Mission to help 1k women kickstart nano startups

Skill-training programme for 1000 educated women to aid them in giving shape to nano startups

A pioneering programme aimed at imparting training to 1,000 educated women to kickstart nano startups in a year, is being rolled out by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM). The KSUM’s plan is part of taking forward its mission to make workplaces gender-neutral. Kerala Startup Mission is the nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

Christened ‘Kerala Women in Nano Startups’ (KWINS), the initiative seeks to provide knowledge in emerging technologies for women with basic working skills, KSUM said.  Improved knowhow through the initiative will enable the women to go for better jobs, new business endeavours, promotions and work-from-home option.

Kerala Women in Nano Startups programme

Trainees can undergo KWINS programme by sitting at home. Besides this, KSUM will provide two incubators or workplaces with the required facilities for those who are not able to do so. Authorities are trying for a public system that will provide job opportunities to those who have done KWINS. The plan is to train 10,000 women under the programme.

KWINS trainees will be selected through social media, alumni organizations and non-governmental organisations. The training will be held at KSUM campuses in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode in Kerala.

Aims to cater to the gig economy

The programme aims to cater to the gig economy, which provides short-term employment. KWINS will thus carry out training programmes for temporary jobs. The pioneering programme will also give training in coding, technical writing, quality assurance of software, testing and contents of digital marketing.

The Kerala Startup Mission envisages giving form to a resourceful database of institutions that would help generate short-term jobs. Besides, major plans are afoot to give Kerala Women in Nano Startups -trained women a public platform for interactions.

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