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Globally, there is a lot of push around gender diversity and inclusion – across Governments, Management Boards and Entrepreneurship.

As a small step towards the above, empoWer is an initiative by Zone Startups India, for supporting women entrepreneurs.

Launched in 2016, as India’s first tech accelerator for women entrepreneurs, empoWer provides mentorship, industry connects, peer network, investor meets through a 6-week accelerator program followed by a 1-year support program .

Our 2016 cohort was a huge success . The 8 winners selected from the cohort of 15 entrepreneurs went on to gain financial support of INR 70 Lakhs from the program, with 15 founders going onto raise in excess of INR 150 Crores post program.

Starting 2017, empoWer expands itself to become an ecosystem for nurturing women entrepreneurship through a conference, accelerator, skill bootcamp, community and access to funding as a year round initiative.

  • Community

    A platform to interact with like minded peers and build your network with fellow entrepreneurs, industry, service providers and more

  • Skill Building

    A one of its kind skilling initiative for homepreneurs and very early stage entrepreneurs building their first venture to help them enter the market.

  • Accelerator

    A 8 week accelerator program comprising of mentoring, workshops, case studies, industry connect, peer network, investor connect and takeaways worth 75 Lakhs.

  • Funding Access

    Seed funds, investor connects, access to other resources & professional services to help our portfolio scale up fast.


Our 2017 sponsor partners are 

Our launch year, 2016 looked like


Applications Received




Crore Funding raised 


Cities reached


Women impacted


Lakhs Takeaways worth