WE HUB, India’s first state-run incubator promoting and nurturing women’s entrepreneurship to launch, grow and accelerate global market access, today announced its partnership with i-Hub, the government of Gujarat, to contribute to startups of promoting to encourage and support capital. The MoU was signed between Jayesh Ranjan, IAS (Chief Secretary for Industry and Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology Department, Government of Telangana, and Anju Sharma, IAS, Chief Secretary (Higher and Technical Education, Education Department, Government of Gujarat) .
The virtual launch took place today in the presence of Kalvakuntala Taraka Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister (IT E & C, MA & UD and Industry & Trade), Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Minister (Cabinet Minister for Education, Government of Gujarat), Vibhavariben Dave, Hon, Minister of State (Women’s and Child Protection, Education (Elementary and Higher Education) and Pilgrimage, Government of Gujarat), Jayesh Ranjan, IAS (General Secretary, Industry and Commerce Division (I&C) and Information Technology Division, Telangana Government), Anju Sharma, IAS, Chief Secretary (Higher and Technical Education, Gujarat Education Department Government), Nagarajan, IAS, and Deepthi Ravula, CEO of WE HUB, an initiative of the Telangana Government.
The partnership will initiate a pre-incubation program for 240 aspiring women entrepreneurs in the EdTech, MedTech and Fintech sectors in the states of Telangana and Gujarat. After three months of pre-incubation program and after rigorous interventions, a total of 20 entrepreneurs will be selected for the final virtual / physical co-incubation program. This joint incubation offers the startups the opportunity to grow into viable businesses and receive solid support for rapid growth and growth from the executives at i-Hub and WE HUB. The startups will also have government-sponsored exposure visits to Telangana and Gujarat.
Kalvakuntala Taraka Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister (IT E & C, MA & UD and Industry & Commerce) said: “When we announced the creation of WE HUB in November 2017, people have the vision of this initiative and the impact it is having would hardly be understood. For the past two years, WE Hub has advanced the narrative of the democratization of entrepreneurship by overcoming the barriers that women entrepreneurs face. We are pleased that WE HUB has now become a best practice model for many Indian governments. Through this partnership, we aim to create a roadmap on how women’s entrepreneurship can be scaled, supported and sustained not just in India but around the world. I wish this cooperation all the best and I promise our support for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat, where entrepreneurship is based on competence and not on gender. “
Jayesh Ranjan, IAS (General Secretary, Industry & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology Department, Telangana Government) said, “In the first of its kind for women entrepreneurship through WE HUB, collaboration brings two governments – the government by the government of Gujarat and Telangana along with a focus on enabling women entrepreneurs in the focus sectors. To empower and nurture women entrepreneurs, this partnership will also conduct pre-incubation, incubation, policy and stakeholder consultation nationwide. We look forward to ensuring this collaboration delivers the best practice model for scaling entrepreneurship for women in India with WE HUB’s three year learning. “
Anju Sharma, IAS, General Secretary (Higher and Technical Education, Government of Education Department of Gujarat and Chairman of i-Hub) said, “This is a very important day for WE HUB and i-Hub as two states have come together to to work towards promoting entrepreneurship among women in the country. We will achieve better results with this cooperation, as our Prime Minister rightly says. Progress is made when everyone works together. With this program, WE Start, we enable female entrepreneurs to transfer and acquire knowledge from one another and from WE HUB and i-Hub. The aim of this partnership is to support women entrepreneurs from all over the country and not just from Gujarat and Telangana. “
Deepthi Ravula, CEO of WE HUB, said, “We are excited to partner with i-Hub to advance women’s entrepreneurship in Telangana and Gujarat. Through this collaboration, we will equip i-Hub with the insights, knowledge and ecosystems that we have developed over the past three years. We work with over 3,400 female entrepreneurs, 11 startup programs, found 148 startups and create over 300 jobs. When i-Hub reached out to us during the launch of WE Start to scale Gujarat’s Women Entrepreneurs, we were thrilled to work together on incubation, knowledge sharing, curriculum development, and program creation for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. To achieve the desired benefits of making India the capital of women entrepreneurship of the world, ecosystems must work together. This is the first step in making the vision a reality. “
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