds a rare distinction of running marathons in all the continents as well as the North Pole. She earned a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records along with her husband Mr. Krishna Prasad for being the only couple to complete marathons in Antarctica as well as the North Pole.
Ms. Vanitha Datla
Vice Chairperson & Managing Director
Ms. Vanitha Datla is the Vice Chairperson & Managing Director, ELICO Limited, a 55-year-old company that is a pioneer in the Analytical Instruments Industry and the Managing Director, Elico Healthcare Services Limited, a service provider to the Health-care Industry in countries like USA, UK, Middle East etc.
She has received “Super Women of the Decade 2010-2020 Award” by Hi9, Hyderabad; “Women of Excellence Award” by Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad; Exceptional Leaders of Excellence Award” by Women Economic Forum, Benguluru; Business Achiever Award for Excellence” by Andhra Chamber of Commerce; Mahila Ratna Award” by Sri Kala Sudha Telugu Association, Chennai; Outstanding Women Award” by Nizam Club, Hyderabad.
She is the Board Member, This Daughter.com, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Global Advisory Committee Member, Daniels School of Business, Denver, Colorado, USA; Founding Member, Divershefy Club; Member of Executive Council, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, Govt of Andhra Pradesh; Advisory Board Member, WWF State Chapter, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana; Trustee, Aditya Mehta Foundation, Hyderabad; Treasurer, Women in Network Charitable Trust, Hyderabad.
Currently, she is enrolled in the Executive Doctoral Program in Business (EFPM), Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She did her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, and then studied at the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India, ICFAI for the dual program of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA).
Ms. Rajeshwari Bhattacharyya
Co-Founder & Global Head, Percipere
Ms. Rajeshwari Bhattacharyya, Co-Founder & Global Head, Percipere. She has around 3 decades of work experience across various sectors from Financial services, Insurance and Media. She has managed critical portfolios in Operations, Process engineering and Technology with SHCIL, IL&FS;, SBI Life Insurance, Principal Financials and Times of India Group.
She has co-founded new age Process Mining product company Futuroot, and also play an advisory role in the Blockchain arena as part of the ICOA group within BCM Guru.
Prior to this, she lead managing the Technology strategy of the TOI group as part of a 4 member committee including managing Technology Operations for the biggest radio station in the Country. She was instrumental in expanding the Radio network from a 7 station presence in India to over 100 stations network across the globe, including the traditional radio and digital radio.
She also supports Oscar Foundation, an NGO for education of the underprivileged and for community development, in her Board Advisory role.
She is a qualified Cost Accountant, management graduate from INSEAD with certification in Cyber Security from Harvard University, a Certified Ethical Hacker and Blockchain certification from Blockchain Council and Linux Foundation.
Ms. Leela Rani Alla
Lee Pharma Limited
Ms. Leela Rani Alla, Director of Lee Pharma Limited, a US FDA and EU GMP approved pharmaceutical company with its presence in the manufacturing of APIs, semi-finished dosage forms and finished formulations with four manufacturing facilities. She is one of the directors of Lee Health domain, a company involved in the retailing and distribution of nutraceuticals and Ayurveda products. She is also appointed as the Chairperson of Women Entrepreneurship Sub-committee of AP chambers, where the team under her leadership has a vision for creating empowerment in women.
Being a passionate environmentalist, she is working with JCI India as the Vice president Impact 2030 for JCI Vizag steel city spearheading a national level project E-green era, for safe segregation and disposal of e-waste. She is an active member of project Green kitchen where waste management programs like composting are conducted for women. Interactive environment webinars and sessions are conducted by her for children to meet the UNSDG goals.
She is a Post graduate with Master of Science in Biological sciences from Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani.
Ms. A. Hima Bindu
Founder and Managing Director
Ms. A. Hima Bindu, Founder and Managing Director of Novel Patent Services which offers unique business solutions in the domain of IPR with more than 15 years of experience in IPR domain.
She is a registered Indian Patent Agent and also a registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), one among the very few from India.
She is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Novel IPR Academy and Novel Innovation Design Studio; Steering Committee of National Research and Development Council (NRDC), Visakhapatnam, EC member on the board of Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research (ICSCR) and a guest faculty on Panel of DC-MSME, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.
She was awarded with “Exceptional Women of Excellence” by the Women Economic Forum at Hague, Netherlands on the eve of International Women’s Day in 2018.
She has done her Masters in Technology in Biomedical Engineering and was also the University Topper. She is an Alumni of GITAM University, Nalsar University, Indian School of Business & Goldman Sachs 10K women and holds certifications in IPR from WIPO Geneva.
Ms. Keerthi Chekoti
Chekoti Bio Organic Products
Ms. Keerthi Chekoti is the Co-Founder of Chekoti Bio Organic Products. She is also an executive member of Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) from last 5 years where she trains and guide new women entrepreneurs.
Ms. Chekoti started Chek Organics in 2016 to sustain her organic farm, and selling directly to the customer. She is into organic farming from last 14 years and her farm is located in Jangam, Telangana. Chek Organics are also known for cultivating a miracle fruit called ‘NONI’.
She also formulated and made branded skin care, hair care and wellness products with Brand Name -Chek Organics.
Ms. Mitu Samar
Eminence Strategy Consulting
Ms. Mitu Samar is a reputation consultant with two decades of experience. After having worked with well-known companies like CRISIL, Standard & Poor's, Aditya Birla Capital, ICICI Prudential MF and The Great Eastern Shipping, she founded a reputation consultancy firm, ‘Eminence, which works with organisations and individuals in building, establishing and protecting their reputation through stakeholder engagement.
Ms. Samar serves as an Independent Director on the boards of Zoom Entertainment Network, Times Guaranty Limited and Aegon Life Insurance Company Limited. She is a also the member of ‘Board of Studies’ of the School of Modern Media and a visiting faculty in many toptier B-Schools.
She actively coaches CSuite leaders on making their presence and messaging impactful and has coached over 30 senior professionals in the corporate world on growth and leadership. She has also mentored over 150 women and young professionals on how to succeed in professional life while maintaining a healthy balance in personal life, under CII Western Region Women Network’s initiative- ‘100 hours of change’.
The Consultant’s Review Magazine recognized her as one of the ‘20 Most Promising Women Consultants’ in 2020. She has also received the ‘Promising Business Communicator 2010’ award from the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).
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