Why AccelerateHer?


6-weeks of rigorous live virtual mentor masterclasses and AMAs by investors, industry leaders, operators, AWS and Lightspeed’s experts with topics across market sizing, building a strong technical foundation, finding product-market-fit, building GTM strategy, developing sales and marketing engines, and raising funds.

A peer-to-peer community of women founders and operators who are building for Indian and global markets to help them collaborate and learn from each other’s successes and pitfalls.



Curated perks including AWS credits (upto $25K* to each selected startup), 1-1 mentorship from industry experts , 1-1 media coaching and startup-friendly discounts from various organizations.

Build your product leveraging the AWS tech stack, the same backbone powering innovative, industry-leading businesses around the world. Equip your technical team with tech resources, deep dive sessions and 1-1 office hours to reduce your time to market.

Turbocharged Technology

Demo Day

Opportunity to pitch to top-tier VCs and super angels, successful founders, operators and domain experts to help you find potential investors, advisors and customers.

*Startups must also qualify for the AWS Activate program.

Tap into our startup and investor network for mentorship, industry insights, and best practices. Capitalise on connections and peer support that extend long after the program.


*Venue to be decided

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Who Should Apply?

Tech startups with at least one woman founder/co-founder.

Startups beyond ideation stage with MVP or launched product.

Startups that are bootstrapped or raised under $3M

Startups incorporated less than five years ago.

Ecosystem Partners


What is the program about?

AccelerateHer is an intensive 6-week accelerator program to nurture and empower women founders/co-founders and give access to tools, mentorship, and resources to help overcome the barriers they face and build a successful business in technology.

A cohort of top 20 selected startups will get access to high quality mentorship, curated resources and perks, a community of leading startup founders and an opportunity to pitch to top-tier VC funds, angels, and industry leaders to accelerate their build, growth, and scale-up journey.

Who is encouraged to apply?

We encourage women led early stage startups to apply for the program. While we do not have strict eligibility criteria, we will focus on early-stage startups that have raised less than $3M and are incepted less than 5 years ago. Startups that are looking to help with hand-holding across product, technology, go-to-market, funding and hiring should definitely look to leverage this program.

What are the timelines for the program?

Event Date
7-Mar Launch of AccelerateHer Program &
Call for Applications
3-Apr Application Deadline
3-May Announcement of Cohort
10-May Virtual Inaugural Session
20 Sessions
10-May to 14-June
Virtual Mentor Sessions
26-May Mid Program Meet Up
30-June Virtual Demo Day
7-July Wrap Up Event

Is this a full-time program?

This is a part-time program. Nonetheless, the founders chosen for the program will need to participate in rigorous mentor masterclasses, and live ask me anything sessions across the program. These sessions require strong levels of commitment to avail maximum benefits from the program. In fact, attendance for sessions will be mandatory and absenteeism beyond a few sessions may lead to disqualification from the shortlisted cohort.

Do I need to relocate to attend the program?

No. The program will be virtual. We would require the chosen founder to be wholly committed to attending the program throughout its course to attain the maximum benefit.

The Launch event is virtual where participants will hear from AWS and Lightspeed leaders, set goals for the accelerator, and understand in detail what they can expect in the upcoming weeks. In the final week, participants will have the opportunity to virtually pitch to VCs, super angels, and industry leaders and onboard potential investors and advisors. During the weeks in between, participants will convene virtually for a variety of curated learning topics, along with weekly check-ins and one-on-one expert guidance discussions.

Do I need experience with AWS to apply?

You can be new to AWS and still enhance your already-built startup in our program. AWS Startup Solutions Architects will teach you everything you need to know about how to leverage cloud-based tools and services. To get the most out of the program, you should have plans to build a product with a cloud-native architecture within a year.

What is the time commitment?

Founders should be prepared to dedicate up to five hours a week participating in accelerator activities and business and technical mentorship.

What information do I need to submit my application?

Founders are asked to share details about your founding team, company and traction, program goals, and technology. In support of this application, you’ll also be asked to submit a link to a pitch deck and a link to a 2-min video about your product. It is optional to submit a 2-min video about your product. Preview the full list of questions here

Will the program cost me equity in my company?

No. The AccelerateHer program is completely free and will not cost you any equity in your company.

What can I expect to achieve after the program?

Our ultimate goal is for founders to leave the program ready to pitch, raise funds, or get into a seed-stage tech-focused accelerator program, and fast-track their business. Following the 6-weeks, you’ll continue to have access to tools, resources, go-to-market solutions, AWS and Lightspeed leaders, and program alumni who will help you scale your startup long-term. Additionally, you’ll have credits to further extend your runway.

I've got a question, who can I ask?

Got a question about the program and want to talk to one of the team? Email us  at and we’ll get back to you