The FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) 19th Chapter “FLO Vadodara” was launched on Saturday, by Jayanti Dalmia, the 39th President of FLO.
FLO endeavours to promote women entrepreneurs and professionals and assist them to grow professionally. The launch of this Chapter will help bring entrepreneurs both existing entrepreneurs and potential, and other professionals under the FLO umbrella.
“Often known as the ‘Jewel of
Western India’, Gujarat represents the vibrance of India while Vadodara is one of its leading industrial hubs known for its entrepreneurial spirit. This is the result of old established business houses and the business acumen ingrained in the culture and tradition of Gujarat and we look forward to working actively in Vadodara.” said Jayanti Dalmia, President FLO.
FLO Vadodara is an addition to the 18 existing Chapters of FLO across the country with its headquarters in New Delhi.
The new Chapter will aim at enhancing the capabilities of women through appropriate awareness, training and development programmes that enable women to contribute towards India’s socio-economic growth by fulfilling their individual potential.
Reshma Patel was announced as the Founder Chairperson of the new Chapter along with her dynamic team of Office Bearers, Barkha Amin (Sr Vice Chair), Avni Bhayani (Vice Chair), Rati Desai (Treasurer), and Avni Patel (Executive Secretary).
Talking to media Ms Reshma Patel said“I am thankful to FLO for giving me this opportunity. The FLO Vadodara Chapter will work towards this direction and create the right thrust for women empowerment in the region with special emphasis on supporting entrepreneurship.”
The ceremonial event was further enhanced by the inauguration of the FLO Bazaar, ‘Ariso’ and was very well attended with a strong turnout of Vadodara Chapter members as well as the Presidium, Past Presidents and National Governing Body Members from around the country.
The new Vadodara chapter of FICCI FLO , started recently , which now has over 100 members in Vadodara city, organized one of its kind event on Wednesday 27th April 2022 , a 1st ever Project Shark Tank Social entrepreneurs to help the society through various NGO’s, this event was conceived by the Vice Chair of FICCI Flo Vadodara, Mrs. Barkha Amin.
The event was organized to give social women entrepreneurs of Vadodara a platform to come forward and present their projects / ideas to the Sharks through FICCI FLO VADODARA chapter. The social entrepreneurs pitched to a selected group of sharks / sponsors who were present to chose and invest in the social projects.
The investing sharks came from various social backgrounds with having huge experience in working with varieties of social causes in India and Abroad.Each social entrepreneur was given 5 minutes to present their cause. This was followed by a negation round from the sharks. At the end of this round, the sharks bided to sponsor the project.
The 4 sharks for this event were women who have contributed and continue to contribute to the cause for society.
The Sharks were,
Mrs. Taruna Patel, CEO of Elecon group Anand and Madhubhan Resort and Spa.
Mrs. Malika Amin, Managing Director and CEO of Alembic Group Vadodara. Alembic Group, established more than a century ago in the year 1907 is a diversified industrial house today, having interests in various businesses such as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, glassware, engineering and real estate.
Dr Ruchi Mehta is currently head of strategy at Deepak Foundation. She has worked in London for 3 years advising the government on health policies.
Madhavi Agarwal is the founder of Cygnus World School Vadodara. She graduated in Economics from Delhi’s prestigious Shri Ram College. She did a rigorous course in Child Psychology from UK. A strong proponent of all round development, she acquired a diploma in Business Finance from ACFAI.
The participants from the NGOs included Ms. Nihar Agarwal from Anwesha Foundation, who had come to raise funds for the setting up of a local lab facility and waste collection system, processing it and turn waste into useful valuable products.
Ms. Swati Bedekar from the Vatsalya Foundation , who came to raise the funds for the Menstrual hygiene project, followed by Ms. Nisha Grover from Akshar trust who had come to raise fund in ‘Early intervention for deaf babies’, where a facility is set up for early detection, diagnosis and intervention of deaf babies.
