Women and Girls in Africa are in for interesting times, these days there are available resources targeted at the gender to support the girl-entrepreneur. DCA (Dot Connect Africa) Academy recently launched its Miss.Africa 2015 Funding. This is a Seed Fund in Africa that will grant funds to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
The 2015 Seed Grant for the amount Five Thousand US dollars ($5,000) will assist the winning initiative to start or expand their ideas.
To apply for a Miss.Africa Seed Fund grant applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Current resident of an African country (including North and Sub-Saharan Africa).
- Application must be submitted in English.
- Applying as an individual (at least 18 years of age), or a representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO) or social enterprise based in Africa.
- Ability to demonstrate previous experience conducting activities supporting women and girls in computer science or STEM fields.
- Commitment to developing and contributing to a virtual community for supporting women and girls initiatives.
- Demonstrated leadership potential (references will be required for those applying for leadership funds).
- Proposed projects MUST have a tangible impact for women and girls in computer science and/or STEM- related fields.
Preference will be given to projects that target under-served populations and locations, take a collaborative approach, have a high potential for growth and present an innovative use of technology.
Projects eligible for grant funding include, but are not limited to – Computer science workshops and trainings for women and girls, early incubation of female tech entrepreneurs, Programming and app development training programs, Hackathons and coding boot camps for girls
Miss. Africa Fund Online Application opens July 1 and the window closes by November 15, 2015.