In what could be the next amazing ignition for women, Banasthali Vidyapith – the world’s largest fully residential university nurturing women for their leadership roles for over 80 years, is all set to revolutionize women’s career by pushing entrepreneurship and startups.
Powered by NITI Aayog, Banasthali’s newly setup Atal Incubation Centre organized a 3 days boot camp under their first Incubation Program called WOMENPreneur. The boot camp was attended by 40 women startups hailing from across the country.
The first phase of WOMENPreneur received an exceptional response from all over India and 40 startups were selected for the boot camp. The three days of the event saw over 25 mentors and investors joining to mentor the startups finding their gaps and helping the startups to scale their ventures.
The first day of the event started with an address of Vice Chancellor of Banasthali Vidyapith Prof. Aditya Shastri motivating the startups with a revolutionary phrase, ‘think through & think big’ to make it to the big league. He also highlighted that innovation and economic progress have a strong relationship. Later, a brief introduction of the WOMENPreneur was summarized by Abhishek Pareek, CEO, Atal Incubation Centre, Banasthali Vidyapith. He mentioned that there is no dearth of funding for women startups, it’s only that women have to come confident & stronger to fight the bias. Atal Incubation Centre, Banasthali Vidyapith is doing its bit to bring confidence in women, finding gaps and making their start-ups invest-able. The women entrepreneurs were delighted when Shri Chintan Bakshi, CEO Startup Oasis conducted an interactive business modelling workshop with the participants. To create a meaningful impact, later in the day, startups were divided as per their area and were mentored by sector-specific mentors and investors. The programme was live telecasted for thousands of girls in Banasthali campus.
The second day started with Shri Tarun Agarwal who conducted the session on financial modelling and startup unit economics with the participants. The startups were also prepared on how to make a perfect pitch in front of the investors. The participants then made demo pitches which were analyzed and rectified for any loopholes by the mentors and investors.
The Bootcamp ended on the third day with all the participants pitching in front of the panel of judges. The winner from Social Startup is Ms Monica Pesswani from Maharashtra, from Commercial Startup it is Ms Manveen Kaur from Haryana and the CAMPUSPreneur is Ms Pooja Kaul from Maharashtra. Each was awarded a cash price of Rs. 1.00 lac also 15 startups were selected for 9 months Incubation Program at Atal Incubation Center, Banasthali Vidyapith.
Women attending the programme were very excited about their future, Ms Deepika said that attending the programme helped her with understanding the unit economics while Ms Preeti Sinha said that this innovative programme would pave way for giving scalability to her venture Greens & More.
Beyond doubt the Atal Incubation Centre, Banasthali Vidyapith has set sight on producing the next big women startups that would be instrumental in boosting the growth story of the new India.