Accenture launches Women Founders Programme in India
On Friday the global professional services company Accenture has launched the ‘Women Founders Programme’ which aims to provide selected technology startups in India with an equity-free grant of up to $60,000, along with market and network access and mentoring.
The programme will help early-stage, women-led Indian startups in the business-to-business (B2B) Deep Tech and Enterprise SaaS domain grow and advance their businesses.
The company said that startups applying for the programme must be based out of India and have a working prototype with early adoption metrics. Applicants will be shortlisted and selected by leaders from Accenture and the ecosystem-based on product differentiation, disrupt-ability quotient, leveraging of deep technologies, commercial viability, and founder profile.
Mahesh Zurale, senior managing director, lead – Advanced Technology Centers in India, Accenture said, “The technology industry needs the active participation of women as technologists and entrepreneurs to strengthen its innovation abilities and drive market-relevant solutions using deep tech.”
He added, “Accenture is committed to supporting women in technology and helping female entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and the Women Founders Programme in India is one of many initiatives underway to contribute to these efforts.”
Registrations for the Women Founders Programme are currently open to early-stage B2B technology businesses that have at least one woman founder and are focused on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud, blockchain, Web 3.0, metaverse, big data and analytics, and extended reality.
The company’s website reads, “To help accelerate the advancement of women as leaders and founders in the tech ecosystem, Accenture is launching the Women Founders Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative by Accenture in India. Anchored by Accenture Open Innovation, the program aims to help address the diversity gap by providing funding to women-founded Deep Tech & Enterprise SaaS startups.”
[With Inputs from IANS]
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