The Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund
Eligible Teams are required to be based in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata
Each Team is required to attend a one-month residential leadership programme
Teams will be required to run two 6 month “lab cycles.”
The output from each cycle will be testing 5 real world responses or “prototypes” to the Fund Challenge.
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How does one begin to make sense of a drama as deep and as wide as India? More than half of India is under the age of twenty-five, a demographic of almost six hundred million people. The country is set to have the youngest population in the world by 2021.
There are currently 37 million more men than women in India, even as the female birth rate continues to drop. The impact of this asymmetry is likely to be profound, increasing risk for women in public places, influencing trafficking patterns and generally entrenching deep patriarchal patterns.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund focuses on addressing the challenge of creating meaningful, creative and safe livelihoods for young women in India.
To provide seed funding for 10 Teams (roughly 350 people) focusing on addressing the challenge of creating meaningful, creative and safe livelihoods for young women.
To build the “muscles” (head, heart and hands) for addressing complex challenges in a new generation of female Indian entrepreneurs.
To positively impact 150,000 young women living in Indian informal settlements within 18 months of launch.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund is part of a pipeline of funds we are planning to launch. See the pipeline here.