WE-Hub, Western Digital select 8 startups for accelerator programme


Hyderabad: Telangana’s incubator for women entrepreneurs WE-Hub on Thursday announced its partnership with Western Digital, a data infrastructure provider, to launch an acceleration programme focusing on technology for women entrepreneurs. The programme is customised for women-led technology startups in India and will equip them to be investment-ready while enabling them to scale by giving access to national and international investors.

WE-Hub and Western Digital will work with the eight startups for a 12-week acceleration programme. The selected startups will have access and customised hands-on mentoring from WE-Hub’s global network of technology support, business mentors, venture capitalists, and enterprise executives, along with Western Digital’s expertise in data-led innovation and building the startup ecosystem.

Telangana IT and Industries department principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan said that he is glad to see that WE-Hub is enabling high potential women-led technology startups to be a part of this innovation revolution in Telangana and bringing along corporate giants such as Western Digital to drive outcome drives programmes.

Out of the eight startups selected from seven cities, two are Hyderabad-based startups – Empiezo IT Solutions and Edubuk. While Empiezo provides data-driven digital solutions for different enterprises, Edubuk is an individualised education system for learners discover their true passion.

The other startups are Bengaluru-based Aarca Research, Delhi-based AarogyaAI, Ahmedabad-based Bioscan Research, Chennai-based Innogle, Pune-based MedMarvel Software Solutions and Coimbatore-based Paraclete Image Labs. The programme got 963 applications and 40 were shortlisted and were part of the Data Innovation Bazaar 2020 — conducted by Western Digital in collaboration with Startup India, Invest India, MeitY, DST, and TiE Delhi-NCR.

Western Digital country manager for India and vice-president Supria Dhanda said, “The idea behind this joint initiative is to provide a platform for women innovators to showcase their ideas and offer the guidance required to accelerate their business.

Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE Hub, said, “We are excited to partner with Western Digital for the Acceleration program due to their extensive commitment to build a more inclusive work environment to support women in technology.”

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