COWE helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains.
COWE is a non-profit company (under section 25A of The Companies Act – 1956) incorporated in 2004, and has been steered by an eminent Board of Directors since then. Formed by six enthusiastic women from different fields, with support of 16 other executive members, COWE today has 600 strong women force from all over India. Our slogan “Gearing women power” stands for the democratic structure of COWE and stands for “Of the women, for the women and by the women”. COWE was inaugurated on 22nd November, 2004 by Honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y.S.R. Reddy. We have emerged as a well-organized and established organization working towards our goal of liberating women by making them financially independent and vibrant. On September 3rd 2014 three chapters were inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand & New Delhi stretching it’s boundaries to North India. In totality COWE is spread across India with 8 chapters.
MIT Global Startup Workshop - 21st-23rd March 2016 - COWE as a core partner co organised the Extensive workshop and ensure maximum participation from females. The 2016 Workshop was built on the overwhelming success of the MIT GSW in the past, which brought together thousands of participants from more than 70 international markets and representatives from across the globe. This event has run successfully since 1998 across leading cities globally. The HYD workshop was attended by 300 start-up representatives from across the country and globally. The panel of speakers included some of our well known customer bases including the venture capital firms, ministers, private equity investors and educational institutions.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR – 8 MARCH 2014: Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs organized a women empowerment seminar on 8th March 2014, to mark the International Women’s day. It was attended by a large number of people and was a truly enriching experience.
INAUGURATION – 3 SEPTEMBER 2014: The honorable chief guest for the occasion was Mrs. Parvinder Sohi Behuria, NHRC (Retd. Secretary General). The first session was devoted to turning thoughts into plans. Mrs Parvinder shared the simple yet effective principles of developing entrepreneurship, of developing plans and then executing them. Other key agendas where also discussed regarding various benefits and schemes available to Women Entrepreneur and also to develop strategies to overcome barriers in business. It was a great event to kick-start the COWE North Chapters!
AVACAYAM - 2015: Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs promoted the organic products like holi colours, incense (agar & dhoop batti) made by "Avacayam", an initiative to recycle the flowers offered in various temples into organic products made by physically disabled people.
This was to serve the social and environmental cause, and COWE sold more than 1000 packets.
CUELEARN SOCIAL IMPACT - 25th Feb - 5th March 2015: CueLearn offers its learning programs through small home-based micro-centres in after-school mode. COWE promoted this platform amongst the economically weaker section women to start their own earning system.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM – 18 March 2015: The Program was organised at Department of Social Work, Delhi University, North Campus, to create awareness for schemes and skill development programs available for women entrepreneurs. About 200 women gathered from all walks of life, EWS, home makers and entrepreneurs. The members from MSME, MAHILA BANK, NSIC, NSDC, NIESBUD AND Punjab National Bank were present as guest and speakers, The focus on turning thoughts into action was augmented as various schemes and benefits where discussed. Seema Singh, GM from Bhartia Mahila Bank encouraged women through financial support, who intent to start their own venture. The bank also provides loans to women on low interest rates, further discussions about how to develop business by overcoming obstacles through the skill development schemes from NSIC. Mr. Jasbir Singh and Ashvini Jha from NSIC shared the ways of marketing and promoting and discussed the yardsticks necessary for rendering ethical business practice and how to go about the business concern. The participants seemed very enthused and inspired by the words and schemes shared and discussed.
Plantation Drive with Gvriksh at Haridwar - July 2014 - COWE participated in Gvriksh Plantation Drive in Haridwar.
RASOI QUEEN SEASON 1 FINALE – 28 November 2015: Rasoi queen was one of a kind competition which tested the kitchen management culinary skills of participants. The event was covered in three rounds where various kitchen management skills were tasted. The winning prize for the same was Rs 50,000 worth goodies and hampers.
The event was a success! Out of 70 participants, 11 made it to the finals. The event was judged by eminent judges; namely Ms. Neeta Mehta, Ms. Gunjan, Ms. Veeta Singh, Mr. Munish, Mr. Siresh Saxena, Mr. Nitin and Mr. P.Uday Kumar. The guest of honour of the event was none other than Mr. Vir Sanghvi, renowned Journalist and India’s top Food critic.
Angel Summit 2016 - 7th May 2016 - The Angel Summit was organised in associations with COWE providing a unique opportunity for women entrepreneurs, professionals and students to connect and collaborate with successful leaders from a wide variety of industries and professions and discuss with them some of the most important issues facing women in business today. Brightest minds in Tech, Business, Sports, Film and Arts from across India joined in. The super-star line-up included speakers like Dr. Kiran Bedi, Shereen Bhan, Debjani Ghosh, Suchi Mukherjee, Naiyya Saggi, Malini Agarwal, Swati Bhargava and many more amazing women leaders and entrepreneurs.
