The Popular Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2018 Applications Are Open


Bangalore, 06 September, 2018: India, a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in technology today announced the 8th edition of the Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2018. This unique contest is for women entrepreneurs with technology startups in India. The Top 10 winners of WEQ 2018 will each receive an all-expenses-paid experiential learning visit to Silicon Valley, US. During this visit the winners will build connects, receive value-added guidance and get inspiration from some of the best entrepreneurs, investors and mentors in the valley.

Women entrepreneurs who have founded technology startups in India are encouraged to take this opportunity and apply for WEQ 2018. For all details visit: The applications for Stage 1 of the contest close on 30 September, 2018.

The WEQ 2018 Top 10 winners will also get to attend the largest technical conference for women in India, the Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI) 18 to be held in Bangalore from 14-16 November, 2018. GHCI 18 will be attended by 4000+ attendees including senior business leaders, government officials, women professionals, entrepreneurs and students in technology.

WEQ 2018 is sponsored by the India and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) also plays an integral role in supporting and organizing WEQ 2018. The joint partnership has existed since 2014 and is strongly committed to supporting the Government of India’s policies and programs, promoting entrepreneurship among women in India.

The objective of the WEQ 2018-19 Silicon Valley Learning Program is to support the top 10 winners with their business growth. The program will provide access to:

  • Quality networks: Visits and meetings with key stakeholders in the Silicon Valley ecosystem such as leading technology companies, startups, investors, officials, incubators, accelerators, universities and so on.
  • Expert guidance: Sessions and deep-dive workshops on important business functions, technology trends and growth strategies from industry veterans, mentors, entrepreneurs and experienced professionals.
  • Great inspiration: Directly interacting and hearing from role models in the Silicon Valley. This is also an opportunity for the winners to showcase their business with some of the best in technology.

“Over the years the WEQ Silicon Valley Learning Program has been successful in its objective of boosting the confidence of the entrepreneurs and preparing them to be successful business women. According to a survey we carried out among our past WEQ winners, 83% still continue to pursue the same business and 75% have witnessed an increase in their customer base since their visits to Silicon Valley. The program provides a better understanding of investors, product and marketing strategies, team-building, technology innovation, and other aspects that are vital to grow any business. We hope many more women entrepreneurs come forward and apply for WEQ 2018 this year, said Geetha Kannan, Managing Director, India.

Dr Anita Gupta, Scientist G & Associate Head Innovation & Entrepreneurship, DST, Government of India said, “Entrepreneurship has the potential to play a substantial role in the economic and social growth of a country. Our government continues to focus on bringing women to the fore and making them a significant part of our growth story. We look forward to supporting more women entrepreneurs that will go on to create successful startups and contributing to our economy and society.”

“India and the US have abundant knowledge and talent when it comes to entrepreneurship and technology innovation. The WEQ Silicon Valley Learning Program provides ample opportunity for Indian women entrepreneurs for knowledge sharing and exchange of experiences from the U.S entrepreneurship ecosystem,” added Dr. Rajiv Tayal, Executive Director, Indo-U.S Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).

About connects, inspires and guides women in technology and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 87 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization in the US and a non-profit organization registered as a section-8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013 in India.

About Department of Science & Technology (DST): Department of Science & Technology (DST) of the Government of India is in the forefront of promoting new areas of Science and Technology and plays the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. DST has been a pioneer in promoting the startup initiative through Science and Technology Parks in early 80s and more now with a network of over 120 Technology Business Incubators across the country. To realize Hon’ble PM’s vision on Startup India as an important tool to transform India, it has recently rolled out a new program NIDHI as a National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI).

About The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF): The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering, biomedical research and innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. As a grant making organization, the principle objective of IUSSTF is to provide opportunities, to exchange ideas, information, skills and technologies, and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavours of mutual interest that can translate the power of science for the benefit of mankind at large. IUSSTF through its bilateral United States-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF); also promotes joint activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship through application of Science and Technology.