Women Startup Program 2022

NSRCEL’s Women Startup Program at IIM Bangalore, a CSR initiative by Kotak, aims to support ambitious and innovative women entrepreneurs by enabling them to transform their idea into business ventures. First ideated in 2016, the Program is designed to focus on the enhancement of the entrepreneurial and managerial skills of women leading early and ideation stage ventures.

The Program provides business knowledge for entrepreneurs to build on their idea in the initial stage through Massive Open Online Course. The Program then progresses by offering selected candidates a three-month virtual pre-incubation Program where entrepreneurs will undergo business training to develop their prototype. Finalists are selected to be a part of Incubation at NSRCEL where they will focus on developing their product and scaling up. The Program is fully sponsored by Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited.

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Who is eligible to apply?

If one of the co-founders is a female and above the age of 18, and fully dedicated to the business and not employed in any capacity by any other company

Does the program focus on specific sectors or geographies?

We are sector agnostic and are open to early-stage idea from across the country

Can a single founder apply to the program?

Yes, We accept applications from solo founders. That said, our advice remains that one-person startups are tough and you are more likely to succeed with a co-founder.

I have two ideas? Can I submit two applications?

Each applicant must apply with a single idea

I applied for the program previously. Can I re-apply?

You can apply to the Women Startup Program 2022 if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please highlight any additional information on your progress from your application for a previous cohort, to improve your chances of selection

How much equity will NSRCEL take from my startup?

NSRCEL does not take equity from ventures part of the Women Startup Program.

When can I apply?

Applications are currently open. Click on Apply Now button to register your interest and follow us on our social media handles for updates.

What stage should the startup be in to be eligible?

Ideation stage and early-stage start-ups that demonstrate the potential to innovate, implement and create impact.

Where will the program take place?

All the activities related to pre-incubation will be conducted online. We will be introducing to you certain tools and platforms during the induction session to facilitate all the activities.

How much does it cost to apply or participate in the program?

The participants will not be charged any fee to participate in the program

What do we look for in an applicant?

Founders are required to be committed to their idea full-time and must demonstrate the ability and entrepreneurial mindset to build and grow an organization.

Do I need to be present for the entire duration of the program?

We recommend that at least one of the founders attend the sessions and activities organised as part pre-incubation and Incubation to benefit from the sessions and workshops designed for the program.

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Who can apply to the program?

This CSR initiative by Kotak in association with NSRCEL, IIMB aims to support women by developing their entrepreneurial and managerial skills to enable them to start and grow their ventures.

  • ● Must be an early-stage idea/startup
  • ● Applicant should be the full-time owner or co-owner of the venture
  • ● Applicant must be over 18 years of age and have Indian nationality/residence

The interested candidates who are eligible to apply can visit the link given below


Women Entrepreneurship at NSRCEL

NSRCEL has been guiding and supporting women entrepreneurs across sectors to grow their businesses through different programs over the last two decades. Through Programs like MPWE, Women Startup Program and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, NSRCEL has successfully impacted 25,000 women entrepreneurs across early-stage ventures as well as ventures ready to scale up.

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