WE Hub, India's first state-led incubator to foster and promote women entrepreneurship, on Friday announced that it has released a revolving fund for women-led businesses incubated at We Hub. The vision behind creating this fund is to financially enable women across the spectrum, in view of the repercussions of the pandemic. WE Hub assists women to start-up, scale-up and accelerate with global market access.
A Murali Krishna Reddy, Chairman, MAK Group of Companies, supported the mission of WE HUB with a revolving fund to reach the most deserving small business entrepreneurs in India.
The first tranche of the fund was disbursed to five entrepreneurs incubated at WE Hub from nutraceuticals, manufacturing, and food processing sectors. They were shortlisted out of 30 women entrepreneurs, based on the scale of impact of the pandemic on their business, their current financial standing and projected financial growth of their enterprises.
The inflow of capital through such financial instruments has the potential to improve efficacy of philanthropy and government spending. WE Hub as a catalyst, will provide the needed support to the entrepreneurs and in light of the impact of COVID-19 on small and medium businesses (SMBs), it is recommended that private investors reconsider their strategies to support women led SMBs.
WE Hub has worked with the beneficiaries to set milestones for their business enterprises. Their progress along with their financial standing will be mapped and shared with all stakeholders involved, every quarter.
"Amid the pandemic, WE HUB has been adapting to these crucial times and exploring new ways to support and sustain the businesses of the startups. We are looking forward to connecting with corporates and CSR, who would like to support its startups," said Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE Hub.
"I envision this fund will be used for meeting urgent working capital requirements and the procurement of machinery by the women entrepreneurs. I am positive that the handholding mechanism of WE Hub through this initiative of the revolving fund will go a long way in supporting women entrepreneurs," Murali Krishna said.