Winners: 2018 Seed Fund

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Ghana: Kumasi Hive, 2018 Third $5000 Grand Prize Seed Fund Winner

Kumasi Hive; is a multi-space innovation place for rapid prototyping of ideas, budding local innovations, impact start-up support and promoting youth entrepreneurship as a way of addressing critical social economic and developmental challenges.

“It has been established that the marginalization of women in participation in the digital economy will further deepen the inequity and injustice in social economic development challenges facing women. Gender equity is crucial for human development, economic growth, and population health.

This growing digital gender divide can perpetuate high levels of poverty by limiting women’s access to information and services for health, job opportunities, safety and education for both themselves and their families. For women with access, patriarchal and cultural practices continue to limit that extent to which women can fully exercise rights to privacy, free expression and access to information.

As such, We (Kumasi Hive) through its Bridge the Gap initiative is excited about this opportunity the opportunity to impact more girls and to work together with Miss Africa Seed Fund/DCA Trust on developing the critical mass of competent female skilled personnel, innovators & entrepreneurs through practical skills training, problem-solving skills and leadership training using digital technologies.” –Ms. Sandra Juliet Ahiataku ( Bridge the Gap/ Operations Associate -Kumasi Hive)

Malshini Senaratne founder ‘Full STEM Ahead! Seychelles

Seychelles: Eco-Sol, (Winner of the  2018 Miss.Africa Digital Country Category)

The ‘Full STEM Ahead!’ project aims to give girls the chance to reach for the futures they deserve by providing opportunities for them to explore concepts around STEM.

“Eco-Sol is delighted to have it’s ‘Full STEM Ahead!’ initiative from Seychelles selected from an overwhelming 350 applications across Africa. We are grateful to the Miss.Africa Seed Fund team for believing in our project and choosing to support us in this fantastic manner.” said Malshini Senaratne, Eco-Sol Seychelles

Tunisia, CRNS INTELLECT-Team at Laboratory of Technologies for Smart Systems

The initiative is located in Digital Research Center of SFAX, TUNISIA. Among their research activities, they focus on the effective deployment of IoT systems for diverse applications.

“I am absolutely very delighted to have been selected for this award and I would like to give recognition to my fantastic team who will contribute to the event success. Furthermore, Everyone at INTELLECT-Team at Digital Research Center of SFAX is enthusiastic about getting this award that will enable us to implement and concretize the 1st IoT Joint Program to African Young Women.

Miss Africa Seed Fund award boost us to give more and more to the young scientist women and to go ahead to participate actively in promoting and inspiring young women to STEM and emerging technologies.

On behalf of all the young ladies that we involved in our event, we express our great gratitude to Miss.Africa Seed Fund.” – Lamia CHAARI, the principal investigator of 1st IoT Joint Program to African Young Women