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relauncHER creates a positive impact on women professionals
Last Updated : 13 Nov 2013 06:14:48 PM IST
relauncHER creates a positive impact on women professionals
Jyotika Singh, founder, relauncHER

 

After a year long study of women careers, Jyotika Singh founded relauncHER in order to remove the barriers and biases related to career breaks and stop penalizing women for the difficult choices they have to make. In an exclusive interview with Samaya Live, Jyotika highlights several issue related to women’s employment in India: Excerpt:

Q. How the idea got started and evolved into relauncHER?

A. Studying many worrying reports on women, who were  facing the effect of a career break firsthand and seeing many women professionals struggling between career and family, the idea for such an initiative began to take shape.
After a year long study of women careers, their needs and how skewed Employment  affects companies and economies, relauncHER was born.
Our mission is to bring experienced women professionals back to work and thus increasing women participation at mid-senior levels. We are here to remove the barriers and biases related to career breaks and stop penalizing women for the difficult choices they have to make.


Q. How was this venture funded and what next?

relauncHER has been offered funding from various angel investors over the past few months but for now we have chosen to grow organically.
relauncHER aims to become a holistic platform to help women on career breaks and companies who want to leverage gender diversity at all levels. Our vision is to create a corporate culture where women are able to take a break for vital life scenarios without the stress of getting penalized and come back easily when they are ready.


Q. Please share something about impact of your venture and what’s your view on women job seekers in India?

A. Our venture has started to create positive impact on lives of many women professionals. Women who had been totally disheartened with lack of opportunities despite high education and experience now are optimistic that there is a platform working on their behalf to get them equal opportunity in the job market.
Women work as hard as men to achieve their education and careers but they do not have enough support in the society and families to grow and reach the top. Many well-qualified women leave productive careers due to personal constraints usually at a crucial “mid-level” time of their careers. It is a huge waste of talent and investment in education and training of women if they are not pursuing careers.

Q. You know, the excluded majority in India is grappling with intractable problems like unemployment and lack of basic amenities. In this backdrop, do you see entrepreneurship as solution to such problems?

A. Absolutely. Innovative solutions to such problems are the way forward. New business ideas have the power to change the challenges our country is facing. Using technology we can make an inclusive society and tap the unutilised potential of our country.


Q. Many entrepreneurs in India express their concern over lack funding in India. What’s your view on funding ecosystem in developing countries like India?

A. Nowadays funding opportunities are plenty. There are many more investors in the market. But our advice is to try to grow organically in the beginning, instead of being focused on to funding. If your idea starts to get traction, funding will follow.
Funding ecosystem is quiet vibrant- with communities supporting start-ups, many platforms to connect small business to VCs and angel investors, shared working space and amenities this is a perfect time to turn your entrepreneur dream into reality.


Q. If someone is willing to start a venture, what’s your advice for them?

A. Be persistent, don't let obstacles stop. But be flexible also don't be stuck to the original idea. Always keep an open mind and continue to evolve your thinking. Find mentors and use your network. Do not wait to perfect your idea to start. Start Now and your product will gradually evolve into what it is meant to be.



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