About the event

The award recognizes and celebrates exceptional women entrepreneurs who have moved us all with their innovation, ideas and inspiration. WEA aim to identify & honour achievers & innovators who are constantly changing the face of Entrepreneurship in India for the better. The gesture of honouring the achievers would inspire and empower entrepreneurs to make a mark in the world. Also, WEA celebrates the spirit of womanhood by women achievers across diverse fields and campaign to educate enable and empower women. It aims at bringing to the forefront stories of brave women and successful women and applauds them for their courage and achievements.

Aim of the Summit

The aim of the summit is to empower the women in India, helping them to recognise their potential and reach new heights. The two days conference brings together the voices and insights from the leading women entrepreneurs from the worlds of business. The summit comprises of panel discussions, fireside chats with leading business women, networking sessions and awards with an objective to create awareness and to foster economic independence of Indian women. The event will be attended by female founders, aspiring entrepreneurs from across the nation, CEOs, executives, change makers, mentor investors and government officials etc.

Who Should Attend?

Successful, Aspiring and Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Working Professionals


Marketing and Social Media Agencies

Incubators & Accelerators

Technology Solutions Providers

PR & Advertising Agencies

Travel & Hospitality Agencies

Why Partner with us?

Interactive sessions from Industry Experts and Practitioners.

Peer to Peer Networking Opportunities.

This is the first edition of the awards presented by one of India’s largest selling and the highest circulated business magazine – BW Businessworld.

Focused Content: To recognize and acknowledge the exemplary achievements and the professional contribution of India’s Women Entrepreneurs!

Attend the annual WEA Awards Gala & listen to inspirational stories & exemplifying incredible achievements in the areas of business innovation, start-ups, entrepreneurship, etc.

Keynote Speakers

Jyotsna Sitling

Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

Mahendra Swarup

Venture Gurukool

Sangeeta Talwar

Managing Partner,
Flyvison Consulting LLP

Special Address

Aditya Gadge

Founder & CEO,

Sridhar Ranganathan

Managing Director- India & South Asia

Amit Ramani

Founder & CEO,
Awfis Space Solutions

Harjit Singh

Managing Director,
Xurge Capital Partners

welcome address

Dr. Annurag Batra

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief,
BW Businessworld & exchange4media Group


Falguni Nayar

Founder & CEO,

Srividya Kannan

Founder & Director,
Avaali Solutions Pvt Ltd

Nancy Bhasin

This for That

Jyotsna Uttamchandani

Executive Director,
SSK Appliances

Rachel Goenka

Founder, The Chocolate Spoon Company Pvt Ltd

Raghav Sood

Skin Elements

Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah

Founder Director,
Awadh Mango Growers Association

Apeksha Jain

Chief Confiturier & Founder,
The Gourmet

Meghna Saraogi


Tanvi Johri


Rashi Menda

CEO & Founder,

Natasha Chaudhri

Founder Partner,
Earth Art & Yumi

Vani Gupta Dandia

Co-Founder and CEO,

Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal

Image Scientist, CEO,

Seema Jhingan

Partner & Co-Founder,

Rajiee M Shinde

Epic Television Network

Savvy Dilip

Co-founder & COO,

Prabhjot Minhas

Head- Marketing & Communications,
Teradata India

Pritha Dasgupta

Director- Integrated Communications,
IPG Mediabrands India

Shikha A Sharma

Fat To Slim

Sakshi Tulsian

Co- Founder,

Anvita Dekhane

Chief of Staff,

Sumitra Vinit Goenka

Triangle (Ratein Infotech India Pvt Ltd)

Dr. Shruti Nath

Mentor and Founding Director,
Qwazent Health Search Pvt Limited

Gurleen Saraon

Sitecore - Alliances Director,
Sitecore India

Swati Bhargava

Co- Founder,

Tanvi Malik


Sarika Bhattacharyya

BD Foundation

Aditi Balbir


Manvi Chaudhary

Director and founder of Pier 38 - Cocktail Bar and Kitchen and Dips By Jars

Rashi Narang

Heads Up for Tails

Soumya Kant

Founding Member,
Purple Panda Fashions Pvt Ltd

Angel Bedi

Filmy Owl

Suchi Mukherjee

Founder & CEO,

Preeti Vyas


Fauzia Khan

Vice President, Film Audit,
Spatial Access

Sudeshna Datta


Amandeep Arora

Head- PR and Communications, ( A Policybazaar Group Company)

