Niti Aayog and US tech giant Cisco launched the next phase of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) on Thursday, according to an official statement. This next phase of Niti Aayog’s flagship platform, titled “WEP Nxt,” will leverage Cisco’s technology and experience working with India’s startup ecosystem to enable more women-owned businesses across the country, the statement said Further.
The WEP is the first of its kind, a unified access portal that brings women from different parts of India together to realize their entrepreneurial ambitions.
Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog, said on the occasion that women make up only 13.76 percent of all entrepreneurs, according to the sixth economic census, or 8.05 million out of 58.5 million entrepreneurs in the country.
“WEP Nxt will continue to fuel the women entrepreneurship movement and I am confident that Cisco, as our partner, will soon make this technology platform the personalized guide for every woman entrepreneur in the country to achieve their dreams,” added Kant.
Maria Martinez, Cisco’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We’re excited to partner with Niti Aayog and hope to take advantage of digital technologies for more women-led businesses.”
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Read Now WEP, originally launched by Niti Aayog in 2017, is a unified portal that brings women from different backgrounds together and gives them access to a variety of resources, support and learning.