Out of the five participants Dr Juin Dutta, from Srotsoshwini Trust was the one who had come to raise the fund for setting up ‘New classroom support’ in terms of providing furniture and learning material for the pathshala the trust runs which would enhance the learning environment of children, leading them to perform better in academics and co curricular activities.
The fifth participant was Hetaxi Champaneri representing the State home for Women, also known as the Nari Sanrakshan Gruh. It’s a Government run Institution under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. She participated for her immediate requirement which included supporting 3 women to be self-sufficient through skill development and organizing their weddings.
Out of the five participants Akshar Trust got Super Deal of 8lakhs against the ask of Rs. 4 lakhs. All the four sharks funded the noble cause of Akshar trust . While Anwesha Foundation received 14 lakhs against the ask of Rs12lakhs through the support of two Sharks Dr Ruchi Mehta and Mrs. Mallika Amin , who contributed Rs. 7 lakhs each for the noble cause of Anwesha foundation. While Srotsoshwini Trust received funding of Rs. 8,98,000/- jointly from two sharks Mrs. Madhavi Agarwal and Mrs. Taruna Patel for the noble cause of New classroom support for underprivileged kids.
Social Shark Mrs. Mallika Amin from the Alembic Group, Talking about her experience said “I must congratulate the FICCCI FLO Vadodara for such a wonderful concept . These kind of program will help the NGO’s to raise funds for various noble cause. The program has been a grand success and I wish all the best to FICCI FLO Vadodara for their future endeavors.
It was an emotional moment for the Sharks, and spectators when all four sharks offered combined support of Rs. 4 lacs to Hetaxi , who was representing Nari Sanrakshan Gruh and had asked for Rs.4 lacs , which were to be used for the vocational training of three destitute females of the Gruh and for their marriage. All the spectators gave a big round of applause, on the occasion of handing over of the cheque and wished for the happy life of the three girls.
Talking to Media, the Chairperson of FICCI FLO , Ms. Reshma Patel said, “ the event has displayed the commitment of women towards making the world a better place and bringing about change the way we look towards the society. The chapter is going to focus on major activities throughout the year which will give power to empower the Ladies members of FICCI FLO Vadodara and other women of the City, and this was the first effort towards the same.
ZEROITE-THE ECO SPACE IS GUJARAT’S FIRST ZERO WASTE operational in Vadodara, city of Gujarat for last 2 years.
Zeroite on the World Intellectual Property Day, launched it’s E-COMMERCE /ONLINE STORE
which will be the first of it’s kind in the world to be the online platform to order all kinds of sustainable products including your daily essentials from source to door free of any sort of plastic packaging and free from any chemicals and animal cruelty.
The online store will be launched by the global citizen Ma Anand Sheela who was the former Spokesperson of the Rajneesh Movement and the UNEP recognised Environmentalist -Founder Director Rajeshwari Singh in Vadodara.
Real Heroes Empowerment Action (OPC) Pvt Ltd (RHEA)
Company’s CORE PHILOSOPHY- MISSION & VISION
Rhea is a character in Greek mythology, the daughter of the earth goddess. Goddess of female fertility , motherhood and generation.
As the name suggests, RHEA is a brand created by the women nurturing and protecting our planet ‘Mother Earth’ giving Alternatives to Single-Use-Plastics.
We at RHEA love our planet and want to have as minimal negative impact as possible. As a retailer we are very responsible for what we do, produce and what we sell.
Along with our Initiative of empowering women; our products help the planet minimize waste whether that be through reusable products, biodegradable packaging and zero waste packaging.
We at RHEA follow an E- 4 Tier Model of maintaining balance between all these three aspects- Economics- Education-Empowerment- Environment.
Talking to Media, Ms. Rajeshwari Singh said,” Zeroite will be an online ecosystem connecting all small businesses to big manufacturers present in India to sell their products which are totally eco friendly and sustainable.
