Women Entrepreneurship Quest by Anita Borg Institute

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Notes: Capacity building program for women entrepreneurs in tech industry
* Applications to WEQ 2018 are open now. Stage 1 deadline is September 30, 2018
WEQ India
Website WEQ India
Hosted by Anita B.org Institute
Stage 1 Deadline September 30, 2018
Stage 2 Deadline October 7, 2018
Application Link Apply here


About WEQ

Women Entrepreneurship Quest (WEQ) is a flagship contest of Anita Borg Institute (ABI) India for women entrepreneurs, who are founders of startups in the technology sector. WEQ is a comprehensive platform that provides networking, mentoring and learning opportunities to grow one’s business.


  • The WEQ 2018 Top 10 winners will each receive an all-expenses-paid experiential learning visit to Silicon Valley, US. The visit is for five working days and will take place in 2019 (dates to be announced).
  • The 25 finalists of WEQ 2018 will receive a free one day-pass for attending the Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) 18 conference on 14-16 November, 2018 in Bangalore. GHCI is the largest technical conference for women in India and is a great opportunity to learn and network with some of the best minds in the industry.


  • 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


Application 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

Application Form

Apply here


Event Date
Stage 1 Applications Open Sun Sep 02 2018
Stage 1 Applications Close Sat Sep 29 2018
Stage 2 Applications Open Sun Sep 30 2018
Stage 2 Applications Close Sat Oct 06 2018
Stage 2: Announcement of 25 finalists Sun Oct 21 2018
Stage 3: 3-5 minutes Pitch Presentation in Bangalore for 25 finalists Mon Nov 12 2018
Stage 3: WEQ Top 10 Announced during GHCI 18 in Bangalore Tue Nov 13 2018


You may reach us at volunteers@rethinkfoundation.in for guidance. Disclaimer: ABI is the official authority hosting this opportunity and NOT Rethink. Should you wish to reach the ABI team directly, please write to them in their support email listed in References section below

Previous Winners

No. Name Startup Year
1 Kausambi Manjita Kubric 2017
2 Radhika Choudary Freyr 2017
3 Meghna Saraogi Style Dot Me 2017
4 Monika Shukla Lets Endorse 2017
5 Bhavjot Kaur Clinik 2017
6 Sai Gole Lean Agri 2017
7 Madhulika Mukherjee Survaider 2017
8 Pallavi Bishnoi Real Time Renewables 2017
9 Vishakha Singh Vicit 2017
10 Surpriya Rathi RoboVR 2017
11 Richa Singh YourDOST 2016
12 Pooja Kothari Storemore 2016
13 Suhani Mohan Saral Designs 2016
14 Binal Doshi PlexusMD 2016
15 Tanvi Bhardwaj Mishipay 2016
16 Ishita Anand BitGiving 2016
17 Roli Gupta Oorjan 2016
18 Myukhini Pande Greenopia 2016
19 Arti Agrawal Anaxee 2016
20 Shrishti Sahu Aqaya 2016
21 Vineeta Singh Fab Bag 2015
22 Kalaivani Chittaranjan Mintbook 2014
23 Pooja Sharma White Sepal 2014
24 Sreepriya Koppula Turnaround Systems 2014
25 Ashwini Asokan Mad Street Den 2014
26 Lavina Mahbubani Lumos 2014
27 Naiyya Saggi Baby Chakra 2014
28 Arpita Ganesh Buttercups 2012
29 Valerie Rozycki Wagoner ZipDial 2012
30 San Banerjee Apartment ADDA 2011


  1. WEQ 2018 website
  2. WEQ Wall
  3. GHCI Website
  4. ABI's Website
  5. ABI Twitter id: @AnitaB_org
  6. Official Support email: indiaqueries@anitab.org