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

India's Platform for Women in Business


9th Oct 2015

Hyatt Regency, New Delhi





8:00 am onwards


8:00 – 9:30 am

IDRC Round Table (by invitation only)


9:45 – 9:55 am

Welcome Address

Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder

WEConnect International

9:55 – 10:05 am

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

Srikant Rao, Managing Director - Procurement, Asia Pacific, Accenture and

Chair, WEConnect International India Advisory Council

10:05 – 10:10 am

Introduction of the Special Address Speaker

Srikant Rao, Managing Director - Procurement, Asia Pacific, Accenture and

Chair, WEConnect International India Advisory Council

10:10 – 10:25am

Special Address

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Government of India

10:25 – 10:30am

Introduction of the Keynote Address Speaker

Sucharita Eashwar, Managing Director

WEConnect India

10:30 – 10:45 am

Keynote Address

Mittu Chandilya, CEO, AirAsia, India

10:45 – 11:45 am

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



Namita Banka, CEO, Banka BioLoo

Priyanka Agarwal, CEO, Wishberry

Chayaa Nanjappa, CEO, Nectar Fresh

11.45 - 12 noon

Tea break

12 noon – 1:00 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


Michael Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM



Sunil Arora IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India

Krish Iyer, CEO, Walmart India

Investor (name to be announced)

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Brief on the IDRC Project (International Development Research Centre)

IDRC Representative

1:15 – 2:15 pm


2:15 – 2:25 pm

Launch of Woman Owned Logo

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

2:30 – 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, ExxonMobil, IBM, Intel, Walmart, RBS



  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 startup?
  • What resources do I need?
  • How do I go to market?
  • Where can I access funds?
  • Should I scale?


And a myriad other questions. Join us for this program and get answers to the 'why' 'what and 'how'. Ask our Mentors who will be seated at your table.


Presenting Start-ups:

Meenu Vadera, Founder, Sakha Consulting Wings

Pallavi Khandelwal, Founder, The Boxer Store

Rukaiya Kanchwala, Founder, Classverse



Sairee Chahal, Founder, Sheroes

Kamala Raghunath, Founder, Giftlinks

Sanjay Gupta, Founder, English Helper

Uma Reddy, Founder, Hi-tech Magnetics

Tina Garg, Founder, Pink Lemonade

Aarti Bindra, Managing Director, ACPL Systems

Jennifer Grieser, Sr. Director Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart

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



  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:

  • WEConnect International Platform
  • Criteria and benefits of certification
  • Strategies to establish rapport and do business with Corporate Members
  • WBE to WBE connect
  • Other benefits like visibility, Business Skills Development, Business Networking and Learning
  • WEConnect certified WBEs sharing their experience of how they leveraged and benefited from the network


Session led by:

Accenture and Anshul Verma, Founder, TE Infotech

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Tea Break

5:00 – 5:25 pm

Closing Keynote Presentation

Eminent leader from business & entertainment industry


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


Michael Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM


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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