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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. Over the past 4 years, 79 women entrepreneurs have been a part of 4 cohorts, and 2 bootcamp. Each cohort is a 12 modules accelerator program comprising 15 women entrepreneurs selected from a pan-India application pool. We have disbursed INR 2.5 Crores in grants, and post program, a large majority of startups have raised further funding amounting a cumulative of INR 72 Crores.

This year the program is being launched in Partnership with TiE Women a part of TiE Global; we will support 15 women entrepreneurs through Accelerator and Boot-camp program & an additional 45 women entrepreneurs through a Workshop. 

  • Peer Community

    A platform to interact with like minded peers and build your network with fellow entrepreneurs.

  • Industry Connect

    Interact one to one with all major corporate CIOs/ CXOs to explore business development opportunities.

  • Mentorship

    Workshops, Sessions, Case Studies and One on One Mentoring by subject matter experts

  • Funding Access

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


Industry Sponsor


Supporting Sponsor


Our Journey so far


Applications Received



Startups in the Portfolio





72 Crore

Funding Raised by the portfolio


2.5+ Crore

Takeaways worth disbursed