Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has launched 'Women Startup Programme' with an aim to train 12000 aspiring women entrepreneurs through its five-week "Do Your Venture" Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The programme will begin in January- March and is totally free of cost.

The programme is organized by NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIMB with funding from Goldman Sachs and the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. These institutions help bring together women entrepreneurs from across the country under a single platform with uniform implementation.

Women across the country planning to start a venture that adapts innovative problem solving techniques using science and technology are welcome to apply to this program

For startups, each venture shall be represented by one woman for this competition and a partner shall be on-boarded once the venture is selected for incubation.

After the completion of the five week course 300 entrepreneurs-to-be will be selected for a boot camp in April where they will be given classroom learning on communication and customer interaction. Thereafter in May, 100 of them will be selected for a second boot camp where the soon-to-be entrepreneurs will also be trained on developing a business plan, understanding costing and pricing, sales and marketing, and working on negotiation skills; here they will also get networking opportunities with successful women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, IIMB students, and Goldman Sachs professionals.

To know more about the programme, check the official website here.

To enroll for the programme check out the webpage here.

The Women Startup Programme builds off from a successful pilot programme launched in November 2016 by the NSRCEL which drew more than 1,700 aspiring female entrepreneurs from across the country. The pilot programme selected 50 women entrepreneurs and from there 15 of the top ideas were selected to be incubated. Among the top 15 ideas selected last year for incubation,, which uses data to assist companies discover their top sales talent and was founded by Deepika Anu and Mayank Sharma, has successfully become a revenue generating venture with clients that include NestAway, Zoojoobe, JustOrganik, and EAI Consultancy, reads the official statement from IIM Bangalore.

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