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Startup Oasis

Startup Oasis is a Jaipur, Rajasthan based startup incubation centre that is developing an active support ecosystem in Rajasthan to inspire, support and mentor students, aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups to solve local / regional problems, develop breakthrough innovations and create world class startups. Startup Oasis has been set-up at the joint initiative of RIICO (http://www.riico.co.in/), Rajasthan's premiere industrial promotion organization, and the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) (www.ciie.co) at IIM Ahmedabad, India's leading incubation and entrepreneurship centre. Startup Oasis has been further supported by the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

    Some of the key activities of Startup Oasis are:
  • Incubation, mentoring and funding support of upto Rs 25 lacs as convertible soft loans / equity to social impact startups in sectors like agriculture, healthcare, crafts & livelihoods, education, energy etc from the low income states of India, including Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. More details on http://startupoasis.in/invent.php
  • Knowledge sessions, early stage incubation programs and mentoring to early stage startups and social enterprises from Rajasthan through seven incubation centres established in the cities of Ajmer, Bharatpur, Jhakawar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaipur in collaboration with the Department of Technical Education, Government of Rajasthan. More details on www.tedstart.com
  • Physical incubation and co-working space at its multiple centres across the state of Rajasthan in Jaipur (2 locations), Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer and Bikaner. More details on www.coworking.startupoasis.in
  • Startup Oasis also support institutions and organisations in conducting startup incubation programs through capacity building workshops and knowledge / program support services. Startup Oasis has actively supported institutions like Banasthali Vidyapeeth and the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design to conduct women focussed and craft focussed incubation programs, respectively, in addition to organising capacity building / training workshops for incubators and institutions.
    Some of the key achievements of Startup Oasis are:
  • 120 startups incubated since January 2014 till date. 20 startups have received angel / venture capital funding from investors and one startup has been selected for the YCombinator program in the US – the second company from India to get selected till date.
  • 16 social enterprises have received funding of more than Rs 3 Crores as part of the Startup Oasis INVENT program.
  • Further 50 plus startups have been physically incubated at the Startup Oasis Incubation Centre
  • 1200 plus aspiring entrepreneurs and student startups have gone through various Startup Oasis training workshops, boot camps and early stage support programs.
  • Directly and indirectly motivated more than 15,000 students from Rajasthan to take up entrepreneurship through various events and outreach programs in colleges.
  • Supported entrepreneurship development / incubation programs in more than 20 prestigious colleges of Rajasthan like IIM Udaipur, IIT Jodhpur, MNIT, LNMIIT, IICD, Banasthali Vidyapeeth.

Banasthali Incubator

Banasthali Vidyapith, the world’s largest all women fully residential university, was founded in 1935, by eminent freedom fighters and educationist Pt. Hiralal Shastri, the first Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Smt. Ratan Shastri honoured with Padma Bhushan by President of India and honoured with Jamnalal Bajaj award for her service to the cause of women’s education. The University has more than 15000 students from all parts of the country at its 950-acre campus amidst rural settings and the same Gandhian values.

Banasthali Vidyapith has been nurturing women talent for over eight decades and its students have touched sky in corporate, politics & nation-building, social service, education, research, etc. The Vidyapith now firmly believes to nurture women-led startups and envisions producing prominent women startups in the time to come.

The Incubation Centre at Banasthali Vidyapith has been established with the vision of empowering women through entrepreneurship. It is one of its kind incubation centres in India focussing on women-led startups and providing access to world-class labs, modern equipment, huge mentor & industry network, funding opportunities and state of the art operating facilities. The Incubation Centre at Banasthali Vidyapith offers customised support to women-led startups providing a conducive environment for them to grow.

    The two programs offered by Incubation Centre at Banasthali are as follows:
  • WE Sprint - Women Entrepreneur Sprint is an accelerator program for fledging startups who are looking for capital, mentoring and structural resources to scale up. Startups will be provided support for the further development of MVP, designing marketing strategies, prospective scale-up plans, getting funding support and best mentors from the industry.
  • WOMEN Preneur - An Incubation Program for aspiring women entrepreneurs that aims to facilitate the creation of a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, grant bodies and mentoring support. The incubation program seeks to nurture start-ups at all stages including student start-ups.
  • Being aware of the fact that women face different challenges while venturing into the startup space, Incubation Centre at Banasthali is developing a 'women-friendly culture' and creating a 'women entrepreneurs network' for facilitating collaboration among women entrepreneurs from different walks of life.
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