‘Women for Startups’: Day 2 witnesses impressive participation from budding Startups & aspiring entrepreneurs

SRINAGAR, JUNE 20: The Two-day workshop organized by Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in collaboration with Startup India (DPIIT), Government of India with a theme of ‘Women for Startups’ to empower women entrepreneurs of J&K concluded today at the JKEDI Pampore Campus.
Continuing the momentum generated on the first day, today’s sessions focused on “Pitching to Investors and Incubators,” offering invaluable insights and strategies for entrepreneurial success.
The workshop, held under the guidance of Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, witnessed the participation of over 150 aspiring entrepreneurs and startups.
Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, Director, JKEDI reiterated the significance of this workshop and spoke at length with the aspiring entrepreneurs. “Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit among women is a transformative endeavor, and it requires equipping them with the right tools and knowledge. I thank the expert team from Startup India, especially Aastha Grover, Head Startup India, who connected with us online to share valuable insights. I also thank Angel Investor Rahul Narvekar for his inspiring and informative sessions. His session has inspired the aspiring startups present here who will be the role models and job providers of tomorrow,” said Director, JKEDI.
“I am sure that startups present here must have gained insights into crafting a clear and concise business plan, and effectively communicating their vision to potential investors,” he added.
The highly anticipated session on “Pitching to Investors and Incubators” was facilitated by Rahul Narvekar, CEO, and Founder of the India Network. Narvekar, a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, brought his expertise and insights to guide the aspiring startups through the intricacies of designing compelling pitches, securing crucial investments, and effectively leveraging the support of investors and incubators to fuel business growth.
“Pitching to investors and incubators is a crucial aspect of entrepreneurial success, and I am honored to share my experiences and strategies with these talented women entrepreneurs from J&K,” said Rahul Narvekar.
Throughout the session, Narvekar discussed various elements that contribute to a compelling pitch, such as clearly articulating the problem being addressed, highlighting the solution and its competitive advantage, showcasing market potential and scalability, outlining the business model, and demonstrating a strong and capable team. Additionally, he emphasized the importance of effective communication, storytelling, and presenting a confident and compelling narrative.
During the Pitching session, two entrepreneurs namely Insha Mir and Dr. Nuzhat Qazi were shortlisted by Rahul Narvekar for mentorship, support and funding.
Furthermore, the workshop facilitated networking opportunities, enabling startups to connect with industry experts, mentors, and fellow entrepreneurs. The exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices provided valuable guidance and support to the women entrepreneurs in their journey. Many local entrepreneurs and aspiring startups shared their experiences during the workshop.
At the valedictory session aspiring entrepreneurs and startups were presented with participation certificates, symbolizing their commitment and dedication to learning and growing in the entrepreneurial journey.
In addition, a special highlight of the session was the presentation of certificates to the entrepreneurs who had set up stalls and sale points during the two-day workshop. It not only recognized their active involvement in the workshop but also served as an encouragement to further pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.

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