National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), the flagship initiative of Wadhwani Foundation was conferred the ‘IWFCI – India Award’ during a gilttering valedictory ceremony at “Global Women Investors, Entrepreneurs & Policy Influencers – Summit 2015” in the presence of business leaders, international delegates and media at The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore. Sashi Chimala, Executive Vice President –National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) and Sunita Singh, Co-founder-NEN and Executive Vice President – Wadhwani foundation received the award on behalf of the NEN team.
The aim of the summit was to understand the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs to scaleup and globalize and provide a white paper to the government for enabling policy makers to take the right decisions in terms of support, subsidies and schemes and encouraging women entrepreneurs to graduate from Micro Enterprises to Small and Medium Enterprises. Encouraging the attendees by their presence were the dynamic Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, N.A Haris and Sudhakar Rao, former Chief Secretary of Karnataka.
On receiving the award, an elated Sashi Chimala, Executive Vice President –National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) said, “It is gratifying to see the decade old hard work of NEN team being recognized. The NEN team has over the years worked tirlelessly and has shown immense passion in creating a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. NEN has successfully connected beneficiaries [students, aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs] to its support services and programs that are learning based, network oriented and transactional in nature. Our vision is to create many silicon valleys in India and we will continue to work towards fructification of this paradigm shift. ”
National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) was co-founded in 2003 with IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, BITS Pilani, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology. The award recognized NEN’s outstanding contribution in creating and supporting high growth entrepreneurs, and driving entrepreneurship as a catalyst for high value job-creation and economic growth in India.
Over the last decade, NEN has championed the cause of entrepreneurship by establishing advanced curriculum at over 500 colleges and by setting up a national network of mentors that continue to inspire, educate and support emerging, high-growth entrepreneurs. Since inception, NEN has resulted in the creation of hundreds of sustained startups, and thousands of direct and indirect jobs. NEN has also built national platforms that showcase, reward and celebrate entrepreneurship.
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