2019 Edition

The 2019 edition supported 14 women entrepreneurs through a bootcamp followed by a 4-week accelerator program for 10 selected startups from the bootcamp. The 2019 edition was sponsored by BSE CSR Integrated Foundation and launched in partnership with the Québec Government. An accelerator program comprising of mentoring, industry connect, peer network, investor connect and INR 37.5 Lakhs in cash as takeaways.

 

MENTOR BOARD

  • Ishwar Jha
    Founder & Director – Appetals Solutions Pvt Ltd

  • Devika Parashar
    Business & Content Lead – Indi.com

  • Rupak Shah
    CEO – LearnAur.com

  • Dharti desai
    VP, TiE New York

  • Delna Avari
    Management Consultant

  • Sreeraman Thiagarajan
    Founder, Agrahyah Technologies

  • Arun Diaz
    Advisor, Aavishkaar Venture Management Services

  • Simmi Sareen
    Founder, Loans4SME

  • Dipika Singh
    Founder, She Means Business

  • Neerav Parekh
    Founder and CEO, vPhrase

  • Kaustubh Dhargalkar
    Founder, Potential and Possibilities

  • Nimesh Shah
    Co-Founder, Windchimes Communications

  • Venkat Narayan
    Partner, Aavishkaar

  • Ajit Joshi
    Business Turnaround Expert

  • Deepak Jain
    Business Strategist

  • Prasant Mohanty
    Tata Trusts, Assessment & Impact Measurement

  • Mittul Thakkar
    Co-Founder, GreyAtom

  • Amit Mishra
    Strategy and Business Director – India, Sansan Inc.

  • Hemant Nagvakar
    Product Strategy and Design Consulant

  • Satish Kataria
    Investment Head, Viridian Asset Advisors Private Limited

  • Shantanu Pathak
    Co-Founder, CareNX Innovation

  • Rohaan Goswami
    COO at Ycenter | Founder of ProjectOne (India)

  • Anisha Patnaik
    Co- Founder, Lexstart

  • Ritu Srivastava
    Founder – Obino

  • Jay Naduvath
    Managing Partner, Jefferies and Bain

  • Ankit Agarwal
    Director, InnoVen Capital

  • Rajesh Kamat
    VP – Strategy and Operations, Piramal Enterprises Limited

  • Sohel Bhogani
    Key Account Director, SAP

  • Akshay Agarwal
    Consulting CTO

  • Atibhi Mehra
    Mobile Marketing & Product Expert

  • Shreekant Pawar
    Founder, Diabeto Inc.

  • Sudeep Mitra
    VP Human Resources, Toppr

  • A. B. Chakravarty
    Principal, Menterra Venture Advisors

  • Vishal R. Soni
    Sales Director-South Asia, Entrust Datacard

  • Vipul Mehta
    CEO, Tipping Point

  • Vineet Kanabar
    Head of Marketing, The Viral Fever (TVF)

  • Vinayak Kini
    Head, Financial Institution Partnerships – India, Intuit

  • Vinod Keni
    Partner, Artha Venture Fund

  • Suhasini Kirloskar
    Co-Founder, MarketAxis Consulting

  • Vamesh Chovatia
    Partner – Healthcare Fund, Tata Capital

  • Ritesh Jain
    Co-Founder, FlexiLoans

  • Ravi Kaushik
    Group Marketing Director, Asia Pacific & Country Business Director, Indian Subcontinent, Medtronic

  • Priya Singh
    Founder and CEO, Rangrezaaglobal

  • Radhesh Kanumury
    CEO and Managing Partner, Arka Venture Labsl

  • Pratik Jani
    CEO, YUPS Tech Solutions

  • Neeraj Kapoor
    Co-Founder and CEO, GrowBrands Worldwide

  • Pranav Khanna
    Community Builder – CAIF, Intellecap

  • Monish Ahuja
    Chairman – Bioenergy, FICCI

  • Mohit Kapoor
    Business Leader (VP), Reliance Jio

  • Mohnish Sharma
    Founder and CEO, Harbaag

  • Kuldeep Dhankar
    VP – Sales, Clevertap

  • Mayur Sirdesai
    Partner, Somerset Indus Capital Partners

  • Karishma Kripalani
    Investment Professional, Artha Venture Fund

  • Kishore Fogla
    Founder, Yellow Slice

  • Jatin Malhotra
    Program Manager, Reliance Jio

  • Jignesh Kenia
    Senior Vice President, Bennet Coleman and Co. Ltd.

