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Women Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy!

 Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha

Fully funded workshops for women entrepreneurs working in the green economy!

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About The Program

Women Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy is a series of workshops to be conducted in Warangal, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad to train women entrepreneurs.

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 also 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 Alliance for Commercialization and Innovation Research (ACIR) which runs the Nexus incubator program.


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

  • Understanding on finances for startups

  • Skills to pitch your idea to outside investors and customers


Erik Azulay

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.


Rebecca Hui

Rebecca is an entrepreneur and artist passionate about bridging cultures globally.  She built Roots Studio over the last 8 years, which reimagines cultural sustainability through digital IP licensing into retail. Roots Studio has been featured in The Business of Fashion, Vogue Business, Cultured Magazine, PBS, The Cut, WWD, TechCrunch, MIT Technology Review, Marie Claire, Stanford Social Innovation Review, amongst others. Through her work, Rebecca has been recognized as a Forbes Under 30 Lister, Cartier Women's Initiative Laureate, and Echoing Green Fellow. 

Rebecca is also passionate about supporting communities facing climate change from both data-driven mapping and grassroots approaches. She has built projects utilizing satellite mapping data to equip rural communities to be more disaster resilient, to remote-sensing maps for coral reef conservation. For two years, she helped devise mapping policy for “The Rurban” with the Government of India to expand water and infrastructure planning.

Rebecca started her journey as a Fulbright Scholar and National Geographic Explorer in India studying human-animal coexistence. She graduated from MIT and UC Berkeley studying Urban Planning and Business. She just published her first children's book on the topic of social enterprise, "It's Our Business to Make a Better World," distributed through Abrams Books.

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Malika Taneja

Malika is a Program Manager at Nexus Innovation Hub and Incubator, a U.S. Embassy and ACIR collaboration designed to support the Indian startup ecosystem. She ensures the end-to-end operations of the incubator and provides mentoring in finance & compliance to startups. She also leads the women programs for ACIR across the world.


Malika is also the co-founder of Labhya Foundation, an Indian educational nonprofit that enables children from low socio-economic backgrounds with necessary social & emotional skills to cope with poverty and become lifelong learners. Currently, Labhya impacts 2.5 million vulnerable children.

Our Trainers

Only women entrepreneurs in the age group of 21-40 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

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  1. ACIR will deliver two 2-day business training workshops in Warangal and Visakhapatnam to 20 women entrepreneurs each (a total of 40)

  2. The top 20 women entrepreneurs from these initial workshops will then be invited to a 3-day, advanced business training workshop, to take place in Hyderabad 

Applications Open - December 15, 2022
Deadline For Applications - January 20, 2023
Selections Announcement - January 25, 2023

Beginners two-day Workshops 

A. Workshop 1 at Visakhapatnam  - February 3-4, 2023 (20 participants)

B. Workshop 2 at Warangal - February 17-18, 2023 (20 participants)

Click here for the agenda

Advanced Workshop at Hyderabad - March 2-4, 2023

(Selected 20 participants from the above 40)

Click here for the agenda

  • 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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