Varuna Anand

Textile Designer,
The Splendor of Kashmir

Aleya Sen Sharma

Writer, Director, Co-Founder, Chrome Pictures

Fauzia Khan

Vice President, Film Audit, Spatial Access

Yeshwanth Nag Mocherla

The ThickShake Factory

Ved Shukla

Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Benefic Media

Sarah Sham

Essajees Atlier

Yogesh Kochhar

Happiness Evangelist

Tamanna Dhamija

Baby Destination

Nmami Agarwal

Founder & CEO,
Nmami Life Pvt. Ltd

Sunanda Kashyap


Kanika Gupta Shori

Founder & COO,
Square Yards

Ainara Kaur

Canvilicious Marketing Services

Dipika raikwar

Kalakari India

Varuna Anand

Proprietor at The Splendor of kashmir

Anahita Dhondy

chef partner,

Blossom Kochhar

Aroma Magic

Richa Sinha


Arushi Verma


Rashmi Berry

Founder and MD,

Rajeev Chitrabhanu

Emeritus CEO & MD,
JM Financial Services

Ashtar Tashi

Crystal Therapist & Spiritual Healer

Ntasha Berry

Venture Gurukool

Durga Das

Managing Director,
Das Star Ventures, Allergan India

Kiran Ray Chaudhury

Co-Founder & Joint Managing Director,
80 dB Mavericks

Meghna Ghai Puri

Whistling Woods International

Bhargavi S

Vice President,
Tata AIA Life Insurance

Pushpa Bector

Executive Vice President & Head,
DLF Shopping Malls

Deepak Bagla

Invest India

Sadiya Naseem

Founder & CEO,
Glam Studio

Shree Das

Corporate PR Lead,
Xiaomi Technology

Kanika Tekriwal


Anoushka Adya

Founder and Partner,
Di-Mentions Studio

Kanika Gupta

Founder & Chief Operating Officer,
Square Yards

Anu Wakhlu

Chairperson & Executive Director,
Pragati Leadership

Kanchan Dwivedi


Shruti Gochhwal

Co Founder & Director,

Dr. Neeru Kumar

Ask Insights & D&I Consultant

Nafisa Rachel William

Founder, Label Nafisa Rachel William Fashion Designer/ Stylist

Mona Jalota

Founder & MD,
Krypton Global Investments

Priya Singh Dubey


Tripti Shinghal Somani

KGS Advisors LLP

Veena Ashiya

Passionate Shoe Creator & Founder,

Anu Sehgal


Bhavana Issar

Founder & CEO,
Caregiver Saathi: Companions for Caregivers

Vandana Chopra

Head- Brand & Communications,

Mukta Nandini Jain

Chairperson, Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Industry Women Entrepreneur Council

Gursakhi Lugani


Radhika Khandelwal

Radish Hospitality Pvt Ltd

Eminent Jury

Jury Member

Mahendra Swarup

(Jury Chair)

Venture Gurukool
Jury Member

Tej Kapoor

Managing Director and Head,
Fosun RZ Capital India
Jury Member

Dr. Harbeen Arora

Founder & Global Chairperson,ALL Ladies League (ALL) & Women Economic Forum (WEF), Founder, BIOAYURVEDA
Jury Member

Dr. Annurag Batra

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief,
BW Businessworld
Jury Member

Avinash Pandey

ABP News Network Pvt. Ltd
Jury Member

Harjit Singh

Managing Director,
Xurge Capital Partners
Jury Member

Dheeraj Jain

Managing Director,
Redcliffe Lifesciences
Jury Member

Aditya Prakash Gupta

Jury Member

Salil Kapoor

Chief Operating Officer, UPBG at Voltas Limited - A TATA Enterprise


BW Disrupt Women Entrepreneurship Summit and Awards
31st January - 1st February 2019, India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi

Day 1
Jan 31, 2019 - Thursday



9:30 AM

The Accidental Entrepreneur

Dr Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld & exchange4media Group

10:15 AM

Cracking The Capital Raising Code

What makes your company worth investing? An address on five tips to raise capital fast

Mahendra Swarup, Founder, Venture Gurukool

10:45 AM

Behind The Scenes: The Co-Opt Model

What is the kind of support system required for women –– whether at home or at work –– to create the route for a successful entrepreneurship journey?

  • Ms Anoushka Adya, Founder & Partner, Di-Mentions Studio
  • Ms Nancy Bhasin, Founder, Thisforthat
  • Ms Sadiya Naseem, Founder & CEO, Glam Studio
  • Ms Sarah Sham, Principal Designer, Essajees Atelier
  • Ms Srividya Kannan, Founder Director, Avaali Solutions
  • Ms Sumitra Vinit Goenka, Director Ratein Infotech India Pvt Ltd, CEO-Triangle, Founder Director Freshfrugies, Trustee-Nirman NGO
  • Ms Sunanda Kashyap, Founder, Crazymee
  • Session Chair: Mr Ruhail Amin, Editorial lead, BW Businessworld & exchange4media

