WE @ Headstart

About WE @ Headstart

This initiative is exclusively for women entrepreneurs. "WE" want to to build a community of women entrepreneurs and take it to the next level by supporting and helping each other and eradicate a few barriers we face. Why an initiative exclusive for women? Well, there has been a big debate among our team itself on the same question. Some of us supported the fact that entrepreneurship opportunities are rather the same for both genders, thereby questioning the need for an exclusive “Women Only” initiative/community while some opined otherwise. We hope that by the time you finish reading this blog, you will have some answers to it. The facts Women entrepreneurs may be defined as ‘Woman or a group of women who initiate, organize and run a business enterprise’. Government of India has defined women entrepreneurs based on women participation in equity and employment of a business enterprise. Accordingly, a woman-run enterprise is defined as ‘An enterprise owned and controlled by a woman having a minimum financial interest of 51% of the capital and giving at least 51% of the employment generated in the enterprise to women’. Women entrepreneurs constitute 10 % of all entrepreneurs in the country. We might believe that the situation is a little better in the US, but even then, for every nine men raising equity financing to start and scale their businesses, only one woman does, according to a report by the National Women’s Business Council (US). Women Entrepreneurs also fall into sub groups such as Homepreneurs, Mompreneurs and many more and every sub group has some specific needs. While ‘WE’ initiative will try to cover the larger goals of the community as a whole, we will also try our best to cater to the interests of the sub groups as well. The problems Something that has always bothered us is the low participation of women in the events that happen across the city. There are pitch events, co-founder search, founders’ mingle etc. and the sad reality is that typically 90% of the attendees are men. This happens for several reasons. We talked to few women who are running their business or aspiring to start one and here is what we heard: “Most of the events are highly technology-centric while our businesses may not necessarily involve technology.” “The comfort factor is missing in such gatherings dominated by men.” “Many of these events are on weekdays and we can’t leave kids at home without supervision” “We need peer support, preferably from women like us who have been able to start a venture given the similar circumstances of managing home and work.” “We cannot attend 2 days hackathon leaving a toddler at home. It is upsetting. While there is so much happening around us, women entrepreneurs are able to explore only a small fragment.” We found this well-known but less talked about fact which happens to be an apt description of reality too: “Business plan competitions and pitch forums are frequently about bravado and making ridiculous projections. Men excel at this. Women tend to be more conservative. This is the #1 complaint I get from the hundreds of women entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed,” said Vivek Wadhwa, academic, researcher, entrepreneur, and a vocal critic of the under funding of women-led companies by Silicon Valley (and a man). “When they [women] go to angel forums and the like, they feel intimidated and left out.” What do ‘WE’ intend to do? ‘WE’ at Headstart Network – want to sincerely put an effort to reduce some of these barriers and help women come out and explore in a community that helps, learns and grows together. – want to infuse self confidence in first time women entrepreneurs so that they are able to headstart their journey with no constraints felt whatsoever. – want the ecosystem to hear the needs of women entrepreneurs and support them. – want not to compete, but complement and collaborate with existing women entrepreneur groups and initiatives. – want to make the pie bigger for everyone! How do ‘WE’ see the future? Picture this. An ecosystem which understands that if you are willing to start-up and have a family too, that is NOT a problem! An accelerator that boasts of having your child taken care of in a day care while you work to make that awesome Product in INDIA. Possibilities are immense. “WE” dream BIG. “Dream BIG! If it offends someone, so what! Dream Bigger!” – Anonymous


We were looking to get into an accelerator of a global leader which provides great value in terms of go to market but realized we missed the deadline. Headstart with its connects was able to get the organization to look at our company and we eventually made it to the accelerator. I recommend any startup to be associated with Headstart and take advantage of the self-less love that Headstart provides.
Raghu Ravinutala Founder & CEO - Yellow Messenger
Headstart gave us breakthrough opportunity to pitch in front of leading VCs at an event and we met one of our leading VC investor Contrarian at the event.
Chandan Agarwal COO & Co-founder - WholesaleBox
Startup Saturday remained a place for me to rejuvenate and network with other enthusiastic entrepreneurs. We are grateful for Startup Saturday sessions that helped catapult our venture to success
Shashank Pawar CEO - Whoz High
Networking has been the biggest takeaway from Headstart's events. The connections have definitely helped us in setting and running our startup.
Raghav Sharma Co-Founder - Kalaage
Headstart does a great job at discovering startups that can contribute to the development of the ecosystem. I would love to return to this initiative if given the opportunity.
Siddharth Deshmukh Founder & CEO - ShimBi Labs
Kickstart is much needed for the ecosystem to help startups reach the greatness that they can achieve. A little encouragement goes a long way and such initiatives really boost startups
Tarak Rindani Founder - Imperium Global
Kickstart is a great opportunity for startups to meet with investors, advisors and mentors. It opens up various avenues for startups and this gives a lot of scope for startups to grow.
Akash Surekha Vice President - Enterprise Digital Experiences
Such initiatives are a great platform to share each other's journey and learn from others' experiences. It was great interacting with the attendees.
Sarang Panelist - Startup Saturday
Headstart events are great help for entrepreneurs and provides an effective platform. It's a place to meet like minded people and a platform to demonstrate products and get validation. Each Startup Saturday session is insightful and practically helpful for Startups.
Garima Mitra Co-founder - Treelife Consulting
Real motivational meetups. The inspiration touch high after attending these workshops. Be it the knowledge of the speaker or the enthusiastic young crowd. Kudos to Headstart for their initiatives
Sarathy Venkat Attendee - Startup Saturday