UPSC PRELIMS 2019 : Kerala to hold women startup summit

Kerala to hold women startup summit

Topic: Kerala to hold women startup summit

Topic in Syllabus: Indian Economy



Kerala to hold women startup summit

The Kerala Startup Mission(KSUM) is hosting the Women Startup Summit on August 1,2019.


Key Points:

  • The summit will be held in association with the Indian Women Network floated by Confederation of Indian Industry(CII).The theme of the Summit is “Developing an Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”.
  • Further,about 20 women startups shortlisted from the “She Loves Tech” national grand challenge will be showcased in the summit.



The summit aims at encouraging aspiring women professionals to take up their entrepreneurial journey and developing an inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem in the State.


She Loves Tech:

She Loves Tech 2019 Global Startup Competition is a global platform for women entrepreneurs as well as startups dedicated to improve the lives of women.


Advantages of women in business

  • A diverse workforce is an innovative workforce
  • Women excel at the soft skills needed for business leadership
  • Women represent huge economic power and offer important consumer insight


Challenges for women in business

  • Women are still underrepresented in key fields
  • Gender bias in the workplace
  • Women are less successful when it comes to salary negotiation


Opportunities for women in business

  • Gender equality and inclusivity becoming policy
  • Entrepreneurship as the path to leadership
  • Strengthening credentials with a business degree


Sample Question:

Which city will be hosting the upcoming women Startup Summit?

(A) Kochi
(B) Pune
(C) Goa
(D) Chennai


Solution: (A)

Kochi is gearing up to promote women entrepreneurship summit in a big way. In association with the Indian Women Network run by the Confederation of Indian Industries, the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will be hosting a women startup summit on August 1 in Kochi. This meet is open to all women professionals, budding entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and startup founders across the country.