Women Founders Program

Trailblazing paths to growth.

Trailblazers of the future

At Accenture, we believe in the potential of technology startup founders and entrepreneurs to create change that benefits society. In India, their innovation and creative thinking led to impactful solutions in fintech, edtech, healthtech, enterprise tech and more, and helped boost the economy through job creation and improved life outcomes for many.

However, the gender diversity gap in our tech startup ecosystem continues to hinder overall growth. In a recent Reserve Bank of India (RBI) survey on the Indian startup sector, only 6% of all Indian start-ups is women-only founded. Also, about 70% of startups in the country have less than 20% women in leadership roles. Why do so few female-led companies start, grow, and thrive in the world’s third-biggest startup hub?

Reshaping the ecosystem

To create a more supportive ecosystem for women tech founders and entrepreneurs, we need to take more steps to break gender constraints and stereotypes. The time to turbocharge their rise is now as we look to build a new and better normal.

Fueling ascent

To help accelerate the advancement of women as leaders and founders in the tech ecosystem, Accenture is launching the Women Founders Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative by Accenture in India. Anchored by Accenture Open Innovation, the program aims to help address the diversity gap by providing funding to women-founded Deep Tech & Enterprise SaaS startups.

What's in store

The program will award early-stage, women-led technology startups.

With an equity-free grant of USD 60,000.

Connect the winning female founders to Accenture leaders and experts and ecosystem partners.

Help pave their way to greater success through access to tech expertise, global & Indian clientele, mentorship, industry and investor communities and new markets.

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Selection Process & Timelines

Applicants will be shortlisted and selected by leaders from Accenture and the ecosystem based on product differentiation, disruptability quotient, leveraging of deep technologies, commercial viability and founder profile.

View our timelines below.

Launch: February 7, 2022

Application close: March 14, 2022

Finale: April 28, 2022

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