The ideas of 15 women selected range across a variety of topics, including matching volunteers to social causes, specialized healthcare systems, and customized social networks, said a release from IIMB.
Launched in November 2016, the Women Startup Programme drew more than 1,700 aspiring female entrepreneurs from across the country for a five-week online course focused on encouraging women to systematically identify and test their business ideas. Afterwards, 50 women entrepreneurs were selected to attend a three-week boot camp at IIMB to enable each participant to develop a robust 'problem-solution' methodology for comprehending the success and sustainability of their ventures.
IIM Banglore said in a statement that, the final round culminated in a one-on-one demo day on February 25 where participants presented to a panel of entrepreneurs, Goldman Sachs professionals, and business leaders, including PC Mustafa, Founder & CEO of ID Fresh Food; Manish Singhal, Founding Partner of Pi Ventures; and Abhay Hanjura, Founder & CEO of Licious.
"Since 2008, through our 10,000 Women initiative, Goldman Sachs has been investing globally and in India in the economic empowerment of women through education and access to capital," said Sonjoy Chatterjee, Chairman and Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs (India).
"The innovative business ideas developed through this mass outreach online and classroom programme reflect the entrepreneurial talent in India and the tremendous potential of women entrepreneurs," he added.
"Technology, either as the core business idea or using technology to scale, was a key theme in the programme. Many ideas also focused on community. Through the boot camp, our women entrepreneurs-in-the-making were able to learn and apply business acumen and technology expertise to help their ideas continue to grow into a viable business." said Prof. Suresh Bhagavatula, Program Director at IIMB and Chairperson, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development, NSRCEL at IIMB.
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