The First Decade: 1983 – 1993

  • WAKE INCEPTION: 7 women entrepreneurs came together to help other women to succeed as entrepreneurs by sharing their ideas and lending required support. Thus dawned a new chapter in history of women called AWAKE at Bangalore.
  • AWAKE was inaugurated by Mr. S.R. Bommai, the then Karnataka Industries Minister along with Mr. B. Ratnakar, CMD Canara Bank and founder members.

  • Started Business Counseling services for the prospective women entrepreneurs. Membership was open to all women in business
  • First workshop on food industry for women entrepreneurs was organized
  • AWAKE participated in the 3rd National Convention at New Delhi

  • National Conference of Women Entrepreneurs in coordination with National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (NAYE) was organized at Bangalore.
  • Training department was initiated with First Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) at Bangalore.

  • The first State Conference of Women Entrepreneurs was held at CFTRI Campus, Mysore. 200 delegates from different states participated in the conference. Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly inaugurated the conference.

  • The second State Conference of Women Entrepreneurs was held at Malnad Engineering College, Hassan, Karnataka. 300 delegates participated in the conference. An entrepreneurship cell was set up to counsel engineering students to venture into business.
  • AWAKE moved into its own premises at B-76, KSSIDC Industrial Estate, Rajajinagar, Bangalore.
  • The Research and Resource Centre was set up for documentation and studies with the support of CIPE, USA.
  • To support aspiring entrepreneurs, a Business Incubator Facility for food processing, the first of its kind in Asia, was set up with the support of USAID.

  • AWAKE got the affiliation to Women’s World Banking, New York. WWB supported AWAKE by organizing a number of orientation workshops for the sustainability of the organization, thus bringing a long term planning in AWAKE’s functioning.
  • AWAKE participated in the WWB conference in Atlanta. The theme of the conference was ‘Give women credit’.

  • AWAKE organized GOOD SHOW exhibition.
  • AWAKE played a pivotal role in organizing the launch of ‘VISWA’ program of Govt. of Karnataka at Kogilehalli, inaugarated by the then Prime Minister of India Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao.

  • First retreat program Partnership Agreement and Action Plan, WWB, was organized for 2 days for the board members of AWAKE
  • AWAKE representation in the Asia Women Regional Conference at Japan Credit reach for women entrepreneurs – Policy Practice Gap with reference to Collateral Security – a major study was published
  • Final report of ILO-Arpet study on technology transfer from India to Mozambique on Fruit Juice Processing and on leather training to Tanzania was submitted.
  • New administrative block along with the Training Hall was built with the loan assistance from SIDBI and grant form KSFC
  • Launching of Rural Training Programs under sponsorship of NORAD at Bijapur, Gulbarga, Mysore and Kundapur. More than 150 women got trained in these programs. The success rate was 65%
  • An Objective Oriented Project Planning workshop was conducted by TOOL, Netherlands, for members of AWAKE
  • The first teleconference was organized at AWAKE connecting Bangalore with Boston on a hotline with Ms. Brigette Berger, Boston, editor of the book ‘The Culture of Entrepreneurship’, coordinated by Ms. Miriam E Guichard, Dy. Consul, USIS.
  • AWAKE participated in an NGO Experience Sharing workshop in Netherlands

The Second Decade: 1994 – 2003

  • AWAKE celebrated the decade of dedicated services to entrepreneurship. A mega event was organized in AWAKE’s premises at Rajajinagar. AWAKE honored some of its members and friends from the network who had contributed to the growth of AWAKE.
  • A National workshop on Transfer of Productive Technology and Encouragement of entrepreneurship among rural women was organized under the sponsorship of UN APCTT. A tech book, the Facilitator’s Handbook and the Resource Book were brought out A regional workshop on Women in Business was hosted by AWAKE, organized by EDII and sponsored by UNIFEM
  • AWAKE participated in International Women Entrepreneur’s Conference organized by NAYE Global Conference at Mexico Matchmaker program of CBI, Netherlands
  • Two major studies – ‘Capacity Utilization’ and ‘Working Capital needs of Small Scale Food Industry’ was conducted with the grant from Ministry of Processed Food.
  • AWAKE co-hosted the Asian Regional Conference in Bangalore, along with FWWB, Ahmedabad. 10 countries participated in the conference.
  • AWAKE released ‘Neravigara Kaipidi’, a facilitators hand book in Kannada
  • An ILO sponsored Trainers Training Program was conducted in Bangalore.

  • AWAKE conducted the first Enterprise Learning Network (ELN) program under the aegis of WWB. This helped building linkages and network in garment industries.
  • AWAKE started working with like-minded NGOs like RUDSETII, YVK, BIRDS, SEEDA and MYRADA

  • AWAKE extended its activities to the rural sector with the Rural Industrialization Program (RIP) with the support from Department of Industries and Commerce (DIC), Government of Karnataka and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
  • Delegates from WWB, Japan, visited AWAKE. 16 participants from AWAKE had an opportunity to showcase their products and interact with buyers from Japan.
  • Ms. Lisette Reek, Mr. Roger, Mr. Kalkhoven, Mr. Troost from Netherlands came as first International student interns to AWAKE.

