herSTART is a focused program with an aim to create more women entrepreneurs. Being an early stage startup support system, GUSEC is running this program every year which would be seeding idea-stage women entrepreneurs by giving them access to our resources and a dedicated acceleration program to help them take some jumpstarts in the initial stage of their startup. herSTART is a comprehensive program that will result in more female entrepreneurs in giving wings to their own ideas, thereby benefiting the ecosystem as a whole.
GUSEC, in association of TiE Ahmedabad, had launched herSTART 2019, an initiative to promote women-led startup ideas on January 31, 2019. More than 650 participants applied for the program, out of which 120 were selected for a two-day bootcamp. The bootcamp was followed by a pitching session of these young, women ideators, based on which 35 ideas were selected for pre-incubation support.
The top 5 ideas were further awarded cash prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh, funded by the Motwani Jadeja Foundation. The program was open to first-time women ideators, aged under 30.