PR Newswire | 24 Nov, 2015
MUMBAI: India's top women digital start-up stars will converge at the Digital Women Awards powered by SheThePeople.TV. The award ceremony will be held in Mumbai on the 29th of November 2015.
The awards have been instituted to celebrate the finest women entrepreneurs who risked everything to launch a new enterprise taking advantage of the digital world.
In a first of its kind exercise, the Digital Women Awards saw more than 700 applications. Each application goes through a rigorous evaluation process by a spectacular jury led by TV Mohandas Pai, founding member of Infosys, Chairman of Manipal as well as an active investor in start-ups. "Women are becoming the Prima Donnas of the digital world which is giving free reign to their talent, creativity and vision unrestrained by any context. In this new world they are thriving and taking leadership," said TV Mohandas Pai.
The jury, comprising some of the best and most celebrated in the digital ecosystem, will decide winners for each category. Pai is supported by four successful women leaders Ankhi Das, Public Policy head of Facebook in India, Meenu Handa, Head of Communications at Amazon, Deepali Naair of Mahindra Holidays along with Akila Urankar, President at Business Standard . All these women are also achievers and an example of breaking the glass ceiling and leading their organisations, leading from the front.
"The Internet is the invisible force driving advancement for women around the world," says Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy for India, South & Central Asia. "It opens up a world of knowledge and education opportunities, it delivers economic opportunities and financial independence, and it gives women a voice. We've seen first-hand the remarkable impact connectivity can have on women in India."
The founder of SheThePeople.TV, which is powering Digital Women Awards, Shaili Chopra says, "This is a proud moment for all women start-ups, we could identify 700 digital companies founded by women, they are all winners and great examples of leadership, excellence and entrepreneurship, all of which SheThePeople.TV stands for. Our mission is to continue to build this platform for future leaders who will shape the Indian digital eco-system and the Digital Women Awards are just the first step in achieving that goal."
Jury member and Chief Marketing Officer at Mahindra Holidays, Deepali Naair asserts, "Women leaders today are breaking stereotypes and bringing about transformational changes in business. Digital Women Awards is a great initiative which celebrates these women leaders and their achievements in the digital arena; so that they can inspire scores of women across the world. SheThePeople is the first Indian platform to take the lead in bringing these women achievers to the fore and I am proud to be a part of this journey."
Digital Women Awards are partnered by Axis Bank as the Presenting Partner. Rajiv Anand, Head Retail Banking, says, "We are a bank with a lady CEO and we were one of the first banks to have a lady - Deepika Padukone - as our brand ambassador, Digital has become an imperative. More and more of our customers are doing their transactions online. At some level we have been market leaders within the digital banking franchise. Digital Women Awards fits very nicely with the ethos that we have."
Axis Bank has been at the forefront of the digital movement in an effort to transform the lives of millions of Indians especially aspiring women by bringing technology and banking together, allowing them to leverage the power of a new-age digital India. Other partners of Digital Women Awards are Facebook, Adobe, Tourism Spain, Business Standard, Vogue, BloombergTV and Da Milano.
The Future is Female. Women across the world are actively joining the workforce, asserting themselves on issues and networking to become a strong force. In India over 60 million women are set to get online. From leaders, game-changers, board members, executives and entrepreneurs, sportswomen and politicians and every woman engaging in her goals, we are changing the conversation about them. We believe we are an active positive part of that change.
Companies and countries perform much better when they include and engage women in their workforce. Women in India, whether in farming communities or city centers, are taking steps toward becoming fully integrated and valued members of society. Many are setting up their own businesses; others are joining organisations that are 'thinking' women.
SheThePeople is their platform. A video story telling space that inspires women, strengthens their efforts, exchanges leadership ideas, fosters networking and reinforces their ability to contribute to growth.
Our community of women are driven, diverse and engaging. Through our special videos on SheThePeople.TV we are presenting the modern Indian woman a platform to discuss and share the challenges faced by this up-tapped leadership community. We are investing in women and they are investing in us.