“Please mainstream women into your efforts. The gender gap is more pronounced in the developing world, where according to ITU, 16% fewer women than men use the Internet, compared with only 2% fewer women in developed world. What this means is, if you can create services that can be attractive to serve the gender gap, you can leverage these numbers to make revenue.” —Sophia Bekele, Founder, DCA Trust, Keynote Address, May 2015, Berkeley HASS School of Business, USA
Miss.Africa Initiative led by DCA Academy, is announcing a Seed Fund in Africa that will a small grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase their digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.
The program is interested in learning about successful activities that are currently supporting women and girls in STEM, and through this effort, we identify how we might support scalability and their impacts.
The 2015 Seed Grant for the amount Five Thousand US dollars ($5,000) will assist the winning initiative to start or expand their capacity.
The application period has now officially closed
July 1, 2015: Miss.Africa Fund Online Application opens
November 15, 2015: Miss.Africa Seed Fund Application Deadline (CLOSED)
February (End) / Early March 2016: Round One of Miss.Africa grants announced.