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WEConnect Think Big Women in Business Forum 2014


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

 WEConnect Think Big Women in Business Forum

Recognising that women‘s enterprises are still small and need to equip themselves to scale up and reach new market opportunities, WEConnect International is organizing their second “Think Big 2014”Women in Business Forumon 11-12 September 2014, at Bangalore, India.

The first Think Big Women in Business Forum was held in November last year and brought together 300 women entrepreneurs from 6 countries, corporate buyers, industry mentors and media.








Day 1 – 11 Sept 2014

Day 2 – 12 Sept 2014


9:30 - 9:40 : Welcome



8:30 - 9:30 : Breakfast Round Tables (Exclusively for WEConnect Certified Businesses) With investors, industry mentors and successful entrepreneurs.



9:40 - 9:45 : Srikant Rao

Managing Director Procurement Asia Pacific, Accenture


9:45 – 10:15: Keynote speakers  


Chairman & MD, BharatiyaMahila Bank


Principal Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises,Govt of India


10:15 – 11:15: Think Big: What does it take to make it big?

Ravi Gururaj

Serial Entrepreneur / Angel / Mentor, NASSCOM 10K Startups


Global Head for Strategic Group Accounts, TCS

Anasuya Gupta

Chairperson & MD, Cico Technologies Ltd.

Pallavi Gupta

COO, Mast Kalandar



9:30 – 10:00 :Keynote Speaker


Film and Theatre artist, and Writer


11:15 – 11:30 : Tea break

10:00 – 10:15 : Tea break


11:30 – 12:30 : Leveraging the WEConnect International Network

Elizabeth Vazquez

President , CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

Michael Robinson

Co-Chair, Board of Directors, WEConnect International &Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM

Ranju Alex

General Manager, Goa Marriott Resort and Spa

Rajneesh Kumar

Vice President Corporate Affairs, Wal-Mart India

Saundarya Rajesh




10:15 - 1:00 : Parallel Workshops                                                                                                                     • Translating Your Dream To Business Plan with

AnjanaVivek, Founder, VentureBean Consulting Private Ltd.

  • Access to Financewith Raj Shankar, National Entrepreneur Network
  • Negotiation Skills with Asha Satapathy, COO& Founder at DocEngage

& Nina Bual, CEO at Chamki nails




12:30 – 1:30 : Lunch


1:30 – 1:45 : Launch of WEConnect Awards

1:00 – 2:00 : Lunch


2:00 – 3:00 : Roadmap to 2020 for Women in Business

Virginia LittleJohn

Lead International Consultant, International Trade Centre’sWomen & Trade Programme


Director of Strategy & Planning, Intel India


VP, Bristlecone






2:00 - 4:00 : Parallel Workshops
Power Dressing by Arrow with Namrata G

  • Top Ten Skills for Women in Business with Katie Day
  • WEConnect Academy : Understanding and Reaching Your Customer with Harmeet Kaur, Fermata Consulting

Revathy Ashok

Managing Trustee & CEO, B.PAC and runs IRIS Consulting


3:00 – 3:15 : Tea break


3:15 – 4:00 : Elizabeth Vazquez welcomes newly certified WEConnect businesses


Success Stories – How I Made It Big

Geetha Devi, CEO, Gradus Engineers

AnuSridharan, Co-Founder& CEO, NextDrop

Jessu John, Journalist, The Hindu Business Line


4:00 – 4:45 : Keynote speaker

Mallika Sarabhai

Actor and Classical Dancer

4:00 –Plans for Think Big 2015

Close of Think Big 2014 and networking


4:45 : High Tea hosted by Ritz Carlton and networking








So, you’ve decided to be an entrepreneur.  Perhaps you’re inspired by that saying ‘Do what you love and you won’t have to work a day”.  But will your passion pay?  And will you still enjoy it once play becomes pay?  In this session we will use frameworks to determine how you can build a business around your passion.  Next we explore strategy and marketing aspects to understand commercial viability and the type of business that results in - Commercial Hobby, Lifestyle, or Scaleable. Based on this, the foundational requirements - ownership requirements, funding pattern, production model will be determined.

Using a combination of interactive discussion, group exercises and modeling, this workshop will help you translate your vision to a mission.





  • Do I really need funding? Why? How much?
  • What type of funding do I need?
  • Why I find it difficult to raise funds?
  • Thinking of funding differently
  • Schemes / Agencies you may want to look at


Get answers to all these and more, at this workshop.




Globally the aversion to negotiating is an overwhelmingly female problem as established by studies. According to the numbers, fewer than 26% of women feel comfortable negotiating compared to nearly 40% of men.

Given these, the objective of the workshop is to understand how to be a better negotiator and make the most of your business negotiations. Focus at the session will be to understand:

How to mitigate Negotiation Challenges through a participative Case

- Negotiation Strategy and Tactics: Winning Practices from expert and shared stories.

The session will be moderated by experts who have learned lessons through their own experiences of running successful ventures.







This module will open up new avenues of dressing, bring out the real you,you are meant to be. 

Understand the need for dressing right, the tools to create the look that you desire, and to work on a perfect wardrobe meant for you.

Understand fashion and style and learn to adopt what you choose, in the most authentic way.

Understand what dressing For Success means to you, and work with your personality, and body to create the perfect Power Wardrobe, one that suits you best.

Unmask the old you and emerge as the New You, to whom Success is a natural way of Being.

Namrata G style and fashion guru will guide you with tips to recreate your Image.






Katie Day, The High-heeled Leader and winner of the WEConnect Global Pitch Competition 2014, will be delivering her signature training, The Top Ten Skills for Women in Business. Katie’s session will include: An introduction to negotiation skills and how to create a win / win outcome; Smart working to maximise financial stability; How to identify your values and live them every day; Confidence and assertiveness, as well as other issues crucial to women in business. Come prepared to get involved and learn skills from a globally sought after speaker and trainer.



  1. WEConnect ACADEMY - Understanding and Reaching Your Customer



As an entrepreneur you have to sell all the time. You have to sell to your customers, to your employees, to your investors, to your family.......Every entrepreneur has their individual style of selling. This workshop ' Understanding and Reaching Your Customer' gives you an opportunity to share and learn from entrepreneurs - what has worked and what has not worked for them. During this workshop we will discuss how to REALLY know your customer;how to build relationships before selling; understanding customers’ procurement cycle;perfecting your pitch and leveraging sales team. Come, share and learn to sell through an insightful WEConnect workshop.


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Tanveer : 9986118158



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Please note only WEConnect Certified Businesses are eligible for the discounted registration fee of Rs 1200. Registrations by entrepreneurs availing the discount without being certified by WEConnect will be considered invalid and the amount will not be refunded


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