By Vikas K. Tiwari

Polishing their attitudes, determination and networking

Providing them the online market access.

Patna: The U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, in partnership with Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy in India, under its special mission was striving to polish the business communication and presentation skills of the women entrepreneurs of Bihar, with a focus on their networking, negotiating, elevator pitches, and formal pitches for specific audiences.

During the five-day train-the-trainer workshop, a part of the mission held at Zero Lab,  an initiative of Bihar Industrial Area  Authority (BIADA) in collaboration with Incubation Centre IIT Patna, to provide a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas by means of ideation support, awareness on opportunities in various industry sectors and handholding for developing their business plan, the women entrepreneurs were prepared to deliver a winning business
pitch in front of a live audience including investors, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and academicians.

During the programme, English Language Specialist Dieter Bruhn from the U.S. worked with a group of 18 participants in Patna to develop a curriculum, which the workshop
participants can use as a key training tool with peers. 

On the valedictory day of the workshop of U.S. Consulate’s entrepreneurship program Academy
for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) alumni, the participants on Friday made presentations of their final pitches. 

Dieter Bruhn on this occasion handed over the certificates to the participants, encouraged and motivated them to continue training other women entrepreneurs in their circle so that they get noticed by 
investors, and secure fundings for their ventures.

Meanwhile lead facilitator Academy of women entrepreneurship Divya Rajput said that 120 women entrepreneurs from Bihar and Jharkhand were selected for the training based on their innovative product and services and were being trained for developing business skill, generating finance, promoting their products and for fund raising for their startups. Of the 120 women entrepreneurs, 18 belonging to Bihar were successfully moving ahead. Rajput said that apart from training the woman entrepreneurs they were also providing them the online market access.

American Center Director Adrian Pratt wishing the participants said that Language empowers and educates and added that  they were not teaching the participants English language, but were polishing their attitudes, determination, networking, public speaking, and effective 
communication, which will enhance their skills and prepare them to present their ventures in better manner.

U.S. Consulate Media Coordinator Deepa Datta highlighted the achievements of the participants and said that Rashmi, Pratibha Raj, Sadhana Jha, Swati Anand, Minam Sanjeev Kumar, Priya Gupta, Ranjna Raj, Ayushi Kochar,Gayatri Verma, Janak kishori and Kumari Nalinee Shah have progressed remarkably.

She informed that such training programme was also conducted in Ranchi last week, and will be conducted in Dimapur, Imphal, and Kolkata in the coming weeks.