The Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2017 Contest Applications Are Open

Bangalore, 18 August, 2017: The Anita Borg Institute India, a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing and technology today announced the 7th edition of the Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2017. WEQ 2017 is a unique contest for technology startups founded by women in India. WEQ is organized at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) conference. 10 award recipients can win an all-expenses-paid experiential learning visit to Silicon Valley, US.

WEQ 2017 issponsored by the AnitaBorg Institute India (ABI India) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST),Government of India.  The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) alsoplays an integral role in supporting and organizing WEQ 2017. The jointpartnership has existed since 2014 and  is strongly committed tosupporting the Government of India’s policies and programs, promotingentrepreneurship among women in India. The WEQ 2017 Contest and Silicon ValleyLearning Program is also focused on making women entrepreneurs aware of theirown potential and providing them with that support and confidence to buildsuccessful businesses. 

Womenentrepreneurs who have founded technology startups in India are encouraged totake this opportunity and apply for WEQ 2017. For all details visit: applications for Stage 1 of the contest close on 3 September, 2017. 

During theSilicon Valley Learning Program to be organized in 2018, the WEQ Top 10 willget the opportunity to network among experienced leaders, professionals andpeers. They will receive guidance and inspiration from some of the best mindsin the Valley. The visit is also a great platform for each of the WEQ Top 10 toshowcase their business in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. The winners will getto visit leading technology companies, startups, accelerators, incubators anduniversities in Silicon Valley.

“India ranks70 out of 77 nations on the Female Entrepreneurship Index. Many studies andfrom what we see around us indicate that we need more Indian women to beentrepreneurs. ABI India along with the Government is trying to create avenuessuch as the WEQ contest that will encourage women entrepreneurs in technology.In the years to come we really hope to see many more successful women-foundedbusinesses, among the new-generation technology organizations,” saidGeetha Kannan, Managing Director, ABI India.

Dr AnitaGupta, Director/Scientist-F & Associate Head at the NSTEDB of the DST,Government of India said,“A number of initiatives to accelerate women entrepreneurship in India havebeen launched. These are being designed to equip them with knowledge,skills and networks required to navigate and scale up their startups. Ouraim is to create a strong pipeline of women entrepreneurs every year. DST isfocused on this aspect and is partnering with leading organizations such as ABIIndia in bringing about this transformational change in the workforce ofIndia”, added Dr. Gupta.

Dr. RajivTayal, Executive Director, Indo-U.S Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) said, “IUSSTF is happy to beassociated with the women entrepreneurship program in partnership with DST andAnita Borg Institute”. This program is in sync with IUSSTF mandate to promoteactivities that would lead to Innovation and technopreneurship. The SiliconValley ecosystem learning program for the winners of the WEQ Contest hasprovided a great platform for the Indian women entrepreneurs to link with theleading technology companies, startups, accelerators, incubators anduniversities in Silicon Valley.

About TheGrace Hopper Celebration India

The Grace HopperCelebration India (GHCI) is the largest technical conference for women inIndia. ABI India has been successfully organizing this annual conference since2010. In 2016, GHCI had 2,909 attendees from 305 corporate and academicorganizations. GHCI focuses on the career, research and entrepreneur interestsof women in technology. Presenters at the conference are leaders in theirrespective fields from industry, academia and government. The keyhighlights of the conference are various tracks covering technical and careerdevelopment topics. Event participants can also look forward to the Hands onLab, Career Fair, Poster Session and the Women Entrepreneur Quest. For moreinformation, visit: Follow ABI India and GHCI at and

About theAnita Borg Institute (ABI)

The AnitaBorg Institute (ABI) connects, inspires and guides women in computing andorganizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to morethan 87 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economyand that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. ABI is anot-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization in the US and a non-profitorganization registered as a section-8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013 inIndia. For more information, visit

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