The Kerala chapter of the Institution of Electronics and
Electrical Engineers (IEEE) will launch the first all-women
start-up here next month, an official said Friday.
The start-up will utilise existing technology trends in social
media to address the applications of crowd sourcing, with special
relevance to the market and social requirements of the country.
"Even though women constitute 50 per cent of students in
engineering and other technical areas, their presence and
visibility in the realms of start-up enterprises is low... due to
lack of family support, risk aversion and the organisational
culture of start-ups," said Sarada Jayakrishnan, who heads the
Women in Engineering (WiE) initiative of IEEE Kerala chapter.
IEEE Kerala is the fourth-largest section of IEEE in the
Asia-Pacific after Tokyo, Chennai and Bangalore.
IEEE, headquartered in New York, is the world's largest technical
body with over 400,000 members in over 160 countries.
R. Srinivasan, chairman of IEEE Kerala, said: "Women are a hidden
resource for start-ups in Kerala as there are many women who are
unable to go to the metros to work. Women's start-ups will go a
long way to tap into this resource, thereby bringing women into
The Kerala section, with about 5,500 members and student branches
in 70 academic institutions, is one of the most rapidly growing in
the country and in the Asia-Pacific region.