Think Big 2015: Women in Business Forum

Think Big 2015: Women in Business Forum


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WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a non-profit organization that helps to empower women-owned businesses to succeed in global markets. WEConnect International identifies, trains and certifies business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, then connects them with multinational corporate buyers and other market opportunities within the country and globally.  


Think Big: Women in Business Forum is a unique platform for women business owners. Think Big 2014 brought delegates from 5 countries and 10 cities across India for inspiring experience sessions, business skill training workshops, business meetings, and peer learning. 


Think Big 2015: Women in Business Forum

The third annual Think Big: Women in Business Forum will be held on 9 October 2015 at Hyatt Regency Delhi, where 400 participants, including women entrepreneurs, corporate buyers, industry mentors, investors, and media are expected to come together. 




Think Big 2015: Women in Business Forum

9th Oct 2015 - Hyatt Regency, New Delhi




8:00 am onwards


09:30 am – 10:10 am


10:10 am – 10:20 am

Overview of WEConnect International in India and Think Big 2015 Kick-Off

Srikant Rao
Managing Director - Procurement, Asia Pacific, Accenture and Chair, WEConnect International India Advisory Council

10:40 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Address

Mittu Chandilya
CEO, AirAsia, India

11:00 am – 12 noon

Think Big! Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs


Learn from women entrepreneurs at different stages of growth in their ventures as they share their experiences


Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network



Chayaa Nanjappa, CEO, Nectar Fresh

Namita Banka, CEO, Banka BioLoo

Nidhi Agarwal, Founder & CEO, KAARYAH Lifestyle Solutions

12 noon – 12:15 pm

Tea break

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Enabling an Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs


Senior leaders from Government, corporations and investors share their insights on the role different stakeholders play in moulding an effective ecosystem for women entrepreneurs


Sucharita Eashwar, Managing Director – India, WEConnect International



Bhavna Chopra, Principal – Investing & Incentivising, National Skills Development Corporation

Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India

Rajesh Agrawal IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India

Roshika Singh, International Finance Corporation

1:15 pm – 1:35 pm

Presentation on the IDRC Project (International Development Research Centre)

1:35 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Parallel Tracks



  1. Buyer-Seller Meet: A platform for women entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities with corporate buyers. In the speed dating format, women entrepreneurs can make a quick pitch about their business and learn more about the corporate buyers' requirements.


Participating Corporate Buyers include Accenture, CISCO, eBay, Hilton, IBM, Intel, Marriott, Monsanto, RBS, Walmart


Session led by:

Sridevi Kalyan, Founder, Om Sai Creations

Vandana Mehrotra, Founder, Meteonics



  1. Ideas to Start-up: An opportunity for you to learn how to make your idea into a business reality. If you are looking to start-up, this workshop gives you an opportunity to validate your idea and be mentored by those who have successfully executed theirs.


As a 'wantrepreneur you may be facing many dilemmas

  • Is my idea executable?
  • How do I start-up?
  • What resources do I need?
  • How do I go to market?
  • Where can I access funds?
  • Should I scale?


Get answers to the 'why' 'what and 'how' by our Mentors seated at your table.


Presenting Start-ups:

Meenu Vadera, Founder, Sakha Consulting Wings

Pallavi Khandelwal, Founder, The Boxer Store

Rukaiya Kanchwala, Founder, Classverse



Aarti Bindra, Managing Director, ACPL Systems

Amit Bansal, CEO, Mitra Capital

Joshua Samuel, Principal Attorney, JHS Partners

Kamala Raghunath, Founder, Giftlinks

Meghana Rao, Brand & Marketing Communications – Marketplace, Flipkart

Navin Mistry, Head – Retail Exports and Lifestyle, eBay

Sairee Chahal, Founder, Sheroes

Sanjay Gupta, Founder, English Helper

Sarada Ramani, CEO, CI Global Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Uma Reddy, Founder, Hi-tech Magnetics



  1. Doing Business with Corporations: Helps you understand challenges in doing business with large corporations. How can you leverage the WEConnect network to scale your business?


Session takeaways:

  • Know yourself as a company
  • Understand Corporate Procurement Process
  • Learn how to Pitch to Corporate Buyers
  • What are the key expectations from a Supplier to Corporates
  • How to Leverage WEConnect International Platform


Session led by:

Anshul Verma, Co-Founder & CEO, 
Sanjeev Bhandari, Accenture

4:45 pm – 5 pm

Tea Break

5 pm – 5:15 pm

Launch of Woman Owned Logo

A global recognition initiative to enable consumers to identify products and services offered by Women Owned Businesses

5:15 pm – 5:35 pm

Keynote Address

Fatima Karan
Consulting Editor, Bloomberg TV

5:35 pm – 5:50 pm

Concluding Remarks

Elizabeth A. Vazquez
CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

5:50 pm – 6:00 pm




Our speakers include

Elizabeth Vazquez, Co-Founder and CEO, WEConnect International


Srikant Rao, Managing Director (Procurement), Asia Pacific, Accenture


Krish Iyer, President and CEO, Walmart India Private Limited


Jenny Grieser, Senior Director, Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), Walmart International


Namita Banka, Founder and CEO, Banka Bioloo


Priyanka Agarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Wishberry 


Pallavi Khandelwal, Founder, The Boxer Store


Meenu Vadera, Founder, Sakha Consulting Wings


Sanjay Gupta, CEO, EnglishHelper


Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO, Sheroes


Note: More speaker details will be shared soon.


Workshop Details

Buyer-Seller Meet: A platform for Women entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities with Corporate Buyers. Women entrepreneurs can make a quick pitch about their business and learn more about the Corporate Buyers' requirements. Corporate Buyers from Accenture, IBM, Walmart, Intel, RBS and many more will be participating.


Ideas to Market: Three startups will be presenting their business laying emphasis on how they thought of the idea, challenges around mobilizing resources and finally taking their idea to market. Targeted mainly at Wannapreneurs and budding entrepreneurs, this session will help them relate to and learn from the challenges that the startups will talk about. Audience will be seated in cluster format (5 – 6 participants at a round table) with a Mentor at each table who will facilitate discussions within the group and share his/her own insights/advice.


Doing Business with Corporations: This workshop will give pointers on how small businesses can prepare to become suppliers to major corporations. Key concrete takeaways include learning about procurement policies, procurement categories and supplier evaluation criteria of corporations, and knowing how to scale up and build capacity to do global business.

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1. All tickets sold are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable.

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