Wit women empowerment being one of the key motives for almost all government and non government organisations, it is only just to have a programme which focuses on women empowerment in startups.
Zone Startups India, Dentsu Aegis Network and Nasscom are increasingly focusing on launching women-driven accelerator programmes and similar such initiatives, a move aimed at bringing in more women entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem. Programmes focus on long-term prospects for entrepreneurs to raise seed rounds for research and creating prototypes within tech and finance-oriented domains. “Networking is one of the major hurdles we face as women entrepreneurs, accelerator programmes can especially help with that.
One such example is Saral. Saral Designs, has created a proprietary tech enabled machine that can produce up to 15,000 sanitary napkins a day, largely for women in rural India. Saral Designs won the first place at Zone Startup’s women accelerator programme ‘Empower’. Empower is considered to be the first of its kind in the country, along with Google and the department of science and technology partnering with the organisation.
Dentsu Aegis Network has recently announced a female foundry accelerator programme, where any female-founded startup with a focus on technology based in any part of south or Southeast Asia can send in their applications till early October.
To add to these efforts Nasscom has partnered with BlackBox Connect and Google to focus on women entrepreneur oriented initiatives.