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The AnitaBorg India Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2018 for women entrepreneurs

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Application Deadline: October 7th 2018

The Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2018 is the flagship contest of India for women entrepreneurs, who are founders of startups in the technology sector.


  • The applicant must be a woman
  • The applicant must be a founder/co-founder of an early stage technology startup
  • The startup must be an Indian operating and registered entity and should be under 7 years of operation as on 31st July 2018
  • The startup needs to be primarily driven by technology and can cover any sector of technology such as the Internet, Mobile, Clean Tech, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Web-based Applications, Cloud, IT Enabled Services, Agriculture, Energy, Education, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare Applications, Social Media and any tech startup having a social impact.
  • Winners of past WEQ contests are not eligible to apply


  • The WEQ committee reserves the right to request for proof of eligibility criteria
  • Any misrepresentation of facts will lead to automatic disqualification from the contest

Selection Process:

Stage 1: 

  • Complete WEQ 2018 Application Form 1 on the online tool

Stage 2:

  • All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for WEQ 2018 and are selected from Stage 1 will move to Stage 2
  • Applicants will be informed about the status of their submission by email
  • Selected applicants will have to complete the WEQ 2018 Application Form 2 on the online tool
  • Stage 2 online submissions will be evaluated by a panel of eminent judges to select 25 finalists. The panel will comprise of representatives/nominees from Knowledge Partner Organizations

Stage 3

  • All applicants from Stage 2 will be informed about the status of their submission by email
  • The 25 finalists from Stage 2 will be invited to make an in-person 3 – 5 minute pitch presentation in Bangalore to a panel comprising of ecosystem influencers and representatives/nominees from DST and IUSSTF .
  • The pitch presentations for the 25 finalists will be held on November 13, 2018 in Bangalore. More details on this session to be provided closer to date. The WEQ 2018 Top 10 winners will be selected from the 25 finalists and announced at an Award Presentation that will be held on November 14, 2018 during the Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) 18 conference

WEQ 2018 Timelines

Stage 1 Applications Open September 3, 2018
Stage 1 Applications Close September 30, 2018
Stage 2 Applications Open October 1, 2018
Stage 2 Applications Close October 7, 2018
Stage 2: Announcement of 25 finalists October 22, 2018
Stage 3: 3-5 minutes Pitch Presentation in Bangalore for 25 finalists  November 13, 2018
Stage 3: WEQ Top 10 Announced during GHCI 18 in Bangalore  November 14, 2018

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AnitaBorg India Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2018

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