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Top 10 Women-led Startups Receive the Women Entrepreneur Quest 2016 Award

Win an all-expenses-paid visit and learning experience to Silicon Valley, U.S., sponsored by ABI India and DST, Government of India

Bangalore, December 09, 2016: The Anita Borg Institute India (ABI), a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing and technology today announced the top 10 winners of the 6th edition of the Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2016. WEQ 2016 is a unique contest for technology startups founded by women. All of the top 10 winners receive an all-expenses-paid visit and learning experience to Silicon Valley, U.S.

WEQ 2016 is sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute India (ABI India) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) also plays an integral role in supporting and organizing WEQ 2016. The joint partnership has existed since 2014 and is strongly committed to supporting the Government of India’s policies and programs focused on promoting entrepreneurship in India.

The top 10 winners were selected from 329 entries received from across India. The applicants were evaluated on their product and business model. The WEQ 2016 is held during ABI’s flagship conference in India, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India (GHCI) 2016, the largest conference for women technologists in the country.

The top 10 winners of WEQ 2016 are

  1. Mayukhini Pande, CO-FOUNDER, Greenopia
  2. Roli Gupta, Founder & CEO, Oorjan
  3. Tanvi Bhardwaj, CTO & Co-Founder, Mishipay
  4. Suhani Mohan, Co-Founder Saral Designs
  5. Ishita Anand , Founder & CEO, Bitgiving
  6. Richa Singh, Co-Founder, YourDost
  7. Arti Agrawal, Co-Founder & COO, Anaxee
  8. Shrishti Sahu, Director, Aqaya
  9. Pooja Kothari, MD, Storemore
  10. Binal Doshi, Founding Team Member and AVP – User Engagement at PlexusMD

During the Silicon Valley visit, the WEQ top 10 winners will receive exposure, capacity building and networking opportunities. The entrepreneurs will get to visit leading technology companies, startups and hackerspaces in the Valley. The capacity building will comprise of visits to universities, workshops and interactions with mentors and investors.

‘The startup ecosystem in India is gaining momentum and it is heartening to note that many of the tech startups are driven by women successfully. Capturing the essence of the tech-age, women entrepreneurs are foraying in different verticals, building smart and innovative solutions that are life-enhancing. We are thankful to the DST, Government of India and IUSSTF for their continued support in our endeavor to expand the base of women-founded technology startups,” said Geetha Kannan, Managing Director, ABI India.

According to Dr. Anita Gupta, Director / Scientist-F & Associate Head at the NSTEDB of the DST, “The Government is on a mission-mode to shape up and foster entrepreneurship and startups in the country, aligned with the Hon’ble  Prime Minister’s vision of Startup India. DST has launched the National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) to strengthen the innovation and startup ecosystem in the country. It is highly encouraging to note that a number of women have also taken the lead in the startup movement, a positive sign reflective of an empowered and a progressive nation”.

Dr. Smriti Trikha, Senior Science Manager at IUSSTF said, “The WEQ is a platform that works at many levels – encouraging women to go beyond limits; providing experiential learning; expanding networking opportunities and above all making an impact in the global arena. We have had two successful visitation programs to Silicon Valley and we are looking forward to the 2016 group of 10 women entrepreneurs who in turn will be change-agents.”

Sijo Kuruvilla George is the consultant for WEQ 2016. He is the Founding CEO of Startup Village and is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship. Sijo serves as a mentor and advisor to several startups.

About The Grace Hopper Celebration India

The Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) is the largest gathering of women technologists in the country. ABI India has been successfully organizing this annual conference since 2010. GHCI focuses on the career, research and entrepreneur interests of women in computing and technology. Presenters at the conference are leaders in their respective fields from industry, academia and government. GHCI 2015 drew 2,258 attendees (41% growth over 2014) from 11 countries and had 450 volunteers. The key highlights of the conference are various Tracks covering topics such as Technology, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Management, Back to Work, Early Career and more. Event participants can also look forward to the Hands on Lab, Student Career Fair, Poster Session and the Women Entrepreneur Quest.

Follow ABI India and GHCI at: https://www.facebook.com/AnitaBorgIndia and https://twitter.com/AnitaBorg_India.

About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI)

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 67 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organizationin the U.S. and a nonprofit organization registered as a section-8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013 in India. For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.

About Department of Science & Technology (DST)

Department of Science & Technology (DST) of the Government of India is in the forefront of  promoting new areas of Science and Technology and plays the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. DST has been pioneer in promoting the Startup initiative through Science and Technology Parks in early 80s and more now with a network of over 100 Technology Business Incubators across the country. To realize Hon’ble PM’s vision on Startup India as an important tool to transform India, it has recently rolled out a new program NIDHI as a National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI).

About The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering, biomedical research and innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. As a grant making organization, the principle objective of IUSSTF is to provide opportunities, to exchange ideas, information, skills and technologies, and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavors of mutual interest that can translate the power of science for the benefit of mankind at large.

For more information, contact: 

Amit Jain
Equator Consultants
M:+91 98860 62866
E: amit@equatormpr.com
Charu Mathur
Anita Borg Institute India
M:+91 98442 71636
E: charum@anitaborg.org