Sequoia

Spark Fellowship

The Sequoia Spark Fellowship aims to inspire more women in India and Southeast Asia to build companies by increasing their access to capital, mentorship, knowledge and network.

Meet the Spark 01 Mentors

Founder mentors

Ashwini Asokan

Founder & CEO, Mad Street Den

Divya Gokulnath

Co-founder, BYJU'S

Hande Cilingir

Co-founder & CEO, Insider

Jitendra Gupta

Founder & CEO, Jupiter

Julian Artopé

Founder & CEO, Zenyum

Kunal Shah

Founder, CRED

Lalit Keshre

Co-founder & CEO, Groww

Prukalpa Sankar

Co-founder, Atlan

Rohit Chennamaneni

Co-founder, Darwinbox

Shinta Nurfauzia

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Lemonilo

Siu Rui Quek

Co-founder & CEO, Carousell

Tanushree Nagori

Co-Founder, Doubtnut

Upasana Taku

Chairperson, Cofounder & COO, Mobikwik

Vidit Aatrey

Founder & CEO, Meesho

Winnie Lee

COO, Appier

Sequoia Mentors

Aakash Kapoor

Vice President

Abheek Anand

Managing Director

Anandamoy Roychowdhary

Principal

Anni Cai

Associate

Ashish Agrawal

Managing Director

GV Ravishankar

Managing Director

Ishaan Mittal

Managing Director

Johan Surani

Vice President

Kriti Gupta

Associate

Mayank Porwal

Vice President

Mohit Bhatnagar

Managing Director

Pieter Kemps

Principal

Prachi Pawar

Associate

Rajan Anandan

Managing Director

Rohit Agarwal

Principal

Sakshi Chopra

Managing Director

Shailendra Singh

Managing Director

Shailesh Lakhani

Managing Director

Shraeyansh Thakur

Principal

Tejeshwi Sharma

Managing Director

Sequoia Specialists

Ajey Gore

Operating Partner, Technology

Andrew Lee

Vice President, Growth Marketing

Anirudh Bose Mullick

Director, Human Capital

Gayatri Yadav

Chief Marketing Officer

Oliver Lo

Vice President, Surge Marketing

Payal Banerjee

Director & Head of Communications

Sahiba Gambhir

Vice President, Portfolio Finance

Sandeep Kher

Director, Portfolio Finance

Shivani Maira Shankar

Vice President, Human Capital

Shweta Rajpal Kohli

Chief Public Policy Officer

Suraj Laungani

Associate Vice President, Human Capital

Common Questions

Sequoia Spark is a movement to inspire more women in India and Southeast Asia to become entrepreneurs. The four month long fellowship program includes a USD 100K equity-free grant and mentorship as well as a series of learning sessions & events, open to all female founders who want access to domain knowledge and a wider community.

In addition to the USD 100K grant, as a Sequoia Spark founder, you will get access mentorship from Sequoia India and Southeast Asia’s founders and specialists across human capital, marketing, product, legal, and finance teams. Each founder will also be mapped to an investment advisor who will work with founders through the duration of the program. 

To ensure that you can benefit and learn from Sequoia’s wider network, you will also get access to founder talks and deep-dive studio sessions that are part of the Spark program. 

Learn more about the fellowship here.

If selected for the program, you will spend structured 1:1 time over four months with a Sequoia investment advisor . In addition, you will get access mentorship from Sequoia India and Southeast Asia founders and Sequoia specialists across different disciplines. 

This will be a four month-long fellowship program that includes regular check-ins with your investment advisor and mentorship from a curated set of industry experts and leading founders, as well as access to Sequoia specialists across hiring, marketing, product, legal and finance.

The applications for the cohort 02 are now closed.

In addition to the fellowship, we’ll have a series of  sessions, both online and offline, open to all female founders and leaders who are interested to learn more about company-building. Follow us on social media for regular updates:

Twitter: @SequoiaIndiaSEA

Instagram: @sequoia_india and @sequoiasurge_id

LinkedIn: Sequoia India, Sequoia Southeast Asia and Sequoia Spark LinkedIn group

Yes. Like, Surge, the Sequoia Spark fellowship is open-architecture and we aim to collaborate with partners across the ecosystem. Seed funds, angels, VCs are welcome to participate.

As part of the fellowship grant, Sequoia Capital India/Southeast Asia will not take a stake/ownership in the company. We do expect the selected founders to commit to spending time and attending the sessions to make the best of the program.

While each cohort is for four months, the Sequoia Spark community is for life. You can continue to stay connected to your Spark network, attend events and benefit from peer/community learnings after the fellowship ends.

Selection to the Sequoia Spark program does not guarantee follow-on funding from Sequoia Capital India/Southeast Asia or Surge. 

Applications for cohort 02 are now closed. We will update the dates for cohort 03 shortly.

We are looking for incredible, missionary female founders who are leading recently-launched startups and are on a mission to create large-scale impact by solving hard problems across SaaS, FinTech, sustainability, climate tech, consumer tech, Web3, HealthTech, etc. for India and/or Southeast Asia markets.

The application deadline is 07th November, 2022 and the cohort launches in January 2023.

The Sequoia Spark program is specifically designed for early stage startups and is focused on empowering female founders with access to capital, mentorship knowledge, and networks to supercharge the early steps of their company building journey. We would love to see a business plan and your product/service details and thinking around GTM, even if you are yet to launch.

We are only accepting applications from full-time founders, or those about to start up, at this point.

We accept applications from full-time founders only. However, if you can commit to running your startup full-time by the time the cohort, then you are welcome to apply.

Your application will be reviewed by a group of investment advisors. If shortlisted, we will set up a virtual meeting with you (the founder) and your co-founders. if any. We will select the final list of startups post the meetings. You can expect to hear from us within three weeks of your application, regardless of the status.

Not right away. But if you are selected for the Sequoia Spark fellowship, your company will have to be registered in order to receive the grant. 

You can apply if you are building for India and/or Southeast Asia markets. If selected for Spark 02, you are also required to be based out of India / Southeast Asia when the cohort kicks off in Jan 2023. We will be hosting a series of in-person meetups and sessions for Spark 02 to meet and connect with peers as well as the broader startup community, and being a part of these is critical for every founder in the cohort.

Yes, you definitely can. However, you need to be an equal (or majority) shareholder in the business. Please note that if selected, the program will only be open to you.

A single application is sufficient for the both of you since the form has provision to share details of your co-founder. Please go through the fields carefully and share all the relevant details of your co-founder.

You don’t need to have a co-founder to apply to Sequoia Spark. We hope that you will get to meet like-minded people through the Spark community so that you can learn and grow together.

You can expect to hear from us within three weeks of your application, regardless of the status.

Sequoia Spark does not charge any program fees. Given this is a grant, we don’t take any ownership/stake in the company either. You can expect to hear from us within three weeks of your application, regardless of the status.

At Sequoia India/Southeast Asia, community is at the heart of everything we do. We have the privilege of learning from 50 years of global tribal knowledge and we are keen to share those insights with the larger founder ecosystem.