New Delhi: Building on their shared commitment to empowering women entrepreneurs across India, NITI Aayog and Cisco today, on 27th August 2021, launched the next phase of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) of NITI Aayog’s flagship platform, which will leverage Cisco’s technology and experience working with India’s startup ecosystem to enable more women-owned businesses across the country.
Amitabh Kant (CEO NITI Aayog), Anna Roy (Senior Adviser NITI Aayog), Maria Martinez (EVP & COO, Cisco), Daisy Chittilapilly (President, Cisco India & SAARC), and Harish Krishnan, (Managing Director, Public Affairs and Strategic Engagements, Cisco India and SAARC), were present during the launch.
WEP, initially launched by NITI Aayog in 2017, is a first-of-its-kind, unified portal that brings together women from diverse backgrounds and offers them access to a multitude of resources, support, and learning. WEP Nxt is a significant step to augment these efforts.
Moreover, Cisco is in collaboration with the Nasscom Foundation, Sattva Consulting, and the DeAsra Foundation will enable technology-led experiences and engagements to address the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs at individual and enterprise levels and create new growth opportunities.
Cisco as the technology partner and a platform will soon be the personalized guide for every woman entrepreneur in the country to realize her dreams “
“As we enter a new phase of recovery, we see a collective agreement that a diverse, inclusive, and digitally-enabled world is far more prosperous,” said the Cisco Chief Operating Officer, Maria Martinez.
And as a responsibility to step up to the challenges of inequity and create new pathways to economic prosperity that enable people and communities, especially women, to break through barriers, spark new ideas, and ignite innovation, the partnership with NITI Aayog hopes to bring the benefits of digital technologies to more women-owned enterprises.”
“According to the WEP focused study, in addition to greater innovation, up to 170 million jobs could be created by 2030, and their annual GDP could rise by 1.5% if more women took up entrepreneurship.
WEP Nxt is aimed at bridging the existing gaps and forging new possibilities for women in India. We are proud to partner with NITI Aayog to accelerate our shared vision of a more inclusive and equitable future for all.”