Call for Application: AWE - India Idea Challenge

Date:   Wed Sep 30, 2020 - Wed Sep 30, 2020 , Contact:   prithviraj.nath@asianconfluence.org , Hosts:   Asian Confluence

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Idea Challenge for AWE India Program, a White House-led, U.S. Department of State, Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

If you are a female business enthusiast who wants to create solutions to complex problems, or would like to create a North-East brand for the mainland, or an Innovator who loves to use technology to find solutions to common problems as well as create new job opportunities in your region and yet wonder how to monetize or take your product/ service to masses, we invite you to showcase your idea to us.

Applications are invited from women business enthusiasts from the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland to participate in this Idea Challenge. Successful applicants with interesting and innovative Ideas will get a chance to be part of the first AWE India program, a White House-led US Department of State, Women's Entrepreneurship Program, which will include training for applicants to create their own business plans, understand how to raise capital, and connect with networks of successful business owners.

Qualifications to apply:

                     If you are above 18 years of age; started or completed your higher education in any stream;

                     If you have a brilliant business idea which can adopt a technology in some form, or

                     If you have started your business recently but need business skills to scale up, or

                     If you are a research fellow engaged with a lab in any sector, or

                     If you are a Tech student and engaged in an innovative project with others, or

                     Early-stage entrepreneurs currently enrolled at an incubator in the North-East,

                     And most importantly, do apply, if solving problems comes naturally to you!

Preferred sectors include Agri/ Horti, Clean-Tech, Edu-Tech, Electric Mobility, Fin-Tech, Food processing, Healthcare, Wellness/ Fitness, Tourism, Eco-Tourism, Textiles/apparels/fashion, Handicrafts, IoT/ AI/ ML, connected devices, Gaming, AR/VR and More!!

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2020

Please access the Application Form here: Application Form

Timeline for application / selection process:

·         September 30, 2020: Deadline to submit completed application forms

·         October 07, 2020: Notification to women accepted or wait-listed for the program

·         October 14, 2020: Online Launch of AWE India Program and Kick-off session for those accepted in the program 

Applications will be judged on potential of idea which can be technology-aided, entrepreneur’s readiness to take an idea to market, and viability of the potential business.

For more information please contact:  Mr. Prithviraj Nath, Senior Fellow, Asian Confluence; prithviraj.nath@asianconfluence.org;

Note: All the proposed in-person sessions and activities under the project are subject to easing of pandemic -related restrictions and will be undertaken only if all relevant permissions are available with due considerations to health and safety related concerns.



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