11:15 AM

Wonder Women In Tech

What comprises the trend setters, the game changers, the women who set the rules in what was once considered men’s domain

  • Ms Jyotsna Uttamchandani, Executive Director, SSK Appliances
  • Ms Mona Jalota, Founder & MD, Krypton Global Investments
  • Ms Sudeshna Datta, Co-Founder, Absolutdata
  • Ms Tamanna Dhamija, Co-founder, Baby Destination
  • Ms Tanvi Malik, Co-Founder, Faballey
  • Session Chair: Ms Vani Gupta Dandia, Co-Founder & CEO, Benddit-Moderation

12:00 PM

Closet Confessions

A conversation for the women of today breaking stereotypes by being bold and promoting overall wellness rather than shape or size

Mr Sridhar Ranganathan Managing Director India & South Asia, Allergan India

12:45 PM


1:00 PM

Beating Workplace Challenges

Despite an aggressive stride towards creating awareness, workplace discrimination is still a reality. How have women overcome it, and what is their advice to others?

  • Ms Ainara Kaur, CEO, Canvilicious Marketing Services
  • Ms Arushi Verma, Co-Founder, Fitpass
  • Ms Ashtar Tashi, Crystal Therapist & Spiritual Healer
  • Ms Fauzia Khan, Vice President, Film Audit, Spatial Access
  • Ms Gurleen Saraon, Alliances Director, Sitecore India
  • Ms Nmami Agarwal, Founder & CEO, Nmami Life
  • Ms Kanika Gupta Shori, Founder & COO, Square Yards
  • Ms Richa Sinha, Co-Founder, Agenc
  • Ms Shikha A Sharma, Director, Fat To Slim
  • Session Chair: Ms Ntasha Berry, Co-Founder, Venture Gurukool

2:00 PM

Inspiration For Preparation

What motivates and inspires women entrepreneurs to continue pushing the envelope and achieve greater success at an age where ‘uncertainty’ is the only constant

  • Ms Angel Bedi, Founder, The Filmy Owl
  • Ms Gursakhi Lugani, Founder, Nakhrewaali
  • Ms Nafisa Rachel William, Founder, Label Nafisa Rachel William Fashion
  • Ms Priya Singh Dubey, Founder, Rangreza
  • Ms Natasha Chaudhri, Founder Partner, Earth Art & Yumi
  • Ms Sarika Bhattacharyya, CEO, BD Foundation
  • Ms Rachel Goenka, CEO, The Chocolate Spoon Company
  • Session Chair: Ms Tripti Shinghal Somani, MD, KGS Advisors LLP

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:45 PM

Acing The Funding Interview

A firsthand account from women entrepreneurs on different type of questions during funding interviews, and how to tackle them

  • Ms Aditi Balbir, Founder & CEO, V Resorts
  • Ms Anu Sehgal, Founder, Digitalmill
  • Ms Anvita Dekhane, Chief of Staff, BabyChakra
  • Ms Kanika Tekriwal, Founder, JetSetGo
  • Ms Rashi Gulati Menda, CEO, Zapyle
  • Ms Soumya Kant, Founder, Clovia
  • Ms Swati Bhargava, Co-Founder, Cashkaro
  • Session Chair: Ms Durga Das, Managing Director Das Star Ventures

4:15 PM

Strengthening India’s Entrepreneurship: The Role Can Women Play

Jyotsna Sitling, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

5:00 PM

Building On The Indian Entrepreneurship Story

As entrepreneurship becomes the “in-thing”, what stands out the most about India’s entrepreneurship journey;

  • Mita Chaudhary, Founder & Mentor, Rhythm of Life
  • Dr. Priya Virmani, Founder & Paint Our World
  • Seema Harsha, Co-Founder & COO, Indiassetz
  • Mr Raghav Sood, Founder, Skin Elements
  • Mr Tej Kapoor, Managing Director & Head, Fosun RZ Capital India
  • Session Chair: Mr Harjit Singh, Founder, EB5 USA Services

5:30 PM

How To Build An Investible Company?

Mr Aditya Prakash Gupta, Partner, GEMs

6:15 PM

BW Disrupt Women Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM

Fireside Chat

Ms Falguni Nayar, Founder & CEO, Nykaa
In conversation with Dr Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld & exchange4media Group

8:00 PM

Celebration Drinks & Dinner

8:15 PM

Day 2
Feb 01, 2019 - Friday



9:30 AM


Yogesh Kochhar, Happiness Evangelist

10:00 AM

New World Order

The entrepreneurial ecosystem has evolved in line with the share economy, allowing more opportunities for women entrepreneurs. What are some of the next expected changes & impact?

