IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs launches nationwide Women Startup Programme

In a bid to train and empower 12000 aspiring women entrepreneurs, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has launched Women Startup Programme. The five-week “Do Your Venture” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is completely free to attend and it will begin in January this year.

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.

Budding women entrepreneurs across the country who are planning to start a venture that adapts innovative problem-solving techniques using science and technology can apply to this program.

After completion, 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.

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 accordingly.

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, Ntalents.ai, which uses data to assist companies to discover their top sales talent and was founded by Deepika Anu and Mayank Sharma, has become a revenue-generating venture with clients that include NestAway, Zoojoobe, JustOrganik, and EAI Consultancy.

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

If you are a budding women entrepreneur and wish to apply for this program, follow the link here.

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