Partnership to initiate a pre-incubation programme

WE Hub, Telangana’s incubator to promote women entrepreneurship, has partnered with Gujarat government’s i-Hub to enable and support startups so that they can raise capital. The partnership is expected to initiate a pre-incubation programme for 240 women entrepreneurs in Fintech, Edtech, and Medtech.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two entities at a virtual event on Saturday between Telangana IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Principal Secretary, Technical and Higher Education, Education Department, Gujarat Anju Sharma.

Speaking at the virtual event, Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao said: “Through this partnership we would like to create a roadmap of how women entrepreneurship can be scaled, supported and sustained, not just in India, but across the world. I wish this collaboration the best and pledge our support for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat where entrepreneurship is based on competence and not gender.”

Ms. Sharma described the partnership as significant for both We Hub and i-Hub and the two states joining hands would lead to promoting women entrepreneurs in the country. “We will achieve better results with this collaboration, as our Prime Minister rightly says: progress is achieved when everyone collaborates. Through this program, WE Start, we will enable women entrepreneurs to transfer and gain knowledge from each other as well as from WE HUB and i-Hub. The aim of this partnership is to benefit women entrepreneurs from across the country and not just from Gujarat and Telangana,” she said.

We Hub Chief Executive Officer Deepthi Ravula said that the incubator has worked with more than 3,400 women entrepreneurs, has had 11 startup programmes, and has incubated 148 startups.

Read more: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/we-hub-i-hub-ink-mou/article33589688.ece

WE HUB, an exclusive incubator for women-led startups, has signed an agreement with the University of Bolton, based in the UK.

The partnership, valid for two years, will help women entrepreneurs at the WE HUB get access to the UK market.

“It will also open communication with relevant ecosystem players for both parties for future collaborations,” Deepthi Ravula, Chief Executive Officer of WE HUB, said.

Earlier, she signed the agreement with Kondal Reddy Kandadi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton.

“The start-ups will get access to evaluate the business growth opportunities, market understanding and access to clients in the UK region,” she said.

Read more: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/we-hub-ties-up-with-uk-varsity/article34100413.ece

WE HUB, a State-led incubator promoted by Telangana to foster and promote women entrepreneurship, has announced ‘UPSurge,’ a pre-incubation programme in collaboration with the Australian government.

This collaborative pre-incubation programme aims to aid women entrepreneurs across India to achieve financial independence. It follows the first WE-Hub/Australia collaboration ‘Community Slate’ which concluded in 2020. Australia was WE Hub’s first international partner.

Read more: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/we-hub-with-australian-government-starts-upsurge-pre-incubation-program/article34036601.ece

State-led incubator for women entrepreneurs WE Hub celebrated its third anniversary on Monday.

State-led incubator for women entrepreneurs WE Hub celebrated its third anniversary on Monday. On the occasion, it entered into a partnership with Flipkart, Women in Data Science and IFMR-LEAD, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and AgHub of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University (PJTSAU).

WE Hub, along with Flipkart, will kick off Samarth programme in Telangana soon. The partnership aims to bring artisans, weavers, and handicraft producers onto e-commerce platforms. Further, eligible entities and artisans/weavers will receive time-bound incubation support.While WE Hub and LEAD (Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development) will work together to harness actionable insights through a granular understanding of the support mechanisms and the various challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in Telangana, the former and FICCI have teamed up to influence the lives of at least 1,00,000 women by the year 2022, with special focus on enhancing entrepreneurial and decision-making skills. 

Read more: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/mar/09/third-anniversary-we-hub-partners-with-flipkart-for-samarth-project-2274040.html

WE HUB, the exclusive incubator for women entrepreneurs that completed three years on Monday, has entered into a slew of partnerships to scale up its operations and benefit a larger number of women in the state as well as the country.
WE HUB entered into a partnership with Flipkart, Women in Data Science and IFMR – LEADS, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and AgHub of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University (PJTSAU) to help women entrepreneurs scale up operations.

Since 2018, WE HUB has on-boarded 54 partners and engaged with 4,527 women-led entities, to build a culture of innovation.

