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StrongHer Ventures Arise Accelerator Engages Over 1M Women, 5,000 Startups, 1,000 Entrepreneurs

StrongHer is the largest capital-backed accelerator program for pre-seed, women-led/focused startups.

StrongHer Ventures is the world’s largest diversity platform for women VCs and entrepreneurs. They are thrilled at the overwhelming participation of 500+ women founders and leaders at the Arise Mixer series. The series is in partnership with WeWork Labs. The three-city tour featured networking, scale-up discussions and community learning sessions between women entrepreneurs, investors and professionals across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The country’s best women entrepreneurs gathered for a ‘scale up’ dialogue. 

“The success of the Arise Mixer events is evidenced by the participation of over 500 in-person women founders and leaders; over 10,000+ outreach through social media channels; and more than 200 applications received in just the last two weeks. Following this immense interest, we are happy to announce an extension to the Arise Startup Accelerator applications to July 31, 2022,” said Ankita Vashistha, Founder & Managing Partner at StrongHer Ventures.

About Arise

The accelerator (ARISE) engages the entire women-led innovation ecosystem. This includes corporate leaders, founders, talent, mentors, hands-on master classes, investors and client connections. Applications will now remain open (Apply) until July 31, 2022. Open to all pre-Seed, women-led and women-focused startups in categories such as fintech, health, future of work/life, consumer and Web 3.0. 

Arise brings together the benefits of StrongHer Ventures’ extensive investment expertise, global investor networks and engaged client connections with WeWork Labs platform and global locations. General partners of StrongHer Ventures have a track record of generating unicorns and multifold returns. The program will engage with 5,000 startups, mentor 1,000 entrepreneurs and invest in over 200 startups. It will impact the engagement and empowerment of over a million women in the country. This will increase funding 5x for women entrepreneurs. It will double the number of women leaders across the impacted group and reduce the pay gap by 50 percent. Arise expects to add $1.5 billion to the country’s women-led economy (GDP). 

“The Arise program by StrongHer Ventures is leading the way to triple the number of women entrepreneurs who get funded and increase women in leadership positions by 50%,” said Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon & Biocon Biologics.

Apart from capital investment, Arise will offer women entrepreneurs benefits including:

  • knowledge sessions
  • boot camps
  • sector experts
  • engaged mentoring
  • curated networking events
  • hiring drives
  • access to follow-on capital
  • highly subsidized WeWork spaces
  • up to $1M worth of benefits and valuation impact. 

StrongHer Ventures has unparalleled reach, an amazing track record and global network access. A comprehensive, curated and hands-on 12-week program immerses startups in competitive strategy, design, marketing, operations and fundraising. It will culminate in 1:1 investor meetings and Demo day. StrongHer Ventures will continue to guide startups through subsequent rounds of funding and their growth post-Demo Day.

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