11 September 2017 10:56:53 IST

Accelerator Group sets up $25 mn fund for women entrepreneurs

Women face challenges in the form of lack of access to capital, gender bias and capacity building

US-based Accelerator Group is setting up a $25 million fund that will invest in women-owned and led entrepreneurial ventures in India.

The fund — Achieving Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Fund I — will invest in early-stage start-ups working in areas like healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture and food.

“There are three key challenges that women entrepreneurs face — lack of access to capital, gender bias and capacity building. These are the areas that we want to help these women entrepreneurs in,” Accelerator Group Managing Director Seema Chaturvedi said.

Discussions are on with institutional investors and the first closing at $10 million is expected by March 2018, she added.

“We plan to invest up to $2 million in seed and series A rounds in 12-15 companies. AWE Fund I will focus on India and depending on the response, we would hope to have Fund II and III and so on,” she said.