The International Women’s Day was celebrated in Dr MGR University Educational and Research Institute, Adayalampattu campus on March 03rd and 4th , 2017. The event was jointly organized with SIAWED – Southern Industrial Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Development- a women empowering organization. The event started with an intercollegiate Ideathon (Business Pitch competition) on 3rd March and the best teams were awarded with prizes and certificates.
The next day, eminent resource persons from various fields shared the opportunities and facilities available for women business aspirants and entrepreneurs. Ms T. Vanadhi Devi, President of SIAWED welcomed the gathering and briefed on SIAWED and its activities. Dr Prof Rama Vaidyanathan, Director of Biotechnology department, Dr MGR University Educational and Research Institute who addressed the audience gave a brief on ideathon and congratulated the commendable interest of the students’ participation which is motivating them to do it every year. She also briefed on the women empowerment activities of Dr MGR University and the interest of the management in encouraging such initiatives.
Dr Srimathy Kesan, Founder and CEO of SPACE KIDZ inaugurated the session and emphasized the point that everyone of us have born with a purpose in life and she narrated her personal life experiences in choosing an out of the box business idea and excelling in it. Ms Madhu Saran, United Nations Ambassador for women entrepreneurs Global shared how she can support funding requirements of women entrepreneurs. Dr Deepa Mala, Head – Development Initiatives of CII presented central Government schemes benefitting women especially in pharma industry and how the marginalized women get benefitted through organizations like SIAWED in reaching out to the benefits offered by Government and Corporates. Dr Sudha Nair, CEO of Golden Jubilee Bio Technology Park explained the emerging opportunities in bio technology field. Dr Daniel Chellappa, Senior Scientist of Baba Atomic centre (BARC ) shared the offerings of BARC technology in addressing everyday problems in various sectors such as healthcare, farming, consumables etc.,
The next session is for business presentations suitable for women such as online delivery of home cooked food, organic terrace gardening for healthy living by Mr Sundaram of Foodo and Mr Senthil of Green commune respectively. Ms Vineela, CEO of Tech scribes shared her valuable insight on how marginalized girls are offered an excellent livelihood with her free training on computer skills and with suitable projects to execute. All these projects are jointly to be executed by SIAWED for the benefit of aspiring women in business.
The afternoon session has Mr C K Mohan, General Secretary of Tanstia, Ms Indira, Director of Value sytems, Ms Kalpana Latha of Dinamalar and Ms Alamelu who gave motivating speech for women and students followed by culturals.
Prizes and certificates were distributed to the students who excelled in Ideathon. RJ Karun of Big FM gave a short entertainment which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The students of MGR University entertained the audience with their cultural programs.
SIAWED has honoured the budding entrepreneurs with awards and certificates and also recognized the efforts of the team members by awarding them “Spirit of SIAWED” award. There were 11 Awardees who received the “Spirit of SIAWED” award. SIAWED helps the women community and aspiring students with mentoring support to realize their entrepreneurial dreams and assist them in funding and other related requirements. Business aspirants, Small and medium business women can immensely be benefitted with the support eco system offered by SIAWED in creating bulk business opportunities and marketing support through their networking with corporate sector. SIAWED is also an associate Partner of Anna University to offer entrepreneurial support to the engineering students. With their partnership with several Indian and International agencies, they offer a strong resource network to reach their objective of economic empowerment of women.
The day ended with Vote of Thanks by Ms Suganyasri Venkatesh, an upcoming entrepreneur and Founder CEO of BG Future School, a chain of Preschools having more than 3 branches in Chennai. The delegates who attended the event have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for organizing such an inspiring event and resolved to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams with the support of SIAWED.
Some of the sponsors for the event include Kamadhenu Jewellery, SBI Life Insurance, only4rental, TracXpress and Annam Dhal. The event came to a close with the singing of our National Anthem.