SheEO supports Female Entrepreneurs in India

SheEO, an ambitious organisation that wants to change the way female entrepreneurs are financed and supported, is coming to India.

SheEO supports Female Entrepreneurs in India

"The idea is to support under-supported and under-financed entrepreneurs."

SheEO, a Toronto-based organisation, is planning to promote female entrepreneurship in India.

It invites 1,000 women per city in India to lend their support to 10 women-led business projects of their choice.

SheEO also wants to encourage each of them to invest Rs 67,000 (£770) in low-interest loans to back these ventures.

Through this initiative, the Canadian company hopes to gain access to these women’s skills and networks to foster further expansion.

It plans to roll out this scheme in 1,000 cities by 2020.

SheEO supports Female Entrepreneurs in IndiaVicki Saunders, the founder of SheEO and an award-winning mentor, says: “The idea is to support under-supported and under-financed entrepreneurs.

“In addition to the low-interest loan, the women get access to the 1,000 women, expertise and their buying power to help grow their business.

“It is taking this new model and crowdfunding. But also we have moved from singular, one-entity companies to a much more dispersed organisation.”

Saunders is recently named one of the most influential leaders of 2015 at EBW – Empowering A Billion Women.

The list includes many well-known figures, such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Michelle Obama.

SheEO supports Female Entrepreneurs in IndiaSheEO’s powerful ecosystem has already found interest from investors to fund start-ups that are run and owned by women.

It will no doubt continue to change how the business world promote and finance female entrepreneurs.

SheEO completed a pilot scheme in Canada in July 15, 2016. It is looking to bring the initiative to 100 communities across the world.

Saunders adds: “Women weren’t really at the table to design it the first time round. So we need more women now and for that we need new models and new approaches.

“Women have a chance to create new mindsets, new models, and new tools that will transform how we think of success, do business and impact the world in a healthier way.

“We weren’t at the table for version 1.0, so lets make sure we are there for world 2.0.”

With plans to launch an online community for female entrepreneurs, SheEO is working towards delivering US$1 billion (£770,000,000) every year to 10,000 women around the world by 2020.

Gayatri, a Journalism and Media graduate is a foodie with an interest in books, music and films. She is a travel bug, enjoys learning about new cultures and lives by the motto “Be blissful, gentle and fearless.”

Images courtesy of SheEO Instagram and Vicki Saunders Twitter

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