TVARAN: Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Driving Climate Resilience

TVARAN: Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Driving Climate Resilience


TVARAN is a market access program by Villgro and an initiative by Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility.

The program intends to support the growth and expansion of Women-led social enterprises in Climate Action.

Applicants will be invited to share their Go-To-Market plans, basis which 5 women entrepreneurs will be selected for market connects, pilot/trial facilitation, technical assistance and mentorship jointly by Villgro and Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility.

The 6-month acceleration phase will begin in February 2023 and will accelerate the market presence of innovations in renewable energy, water & waste management, and climate-smart agriculture, amongst others.

Focus Areas

  • Renewable energy

  • Livelihoods & Job creation

  • Sustainable Mobility: Rural & Urban

  • Water and waste management

  • Climate Smart Agriculture

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Social enterprise with minimum 50% woman ownership

  • Solution that addresses climate change

  • Solution that is market-ready and/or already has a market presence

    Program Timelines

    1. 19 Oct, '22 - 20 Nov, '22

    Call for Applications

    2. 21 Nov, '22 - 15 Jan, '23

    Startup Screening and Shortlisting

    3. 1 Feb, '23 - 31 July, '23

    Acceleration Phase


    TVARAN Entrepreneurs will receive:

  • INR 20L towards individual Go-To-Market plans

  • Technology and Business Mentorship from Cisco’s Senior Leadership

  • Technical Assistance towards deployment of solutions, pilots, trials

  • Market connections and partnerships support

  • Investor connections and readiness support

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see: TVARAN: Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Driving Climate Resilience

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