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AWAKE – Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka is a not-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Bangalore, India, working towards ' Empowerment of women through entrepreneurship development to improve their economic condition '.

 

Purpose

AWAKE strives to promote entrepreneurship among women as a means to achieve self reliance and socio-economic independence. AWAKE provides support and guidance to aspiring women from rural, urban, national and international arenas to be successful entrepreneurs, irrespective of their age, academic, social, economic background.

AWAKE’s services are extended to women Self Help Groups (SHGs), NGOs and other development agencies engaged in Income Generation Activities and Entrepreneurship Development.

 

Process

AWAKE’s process in entrepreneurship development involves awareness programs, business counseling, trainings, skill development, mentoring, business incubation, information sharing and networking, marketing assistance, credit referral and policy advocacy. The organization comprises of women entrepreneurs from various sectors as its members. Members of AWAKE contribute their time and expertise to support women entrepreneurs, based on the approach 'Entrepreneur guiding Entrepreneur'. AWAKE has built up a strong support network with Government, non-government, corporate, developmental agencies, funding and finance agencies, working with them to provide the expertise in entrepreneurship development for both rural and urban women.

AWAKE collaborates as a resource organization in institutional competence building, training, policy making and enabling technology transfers for state, national and international agencies. AWAKE fosters an entrepreneurial culture in women such that their contribution to the global economy is recognized.