Empowering Women Leaders in Technology

Anita Borg Institute, a non – profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computer science and engineering, on 27th September, 2013 announced the third edition of Women Entrepreneur Quest ( WEQ ) 2013 which will be held during the 4th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India ( GHC – India ) conference.

WEQ is a unique contest that focuses primarily on providing a platform for women entrepreneurs to showcase their technology start – ups and interact with top VCs, angel investors, successful entrepreneurs and mentors and also giving them access to the broader startup community of investors, other entrepreneurs and consultants, and bringing greater visibility to their company, all topped off with substantial prizes. The annual conference, presented by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery ( ACM – India )

  • WEQ 2013 Contest Date : Women Entrepreneur Quest 2013 will take place from 13th November, 2013 to 15th November, 2013.
  • WEQ 2013 Contest Venue : Bangalore.

Women who are in the founding or leadership teams of private independent technology venture can participate in WEQ. The winner of the contest will be awarded Rupee 5 lakh. There are host of other awards as well – including six months mentoring from Seedfund and complimentary legal consulting from Novojuris.

“We believe, an energetic Indian economy can keep the momentum on, only through entrepreneurship. Indian women have the potential to change course, take risks and achieve greater heights.

We strongly believe in them and would like to contribute to their growth path in whatever possible way,”said Geetha Kannan, India Head, Anita Borg Institute. “This initiate will identify and support women entrepreneurs who are passionate about building businesses of excellence on par with global corporations.”

This year WEQ contest will run through a two-tier selection process. The selection committee will evaluate all the business plans received and select the best six startups based on several criteria including customer need being addressed, competitive business models and effective and innovative use of technology.

The six finalists will be mentored closely by Manish Singhal, a hands – on mentor, business coach and an active angel investor, to shape their pitches for the final Showcase and award presentation event. The final pitches will be made personally at the Grace Hopper Conference – India conference in Bangalore on 15th November, 2013 in front of a distinguished judge panel comprising of a mix of VCs, entrepreneurs and mentors.

Last year, the ‘Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India’ had over 800 women actively participating in the conference. Over 70 women entrepreneurs from all over India had applied for the WEQ 2012, where Shalini Pillai Banerjee from BrandIdea took the top honors.

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