India’s first edition of Digital Women Awards presented by Axis Bank and powered by SheThePeople.TV
November 30, 2015: Grand launch of ‘Digital Women Awards’ – Pioneering effort to recognise women in the online and digital world, more than 30 women entrepreneurs recognised, more than 700 applications received. Winners include women ranging from E-Commerce, Content Creation, Leadership and Social Impact. Chief Guest at ‘Digital Women Awards’ DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant says “India can grow at not just 8-9% but beyond 11% if women can be part of the growth story.” Keynote speaker RajanAnandan, MD Google India and South East Asia says, “Women entrepreneurs just build great companies! This is the first time I am at an event where there are more women entrepreneurs than men.”
Rajiv Anand, Group Executive & Head- Retail Banking of Axis Bank says “The digital revolution is shaping the future of India and women are an integral part of this transformation.
India’s first edition of ‘Digital Women Awards’ presented by Axis Bank and powered by SheThePeople.TV put the spotlight on women achievers by recognising the talent and reward women who haveexcelled in digital spaces, breaking all socio-cultural barriers of time, space and stereotypical gender roles. The presence of all the 30 winners as well as a majority of the 700 applicants in the audience has made ‘Digital Women Awards’ a unique event of its kind in India. The event’s mega success was highly appreciatedby all the attendees and also won accolades from people governing the newly formed structures of the digital media world. Digital Women Awards is an initiative brought up by Shaili Chopra, the founder of SheThePeople.TV to unleash talent, entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and creation among women achievers in the digital space.
DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant, the man leading the much acclaimed ‘Make in India’ campaign was the Chief Guest and he spoke on how women can add more to India’s growth story while Google South Asia Managing Director, RajanAnandan was the Keynote Speaker gave a notable speech on the role of women in the digital world.
In his opening remarks, Amitabh Kant said ‘Tremendous energy, dynamism and enthusiasm among women entrepreneurs at the Digital Women Awards, compliments to SheThePeople.TV.’
RajanAnandan in his keynote speech ‘We have a long way to go in the Internet and tech start up space, it’s an exciting journey, content will be a key area of growth with digital ad spends already at a billion dollars in India & likely to go up to 3 billion dollars by 2020.’
On the successful launch of ‘Digital Women Awards’ Shaili Chopra said ‘Our mission is to continue to build this platform for future leaders who will shape the Indian digital ecosystem and the Digital Women Awards are just the first step in achieving that goal.’
Rajiv Anand, Group Executive &Head- Retail Banking said ‘The digital revolution is shaping the future of India and women are an integral part of this transformation. The concept of the Digital Women Awards fits well with Axis Bank’s philosophy of celebrating and ushering in progress. At Axis Bank we have been on the forefront of leveraging the digital platform to bring about a large scale transformation- be it through new products or delivery of a consistent experience to our customers across different channels.’
The show saw GulPanag, actress, politician and now a digital entrepreneur also talk about her new digital venture. The eveningwas hosted by talented VJ, television actress and presenter Shruti Seth.
THE DIGITAL WOMEN AWARDS WINNERS OF 2015
BEST ECOMMERCE APP
Suchi Mukherjee, Limeroad
COOLEST MARKET PLACE
SERVICE OFFERING ECOMMERCE
Swati Bhargava, CashKaro.com
UNIQUE IDEA IN ECOMMERCE
Ruchi Chopra, Asap.co.in
BEST CONTENT CREATOR
Priyanka Gill, popxo.com
BEST CONTENT COMMUNITY
Sonal Holland, sonalhollandacademy.com
BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTENT
BEST NEWS WEBSITE
Chitra SD and DhanyaRajendran, thenewsminute.com
MAX BUSINESS IMPACT
UNIQUE IDEA DISRUPTOR
DIGITAL MENTOR OF THE YEAR
Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital
DIGITAL LEADER OF THE YEAR 2015
RISING DIGITAL STAR
Dr. RajshreeKrishnaswamy, Catalyze Learning Center
ChetanaMisra of mompreneursindia.com
BEST CROWDSOURCED SOCIAL IMPACT
Elsa Marie Dsilva
BEST SOCIAL IMPACT
INNOVATIVE SOCIAL IMPACT
RURAL FOCUS SOCIAL IMPACT
AparnaHegde of Armman.org
SPAIN TOURISM SMART CITY AWARDS
HetalDoshi, the wandergirls.com
BEST WOMAN LED DIGITAL AGENCY
Avanti Honawar – thecircusworks.com
SOCIAL MEDIA DIGITAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR
PoojaDhingra, Studio Fifteen
ABOUT DIGITAL WOMEN AWARDS
Powered by SheThePeople.TV, the Digital Women Awards has been launched with the belief that women are playing a crucial role in shaping the digital trajectory of development. The current digital boom has provided Indian women with a wide range of career options and the power to be more self-aware, enlightened and economically independent. Women are adopting the digital media surfaceto create their own identity and to spread the true meaning of feminism all across globe.Hence, the show was organised to celebrate the success of these women who are actively and passionately involved in pacing the digital as well as gender revolution in India. These women serve as epitomes of inspiration for young women and aspiring women entrepreneurs across the nation.
E-commerce industry is growing at a rapid pace than ever and is bound to go grow even higher in this innovative technological world. The digital media world is all about getting new and unique ideas and following it to make a destructive impact in today’s competitive environment. Digital media has also seen some great leaders till now who have effortlessly carried out this important task of effective leadership. Today when we talk about digital media, it is impossible to contemplate the topic without the use of marketing tactics. Digital Media Marketing is equally important for successful growth of business. It has become an important and intrinsic part of every business today and it’s a process that every organisation in the world has to follow, adapt to and should entail to be a successful entrepreneur. Hence, these are few things which puts light on the categories classified by Digital Women Awards. The show was categorized into E-commerce, Content Creation, Disruption, Leadership, Marketing, Social Impact and Marketing sections and there were various other categories classified in these sections.
DIGITAL WOMEN AWARDS JURY
The award show also witnessed spectacular team of jury who strived half of their life to establish digital ecosystem in India, which was led by TV Mohandas Pai (Founding member of Infosys, Chairman of Manipal) whose view on digital women empowerment was, “Women are becoming the Prima Donnas of the digital world which is giving free reign to their talent, creativity and vision unrestrained by any context. In this new world they are thriving and taking leadership.”
Pai was supported by four successful women business leaders Deepali Naair (CMO of Mahindra Holidays), Ankhi Das (Director of Public Policy for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia), Meenu Handa (Director, Corporate Communications at Amazon India) and Akila Urankar (President of Business Standard). Except for jury members, there were famous personalities like Bollywood actress Gul Panag, Rajiv Anand of Axis Bank and many women achievers ruling the online digital world and representatives from top MNC companies and banks who were present at the show.