Zone Startups India (ZSI), alongside Startup India, has launched a Virtual Incubation Programme for ladies Entrepreneurs (VIP-WE).
This 10-week program supports early-stage tech startups founded by women. The program is going to be delivered online. VIP-WE will select 20 early-stage technology-based startups whose product is prepared to scale and requires handholding.
There will be an intensive period of curated learning and development and can be freed from cost for all incubators. Hemant Gupta, the director, Zone Startups India, said, “Entrepreneurship may be a long and sometimes lonely journey, and that we want to be by the partners to offer the support required.
We have built a robust supportive network of mentors, coaches, corporates, and investors for our startups. Promoting women entrepreneurship has always been our focus and that we are running the hugely successful ‘empoWer’ program for ladies entrepreneurs for the last four years.”
The program will include 80 hours of workshops and features a unique curriculum developed by Zone Startups India, which incorporates management techniques, business and revenue model validation, and investor pitch training.
The program will kick-off with 100 Open Startups because of the Global Strategic Partner, with access to their extensive global ecosystem. Cisco Webex will function the Technology Partner, alongside a number of investors joining in like Business Support Services Partners during a collaborative effort to spice up women entrepreneurship in India.
And the program will end with a virtual Demo Day, where the startups will get an opportunity to pitch to a panel of angel/early-stage investors, accelerators also as corporates.
Varad Rajan Krishna, Founder, and CEO, 100 Open Startups, said, “Under these circumstances, the virtual or digital incubation and mentorship program is that the best choice. Women entrepreneurs face tons of challenges worldwide.
The reason 100 Open Startups partnered with Zone Startup India as their Global Strategic Partner is that ladies entrepreneurs worldwide and in India can add value and may also learn from one another. we might wish to bring more visibility for the founders through various global events and initiatives thereby creating more opportunities for business and investments.”
(With inputs from YourStory)