WEQ'17 to select 10 women tech entrepreneurs for Silicon Valley Learning Program 

Soma Tah
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BANGALORE, INDIA: The Anita Borg Institute India along with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) has announced the 7th edition of the Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2017.
Women entrepreneurs who have founded technology startups in India can participate in WEQ 2017, which is organized at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) conference. Ten particpants can win an all-expenses-paid experiential learning visit to Silicon Valley, US. 
The applications for Stage 1 of the contest close on 3 September, 2017.

During the Silicon Valley Learning Program to be organized in 2018, the WEQ Top 10 will get the opportunity to network among experienced leaders, professionals and peers. They will receive guidance and inspiration from some of the best minds in the Valley. The visit is also a great platform for each of the WEQ Top 10 to showcase their business in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. The winners will get to visit leading technology companies, startups, accelerators, incubators and universities in Silicon Valley.

“India ranks 70 out of 77 nations on the Female Entrepreneurship Index. Many studies and from what we see around us indicate that we need more Indian women to be entrepreneurs. ABI India along with the Government is trying to create avenues such as the WEQ contest that will encourage women entrepreneurs in technology. In the years to come we really hope to see many more successful women-founded businesses, among the new-generation technology organizations,” said Geetha Kannan, Managing Director, ABI India.

Dr Anita Gupta, Director/Scientist-F & Associate Head at the NSTEDB of the DST, GoI said, “A number of initiatives to accelerate women entrepreneurship in India have been launched. These are being designed to equip them with knowledge, skills and networks required to navigate and scale up their startups.Our aim is to create a strong pipeline of women entrepreneurs every year.”