Read More: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/we-hub-enters-into-a-slew-of-partnerships/articleshow/81398605.cms

MoU will have a pre-incubation programme for 60 aspiring entrepreneurs from Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) — 30 from each State

Telangana State-led incubator for women entrepreneurs, WE-Hub, on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI).

The MoU will have a pre-incubation programme for 60 aspiring entrepreneurs from Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) — 30 from each State.

The MoU was inked between IT and Industries Department Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and J&K industries and Commerce Department Commissioner Secretary MK Dwivedi. The virtual launch was hosted in the presence of GM Dar, KAS, Director, JKEDI, and Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE-Hub.

Ravula said, “Through the partnership we want to support aspiring entrepreneurs to move from idea to prototype, create market linkages for the startups, and to make best benefit of the startup exchange programmes.”

This effort will help create a startup exchange module between JKEDI and WE-Hub comprising of five startups each from the two States. It will take their startup ideas ahead, track their progress and link them with suitable mentors, help them taking beyond Proof of Concept (PoC) and enroll the best spin-offs as virtual/physical incubates at JKEDI.

After the pre-incubation programme and rigorous interventions, a total of 60 startups from Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir will undergo a co-incubation programme. This co-incubation brings in startups the opportunity to scale up to viable enterprises and receive rapid growth mentorship from the leaders at JKEDI and WE-Hub.

Read more: https://telanganatoday.com/we-hub-joins-hands-with-jkedi

She said due to the efforts of the State government, Telangana was more cohesive and inclusive with respect to economy and gender neutrality.

 MLC K Kavitha lauded the Telangana model as an accurate case study of working with ‘leadership, politics and policy-making’ in the Indian system. She said due to efforts of the State government, Telangana was more cohesive and inclusive with respect to economy and gender neutrality.

Participating in a webinar on ‘Long Story Short’ hosted by Ashoka University in association with We-Hub here on Monday, Kavitha spoke on a range of topics including the need for financial independence among women and how Telangana government was working extensively towards making women self-reliant. She also explained the policy framework in India as a country, that needs relaxation for businesses and venture to expand and grow. “In a rapidly growing economy like ours, having a young population, there is a need to focus on policy-driven leadership to automate course correction process,” she said.

Read More: https://telanganatoday.com/telangana-govt-committed-to-making-women-self-reliant-kavitha

At WeHub, enabling women as entrepreneurs has also led to the creation of solutions for problems specific to women.

The pandemic-induced-lockdown of last year has brought to light a new and evolved narrative of women entrepreneurship, one that involves merit and dignity, from Telangana.

When K Kavya Sirikonda, an electronics engineer from Teldarpally in Telangana’s Khammam district, decided to start a business it was not difficult for her to choose mushroom farming given her family background. She prepared a detailed project report, pitched her plan before the bankers, and succeeded. Through the COVID-19 pandemic season, when challenges of breakages in supply and distribution channels mounted on her, she turned it into an opportunity by scaling up and diversifying into pickle-making in addition to mushroom farming. For all the handholding through these difficult times, she credits WeHub, a special incubator and accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

Read More: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/hyderabad/wehub-ramp-telanganas-women-entrepreneurs-take-off-7164106/

The CEO of WE-Hub spoke in length about the kind of work the incubator has been doing for women entrepreneurs from not just Telangana but pan-India

India’s first and only government-led incubator for women, WE-Hub situated in Hyderabad, has so far worked with 3,497 entrepreneurs across the board and has made sure that not just urban startups but even rural entrepreneurs are provided a platform to grow their business, said Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE-Hub. On the last day of TiE Global Summit, she spoke in length about the kind of work the incubator has been doing for women entrepreneurs from not just Telangana but pan-India.

“We are working with women entrepreneurs across verticals, space and scale. There are three main things that we are focused on – government liaising, incubation wherein we also run a pre-incubation programme for entrepreneurs to understand the nuances and then tell them to apply for the incubation, and finally work with 32 institutions and 18 countries to support our entrepreneurs,” she said.

Read More: https://telanganatoday.com/we-hub-has-worked-with-3497-entrepreneurs-so-far-deepthi-ravula