Supporting Women Entrepreneurship in Andhra Pradesh – YLEAP Program
On May 28 - 29th ACIR, in partnership with Nexus, successfully completed an advanced two-day workshop for 25 women entrepreneurs hailing from different regions of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
This two-day workshop was the culmination of a final part of the two-part series of workshops under the Young Women Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (YLEAP) program, supported by the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad.
As the first part of the program, a series of one-day virtual workshops were organized in April for three different regions in Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam, Vijaywada, and Tirupati. Twenty women entrepreneurs were selected from each of these regions for these one-day workshops.
From these initial one-day workshops, 25 selected entrepreneurs were then invited to this advanced two-day virtual workshop where they were exposed to more in-depth, advanced business training conducted by Indian and international experts.
The workshops focused on practical skills for scaling and growing businesses and included topics such as defining value proposition according to the audience, understanding marketing techniques, business model innovation, and community building.
At the end of the workshops, all the women entrepreneurs got a chance to become part of a regional and national group of women entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh. These groups were the direct result of the peer-to-peer learning process followed during all the workshops. These women entrepreneurs will continue to thrive, support each other and will continue to be exposed to all the opportunities available to them in the future through these groups, as well as by Nexus and ACIR.
The startups had a wide variety of products/services ranging from medtech, agritech, sustainability, fintech, health and wellness amongst others. The feedback was universally positive, with 95% of the participants giving a rating of “excellent” or “very good.”
This was ACIR’s second successful state level intervention in India to support women entrepreneurs, following the successful program in Rajasthan. Nexus and ACIR will continue to build the necessary support infrastructure needed for women entrepreneurs to thrive in India and across the world.
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About the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad
Under the leadership of the Consul General, the United States Consulate General in Hyderabad promotes U.S. interests and the U.S.-India bilateral relationship in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The Consulate does so through diplomatic and cultural relations with government officials, the business community, and the general public. Established in 2009, the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is the first U.S. diplomatic office to open in India since India’s independence. It is but one reflection of the United States’ commitment to strengthening its relationship and engagement with the people and Government of India.