It is an auspicious and a thrilling month for all of us at SMBConnect, for the seeds of an idea that were sown at the beginning of this year are finally bearing fruits.  Advaita- women entrepreneur awards, to be held on 25th of this month at Hotel Hilton in Jaipur, are now just a few days away.

And, now that we are on the cusp of ushering in a change, it gives us inexplicable joy to recount how the entire idea took shape and became a reality bit by bit. The recognition that women in India have broken the

barriers of social compliance and have progressively put their steps at par with men in the business arena kindled us to push forward the idea of Advaita awards. And the time was ripe! The fillip that women entrepreneurship gained in the recent years made the climate favourable for new entrepreneurs to venture in.

New women entrants in the business ecosystem can now leverage the quality mentorship and women-exclusive funds. It is comparatively easy for them to interact with angel investors and to develop solutions to complex societal problems. Our advisory services do just that, that is, create sustainable opportunities for entrepreneurs with a tilt towards women entrepreneurs.

With the digital lending space scaling new heights, the gap between credit and finance needs of women entrepreneurs has also been bridged to a large extent. The newbies also have better avenues to explore technology-driven models to resolve deep-seated issues that the world is replete with.

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SMBConnect In News
SMBConnect’s flagship initiative ‘Advaita- Women Entrepreneur Awards’ is being covered extensively by major newspapers in Rajasthan. Huge media coverage is encouraging us to champion the cause of women entrepreneurs with renewed vigour.
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