Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Partners with Lean In Bangalore

The startup ecosystem and tech industry is buzzing with the news of women smashing the glass ceiling. Success is to do with leadership and not gender or ethnicity. Today, most organizations are looking for compassionate leaders who can drive the business and get results. Multiple studies and researches have shown the gender gap reducing with more and more women taking up leadership roles and becoming entrepreneurs.

Companies globally are taking steps to reduce this gender gap and encourage women at every level of the organizational structure. India has seen a high surge in the women led startup space in the last 2 years. As per National Sample Survey Organization, 14% of the business organizations are run by women in India. There is no dearth of opportunities for women in this startup ecosystem with more VCs coming forward and investing in women led startups. There are multiple avenues for women to set up their startups through accelerators, groups and communities supporting women startups.

Oracle`s Startup Cloud Accelerator is a program for startups boosting innovation. It provides a robust platform to the tech startups through which they can grow and scale their business. This program was launched in April 2016 in Bangalore and has now gone global with 8 centers worldwide. Currently applications are open for the Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Singapore centers. SonderConnect is a part of the present cohort running under this program. It is a not for profit trust with their focus on nurturing women led start-ups in India.

Simi Joshi, group manager at Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator addressing the audience.

With the vision to encourage entrepreneurs through co-development and co-innovation, Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator has recently partnered with Lean In Bangalore as an outreach partner. Lean In Bangalore Chapter is part of Sheryl Sandberg Lean In movement. Hena Mehta founded the Chapter in 2015. Preethi Guruswamy, Senior Engineering Leader and Malavika Datar, Senior Consultant at Deloitte are spearheading the chapter today. The Chapter’s vision is to be the support system that empowers women to grow in their careers, pursue their ambitions and achieve their goals.

Lean In and Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator came together on 1st July at a meetup event hosted by Lean In — Building up your Personal brand. Simi Joshi, Group Program Manager, Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator addressed the audience by talking about the accelerator program and how it supports startups. Lean In Bangalore leaders spoke about their impact in Bangalore and different programs which they offer as part of the Chapter. Bhavna Toor, Founder of Shenomics, spoke about what it takes to build and strengthen your own personal brand. It was a great experience for the audience with the speakers sharing their insights.

Malavika and Preethi addressing the audience.

Through this strategic partnership, Lean In Bangalore and Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator intend to collaborate on their events and bring more women to the forefront of innovation. This partnership will create important synergies for development and encourage women entrepreneurs across the board. Preethi Guruswamy believes, “In close partnership with leaders in the industry, Lean In Bangalore offers a network of talented members and Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator will provide a great opportunity for our members who are looking forward to this prospect and support.” Malavika said, “I’m personally very excited that our members can tap into this opportunity of being connected with some of the most experienced tech brains in the industry through Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator and I truly hope we create a positive impact through this collaboration”.

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