  • Business Incubator was upgraded with addition of new machineries for encouraging the usage of food processing facility.
  • SIDA and LEVIS supported the Business Counseling and Management Development Programs for members to diversify and find new business opportunities. MDP under Business-Savvy series launched.
  • AWAKE worked with Bhoruka Charities at Yadgir and Sahapur in Gulbarga District for below poverty women
  • AWAKE participated in 5th ELN Workshop at Maine Demand Driven Orientation Workshop organized by TOOL in Netherlands
  • International Trade Fair at Colombo, Sri Lanka CIPE Conference in USA
  • Ms. Carine, student from Netherlands visited AWAE to do a study on the Business Incubator for food processing
  • Studies were conducted in Handicrafts and Handloom Sectors in 4 districts of Karnataka under the sponsorship of KSWDC.

  • The third State Conference of Women Entrepreneurs was held in Bangalore, with the theme ‘Tradition to Technology’. 700 people from all over the state and different parts of the country participated in the conference. Ms. Nancy Barry, President of WWB, gave the key note address.
  • WWB visited Bijapur and met clients from RIP Program
  • The first print version and CD of the Directory of Women Entrepreneurs was released.
  • AWAKE co-hosted the Global Conference organized by WWB at Ahmedabad. The then President of India Sri K.R. Narayan inaugurated the conference. More than 250 people participated in the conference.
  • AWAKE is one of the founder members of SADHAN Micro Credit Association of India launched in November at Ahmadabad.
  • AWAKE was recognized and invited as members on the boards of SSI, KCTU and SIDBI

  • Quick Evaluation Study of Ministry of Rural Development was taken up for the districts of Dharwad and Gulbarga.
  • The book ‘Scaling up New Heights – Millennium Women’ sponsored by Asia Development Bank (ADB) was released at Manila during Asia Regional Conference.
  • AWAKE attended Micro Credit Summit at Washington, USA.

  • AWAKE received prestigious international AGFUND award (Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organization). The prize was awarded for entrepreneurship promotion among rural women, implemented in India.
  • Swabhimana, a counseling centre was set up in Jayanagar, Bangalore. A workshop on IT related business ideas was conducted by Swabhimana
  • Swashakthi was launched for rural women development and empowerment
  • First seminar on e-commerce conducted.

  • The Rural Industrialization Program (RIP) was launched in Shimoga and re-launched in Bijapur.
  • AWAKE conducted a one day training program on WTO – Challenges and Opportunities. The Kannada translation of ‘WTO – Its Challenges and Opportunities’ was released.
  • The first Virtual Trade Mission between India and USA was conducted with the support of the Trade Builders Inc, USA, for entrepreneurs in IT products and services.
  • The regional workshop Commonwealth Business Women leaders Network was held in Bangalore.
  • ZOPP training program was conducted by ZDH for the Executive Committee members of AWAKE.
  • Ms. Shisho Sakagouhi, intern from Osaka, Japan was at AWAKE to study women entrepreneurship.

  • An Asia Pacific Convention of ‘Entrepreneurial women – Expanding business horizons for exponential growth’ was organized by AWAKE at Bangalore.
  • KAWAD – training in non-land based intervention in Chinnagiri watershed area, Molkalmur taluk was started and 533 SHG members trained
  • AWAKE BAZAAR was launched in Palace Grounds to support marketing of products of women entrepreneurs.

The Third Decade: 2004 – 2010

  • VISION 2020 focus Women Entrepreneurs – an interactive meet with His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India was organized in Bangalore by AWAKE on the occasion of AWAKE’s 20th anniversary. The Business Incubator Manual, published by AWAKE with the support of NABARD and the Kannada Case Study book ‘New Millennium’ were released during the occasion.
  • AWAKE’s CD business directory supported by ZDH-Sequa and Touch screen Kiosk supported by Canara Bank was launched during Mix’ n Match – vendor development meet at Bangalore.
  • AWAKE conducted ‘Training of Trainers in Project Cycle Management: A logical Framework Approach’ with the sponsorship of ZDH Sequa and APO.
  • Major projects KAWAD, SUJALA, SWASHAKTHI, TREAD and REDP were executed and follow-ups conducted

  • Volkart Foundation, Mumbai, sponsored a training program for tribal- Hakki Pikki and Dhawari community people in Mandya district.

  • AWAKE executed the Nagara Streeshakthi project, sponsored by KSWDC, conducting 67 batches of 3 Days EDPs in 12 districts of Karnataka.

  • Awake became member of the National Board for micro, Small andMedium Enterprises(MSME).
  • Awake received the HP grant for Micro enterprise development under their CSR for Asia pacific region.
  • Awake received Pioneer Organization Award for the service to the women empowerment on the occasion of International Women’s day.

  • Awake signed a consortium partner with University of Agriculture Sciences Bangalore in the ICAR-NAIP(Indian Council for Agricultural Research- National Innovation Project) on “Value addition and Commercialization of maize” at MalavalliTaluk, Mandya district.

  • Business Incubator ‘ANANYA’ was inaugurated on June 3rd, 2009 at Bijapur.
  • Awake is a consortia partner with University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore under ICAR-NAIP project on “Value Chain on Commercialization of Maize” from 2009-2012.
  • Awake received HP-CSR grant for 2009-2010 under HP-LIFE program for ASIA PACIFIC JAPAN region for the 3rd consecutive time.

  • Ms. Corinne Heijn, Founder President of ‘ United Success’, Netherlands, Europe, visited AWAKE on 25th Jan 2010, to discuss the tie up with awake and establish a working relationship and network of United Success in India.
  • Awake has been upgraded and accredited with ISO 9001-2008 by BVQI.