President Smt Droupadi Murmu launched herSTART, a startup platform for women entrepreneurs created by Gujarat University in Ahmedabad.
The herSTART platform will support women entrepreneurs by providing resources and free trainings. A digital community and publication will be created to spread their success stories.
The Platform encompasses the herSTART Incubator, a dedicated full-fledged startup incubator for women entrepreneurs and innovators, and the herSTART Accelerator, a round-the-year accelerator programme for high-impact women-led startups, both of which were launched by President Murmu.
“It is a matter of great pride for me to launch herSTART platform dedicated to women entrepreneurs in this startup-friendly university. I am confident this platform will play an important role in boosting the women entrepreneurs-led innovation and startup ecosystem. It will also be an effective platform to connect women entrepreneurs with government and private undertakings,” the Hon’ble President said in her address
“India has improved its ranking in the recently announced Global Innovation Index 2022 from 81st to 40th” she added.
She praised Gujarat University for its efforts to promote startups. 450 startups are operational in the GU campus and the university is also actively supporting 125 women-led startups.
President Murmu felicitated 10 women-led startups and entrepreneurs who have been creating an impact in their own space through innovation and entrepreneurial interventions, and are supported by Gujarat University and herSTART.
“The inauguration of herSTART platform by Hon’ble President Droupadi Murmu is an honour for Gujarat University and GUSEC. Women have an untapped entrepreneurial potential which we are trying to channelise through various targeted initiatives. The herSTART platform is another step in that direction and we are confident it will encourage more women to launch startups and turn their ideas into reality,” said Rahul Bhagchandani, Group CEO, GUSEC.
Supported by UNICEF, the government of Gujarat, and the government of India, herSTART has been recognised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) as a key driving initiative for the Gujarat startup ecosystem in the States Startup Rankings Framework Report of 2022.
The applications for the accelerator will open in October.