Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment (WEE) is a first of its kind social national initiative by IIT Delhi to strengthen women eco system. WEE has been founded under the vision of IIT Delhi Director: Prof V. Ramgopal Rao and is supported by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
WEE intends to focus and ignite a fire amongst women from a college going student to a middle aged housewife to embrace entrepreneurship as a viable, fulfilling career option. WEE has created a high powered program designed to address the specific needs, challenges and opportunities faced by women entrepreneurs. The program caters to financial and business fundamentals that every women entrepreneur must know to run her business profitably. It enables chosen women entrepreneurs to understand their business ideas, carve value proposition, and understand customer needs and channels to reach them, product positioning, leadership style development, strategic thinking and specifics of the industry.
WEE was launched on September 26th, 2016 at IIT-Delhi and was inaugurated by Ms. Deepa Malik, first Indian woman to win medal at Paralympic games, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi , Mr Harkesh Mittal, Head, National Science Technology Entrepreneurship and Development Board, Ms. Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor of CNBC Network-18 , Ms. Asa Torkelson, UNWomen, Deputy Representative India and Multi Country, Ms Nita Kapoor, Head, VCCircle and many other dignitaries.
WEE Start Ups and Mentorship Program
The WEE program was launched at IIT Delhi on 1st Oct’16 for chosen 40 women entrepreneurs. These women were chosen after intensive evaluation from 2000+ applicants across the country. The ladies were chosen to build inclusive and sustainable eco system.
WEE women entrepreneurs are in the age group of 18 to 57. Some are complete strangers to the startup arena, others are running their enterprises; while the trajectories of these women are different, and they all have a common goal-to master the vocabulary of entrepreneurship. The spectrum of the business being mentored entails: organic farming, bee hiving to tissue reproduction, and online marketing to baking.
WEE Mentorship Classes are conducted during the weekend at IIT Delhi with the global industry experts.