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The definitive guide to design and run acceleration programs

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"This book is a great example of the kind of support the women entrepreneurship ecosystem needs to create the New India"

T.V. Mohandas Pai

Padma Shri awardee

Chairman - Aarin Capital Partners

A comprehensive toolkit for program and community managers that : 

  • Offers practical advice to people who design and run acceleration programs

  • Outlines the differentiated lens needed to create programs specifically for women entrepreneurs

  • Advances a powerful framework to identify milestones and speed-breakers for successful implementation

  • Offers access to tried and tested templates/worksheets essential for effective program execution 

  • Includes voices from leading ecosystem influencers


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Meet the Authors

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Poornima Shenoy

Poornima Shenoy is the CEO of Hummingbird Advisors ( where she works with young companies to help them to grow, build effective teams, and raise funds. She is a director on the boards of a few companies, and as an entrepreneur, has successfully built and exited three start-ups.


She is the founding President of the India Semiconductor Association and helped in the conceptualization of the Electronics Sector Skills Council of India. Poornima is an active participant and contributor to the India start-up story in the areas of entrepreneurship, women role models, and upskilling for job creation. She is a speaker and jury member at global events on the Indian market and entrepreneurship. Poornima is a British Chevening Scholar for Women in Leadership and Management. She is a TiE Charter Member.

She lives with her family in Bangalore in India.


Supriya Panchangam

Supriya Panchangam is a career generalist with a degree in Mathematics from Christ University. She has close to 15 years of experience in building partnerships, brand development and project management. Over the last decade, she has helped enterprises in their formative stages to acquire their first key customers, set up operations and find the right talent. Her last project was leading the execution of Growtherator (TM) Bangalore, a scaling program for established women-owned enterprises, hosted by GAME. 


In the last couple of years, her focus has been to build and manage thriving communities. Informed by her experiences, most notably from the DesignUp conference and the Beachhouse Project, Supriya writes about cohort culture, building communities and advocates the need for exercising a gender lens in program design and brings out the nuances of how it can be leveraged for program success. 

She is an acrylic artist and lives in Bangalore with her family.

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