Women-owned businesses are in minority in India. The hurdles faced by women who have embraced entrepreneurship are vast and often different from those experienced by their male counterparts. A survey says that in India around 42% of the women in tech feel that their voices and contributions to tech are unappreciated in the workplace which is twice the global average. India stood 52nd rank among 58 countries for providing a congenial environment for women entrepreneurs (Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs, 2019).
Karnataka has always been a supporting ecosystem that has facilitated the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship. Promoting women entrepreneurship is one of the priority areas of GoK.
The following are the broad objectives of the program:
Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology invites applications from eligible agencies to run Incubation and Acceleration Programs exclusively for women led startups.
07th Feb, 2022 - 10:00 AM
07th Mar, 2022 - 5:00 PM
Startup Karnataka, GoK
+91 - 080 22231007
Acceleration Program: This dedicated program will aim to accelerate existing startups that are at the growth and scale up stage. This would be a 6-month long program for selected 10- 15 startups.
Grant-in-aid Fund: The Department’s contribution towards the overall budget for running acceleration program will not exceed 40 lakh/cohort and will be provided as grant in aid fund.
Incubation Program: A dedicated Program to promote women entrepreneurship in Tier 2 and 3 cities to support early-stage women entrepreneurs to transform their idea into a business. This will be a 3-6-month program for selected 15-20 startups.
Grant-in-aid Fund: The Department’s contribution towards the overall budget for running incubators will not exceed 30 lakh/cohort and will be provided as grant in aid fund.
The following is the eligibility criteria for Accelerators and Incubators:
Head office address
Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society(KITS)
Department of Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T
TTMC ‘B’ Block, 4th Floor,
BMTC – Central Offices Building,
Shanthinagar, KH Road,
Bengaluru 560 027
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