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Australian Female Founders

Scale To India

Are you a female founded or co-founded company?


WE@inQ is partnering with one of India’s largest Accelerators for Women Entrepreneurs and Australia’s Women Entrepreneurs Organisation (WEA) to educate and support Australian women-led startups to launch and scale their businesses into India through a 3 month program.

Are you preparing to launch and scale your business Internationally? Do you have India as your next big market?

This program will open up the bridge for startups who are looking to launch and scale their businesses into India within the next 12 months. The program will consist of two educational workshops to help the startups get “India Ready” as well as an online pitch event to India Investors and one month of mentorship plus connections to key partners in India to launch their businesses.



 What is involved?


In the Scale to India program you will join two, three hour workshops that cover essential topics to prepare you to enter and scale into the market in India. After the workshops the selected teams will go on to receive one on one mentorship with our industry partners and be assigned a matched partner from our top India based partners to assist you directly into the India market. The two workshops are open to female founders who are interested in India as a market. The program is complimentary and places for the two workshops are limited to 10 female founders.


Workshops cover the following key topics and are run by

experienced industry  experts

Doing Business in India

Market Validation

Go-to-Market (team/ hiring/ location)

Sales & Partnerships

Investment & Pitch Readiness



We@InQ have curated an opportunity to attract investment and partners to assist you into India through our virtual pitch event, this is open to 10 startups.


Following the workshops, 5 startups will be selected to participate in a one month mentorship program where they will connect and build their network with local partners to help them to successfully launch their business into India.

The top 3 startups will be offered

A judging panel will select the top three startups who will automatically be offered a place onto the Global INQ Accelerator and be selected to highlight their company on Wholesale Investor to attract funding and partners and be matched to a key partner on the ground in India to accelerate their business into India.


Who should apply?

  • Women-led startups who are looking to scale their business into India within the next 12 months

  • Startups who have Australian market validation and evidence of early revenue traction

  • All industries are encouraged to apply

Book in a discovery call with one of the program’s Entrepreneurs in Residence and see if the program is the right fit for you 

Key Program Dates 2021

  • 1st June: Applications Open
  • 7th July: Applications Close [5pm AEST]
  • 21st  July: Launch & Awareness Event [4-5pm AEST]
  • 28th July: Bootcamp – India Market Ready [2-5pm AEST]
  • 11th August: Workshop – India Investment Ready [2-5pm AEST]
  • 18th August: Partner Link Event [3:30-5pm AEST]
  • 26th August: Pitch Event to India investors and partners [4-6:30pm AEST]
  • 30th August: Top 3 Announcement – Media Release
  • 30th August: Office Hours
  • 6th September: Alumni Induction

And we’re closed for 2021! We have received an amazing response from startups, partners and mentors keen to participate and are pleased to announce the 2021 cohort. Click below to see our amazing startup founders

Key Partners

Continuing business between Australia and India and scaling into India is of great importance to support the economy, particularly during the global pandemic. Our partners, in both India and Australia, are in full support of the WE@inQ program.

Supporting Partners

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
India Health Accelerator Programme
k4coach partner we@inq scale to india program
The Scale Institute
The Scale Institute


How do I apply?

You can apply online with two simple steps. First register through our website. You will then be sent an email with the application form.

When do applications close?

Applications close on 7th July at 5pm AEST (date extended).

What stage does my startup need to be at to apply?

This program is for a startup that has plans and potential to scale into India. They should have a product or service validated in the Australian market, that this program will scale into India.

What industry should my startup be in?

This program is open to startups across all Industries.

When will I be notified if my application is successful or not?

June 30th Applications close, applications will be notified by email July 7th 2021.

What is the judging criteria?

We are looking to support women-led startups who would like to enter the Indian market within the next 12 months. Your company must have at least one female co-founder who is in a leadership position and a shareholder.

What are the outcomes of the program?

Over the course of July – August we will be holding two educational half day workshops for the startups which will help them get India and Investment Ready. Following these workshops we will be hosting a pitch event where the selected startups will present a 3-5 min pitch to our India Investment and Local partners.

At the end of the pitch session on August 18th, the top 10 of 25 pitches will be selected by the WE@inQ panel. Of these 10, the top three will also be announced.
The Top 10 will receive one on one office hours with experts to assist scale their business into India.
The top three startups will be offered a place on the Global INQ Accelerator and be selected to highlight their company on Wholesale Investor to attract funding and partners and be matched to a key partner on the ground in India to accelerate their business into India.

Expression of Interest 

Applications for the Scale to India Program 2021 have now closed. Please express your interest in 2022 cohort through the from below.


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