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Global Innovation Lab Presents Webinars for Emerging Businesswomen in South Asia

  • Jun 30, 2020
  • Jenan Taha

Women entrepreneurs across South Asia are taking part in Global Innovation Lab’s new monthly webinar series as part of a training and mentorship opportunity designed to help entrepreneurs develop their high-impact enterprises.

The program is a joint collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata promoting women entrepreneurship through business training, networking and access to resources among entrepreneurs of South Asia. 

The first webinar, held on April 9, discussed challenges for women entrepreneurs during the pandemic and had over 50 attendees and 9,000 viewers of the Facebook Live event. The latest webinar discussed managing businesses during lockdown and investment scenarios for beginners with a panel of venture capital and entrepreneur experts. The webinar reached 7,700 viewers on the U.S. Consulate’s Facebook Live event.

Glenn Robinson, assistant director of Global Innovation Lab, led the discussions alongside expert panelists from India and Bangladesh. He says the webinar offered a way for women business leaders in the region to connect, ask questions and share their best practices.

“I hope they take away some gold nuggets on how to more effectively manage a business and also understand that we’re with them in the struggle,” Robinson said. “The webinars also serve as a way for us to broaden the impact of our programs on those new people who have dialed in and are hearing about us, maybe for the first time. We are here as a resource.”

Global Innovation Lab collaborates with universities, industries and governments around the world to train and support entrepreneurs and drive sustainable development in over 44 countries. Other ongoing programs include several entrepreneurial development programs in partnership with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, as well as a training program for startup enterprises in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan.

Thirty women-owned businesses are participating in the advanced portion of the South Asia program and will receive virtual one-on-one mentorship on key aspects of business ventures as well as take part in online workshops with local Indian experts. After the webinar series, participants will have the option of selecting one of their mentors to guide and advise them during scheduled office hours for one month. 

The next webinar will be held on July 2 and streamed on Facebook Live, focusing on technology innovation in grassroots environments. 

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