About the Program

Women across India face many hurdles to start their own business. Family ties & restrictions, role conflicts, lack of education, mobility, availability of finance, male-dominated industries are to name a few. However, there has been a significant increase in women entrepreneurs in India but at a lower rate. The partial credit of the rise also goes to social acceptance of women as entrepreneurs, better access to education & finance.

herSTART is an initiative by GUSEC with the support of TiE Ahmedabad and other partners of the program, to provide young, aspiring women entrepreneurs a platform to start-up and their talent a boost. This special initiative will be a boot camp and pre-incubation program for women-led startup ideas.

Application window for herSTART is now closed. Thank you for your interest!


  • APPLICATIONS: The program calls for women-led innovative business ideas from all across Gujarat.
  • BOOTCAMP & TRAINING: The top 100 ideas shall be selected after detailed review by a competent scrutiny committee, and a two-day boot-camp shall be held for these shortlisted applicants. National and international experts shall be part of this training.
  • PITCHING: After the boot camp, all shortlisted participants will have a pitch session with a jury panel. Based on this jury's recommendations, a total of 25 ideas will be selected for further support. Top 5 ideas shall get cash prizes as well.
  • PREINCUBATION: The selected 25 ideas will be provided pre-incubation support by GUSEC. The pre-incubation support will include mentoring and guidance, library & lab access, complimentary workspace for qualifying startups. After the pre incubation period potential ideas to receive support in getting selected for incubation from GUSEC.

Who can participate?

Women below 30 years of age

Women to be founder/cofounder of the idea

Idea or MVP Stage

Should not have received any grants before

Participant Mix

Please read the following eligibility requirements before applying for herSTART:

  • Participant should be below the age of 30 years (completed age as on January 1, 2019).
  • An active student or alumnus of any regulated college / university of Gujarat.
  • Participant with an idea and not an active existing enterprise / business.
  • Participant should be the primary founder / co-founder, however other team members don't necessarily have to be females.
  • One applicant may apply for multiple ideas. 
  • If the participant is already working on the idea, the startup should be idea-stage or at minimum viable product (MVP) stage only.


  • Cash Prizes of INR 10 Lacs

  • Access to Markets in Israel and UK

  • Access to Surge Support of Upto INR 2 Lacs

  • Cloud Credits of upto USD 20000


  • British Library Memberships


  • Free Co-working Space For 3 Months

  • Access to Mentorship

  • Incubation at GUSEC

Cash Prize


Prize Money Sponsor
Global Partners
Banking Partner
Supporting Partners

Contact Us

GUSEC West Wing, Gujarat University


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