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WE HUB, India’s first and only state-led incubator by the Government of Telangana to foster and promote women entrepreneurship to start-up, scale-up and accelerate with global market access graduated announced the graduation of its first cohort of students who moved from idea/innovator to entrepreneurs. The student entrepreneurship program christened “WE Alpha” takes college students through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, which are key pillars of the National Education Policy (NEP2020). The program focused on a curated curriculum & hands on learning to impart creative & critical thinking approaches towards Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  The high-quality program selected 12 student teams across six colleges from Telangana.

The first cohort for WE ALPHA included students from engineering and humanities colleges. The program kicked off with Training of the Faculty, from the selected colleges to hone their skills for creating effective outcome driven Incubation programs, Entrepreneurship training spaces for students as part of the New Education Policy. These selected student teams were taken through an in-person eight-week program, encompassing the ideation, technical mentoring, design knowledge, business skills, interpersonal skills, team building skills and communication skills. They also had an opportunity to pitch for internships with WE HUB-incubated startups to enable students to progress in their journey as entrepreneurs. The program culminated with 12 teams developing prototypes. The teams will be supported by WE HUB to register with DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) as startup companies.

Mr Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Telangana (IT E&C) said “One of the key focus areas for us in the Government of Telangana is to ensure that we can spur innovative & entrepreneurial thinking in students including from schools across Telangana. Inculcating innovative thinking at the student stage will spur the innovation mindset throughout their career and ensure the participation of Girls and young women in the Economy of Telangana. Students are and will continue to be an important pillar in transforming the economy of Telangana to Quaternary sectors, where innovation is the backbone. We would like to encourage all the colleges across Telangana to engage with the Telangana innovation ecosystem through programs like WE Alpha. Congratulations to the 12 student’s teams and we are looking forward to supporting them as they scale further in their journey”

Ms Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE HUB said, “Over the past 4 years of the inception of WEHUB, we have been working on enabling a funnel where we can have more Women enter the fields of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  WE HUB has created WE Alpha with a focus on students not only learns about Entrepreneurship but  also how to learn,Emphasis  of the curriculum design of WELPHA  was to enable  students to think critically and solve problems, be creative and multidisciplinary, and to innovate, adapt, and absorb new material in the novel and changing fields.We are glad that the 12 ideas that have been selected are all on their path to the next stage of their innovation journey which is Entrepreneurship & registered startups.

Applications for the next cohort of WE Alpha are now open, and colleges and students are invited to apply by reaching out to us on [email protected]

The deadline for the same is 15 August 2022.

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