  • Harish Aiyer
    Director, Finance Forum of India

  • Gagan Goyal
    Partner, India Quotient

  • Gaurang Shetty
    Chief Innovation Catalyst & CEO, RiiDL

  • Dr. Vishal Marwah
    Director, Vishwas Wellness LLP

  • Deepak Pareek
    Founder & CEO, MyCrop

  • Binay Tiwari
    Founder, Appjoy.org

  • Aparna Ramachandra
    Founder Director, rectifycredit.com

  • Abhishek Jain
    Head – Pricing, Center of Excellence (COE), Eaton Corporation

Launch

empoWer 4th Edition was announced on June 21, 2019. Roadshows were hosted in 4 cities – Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi. This was followed by a launch in Mumbai at Rise by Barclays. Tara Scheurwater, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada delivered a keynote talk at the launch event. This was followed by an interactive and insightful panel discussion on ‘The technological curve: how it’s impacting the startup ecosystem in this age’. The panel comprised of

  • Paula Mariwala, Managing Director, Seedfund
  • Lincy Therattil, Head – Rise Mumbai, Barclays
  •  Deval Sheth, Managing Director – India, Giesecke & Devrient MS India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Abhishant Pant, Founder, The Fintech Meetup (Moderator)

With over 270+ applications received from women entrepreneurs from across India, 14 startups were selected for the cohort.

 

Program

The 4th Edition startups with a 3-day bootcamp for 14 women entrepreneurs in  September 2019, with focus on designing business model, pitch coaching sessions and peer to peer knowledge sharing. 9 startups from the bootcamp made their way to the 4-week accelerator program that structured around providing sector-specific connects locally with mentors, investors and corporates. The startup sectors ranged across logistics, healthcare, AgriTech, capacity building, virtual reality, FinTech, IoT, interior design, and crowdfunding. In Mumbai,  legal firm, Lexstart, and Finance & Accounting firm, Savage & Palmer engaged with cohort startups at the one-on-one meetings. One-on-one investor meets were also facilitated with Artha Fund Ventures, BayTree and Unicorn Ventures.

 

Demo Day

After 4-weeks of mentoring and connects, the 9 startups graduated by presenting their businesses in front of leading industry players, successful entrepreneurs, top corporate professionals, delegates from the government, and prolific investors. The day started with fireside chat on ‘Leveraging the power of communication & scaling to global heights’ by Dharti Desai, Vice President – TiE New York and Vice-Chair TiE International Women and was moderated by Harshit Desai, Head – customer experience, strategic initiatives and digital, Aditya Birla Capital. This was followed by a high-profile panel discussion on ‘Funding Challenges’ moderated by Rashmi Bansal, author, entrepreneur and a youth expert. The panelists included

  • Akshay Soni, Managing Director, N/Core
  • Sharda Agarwal, Co-founder, Sepalika
  • Hariharan Mahadevan, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Projects, Analytics, MIS and CSR, ICICI Securities
  • Prachi Jain, Director, Achieving Women Entrepreneurs Funds
 

Winner announcements

With Akshay Soni, Dharti Desai, Hariharan Mahadevan, Prachi Jain and Sharda Agarwal on the jury panel, the final 9 startups presented their startups. Here are the winners of the 4th Edition –

  • Winner – NemoCare | Cash grant of INR 18 lakhs 
  • First runner-up – NIRA | Cash grant of INR 12 lakhs 
  • Second runner-up – LetsEndorse | Cash grant of INR 7.5 lakhs
  • Winner of week-long market access trip to Montreal by the Government of Quebec – NemoCare