Shiprocket announces ‘Aarambh 2020’ to recognize and promote Women Entrepreneurship
Women have long been fighting to get recognized for their individuality. Their matchless contributions across a number of fields – including science, commerce, and arts – have been a testament of their efforts and proven their mettle over time. Well, Indian women now have yet another opportunity to do the same. With International Women’s Day around the corner, Shiprocket – an AI-backed logistics platform – has launched ‘Aarambh 2020’, a ‘business model’ competition for Women-led SMEs.
The competition aims to invite business ideas from Women-led SMEs from all corners of India. It has been launched to foster the spirit of business among Indian women. The competition will help them to bring their ideas to reality and foster women entrepreneurship that will, ultimately, contribute to ‘Bharat Commerce’.
The small seller market is booming within tier 2 and tier 3 cities such as Kanchipuram, Thane, Surat, and Jaipur.
The competition invites Indian women entrepreneurs – from students to working professionals and even housewives – whose business is at ‘Idea Stage’ or ‘Commerce Stage’. Three winner will receive the prize money of Rs. 3 lakhs along with an opportunity to be mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs. The event will also involve networking opportunities with potential partners and investors. Shiprocket will further help these entrepreneurs in website development and extend advanced shipping solutions to them.
Speaking about ‘Aarambh 2020’, Saahil Goel, CEO and Co-founder, Shiprocket said, “We have witnessed a lot of contribution of women sellers in the SME and D2C segment. Through this competition, we want to celebrate and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst women and support them in their journey. The SME segment is expected to boost the ‘Bharat Commerce’ vision and I believe that women sellers will be a prime driver of it. We are aligned with the vision of ‘Bharat Commerce’ and will continue to extend our support in the growth of the Indian SME segment.”
The entry is open for registration from 1st February to 17th February, 2020. The winner will be announced and felicitated on 6th of March around the International Women’s Day.
Shiprocket is a new-age logistics aggregation platform that drives global and domestic shipping for MSMEs operating in the e-commerce sector. Shiprocket ships to around 220 countries and across 26,000 PIN codes in India with 15 courier partners on-board. Incepted in 2016, Shiprocket today has 1.5 lakh sellers and has driven a GMV of more than $120 million till date. Some of the USPs of the platform include its AI-driven recommendation engine, cost-effectiveness (with domestic and international shipping rates), time-efficiency, data-driven approach, and easy-to-use integrated ecosystem for sellers (including Shiprocket 360 and Shiprocket Social) alongside others. This has enabled the platform to secure a YoY growth rate of 300% throughout and onboard customers irrespective of their operational/target geographies or business volume – emerging as the next-generation logistics enabler for e-commerce shipping in India.