Zeroite also plans to go to create transportation and packaging green as much possible it can be. This industry is growing rapidly and will bring in lots of greener solutions for future. And we will be in position to find multiple alternatives to single use plastics and entrepreneurs could be easily connected to reach out their customers globally.”
– The Brand gained grip over the global market with 60% of the sales pouring in from the countries – UK, Hong Kong, USA, and others
Guwahati: Esah Tea, D2C tea brand delivering fresh teas straight from artisanal small tea growers of Assam and Northeast, has raised 3 core ($400K) in its Pre-series A round from NEDFI Venture Capital Ltd. (NVCL). The fundraising by Esah Tea highlights the existing scope in the market for traditional artisanal teas and authentic handcrafted tea products. Esah is the first tea start-up from Assam to raise VC funding. The brand has earlier raised angel investment from SRD Group and Grant From Assam Startup & NEAT-E-Hub.
Started by a 26-Year-old Teapreneur from Mangaldoi, Esah Tea is based out of the world’s largest tea-growing region Assam. It presents a range of single-origin organic tea blends that are carefully curated to rejuvenate and revive mind, body, and soul with the natural healing qualities of tea leaves sourced from 150+ local gardens and marginal tea growers. In addition to this, the brand also follows an eco-friendly approach ditching the use of plastic teabags and any other harmful substances in their packaging. To promote the environment-friendly approach, Esah Tea has developed the world’s first plastic-free organic cotton tea bags, which are handmade out of pure cotton and cellulose base.
On the fundraise Bijit Sarma, Founder & CEO, ESAH Tea said “The tea from India has always received a lot of acknowledgements in the domestic and international market. However, over the years, over-commercialization dented the authenticity of the product. Esah aims at reviving the same by empowering local small tea gardeners and delivering single-origin, Artisanal fresh teas. We are glad, that our esteemed array of investors infused their trust into our business model.”
The brand currently offers a wide range of Organic tea variants like Whole Leaf Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, White Tea. It also offers an array of flavoured tea products – Organic Assam masala Chai, Rose Black Tea, Lychee Black Tea, along with some popular blends including – English Breakfast Tea, Chamomile and Moringa Tea. Esah Tea products are available on the brand E-Commerce website esahtea.com, along with prominent online marketplace like Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal. It can also be availed at offline stores like Repose Bakers Special. Currently, the startup is also delivering to more than 25+ countries through its own D2C online store.
“Esah is producing some world-class tea products. It is maintaining the organic quality which holds a strong market and loyal customer base. The brand has been performing well and appears promising in the longer run. The idea is to together work towards holistic growth of the brand and revival of the industry at large,” said PVSLN Murty, Chairman, NEDFi Ventures.
The company intends to utilize the funds in expanding the marketing and operations team primarily. It will also exhaust a part of the raised investment in developing new products, and launching brand stores in new geographies. The brand is ambitious to convert 20000+ acres of land to organic tea cultivation, and onboard 1000+ Local Small tea growers by 2023.
North East Venture Fund
North East Venture Fund (NEVF), is a North East India focused Venture Fund and is a Joint Initiative of Ministry of DoNER, NEDFI and SIDBI. It is committed to providing support to innovative and scalable business models along with building a healthy startup ecosystem for entrepreneurs from the region.
Established in 2019, by Bijit Sarma, Esah Tea is a brand devoted to giving you the ultimate & fresh tea experience. It believes that joy and warmth can be shared in many forms but is best when shared with a cup of tea. The brand is headquartered in Mangaldoi, Assam and works closely with local tea gardeners to bring the best in the quality. Currently, the brand offers a wide array of products including – Whole Leaf Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, White Tea, Also flavour teas like Organic Assam masala Chai, Rose Black Tea, Lychee Black Tea Also some popular blends are its ionic English Breakfast Tea, herbal blends like Chamomile and Moringa Tea available at esahtea.com