Mr Amit Ramani, Founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions

10:15 AM

Three Steps In Creating A Brand

Ms Sangeeta Talwar, Creator of Iconic brands (Maggi, Tata Tea), Leadership Speaker, CXO level, Marketer, Consultant, Author

10:30 AM

Bootstrapping Your Way to Success

Mr Aditya Gadge, Founder and CEO, AIWMI

11:00 AM

How Women Leaders Are Creating a ‘Better’ World

Adding sustainability development to the equation is critical and women leaders are adopting different ways to ensure a healthier future for all

  • Ms Aleya Sen,Writer, Director, Co-Founder, Chrome Pictures
  • Ms Ananya Birla, Singer
  • Ms Blossom Kochhar, Founder, Aroma Magic
  • Ms Kanchan Dwivedi, Founder, LoanGini
  • Ms Meghna Ghai Puri, President, Whistling Woods International
  • Dr Shruti Nath, Mentor & Director, Qwazent Health Search
  • Ms Tanvi Johri, Co-Founder & CEO, Carmesi
  • Session Chair: Ms Noor Fathima Warsia, Group Editor – Marketing & Advertising, BW Businessworld

11:20 AM

Replicating the Culture of Care from Home to the Workplace

The lessons from home that can assist in building an outcome-driven culture in office

  • Ms Meghna Saraogi, Founder, StyleDotMe
  • Ms Rahmi Narang, Founder, Heads Up for Tails
  • Dr. Niru Kumar, Founder, Ask Insights Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
  • Ms Mukta Nandini Jain, Chairperson, Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Industry Women Entrepreneur Council
  • Ms Veena Ashiya, Passionate Shoe Creator & Founder, Monrow
  • Ms Rajiee M Shinde, President, Epic Television Network
  • Ms Bhargavi S, VP, Tata AIA Life Insurance
  • Ms Bhavana Issar, Founder & CEO, Caregiver Saathi
  • Session Chair: Ms Seema Jhingan Partner & Co-Founder, LexCounsel

12:00 PM

Special address

Mr. Deepak Bagla, MD & CEO Invest India

12:45 PM


1:00 PM

Tapping The Food Opportunity

The food & beverage sector has brought many opportunities for women entrepreneurs; what more can be done to untap the value of this sector

  • Ms Apeksha Jain, Chief Confiturier & Founder, The Gourmet
  • Ms Manvi Chaudhary, Director & Founder, Pier 38 & Dips By Jars
  • Ms Anahita Dhondy, Chef Partner, SodaBottleOpenerWala
  • Ms Shruti Gochhwal, Co-founder & Director, Zappfresh
  • Ms Radhika Khandelwal, Chef-Owner, Radish Hospitality
  • Ms Sakshi Tulsian, Co- Founder, Posist
  • Session Chair: Mr Yeshwanth Nag Mocherla,Founder, The ThickShake Factory

2:00 PM

An Entrepreneur’s Opportunity

Mr Harjit Singh, Founder, EB5 USA Services

2:40 PM

The Communication Makers

In a world where perception is reality, a conversation with women leaders on why image is important, and what are some tips for women entrepreneurs to make the most of opportunities present in personal and company image building

  • Ms Amandeep Arora, Head, PR & Communications, (A Policybazaar Group Company)
  • Ms Indu Sharma, Head, Corporate Communications, RB India
  • Ms Prabhjot Minhas, Head, Marketing & Communications, Teradata India
  • Ms Pritha Dasgupta, Director, Integrated Communications, IPG Mediabrands India
  • Ms Shree Das, Corporate PR Lead, Xiaomi Technology
  • Ms Vandana Chopra, Head, Brand & Communications, KPMG
  • Session Chair: Ms Kiran Ray Chaudhury, Co-founder & Jt Managing Director, 80 dB Mavericks

3:00 PM

Instilling The Content-First Culture

How can entrepreneurs & businesses make content work harder for better results

  • Ms Priya Kumar, Motivational Speaker & Author
  • Ms Natasha Kewalramani, Founder MissManage
  • Session Chair: Ms Noor Fathima Warsia, Group Editor – Marketing & Advertising, BW Businessworld

3:40 PM

Elevating Women to Empower Communities

  • Ms Dipika Raikwar, Founder, Kalakari India
  • Ms Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah, Founder & Director, Awadh Mango Growers Association
  • Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal, Image Scientist, CEO, Krea
  • Ms Prerna Mukharya, Founder, OUTLINE India
  • Ms Rashmi Berry, Founder & MD, Brandstory
  • Ms Savvy Dilip, Co-founder & COO, Videotap
  • Ms Varuna Anand, Textile designer, The Splendor of Kashmir
  • Session Chair: Mr Ved Shukla, Founder & CEO, Benefic Media

4:00 PM

Closing Address

5:00 PM