Funded by the European Union, the UN Women Industry Disruptor (India) is an acceleration program that provides you access to mentorship, investors and the opportunity to grow your ideas and increase your impact through scaling your venture.
Are you disrupting the fashion and lifestyle industry but need to attract investment, build your e-commerce presence, and form relationships with peers and big industry players to make a bigger impact? We’ve got you covered. Join the UN Women Industry Disruptor to gain access to likeminded industry players – ranging from fellow entrepreneurs to corporates and investors – who want to change the industry for the better.
Impact of the UN Women Industry Disruptor since its inception in year (2021) over 2 phases:
women-owned or women-benefiting ventures increased their skills and impact through 6-month acceleration programs in EU and India
open source solutions to 12 brand-specific challenges co-created
collaborations between industry partners and entrepreneurs launched, 6+ collaborations between entrepreneurs, 1 investment deal
Challenges and solutions
The UN Women Industry Disruptor 2022 connected changemakers and international industry partners. Together they identified and co-created 20 solutions for 12 pressing equity and sustainability challenges in the fashion and lifestyle industry.
Challenge: How could we better forecast demand and plan inventory to make overstock a thing of the past?
Challenge: How could we match-make products and services that address social, environmental, and gender equality challenges in fashion & lifestyle procurement in India?
Challenge: How might e-commerce and D2C influence people to make choices that support women and sustainability?
Challenge: What should be the key components of a platform that will provide a supportive ecosystem for women entrepreneurs?
Solution: PREpair, a pre-booking marketplace to better forecast demand and prevent overstock.
Solution: Authentica, a gender-inclusive marketplace.
Solution: Re-volution, a campaign to showcase the stories and environmental impact of sustainable products made by women.
Solution: WorkEt, a platform for women entrepreneurs in India to learn, network and access the resources they need to succeed.
Impact & Results
UN Women Industry Disruptor Impact: to contribute to strengthening women’s leadership and sustainability across the fashion and lifestyle industry supply chains.
In this latest phase of the UN Women Industry Disruptor, we are excited to share key highlights towards this objective:
Eva Vander Giessen
Director of Entrepreneurship
Founder DOx India
Regional Head – WeEmpower Asia, UN Women
BIRTE SCHULZE RAESTRUP
Country Programme Manager- WeEmpower Asia, UN Women
Consultant – Monitoring, Reporting and Documentation, WeEmpower Asia, UN Women