About Women Startup Program

IIM Visakhapatnam is working towards supporting and nurturing the budding entrepreneurs from the region of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana . Considered to be one of the nation’s premier institute in providing management education , IIM Visakhapatnam has moved a step further in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of this region. By providing access to it’s world class academic resources and facilities , the institute aims at producing highly scalable ventures . Though still in the initial stage , the institute has tremendously shown progress in supporting and mentoring to the incubated ventures .

IIM Visakhapatnam has partnered with NSRCEL, IIMB to conduct the Women Startup Programme -2018. The Objective of this programme is to encourage entrepreneurship among women by giving them various support like workspace, mentorship, networking opportunities etc. The programme received tremendous responses coming only from Andhra Pradesh and Telengana region. About 66 participants were selected out of 1500+ applicants for Bootcamp 1. At the end of Bootcamp 1, a pitch day was conducted. Finally, 26 participants were shortlisted who are now incubated at IIM Visakhapatnam for a year.

The Incubation centre for WSP works closely with EPIC (Entrepreneurial Passion and Innovation Club). With this initiative, the students can reach out to the WSP participants and help them with various business-related issues. In this way, the students are able to get first hand experience in manging start-ups. On the other hand, the entrepreneurs can get access to expert help from these students under the guidance of the faculty members. This programme has given a platform to the students to connect with entrepreneurs and work on real time basis in the form of businesscompetitions, part-time internships and live projects. The participants are also given opportunities to present their ideas at various events conducted by well known business associations, Non Profit Organisations, Industries etc.

Each participant of WSP-2018 is provided with the following facilities:

  • Office Space with access to necessary stationery, printing and copying facilities
  • Access to comprehensive library resources (physical books, e-books, journals and databases)
  • Meeting room with state of the art video conferencing facilities
  • Structured Mentorship & Intellectual Support
  • Media Coverage & Exhibits
  • Funding support in the form of monthly stipend and one month prototype fund. 
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