In a #STEM4girls Pan-African campaign, the Miss.Africa program is mobilizing a Round II Seed Fund for Tech initiatives in Africa that will avail 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 digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.
The Miss.Africa program led by DCA Academy and in partnership with eMobilis, is able to train over 25 girls in mobile and technology for the year 2016.
“These STEM projects are important for the development and growth of internet technologies that will spur Africa to the next frontier and we are happy to be part of the progress of taking the continent to that global platform,” said Sophia Bekele CEO and Founder DotConnectAfrica Group
This is the second round of announcement for Miss.Africa Seed Fund. The winner of the first round eMobilis, is a Kenya based Mobile Technology Institute that focuses on training women & girls on Mobile Software Development and Network Infrastructure, which emerged as the grand prize winner of the inaugural Miss.Africa Seed Fund for an amount of USD 5,000. Twenty Five (25) women selected from over three hundred applicants will benefit directly by receiving training from eMobilis. The two other winners for the USD 1000.00 prize were a Madagascar based Tech start-up MDG/Pyladies Antananarivo and Pycon Cameroon, a start up that teaches computer coding to girls and women.
The Seed Fund is a sum of Seven Thousand United Stated Dollars (USD 7000). DCA Trust received an overwhelming number of applications of over 90 applicants from more than 18 Countries in Africa across the African continent and anticipates a big turn of applications for the 2016 phase.