Top 10 winners of WEQ 2016 will be awarded an all-expenses-paid experiential learning visit to Silicon Valley, US.

Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for the annual startup contest, the Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2016 that will be held in December 2016. Started in 2011, WEQ identifies and rewards talented women entrepreneurs who are founders of technical ventures. WEQ is not just a popular contest but a comprehensive platform that provides mentoring, learning and networking opportunities for real business growth.

WEQ 2016 is sponsored by the India ( 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 . India, DST and IUSSTF have been in a joint partnership and successfully organizing the WEQ contest since 2014. WEQ is a part of ABI’s Women Entrepreneurs in Motion (WEM) Program.

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. He has been instrumental in conceptualizing and effectively leading several public and private initiatives for the entrepreneur community in India.

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– The applications for Stage 1 of WEQ 2016 closed on October 16, 2016.

The applications for Stage 2 of WEQ 2016 will open on October 18, 2016. Applicants will receive an email by October 18, 2016 on the status of their application of Stage 1.

Please go through all information on WEQ 2016 before applying.


WEQ 2016 Awards

– Top 10 winners of WEQ 2016 will receive an all-expenses-paid experiential learning visit to Silicon Valley, US.

– During the trip the women entrepreneurs will receive exposure, capacity building and networking opportunities. The Top 10 will get to visit leading tech companies, startups and hackerspaces in the Valley. The capacity building will comprise of visits to universities, workshops and interactions with mentors and investors.

– The 25 finalists of WEQ 2016 will receive a free day-pass for attending the Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) 2016 conference on 9 December, 2016 in Bangalore. GHCI is the largest technical conference for women in India and is a great opportunity to learn and network with some of the best minds in the industry.

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