WADe India - 14th May 2016 - COWE Co organised WADe India - a platform created for recognizing & documenting the work of Women professionals of the industry. It is a platform to Discuss, Network, Learn, Celebrate, get Recognized and definitely one of a kind of 'Togetherness that Inspires Growth' for all Women Architects & Designers of India! The platform focussed on women-led developments.
WOMENNOVATOR 2016 Womennovator Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 brought together women entrepreneur from different streams on a common platform from 8 states of India. This interface was comprehensive in terms of issues, people and plan of action for the event. The program was held on 16th October 2016 at SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
This summit was a meeting of achievers, exponential entrepreneurs, aspiring talent from different strands of life. "Through our program today, we address issues of what it really takes to get best out of us, how can women entrepreneurs can optimize on marketing and business development strategies, discussion on schemes and grant from Govt. and financial institutions, with an extremely interesting segment of networking and unleashing creativity of ‘Walk of your products and services’, and definitely not to forget COWE Excellence Awards where we tender our gratitude to achievers who have displayed ‘excellence’ as virtue of their mind, body and soul."' said Tripti Shinghal Somani, heading Confederation of women entrepreneur (COWE) - Delhi as a Chairperson.
Womennovator Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 by Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs was graced by Honourable Minister of State, Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary - Minister of State – Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Smt Santosh Yadav, MLA and Deputy Speaker Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
Alongside the dignitaries from various forays of life were present like Jayshree Arora- Indian film, stage and television actress, Dr. Blossom Kochar, Founder - The Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, Smt Shovana Narayan, Kathak Maestro, Shri Anurag Batra, Chairman BW Businessworld Group and exchange4media group, Author and TV Show Host, Smt. Jai Madaan, International Astrologer & Vaastu Expert, Smt Mrinalini Shrivastava ,IPS.
The program aimed for right match specification of thoughts, ideas, goals and guidance. Innovation and quest for entrepreneurship in new zeal was catered in every segment of the program, dialogues and our future initiatives as well.
Panel discussion on Govt Schemes and benefits for women entreprenuers had Mrinalini ji, IPS officer, S.P. SinghNorth Zone General Manager- SIDBI, SRK Chandra- NIESBUD , D.K. Singh - Senior Consultant, NIESBUD, Akanksha Dua, Assistant Director,DI-MSME and Shubhrastha- India Foundation moderated by Tripti Shinghal Somani, MD& CEO-KGS Advisors.
Discussion on Marketing strategy and Business development had Guneet Singh, Head Marketing Solutions - Google, Nehal Karia Modi, Co Founder & Head of OPS -Yellow Bulbs, Hetal Sonpal – Intel, Abhay Kapoor - HR Leader Amazon India, Saumya Gupta - Founder & CEO of Ten on Ten, Saloni Malhotra - Associate Vice Presidentof Paytm and Saloni Mitra- Head-New Business- Pepperfry moderated by Rahul Narvekar - NDTV Ethnic Retail Ltd, Founder & CEO of India roots
The esteemed jury for the award included pioneering names like: Ms. Mridula Tandon – Founder of Sakshi NGO, Ms. Vinita Bakshi – Director, NIJ , Padamshree Sheila Jhunjhunwala – Renowned Author, Social Activist Ms. Ms. Anuradha Goel – Chairperson, PHD Family Welfare Foundation | PHD FWF, Dr Indira Hinduja – Indian Gynecologist, Obstetrician and infertility specialist , Ms. S.M. Swathi – Executive Director of Bharatiya Mahila Bank, Ms. Tessy Thomas – Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation Ms. P. Soudamini – COWE Director, Ms. Meeta Rai – Principal DPS Indirapuram and Director of DPS Indirapuram Meerut Road Campus , Ms. Nalini Kamalini – Internationally renowned Kathak Duo, Dr. Saroj Bajaj – Socialist Activist and Chairperson of Rajarajeswari Bank, Ms. Kusum Vir – Ex-Director, Ministry of HRD , Nita Mehta – Indian celebrity chef, author, restaurateur.
