‘Women Startup Programme’

for those who like to ideate, initiate and implement their dream ventures.

Women Startup Programme

NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at IIM Bangalore has been offering a Women Entrepreneurship Programme for over a decade. Management Programme for Women Entrepreneurs (MPWE) has trained over 1000 women to move their business onto a better growth trajectory. With this programme now focusing on existing entrepreneurs, we felt there is a need to create a new programme for women who would like to start their ventures.

The Women Startup Programme will enthuse aspiring entrepreneurs in-the-making to systematically think through their venture idea. The programme is supported by Goldman Sachs and participants will not incur any costs to participate. The programme will help women to develop entrepreneurial skill sets to help with the ideation stage and managerial skill sets that will help them start and grow their venture.

The initiative has been carefully designed to facilitate the growth of women entrepreneurs in India by providing:

  • In-depth training both in nurturing managerial and entrepreneurial skills
  • Mentoring and advice through a panel of reputed mentors
  • Incubation and modest financial support for top business plans

The philosophy

The programme aims at unlocking entrepreneurial as well as managerial skill sets to boost women entrepreneurship in India. The course enables participants to be better decision makers, while helping them strategize and progress their businesses sustainably.

The Process

  • Step 1

    Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    A 5-week online course

    Why: To nudge women to systematically identify an idea and initiate their venture. Hence, the focus is to propel participants towards action.
    Please note: The content covered here will not be repeated in the boot camp sessions at IIMB

  • Step 2

    Boot camp@IIMB

    3-week interactive boot camp sessions for Top-50 online participants

    Why: Provide theoretical and practical knowledge to help candidates understand the viability and impact of their venture.

  • Step 3

    Demo Day and Incubation

    Presentation of elevator pitches to entrepreneurs and business leaders.

    Why: Identify candidates who can benefit from the monthly fellowship and be enrolled at the incubation facility at the NSRCEL and IIMB.

Programme fee: Free*

*Supported by Goldman Sachs

Step 1

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Leveraging from its experience, IIMB will be one of the first Business Schools to offer MOOCs in India. Using the diverse social media platform, the programme will identify 1,000 participants.

Course Details

  • Enrolment:

    Begins 15 November, 2016
  • Course dates:

    15 November to 17 December, 2016
  • Project submission:

    24 December, 2016

The focus

The programme will emphasize on ‘Doing’ rather than ‘Planning’ through a host of interactive sessions and reference materials towards action.

The course

Participants will be introduced to two entrepreneurial methods:

  • Lean Startup
  • Effectuation

The methodology

To begin with, the candidates will be presented with simple techniques to help them identify and evaluate opportunities. Additionally, a blended-learning methodology will encourage participants to engage in intermittent meetings with course personnel in few select cities.

Please note: The content covered here will not be repeated in the boot camp sessions at IIMB.

The focus

Each participant will develop a robust ‘problem-solution’ fit to comprehend the success and sustainability of the venture.

The methodology

The boot camp will include morning classes and afternoon sessions that can be used for:

  • Developing the business idea
  • Creating a viable product
  • Mentoring sessions

In line with the popular Lean Launchpad, participants will interact with 25 potential customers every week. Depending on customer and mentor feedback, the participants may have to modify their proposals in order to establish a better fit.

While the participants are on campus, pre-dinner talks will be organized with successful women entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, among others. Startups from Bangalore along with MBA students from IIMB will be invited for dinners, doubling up as a networking platform for the candidates.

Step 2

Boot camp@IIMB

Top-50 participants will engage in a 3-week boot camp session.

Course Duration

  • Stage 1:

    23 January to 3 February, 2017
  • Stage 2:

    20 February to 24 February, 2017

Step 2

Classroom@IIM-B

Top-50 participants will engage in a 3-week classroom teaching session.

Course Duration

  • Stage 1:

    23 January to 3 February, 2017
  • Stage 2:

    20 February to 24 February, 2017

The focus

Each participant will develop a robust ‘problem-solution’ fit to comprehend the success and sustainability of the venture.

The methodology

The course will include morning classes and afternoon sessions that can be used for:

  • Developing the business idea
  • Creating a viable product
  • Mentoring sessions

In line with the popular Lean Launchpad, participants will interact with 25 potential customers every week. Depending on customer and mentor feedback, the participants may have to modify their proposals in order to establish a better fit.

While the participants are on campus, pre-dinner talks will be organized with successful women entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, among others. Startups from Bangalore along with MBA students from IIMB will be invited for dinners, doubling up as a networking platform for the candidates.

Step 3

Demo Day and Incubation

The final segment of the boot camp training at IIMB will culminate into a one-on-one Demo Day.

Course Details

  • Date:

    26 February, 2017

The focus

Continuing with the Lean Startup Method, the emphasis will be on attaining an ideal ‘product-market’ solution for the proposed business idea.

The methodology

Participants will present an elevator to a panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Based on these pitches, the selection panel will identify Top-12 business ideas.

Incubation@IIMB

  • Selected ideas will be offered incubation facility at NSRCEL and IIMB
  • Monthly fellowship will be provided for 12 months
  • Six half-day workshops will be organized on topics such as leadership, SEO marketing, etc.
  • Six mini-demos will be conducted to ensure consistent progress
  • Investors and entrepreneurs will be invited to participate in these mini-demos, resulting in a productive networking platform

Course Details

  • Date:

    20 March, 2017 onwards

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