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Cohort - II

Women Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy!

 Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha

Fully funded workshop for women entrepreneurs working in the green economy.

Date : August 4, 2023

Venue : Lemon Tree Hotel, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

Deadline : July 30, 2023

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About The Program

After the success of our first cohort, Alliance for Commercialization and Innovation Research (ACIR) and the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad are organizing another daylong workshop for Women Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy in Hyderabad.


Selected women-led startups from the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha will receive coaching in hard and soft entrepreneurial skills, mentoring and support to be investor ready. A local peer network to provide continuous support will be formed towards the end of the program.


The program is fully funded by the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad and will be delivered by the ACIR which runs the Nexus incubator program in Delhi.

Benefits of the Program
  • Fully funded by the U.S. Consulate, Hyderabad

  • Access to funding programs and connections with potential investors in the green and impact sectors

  • Expert coaching in launching and growing your startup

  • Build a strong local network

  • Peer-to-Peer learning

  • Foster collaborations

  • Certificate of completion from the U.S. Consulate General, Hyderabad and ACIR


Learning from the Program
  • Increased knowledge of the fundamental skills and tools needed for building a business

  • Coaching in hard and soft entrepreneurial skills, mentoring, and networking with experts, funders and businesses in the industry 

  • Access to best American practices combined with local, practical mentoring on launching and running a sustainable business

  • Learning on how to overcome the day-to-day challenges women entrepreneurs face in running that business

  • Skills to pitch your idea to outside investors and customers


Only women entrepreneurs in the age group of 21-45 are eligible to apply

Applicant should be
running a business or aspiring to do so

The business
should be in the
green economy 

Venture should be registered in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, or Odisha

Selections Announcement - August 1, 2023 (rolling basis)
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9:00 am - 10:00 am

Registration/Check-in, Morning Tea

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Welcome remarks and Identifying value propositions by Erik Azulay, President, ACIR

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Art of Capital Raising & Pitching by Shaik Yaseen Shareef, Director, FundEnable

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Entrepreneurial journey by a women entrepreneur - Pratibha Bharathi, Founder, Nature's Bio Plastic

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Intellectual Property with Rahul Bagga, Founder & Managing Director, Aumirah

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Expert session on “Intellectual Property Strategies for Women-Led Startups: Driving Innovation and Growth” by Nancy Wang, Director - Product & Engineering & General Manager, Amazon Web Services

5:00 pm onwards

Reception with networking


Erik Azulay

President, ACIR

Erik Azulay is a technology commercialization expert and serial entrepreneur specializing in small business startups and international market strategies. He has managed commercialization and incubation projects in 12 countries around the world and launched and sold two logistics companies based in the United States and Russia.

As President of the Alliance for Commercialization and Innovation Research, he currently runs the Nexus Innovation Hub and Incubator in New Delhi, funded by the U.S. State Department, to support the startup ecosystem in India.  The Nexus Incubator showcases best practices in incubation and entrepreneurship from the U.S. and India and its startups have raised over $40 million in funding.


Nancy Wang 

Director – Product & Engineering & General Manager Amazon Web Services

Nancy is a product & engineering executive, advisor, and investor with significant experience in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and SaaS. Nancy advises Fortune 10 companies on accelerating revenue growth, and she advises startups on attracting their first 100K enterprise customers. Currently, Nancy is the Director of Product & Engineering and General Manager at Amazon Web Services, where she leads P&L, product, engineering, and design for its data protection and data security businesses. Passionate about growing early-stage startups, Nancy is a Venture Partner for Felicis Ventures, where she works with early-stage data infra and security companies on their product-market fit, market segmentation, and product scaling. Excited to advance more women into technical roles, Nancy is the founder & board chair of Advancing Women in Tech, a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has already informed and educated 30,000 Coursera learners worldwide on how to get their first, or next, tech leadership role.

Our Trainers
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Rahul Bagga

Founder & Managing Director, Aumirah

Rahul Bagga is Founder & Managing Director of Aumirah (Aumirah IP and Aumirah Analytics). He has also founded a legal tech company - IP Sarthi Legal Tech Pvt Ltd to develop online tools for managing several aspects of IP.


He is MSc DIC in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and is a registered Indian Patent Agent with more than 13 years' experience of working in the IP sector in three different countries. At Aumirah, he leads a spirited, high performing and young team of engineers, lawyers and analysts.  Through Aumirah, he has served more than 1000+ domestic and foreign clients over the last 3+ years in a range of matters pertaining to intellectual property rights in India and across the world. His specialization is patent law and has over the years gained significant expertise, and with his spirited colleagues at Aumirah, he has advised companies/startups/MSMEs from across multiple industries such as EVs, Energy, AI, Robotics, Biotechnology, Pharma, Drones, Defence, Automotive, General Engineering, Agriculture and nanotechnology. He also serves as mentor to various other Delhi/NCR based incubators such as Nexus & Aspire Labs, and has also been empanelled by i-hub Gujarat.


Further, of late, together with his team, he has been working closely on drawing contracts, agreements, term sheets, and advising startups and MSMEs in transactions and private equity matters.


Shaik Yaseen Shareef

Director, FundEnable

Yaseen is Director at FundEnable – a platform that helps startup founders in raising a round of capital through capability building, access to investors and funding closure process. FundEnable has over 2,000 subscribers and has raised over 200 Cr of funding for tech ventures. FundEnable also provides seed fund management services to incubators for their NIDHI SSP and SISF schemes. Yaseen is a part of seed funding committees of various incubators such as KIIT TBI, AIC GIM, aIDEA, AIC – MFIE -IM-BHU etc. Prior to FundEnable, Yaseen has experience with organizations such as, Sardar Patel Technology Business Incubator,

Luharia Technologies etc. Yaseen is a visiting faculty for Entrepreneurial Finance at Mahindra University. Also mentor startups at e-hub Mahindra University, XLRI XSeed, aIDEA at NAARM, GINSERV, STPI Bengaluru, Startup TN etc.

  • How to apply?
    To apply please fill this online form.
  • What is included in the green economy?
    Green economy may mean a wide range of initiatives including: renewable energy, pollution reduction technologies, energy saving devices, environmental control devices (emission control).
  • How will I know if I am selected?
    In case you are selected you will be informed via email on your registered email ID.
  • Is there any fee for this program?
    No. There is no fee for the training. The participants need to take care of their own travel expenses to reach the training venue.
  • Where can I reach out for more details?
    For more details please feel free to contact us on
  • What will be the language of instruction during the workshops?
    All workshops will be conducted in English.
  • Can I attend virtually?
    It is an in-person workshop. Participants should follow all social distancing protocols for safety.
  • Will the startups receive any certificate for attending the workshop?
    Each startup that completes the workshop will receive a certificate from ACIR and the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad.
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