The Karnataka government’s ensuing Global Investors Meet (GIM) here on February 3-5 would focus on promoting women entrepreneurs in the state, an official said last week. “For the first time in a GIM, a session on promoting women entrepreneurship in the state will be held on February 4. They will also be given a centre-stage platform to connect and network with other stakeholders,” Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce and Industries, K. Ratna Prabha said in a statement here.
The three-day ‘Invest Karnataka 2016’ will be held at Bangalore Palace grounds in the city centre to promote the southern state as a premier destination for investments from across the country and overseas. “A delegation of women entrepreneurs from San Francisco on the U.S. west coast will participate in the GIM as an outcome of an agreement between the two cities (Bengaluru and San Francisco),” Prabha said in the statement after chairing a meeting with women associations on the event here.
Asserting that women entrepreneurs were talented, hard working and forward looking, Prabha said they performed much better in diverse sectors such as aerospace, biotech, IT, textiles and tourism. “We are encouraging women entrepreneurs also to move away from Bengaluru and set up units in tier-two and tier-three cities for giving impetus to other regions in the state,” Prabha added.
The state government has decided to provide two exclusive industrial areas for women entrepreneurs at Hubballi-Dharwad and Harohalli in Ramanagara district, about 45km from Bengaluru, five percent of plots and sheds in industrial areas and estates and exclusive textiles and gems & jeweler clusters.