The Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, carried out in the spring of 2018, engaged young Indian women with aspirations to establish and run their own technology-based enterprises.
At the request of the US Department of State, the IC² Institute of The University of Texas at Austin provided entrepreneurship support for selected female students enrolled at Indian universities. The IC² Institute reached out to university women across India, received over 200 applications from women innovators, and selected 18 for intense training, mentoring, and international experiences.
Participants came from eight different regions of India and represented innovations ranging from robotics to biotech to a social platform app for families. The IC² Institute developed a unique program to meet the participants’ needs, including online training, distance mentoring by Austin women entrepreneurs, in-person training in New Delhi, and two weeks of meetings, seminars, and opportunities to present their innovations in Austin, Texas. The women also formed teams with students from Austin and from Europe for exploration of market opportunities in the US and EU. 100% of the women highly recommended the program and noted increased skills, knowledge, opportunities, and confidence.
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