Preeti Sharma - Great Companies Women Entrepreneur Award Winner 2020
Pragati Software Pvt. Ltd.
About Pragati: Pragati Software Pvt. Ltd. is a respected name for providing IT training to corporate customers, in a wide range of subjects. The company conducts training programs on technical, higher-end subjects for IT professionals as well as on office automation products for IT users. We assimilate the knowledge and impart it in the simplest manner for the benefit of our clientele and aspiring professionals. Pragati Software's training programs are rated highly by the participants. Over the years on an average our participant feedback is 4.75 on a 5 point scale with 5 being excellent training. With a very strong focus on quality of the training programs, Pragati is a trusted name with our customers. Pragati Software functions as an extension of a customer's organization. Pragati Software synchronizes the perfect mapping of its resources to meet customers' needs with utmost responsiveness and professional approach. We have a team of well experienced and well trained faculty who judge the expectations and interests of the participants and accordingly customize the pace and content of the training modules. Why Pragati ? We are an organization with a vast experience of 27+ years in the Corporate IT Training business. We have a team of 40 high caliber in- house trainers ably supported by about 400 Consultant trainers. Our USP is that we provide more than 150 technologies under one roof. We have more than 400 companies training with us continuously round the year. Around 75% is our repeated business. We have an excellent infrastructure which supports and enhances our training delivery. We have 9 state of art air conditioned training centres wherein more than 150 participants can be trained at a time with a wide range of hardware configurations to facilitate the imparting of training in an effective manner. Multi - Location Training Infrastructure available : Conducts training on PAN India Basis, City: Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Kolkatta, Etc
What challenges have you overcome to reach where you are now
1. Tough competition against male counterparts For a long time, entrepreneurship has been a field dominated by men. And while the scenario is changing, there is still a long way to go. For example, India has the third largest start-up base in the entire world. Over 1,000 new start-ups were added in the last year. Yet the percentage of female start-up founders in India is a measly 11%.
2. Limited funding Funding is crucial in order to start a business. However, a large number of Indian women do not have property or assets to their name. Hence, they encounter a problem while applying for loans due to lack of collateral. This isn't just a problem in India but across the world. A report by Bloomberg showed that women who own and run businesses receive a lot less funding as compared to what men get.
3. Work-life balance Women, across the world, are expected to play a larger part in handling a household and taking care of their family. Owning and running a business means long hours and thus, for women work-life balance can become a problem. In the case of working mothers, taking care of their children takes up a lot of time and energy, thereby often forcing them to give less priority to their business. Men, on the other hand, generally play a secondary role when it comes to household responsibilities. However, this situation seems to be changing now as more men are stepping forward to contribute to the household responsibilities.
4. Minimal support When you start an entrepreneurial venture and are finding your place in the business world, you need as much support as you can get. Unfortunately, in many cases, women find themselves on their own with no one to guide them. In this day and age, it is almost necessary to have experienced mentors and role models. For women, managing their business becomes even more difficult if their family and friends don’t step up to take some household and family responsibilities. As a result, it can be tough to make a mark in an arena that is already dominated by men.
What message you want to give for other aspiring women entrepreneurs
“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”
To what do you attribute your success
Do what you love. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams. Hitch your wagon to a winner. Be a professional. Trust your instincts. You are right. YOU are responsible for the condition you are in, so DECIDE exactly what you want to do.