As India’s economy grows, greater emphasis is being placed on social and human development, especially women’s empowerment. In this context, following the success of the Program Designer’s Lab India, 2019, under “The Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India” (FEBI) project, enpact e.V. has implemented the PDL in India for a second cohort. The FEBI II projec project supports the development and growth of women-led companies in both regions through networking, training, and delegation trips. Due to the pandemic issues, PDL India for the 2nd cohort is conducted exclusively online.
3 teams of 10 participants bringing together female startup founders and business leaders, as well as supporting institutions such as accelerators, incubators and NGOs participated in the PDL India II. Rich exchanges and strong dedication to teamwork and project development were reflected in the different components of the program.
The program is articulated around three main modules with different workshops. We kickstarted the program with a 2 day kick off in December 2020. The first module of a Design Sprint bootcamp was held between the 1st and the 5th of February 2021. It helped the participants prototype and test their ideas, and finally conceptualize the projects.
Building on the Needs & Capacity Assessment of the participants, Module II consisted of 3 online workshops which catered to the participants’ needs in program design and development from Stakeholder Management & Partnership Building, Digital Marketing and Communication, to M&E and Impact Assessment.
Module III consisted of 3 days with different activities and a focus on scaling up the participants’ knowledge about the Berlin Ecosystem either as entities or actors working on empowering women in entrepreneurship also about key factors impacting the expansion of their projects between India and Berlin.
The last milestone for the PDL India II will be in October 2021, during the Asia Berlin Summit. This event will offer participants the opportunity to showcase their projects and to connect to an International network of investors, startups, NGOs and change makers from Berlin and around Asia.