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Achievements in the year 2018-19

The main activity of the DM&A vertical during the current year has been in the following areas:

  1. Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP)

  2. Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards 2018

  3. Committee on Financial Literacy and Inclusion for Women

  4. National Data Analytics Platform (NDAP)


Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP)

On 8 March 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) to promote and support established as well as aspiring women entrepreneurs in India.

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The platform provides opportunities to women in India which helps them realize their entrepreneurial aspirations, scale-up innovative initiatives and chalk out sustainable long term strategies for their businesses, through partner initiatives.


Since its launch in March 2018, and within a short span of eight months, WEP through its partners have offered various support services for WEP registered women entrepreneurs, some of them are as follows:

  • WEP along with WEE Foundation launched two mentorship programmes, the first happened in IIT-D and the other will soon begin in IIT-B.

  • WEP in association with NEXUS started several Incubation cohorts for women entrepreneurs.

  • WEP along with SREI and Google Internet saathi will onboard around 3,000 women entrepreneurs from rural areas on WEP platform for them to avail services available on the platform.

  • WEP partner INNSAEI Ventures has committed a corpus of INR 10 crores for WEP for women led ventures in frontier technologies.


To initiate dialogue with various State Governments and to sensitize local stakeholders for building a conducive entrepreneurial ecosystem for women entrepreneurs, WEP launched its 'RoadShow Series' in the month of July 2018.


A number of such events happened in various states where a more than 1000 women entrepreneurs have participated:

  1. Mumbai: In Association with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.
  2. Bengaluru:

    1. In association with Jain University and United Nations and NASSCOM

    2. WEP-eMERG event, in association with Ministry of Medium and Small Enterprises (MSME), Government of India and Government of Karnataka

  3. Delhi: International Conference on Empowering Women- Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability in association with Shriram College of Commerce conference, New Delhi

  4. Pune: In association with Symbiosis University, Pune

WEP will launch its highly evolved AI/ML based Version 2.0 of the online platform by adding an additional layer of 'Mapping' to the platform through which information, schemes, programmes, events, courses, news etc. will be shown to the user, based entirely on the chosen area of interest. This feature available on WEP portal would greatly improve user experience and help in giving greater exposure to existing initiatives in this ecosystem.


    Women Transforming India Awards 2018

    WEP has also received nominations for the Third edition of Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards through its website, the flagship event of NITI Aayog, organized in partnership with United Nations. The idea behind WTI Awards is to award and showcase such exceptional women entrepreneurs who have broken the glass ceiling and have challenged stereotypes through businesses, enterprises, and initiatives that:

    • Provide innovative solutions to address key development challenges and/or,

    • Impact communities


    WTI Awards 2018 received an overwhelming number of nominations of more than 1400. Top 12 nominations, selected through a transparent and highly objective process of screening and evaluation through expert organization and eminent jury members were awarded in the formal ceremony held in the month of December 2018.


    Committee on Financial Literacy and Inclusion for Women

    Since the core of WEP revolves around increasing economic participation of women and therefore the decision-making role in various avenues of social involvement; a well quantified, specific and relevant guideline is needed to ascertain financial inclusion through wider financial literacy of women. WEP therefore proposed a Committee on Financial Literacy and Inclusion for Women in order to identify the challenges as well as the measurable action plan to provide solution on the way to financial independence of women entrepreneurs. The Committee is expected to submit its report by February 2019.


    National Data Analytics Platform (NDAP) Project

    The National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP) Project is an initiative of Data Management & Analysis Vertical, NITI Aayog. The objective of this Platform is to create a web portal that will serve as a single point for accessing data across all Ministries of Government of India combined with intuitive visualization and self-service analytics. The portal would provide natural language understanding based advanced search features to find the appropriate data set across a huge variety of data spread across different areas and create a one stop reference point for a wide segment of users for authentic, comprehensive and latest data on socio-economic indicators of the country. The portal would have visualization and analytics features where different category of users from the Government to researchers, individuals, journalists and other stakeholders can get insights from the data.


    Others Activities

    • Developed a concept note on developing holistic MSME database for India that would be updated in real-time. Note submitted to Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and MSME Ministry.

    • Carried out deliberations with MOSPI and NITI Senior Officials on the newly proposed “National Policy for Official Statistics”.