Study from UK's leading online resource Startups.co.uk reveals hottest start-up prospects with input from entrepreneurs and industry experts.
The NextWomen Social Entrepreneurship Theme
In India, there is no shortage of talented female social entrepreneurs. Women like Ela Bhatt, who in 1972 founded SEWA, the world’s first and largest trade union for undocumented women workers, as well as Women’s World Banking in 1979 - have been inspiring and leading women for generations.
Hina Shah, founder of The International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD), has worked for over 25 years on scaling micro, small, and medium size businesses across 21 states of India.
In this article, the founder of Packed Munches, Fiona Timba asks “How many times have you had an amazing business idea and done nothing about it?” and tells the NextWomen about her five top tips on turning that amazing business idea into an entrepreneurial success story.
Leadership became a hot topic in the 1970s, and both the business world and the academic world have been busy discussing it ever since. We are bombarded from all sides with books, articles, training courses, surveys, conferences. If you do a Google search on “Leadership” today you will get over 500 million results worldwide, and over 16 million for the UK alone. Amazon.co.uk offers close on 19,000 books on the topic.
So, what is the definition of Leadership? There are many! John Adair, one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and leadership development, has this to say: ‘Leadership, like all personal relations, always has something unknown, something mysterious about it’.
Cultural differences and different languages can be challenging when leading a team remotely. Whether your team is based over different continents or all over the world, your communication skills will help you to keep your people motivated at all times.
As a manager of a multi-cultural and international team of people your understanding of their culture, their clients and the way of doing business in their part of the world is your key to success.
Executives, Entrepreneurs, Braniacs, Activists, Bloggers, Evangelists, Fastcompany has found the most influential women in these categories and listed them. The site presented its ranking this week, continuing a tradition they started last year of naming the most influential women 2.0.
" Women who have succeeded in technology deserve recognition; they are an inspiration for everyone, male or female, demonstrating what can be achieved through creativity and hard work." Fastcompany says.
These are the top women in their categories:
- The Entrepreneur: Rashmi Sinha
Cofounder and CEO SlideShare
Rashmi went from psychology PhD to Web designer to business women. Launched with less than $50,000, SlideShare, a side where people can share they powerpoint presentations, now has over a million registered users, plus a partnership with LinkedIn.
Guest post by Julia Elliott Brown, Co-Founder, Upper Street, for our Fashion & Retail Theme.
Starting your own fashion business can be a daunting prospect, especially in these economically challenging times. Upper Street, the design your own shoes label is making waves in the industry despite launching at one of the worst times in British retail history. Julia Elliott Brown CEO, shares some worthy advice for any would be fashion entrepreneur:
The NextWomen Fashion & Retail Theme.
Do you remember in the last start-up diaries I mentioned that setting up a website was another story in itself? Yes/No?
Well I am back to share with you a few more experiences, so if you’re settled in, I will begin.
Where do you start - what’s in a name?
The name of your online fashion boutique, is it going to be your own, or is it going to be a theme, perhaps something that can be an acronym, or initials to be quick and snappy. Is this name memorable, there is a lot to be said for a name that is simple and to the point, your strap-line (what you say about this name) is the opportunity to express more of who you are, and what you do.