These 3 Programs Are Empowering Women Changemakers In Asia

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Finding solutions for climate crisis requires diversity of thought and experience like never before, and ensuring women have a seat at the table will lead to better outcomes for everyone. 
A history of gender inequality in the workforce. The sustainability and innovation-related industry are no exception. Gender bias often keeps women from entering or staying in the tech industry. We can see how women with same expertise as their male counterparts are still offered lower salaries or lesser opportunities.  
A growing number of entrepreneurs, investors and technology executives are rising to meet these challenges. It is critical for women’s voices to be part of the solution.These  three programmes and fellowship that drive to create culture of inclusion can play huge role in reducing and closing the gender gap in tech and other related industries.



Organised by Climate Collective Network, Women in Climate Entrepreneurship is an initiative to develop a more gender inclusive ecosystem for climate start-ups. 
Climate Ready for Women is a 5-month pre-accelerator program designed specifically for early stage women entrepreneurs in climate & cleantech business, focusing on business literacy and building successful business models through training and mentorship. The program is designed to bridge the missing skills so that women entrepreneurs build confidence and gain adequate knowledge to thrive in the market and actively seek support available in the ecosystem.   
Who can apply?  
  • A women founder/ co-founder in clean energy/ energy access/ mobility/ energy efficiency  
  • Be an Indian citizen and based/registered in India 
  • Startup is at or near MVP stage or pilot sales
What is the program format?   
The accepted participants will be given capacity training, in the form of business literacy skills networking opportunities through collaborative exercises within the group as well as interactive sessions with external speakers and confidence building to leverage opportunities. 
  • Bootcamp – one-day intensive training workshop 
  • Training workshops – basic business concepts  
  • Founder Talks – interaction and learning from similar businesses and successful women founders 
  • Collaborative exercise – Collaborative market research 
  • One-on-One mentoring sessions – Technical and business mentoring sessions  
  • Application support – Sessions on writing quality applications for Climate Launchpad and other support programs in the ecosystem 
  • Showcase event – Showcase of all businesses in the cohort to increase visibility 
  1. Applications open – 13 August 2021 
  2. Applications close – 26 September 2021 
  3. Applicants shortlisted – 30 September 2021  
  4. Half day business workshop – 8 October 2021  
  5. Program duration – Oct 2021 – Mar 2022  
  6. Program wrap up – March 2022  
For more details, visit their website or reach to the organiser directly at :


The Carbon Ethics Foundation in collaboration with LivingSeas Asia that wants to inspire the next generation on marine conservation. Through a 2-year long fellowship, the mission is to build capacity of women to play significant roles in protecting and conserving the marine and coastal resource. 
Kindly submit a video with a maximum duration of 3 minutes consisting of the following information:
1. Introduction
2. Personal Strength and Weakness
3. Why do you want to join the fellowship program?
4. How this program can help you achieve your long-term goals?
5. What contribution can be made to us and the surrounding community?
6. The main reason why we should choose you as our Mentee?
Ps. Video can be done in English or Bahasa at your comfort (using English will be a point plus).


Are you in the fashion and/or lifestyle industry, struggling to take your venture to the next level? Join UN WOMEN’s Industry Disruptor Programme to gain access to likeminded industry players – ranging from fellow entrepreneurs to corporates and investors – who want to change the industry for the better.
Funded by the European Union, the UN Women Industry Disruptor (India) is an acceleration program that provides you access to mentorship, investors and the opportunity to grow your ideas and increase your impact through scaling your venture.  
UN Women Industry Disruptor India
What you need to know ?
Application period: July 31st – September 5th 
Program dates: 

October & February: (Cohort 1) 2-day online workshops for all eligible entrepreneurs

November to February: (Cohort 2) in addition to the above, online acceleration program for 20 selected entrepreneurs with networking, mentoring and a 2-week intensive

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