Six women led startups have won COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge organized by MyGov in collaboration with UN Women.
MyGov launched the COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge in April this year in collaboration with UN Women with an objective to encourage and involve women led startups to come up with innovative solutions that can help in the fight against COVID-19.
The challenge received an overwhelming response with a total of 1 thousand 265 entries, from across the nation.
After thorough screening, 25 startups were shortlisted for presentations to the Jury.
All the 25 selected startups presented their solutions to the Jury which evaluated the solutions proposed by the startups on the parameters that included innovation, usability, relevance and impact of their idea on the society.
11 finalists were chosen for the next stage who were all provided a prize money of 75 thousand rupees each to further develop their ideas.
The final presentations were made on 27th of last month.
The Jury selected top 3 entries as winners, and in view of the high quality of solutions presented, decided to recognize 3 additional entries as ‘Promising Solutions’.
In addition to the earlier announced reward of Rs. 5 lakh for the top 3 winners, UN Women also rewarded Rs. 2 lakh each to the 3 startups chosen for their promising solutions.