24-25 May | Mumbai, India

2023 Making Finance Work for Women Summit

Join financial inclusion leaders from around the globe to accelerate her economy.

The Location

About Mumbai

Mumbai is the financial and entertainment capital of India. A forthcoming host city to G20 and near some of Women’s World Banking’s most impactful work, the city presents a harmonious setting for the 2023 Making Finance Work for Women (MFWW) Summit.

Mumbai sits on the site of an ancient settlement positioned on the Maharashtra coast, bringing together India’s vibrant culture, centuries old architecture, and tropical climate. We cannot wait to gather with you in India’s “City of Dreams.”

As of 22 November 2022, Mumbai has fully vaccinated 100% of its adult population. As a result, it has opened its doors for events, permitting 100% occupancy and welcoming travelers from across the world.

As we look forward to hosting you at the MFWW 2023 Summit in Mumbai, we ask that you keep yourself informed on travel regulations. We recommend frequently visiting WHO as the COVID-19 situations evolve.

Please note that most travelers require a visa to enter India, please refer to the sources below to identify the specific requirements and application processes.

We are working with CIBT to provide delegates with support for their visa application process. CIBT is the leading global travel visa service with unrivaled capability to obtain business and other travel visas for corporations and individuals worldwide in a fast, convenient and secure manner. Please note the guidance that we have received from CIBT is if your travel is not strictly tourism you should apply for a Business Visa. Also if you are associated with an NGO or Charity you should also apply for a Paper Business Visa (not electronic business visa). On the Electronic visa it clearly states the following: e-Visa is not allowed for employment, NGO activities and journalism purposes. If you would like support from CIBT on your visa application process please click here and also take a look at the portal guidelines here.

Many countries are eligible for e-visas if this is applicable to you. Please check your eligibility for e-visa by clicking the “Countries / Nationalities who are eligible to apply for an eVisa” on the official Indian Visa Online website. If you are eligible for e-visa please click through the “Instructions for Applicant” on the same link where you will be able to see all Business visa required documents. CIBT can also support with E-visa’s if required.

An Invitation letter can be generated after you have registered for the event. You will be contacted by the events team within 72 hours from your registration, who will provide you with your “Welcome to your delegate journey email” guiding you through the next steps. If you do not receive the email, please contact us at mfww@womensworldbanking.org.

Please note that visa rules and requirements are subject to change. The Indian embassy in your country is the best source of up-to-date information. If there is no embassy in your country please consult the official Immigration page of Government of India.

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, built in 1903 and then expanded in the 1970s, was India’s first harbor landmark and is an official sponsor of the MFWW Global Summit. Email events@womensworldbanking.org to leverage our special room-block rate.

The Venue

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary conference hotel is located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, and walking distance away from Colaba Causey, known for its tiny roadside shops. The city’s financial hub, parliament, shopping districts, flourishing art and heritage precinct are within close proximity.

Outside the Summit

Support these Women-Owned Businesses

Natasha Shah is the founder of The Nature’s Co., an array of natural beauty and wellness products. Born and brought up in Mumbai, she obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from the prestigious MET University, Mumbai. Nature’s Co’s products contain natural, high-quality ingredients that are vegan and cruelty-free. To conserve natural resources, product development & designing teams have taken extra care to ensure that the packaging uses only materials such as Glass, PP and PETG which are user-friendly, recyclable or biodegradable.

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Perhaps one of the most recognizable pastry brands across India, Theobroma was founded by Kainaz Messman Harchandrai and her sister Tina. Trained at the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai, the former was working as a pastry chef at the Oberoi Udaivilas when a freak accident forced her to stay bedridden. To keep her passion for the culinary arts alive, she borrowed a crore from her father in 2004 and launched Theobroma.. Today, the brand has over 78 outlets across the country, with some of the more popular menu features being the millionaire brownies, overload brownies, chip butty, devil’s mousse, and opium pastry.

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A health-food cafe that doesn’t rely on salads to do its bidding, Farmers’ Cafe offers delicious, organic brown rice bowls, smoothies infused with Indian superfoods, and pizzas that are deceptively good for you. Minali Gaba, the woman in charge, began experimenting with developing recipes in her teens.i Today, diners rave about the skinny pizza and breakfast puddings.

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Neha Motwani is one of the top women entrepreneurs in India who built a fitness community as big as she has. She built a network of an enormous fitness community and Fitternity, a platform which makes it easy to find and locate gyms. Fitternity allows its users to choose from several fitness activities across various cities through a single membership. The startup started to make fitness more accessible to the Indian consumer and people who are constantly travelling.

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Priyanshi Choubeya, the co-founder of InstaCar, has won prestigious awards like the ‘Women Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Travel & Hospitality by SheSparks 2018. InstaCar is a marketplace for outstation taxis and cars that makes it simpler to get car rentals. It allows its users to hail intercity taxi reservations while focusing on reliability, user safety and the quality of the car. The startup also provides pick up and drop services for children.

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Falguni Nayar is the CEO and Founder of Nykaa.com, an e-commerce multi-brand retail store for beauty and wellness products. Believing that India’s beauty market had untapped potential, Falguni started her venture in April 2012. Over the years they expanded into related segments like fashion, launched in-house brands & entered celebrity partnership with Katrina Kaif to launch Kay Beauty range. Nayar’s business venture has redefined the way Indian women are shopping for beauty & fashion products in less than a decade.

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In 2012, Vineetha Singh co-founded FABBAG, a beauty subscription business where they would send a “surprise box” with a mix of different products from relatively less-known, global brands. Makeup products in the box received positive reviews from millennials who wished to upgrade from the mass brands but didn’t have the pocket for luxury brands. This insight became the foundation for the launch of SUGAR cosmetics which was designed to cater to the millennial women for whom beauty was a daily routine and not reserved for special occasions.

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Getting Around

The best way to get around Mumbai is by Ridesharing Apps or taxi.

Uber and Ola (Indian equivalent of Uber) are your best bet for a prompt and fuss-free ride, if you have internet access. They’re a better alternative to taxis because there’s no need to explain to the driver where you want to go (as directions are often given based on landmarks rather than street names in Mumbai).

Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Mumbai. The cheapest are the old black-and-yellow cabs which can be hailed off the streets. However, they are quite rickety and lack air-conditioning. Branded cab services like “Meru” offer more comfortable rides at a slightly higher cost.

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