Entrepreneurship no longer just ‘boys club’

Pulwam: More women, including housewives, are approaching Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) to take up enterprise creation as their career option thus narrowing down the gender gap in the business landscape of the state.

Though the gap is too large to be filled so soon, but investing in business loving women has been a top priority for JKEDI and the numbers have been showing an encouraging trend especially in the last two years.

Keeping up with the trend, at least 10 women were among the latest batch of 120 entrepreneurs that passed out from JKEDI’s Pampore campus Friday after completing three-week training programme.

Women candidates shared their experiences and wanted JKEDI do more about helping female entrepreneurs break the glass ceiling.

“I worked a lot for others in private sector but exploitation of talent was rampant there. This made me think to start an entrepreneurial venture of my own. Today I realizes that coming to JKEDI was a good decision as I am more confident to become an entrepreneur,” said Naureen Khan, an aspiring entrepreneur.

Naureen believes that women entrepreneurs see the world through a different lens and, in turn, do things differently. “I am anxious to prove it and wish JKEDI is there all the time.”

Another female trainee, Shagufta Shaheen (name changed) said, “Women business leaders inspire other women to pursue their dreams. I saw girls in my neighborhood getting enrolled with JKEDI to start their entrepreneurial ventures and it gave me confidence and I also joined the race.” 

The unemployed youth, who are all set to start their own business ventures now, were exposed to a comprehensive training course, Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) to equip them with what they need to start a profitable business.

The candidates trained were from varied educational background and have chosen manufacturing and services sectors as their lines of activity. They also had interactions with successful entrepreneurs.

   The candidates have registered for the Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS) – a key component of the state government’s Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY), and Youth Start-Up Loan Scheme (YSLS) being implemented by JKEDI. (CNS)

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