On account of International Women’s Day, Zone Startups India has announced that they will soon be launching the 2nd cohort of empoWer, with a few exciting industry partners. The 1st cohort of empoWer was hugely successful, with 15 women entrepreneurs selected from over 180 applications received from across India.

Says, Ajay Ramasubramaniam - Director, Zone Startups India, "Through our accelerator program, and various bootcamps, workshops, demo days hosted by us we realized the need for having a focused program that works with women entrepreneurs in tech businesses. The problems faced by a lot of women entrepreneurs is unique, and we feel that there is a case for having a dedicated accelerator program for women entrepreneurs - complete with mentoring, workshops, case studies of successful women led startups, industry connect, peer network and investor connect.”

empoWer is a 6-week accelerator program built on the basis of a primary research conducted by Zone Startups India, during its application process. The structure has been defined by the inputs generated from women entrepreneurs during this research.


A key supporter of the empoWer initiative is the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Says Dr. Anita Gupta, Associate Head - NSTEDB, "As a part of National initiatives on Start up India and Stand up India, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India is supporting '"empoWer ", which is designed to equip women entrepreneurs with knowledge, skills and networks required to navigate and scale up their startups."

Overall, the objective of the empoWer initiative program is to be able to identify some solid women entrepreneurs build great, fundable businesses.

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