GIZ, AIC GUSEC & Dhriiti organised a women-centric incubation training programme to promote gender inclusivity in startup ecosystems.

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GIZ, AIC GUSEC & Dhriiti organised a women-centric incubation training programme to promote gender inclusivity in startup ecosystems.



AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 25, 2021. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH along with the Atal Incubation Centre - Gujarat University Startup & Entrepreneurship Council (AIC GUSEC) and Dhriiti - The Courage Within inaugurated WINcubate, a training exercise focussing on designing women-focused incubation programs. The training exercise was conducted on August 24-25, 2021 to address critical gaps in startup support provided to women entrepreneurs and enable incubators to adopt a gender-focused approach to incubation support.



The WINcubate training program is based on the Her&Now model for women-centric incubation programs and facilitates incubators in adopting a gender-focused approach to incubation support. 16 startup incubators across Gujarat took part in the training exercise, learning ways to implement incubation policies to attract more women startups.



The program was inaugurated by Ms Julia Karst, Project Head, Her&Now, GIZ and Shri. D R Parmar, Jt. Commissioner of Industries, Startup Cell, Gujarat. The first session comprised discussions around capacity building and mitigating hurdles from the grassroot level in creating a targeted women-focused incubation program.



"This foundation level training will help incubators address their current practice and thinking on integrating gender in their incubation work and offer a space to come up with more in-depth solutions to integrate gender at all levels of the organization and ultimately in their programs too," said Julia Karst.



Shri Parmar remarked, "Investing in women's economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality and inclusive growth. I urge all the incubators to come forward and help the Startup Gujarat Cell also in curating some women-centric programs."



The foundation-level training was conducted in the two-day long event, with the program being planned to be an advanced-level training for interested incubators. The sessions aimed at helping incubators understand the need to enact new measures for more gender-inclusive incubation programs. The incubators were encouraged to design and implement their incubation programs keeping in mind the themes of gender, business and entrepreneurship.
 
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