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Founder of Mumbai-based NGO among three nominated for Global Citizen Prize

Twenty-six-year-old Suhani Jalota, pursuing her PhD in Health Policy and Economics at Stanford University in California, is the only Indian among the three finalists for the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award 2020. Suhani Jalota, founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, which works towards providing menstrual health products to women in Mumbai’s slums and […]

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New York City Offers Funding, Credit and Free Programs for Women Entrepreneurs. Here’s a Rundown.

On a hot day in August 2018, I toured an array of small businesses along Tompkins Avenue in Brooklyn. The avenue, widely known as Black Girl Magic Row, is comprised of 15 retail spaces owned by black women. With businesses ranging from vintage clothing stores to yoga studios, customers were in and out of shops while […]

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AI is augmented intelligence for us: Genpact CEO

Trust and people‘s judgement will generate a higher value than pure technology in an era dominated by artificial intelligence and machine learning, Genpact CEO NV ‘Tiger’ Tyagarajan said. New York-based Tyagarajan told ET in an interview that, going forward, AI would stand for Augmented Intelligence and not Artificial Intelligence. He also talked about the impact of the recent Delhi violence on India’s global […]

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Microsoft, Accenture to help entrepreneurs, startups focused on social impact

Global tech major Microsoft Corp. and consulting company, Accenture, have launched a joint initiative to help entrepreneurs and startups that are focused on social impact and sustainability. The initiative seeks to provide support and technologies to social enterprises to help them build scalable solutions and business models, a joint statement said. Through the programme, Microsoft […]

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Bengaluru-based Trell raises $4 million led by Sequoia and others

Trell, a lifestyle-community-commerce platform, has raised $4 million in a pre-Series A round led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge, Fozun RZ Capital and KTB Network. Existing investors Beenext, WEH Ventures and Sprout Ventures also participated in the round. The funds will be used to strengthen its Machine Learning and AI efforts and to expand the community. The […]

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Meet the former journalist who now helps find and nurture young changemakers

As a child, Shruti Nair was fascinated with the stories her father told her about his work. As an employee with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the Development Communication division, he rooted for the use of communication technology for development and social change.  He was part of the SITE experiment, which worked with […]

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Online car retailer Spinny raises $43.7 mn from Nandan Nilekani’s VC firm

Online used car retailer Spinny has raised $43.7 million ( ₹315 crore) in its Series B round led by Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani’s venture capital fund, Fundamentum Partnership, which invests in mid-stage technology companies in India. The round also saw the participation of new investors, including US’s venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners and Korean financial […]

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This banker started her cookies business from a Tata Nano; now has 12 stores

Neha Arya Sethi got into investment banking to follow the bandwagon. After graduating from Wharton School of Business, she worked as an investment banker in New York for a year. But she realised that finance was not her cup of tea, and she wanted to pursue something else. “I found the one thing that I […]

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Women-led Enterprises Can Create 17 crore Jobs: Report

Women entrepreneurship can help solve the pressing challenge of unemployment that India is grappling with, shows a report released by Bain & Company in collaboration with Google. Titled ‘Women Entrepreneurship in India—Powering The Economy With Her’, the report emphasizes that fostering women entrepreneurship can help generate employment for up to 170 million or 17 crore people […]

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