YouthNet Women Entrepreneurship Fellowship (YWEF) was launched on 15th September 2020 at Made in Nagaland Centre, Kohima. A fellowship program designed as a means to help women entrepreneurs change their business dynamics, facilitate change and growth in their businesses while addressing issues of each entrepreneur individually. It starts with a 2-day orientation program and a yearlong one-to-one handholding of each entrepreneur by our experts.
The fellowship consists of Naga women entrepreneurs from various fields such as food processing, home décor, handloom & jewelry, craft and apparel etc. The first session was held by Mr. Lezo Putsure, Director and Founder, Educentre Nagaland Private Limited on Marketing.
This program is the first step required for any entrepreneur with a startup business to acquire acumen skills in order to become a progressive business. This program facilitates growth and incites entrepreneurial drive in entrepreneurs. It will help them assess their business- profitability, make future projections, working capital management, eligibility for applying to schemes and funding opportunities etc.
YWEF is an initiative of YouthNet and supported by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Nagaland; having launched Made in Nagaland Centre in 2017 with the purpose to serve as a platform for local entrepreneurs. The centre has attracted many visitors both local and outsiders, looking to buy and indulge in the products that are crafted by local entrepreneurs. Through this experience, YouthNet had the opportunity to observe, study and learn that the potential for growth is immense; however, entrepreneurs are faced with many challenges in their businesses- be it external or internal. Given the privilege to work with Godrej- Good & Green for the Beautypreneur project, YouthNet trained more than 300 women in the Beauty and Wellness sector. Equipping them with Life Skills, empowering them and handholding their business since 2016 to 2020, this project has been a great success as it has helped over 30 young women to turn their business models around. With the feather of achievement of the Beautypreneur Project on the cap, YouthNet is looking forward to further this project for women entrepreneurs not only in the Beauty and wellness sector but also those engaged in other sectors.
YouthNet Women Entrepreneurship Fellowship will offer the entrepreneurs with; Business financial management, Assessment of the market and study, Holistic understanding of competitive pricing, Benefit of a support and network system amongst the fellows and One to one mentoring with experts.