Awardees for COWE excellence award 2016 included Archana Gupta, Director- KEI Industries Limited (“KEI”), Sonia Gurnani - Fashion Designer, Proprietor of ABSTRACT, Kanika Gupta Shori - CEO at Square Yards, Vertica Dwivedi- Founder of WADe India, Neha Lakhani - Head Chef , Vandana Mishra, Director of Travandyz , Ritu Bajla-Bajla Distributors, Ujwala Giri- Diletto Chocolates, Subashini Alturi- Divi Enterprise, Usha Paliath- Potters Wheel, Nallam Darpana - Partner of Desi Veedesi, Nisreen Chass - Vice Chairman TAS Impex Pvt Ltd and Spice Modular Concepts Pvt Ltd, Deepa Sondhi - Fasion Designer, Charu Khera - Event Manager-Founder of Delhi Lifestyle Exhibitions, Shailja Devi - CMD of Natures Treat Food Pvt Ltd, Ratan Kaul - Vice President of ICHR, Seema Aggarwal - Academic Consultant in N.D.M.C. Education, Harini Madhira - Founder of CISNE Events, Bandana Singh - Vice President of Diplomatic Missions & UN G4S Secure Solutions, Swati Jha, CFO & Director of Omni Info word Private Limited and Pankaj Bhadouria - Master Chef India Winner Season 1, Aparna Mishra – Founder of Cafebiz.
Plantation Drive with Gvriksh and COWE team at L &T Campus – 18th October 2016 - As promised by Gvriksh and COWE team to plant seven trees on behalf of all the guest of honour who attended Womennovator Entrepreneurship summit 2016 on 16th October 2016. Gvriksh and COWE team completed their promise by this plantation drive.
Womennovator 2017 – 24th February 2017 - The Confederation Of Women Entrepreneurs – India (COWE) had organized an event “Womennovator 2017” in association with University of Chicago to encourage, motivate and develop the women entrepreneur in India. It has been understood that the growth of Indian economy can only be accelerated by replacing a roller with a pen and therefore this has been the focus of COWE from the day it was founded. A practical approach is thus being initiated through this event where more than 100 women entrepreneurs from around India had attended.
The event had various panel discussions which were welcomed by the organizer and Chairperson COWE India-Delhi Ms. Tripti Somani; Ms. Aditi Mody Executive Director, Uchicago Center, Delhi; Mr. Manoj Mittal, Deputy MD, SIDBI and Mr. Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor in Chief, BW Businessworld.
Further, the discussion then shifted to the panel which discussed upon the Startup Ecosystem which has been expanding around the Globe comprising of individuals Ms. Jyotsna Sitling of MSDE; Ms. Robyn Kessler of U.S. Embassy; Ms. Neeta Verma of National Informatics Centre, Mr. Utkarsh Amitabh, founder, Network Capital. The panel was moderated by Anubha Bhonsle of CNN- News18.
The next panel discussed on the mistakes that were fatal to an entrepreneur by Dr. Blossom Kochhar, AromaMagic; Nikhil Arora of WeWork; Jatin Goel, The Vault Show; Deep Bajaj of Peebuddy; Sagar Daryani of Wow!Momo. The panel was moderated by Amit Mishra, ID8 Ventures.
The next panel highlighted on how successful women navigate where Kanika Tekriwal of JetSetGo; Supriya Paul of Josh Talks; Preeti Monga, Silver Linings; Archana Gupta of KEI Industries Ltd.; Syna Dehnugara, CNBC; Priyanka Suresh Raina, Social entrepreneurs shared their experiences and knowledge on the same.Deepak Goel of KarmaCircles moderated the panel.
The event was followed by Mentor and Investor session consisting of investors and mentors respectively which were unique in its way where the Entrepreneurs were able to meet and discuss their plans with them. They not only shared their real-time experience with them but guided them on how to excel. Entrepreneurs got the opportunity to speed date with the investors comprising Gagan Ghai of Crest Capital Advisors; Aayush Jain, Unicorn India Ventures; Swati Mehra of Sixth Sense Ventures; Aman Kumar of AdvantEdge Partners; Ridhika Saraf, Palaash ventures; Ashish Garg, LGT Impact Ventures; Amit Mishra, ID8 India Ventures and Sonali Thapar, Thapar Group, Karthik Chandrasekar and starlene Sharma from Sangam Ventures.
The participants also got the opportunity to speed date with the mentors: Jaya Goyal of WEC IamSMEIndia; Aditi Chadha of DAZL; Pooja Sareen of Inc42; Moitrayee Bhadra of I2a; Avani Parekh of Sheroes; Anuj Somani of KGS; Nehal Modi of Yellow Bulbs; Mukesh Malik of Entrepreneur in Residence ah! Ventures; Anshu Dewan of DS Group; Rangnath Krishna Chandra of NIESBUD; Vertica Dvivedi of WADe India and Dr. Shikha Suman of Medimojo.
Abhilash Mishra of Uchicago Booth concluded the event with the vote of thanks.
The event partners were, Sponsoring partners KEI, NSIC, and SIDBI; supporting partners YellowBulbs and Udaan Skill NGO; knowledge partner KGS, University of Chicago, Alumni Club of India Chicago Booth; hygiene partners PeeSafe; media partner BusinessWorld, Inc42, entrepreneur media and investment partner, VentureCatalysts.