There is good news for Indian women entrepreneurs. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) — the pre-eminent voice of the country’s business and industry — has struck a partnership with the Griffith Business School in Australia to work towards enhancing business opportunities among female entrepreneurs in India.
The FICCI Ladies’ Organisation (FLO) is spearheading this initiative for the apex industry body, and innovators from the Australian state of Queensland and women entrepreneurs from India are sought to be brought on the same platform. ‘Going Global’, a two-phase project, in this regard, has been devised to boost networking. The project consists of ‘Masterclasses’ conducted in New Delhi and Bangalore in September 2019.
The idea of the whole exercise is to increase cross-cultural employability and global entrepreneurial mindset among both the Indian and Australian entrepreneurs. The first phase of ‘Masterclass’ would be followed by 10 Indian women innovators being invited to witness and absorb the entrepreneurial and business environment of Queensland.
President of FLO, Harjinder Kaur Talwar, stressed upon the creating international linkages and deepening business ties among women. She said that women are the key agents for economic, environmental and social changes that can bring about gender equality. She noted that women are one of the main drivers of the partnership between India and Australia.
FLO has a rich experience in this field, having created entrepreneurship programmes with institutions like ISB, IIM Lucknow, and IIM Ahmedabad.
Michelle Barker of the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith Business School welcomed individually tailored and context-specific masterclasses and programmes that train women entrepreneurs to be effective in culturally, linguistically and socially different environments, and help them to trump personal and professional challenges.