In a #SheAppsAfrica Pan-African campaign for year 2017-2018, Miss.Africa Digital program is mobilizing the third Round of Miss.Africa Seed Funding, for Tech initiatives throughout Africa.
This year’s initiative follows the high level of success from past consecutive years. The Miss.Africa Seed Fund, will again avail a sum of $7,000 in grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The funding is expected to allow women and girls in STEM launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.
In the previous edition of this initiative, the winner, Abocoders, a Nigeria based initiative, received a $5,000 grand prize. In addition, Bahir Dar University STEM Center, Ethiopia and Ubongo Game Lab, Zambia both received 1,000 USD for the second seed fund category. During the second round of Miss.Africa Seed Fund, there were over 200 applications from 24 countries across Africa. At 33%, Nigeria took the first place for most Miss.Africa seed fund applications submitted, Kenya was second with 11% while the third place was taken by Ghana at 9%.
March 2, 2018: Round One of Miss.Africa grants announced
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