Achieving Women Entrepreneurs

Capital for Women Owned, Led or Influenced Businesses


Women-led companies consistently outperform the competition.

Enterprises with women in leadership or founding teams out-perform comparable companies without women in these positions

Return on Equity (ROE) was 27% greater in companies with women in >10% key positions outperformed those with less than 5 percent.

Credit Suisse Gender 3000

Women-led private technology companies achieve 35% higher return on investment and Venture Backed Women Led Tech Companies bring in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies.

Kauffman Foundation Survey

Women control increasing consumer spending.

In India, women control 44% of total spending power, which is increasing. Women consumers are more inclined to support social impact causes, further benefitting women businesses.

Entrepreneurship allows work flexibility,

making it a catalyst for women economic empowerment.


Project AIRSWEEE (All India Road Show for Women Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship), a US State Department funded capacity building project was founded & led by AWE Fund’s founder, Ms. Seema Chaturvedi.

Supported and Funded by

"Access to capital, especially equity capital, is one of the top 3 challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in India."


Project AIRSWEE mentored 125 women entrepreneurs from 27 cities in India.


Received funding second year to mentor 450 women entrepreneurs from 30 cities in India.


Empowering women by promoting

Women Entrepreneurs

Women Corporate Leaders

Women Market Makers

Women Workforce

Women Consumers

A Potent Catalyst for Multi-Dimensional Impact

Women's control over income, relative contribution to family support, access to and control of family resources.

Women's visibility in and access to social spaces, participation in extra-familial groups and social networks.

Participation in domestic decision-making, ability to make childbearing decisions, control over spouse selection and marriage timing, freedom from domestic violence, greater value and autonomy within kinship.

Domestic support for exercising rights, community mobilization for rights, campaigns for rights awareness.

Self-esteem, self-efficacy, collective awareness, potential of mobilization.

Source: Anju Malhotra, Sidney Schuler, Carol Boender, “Measuring Women’s Empowerment as a Variable in International Development,” Background Paper Prepared for the World Bank Workshop on Poverty and Gender: New Perspectives, June 28, 2002.

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