TechWomen provides participants with a unique opportunity to collaborate with their Professional Mentors and receive valuable feedback during their four week mentorship in the Bay Area. While some of our 2013 Emerging Leaders have already started their own businesses, others applied to TechWomen with the hope of expanding on their entrepreneurial dreams and giving back to their communities. These are the visions of five of the 2013 Emerging Leaders:
- Aseel Honein, a Lebanese architect, would like to start a collaborative laboratory of students, professionals, and manufacturers to find innovative green tech solutions to heal homes and cities.
- El Alia Zedek of Algeria dreams of opening a private school for children that utilizes modern technology to foster innovation and invention.
- Esther Ekwe would like to open a women’s health and development center in Nigeria, which would include a gym, physiotherapy unit, and vocational training facility where women can learn crafts and IT skills.
- Josette Tejan-Cole would like to start a petroleum company and open an oil and gas institution for girls, in partnership with the government of Sierra Leone.
- Maryben Chiatoh wants to setup an agricultural consultancy firm to propel Cameroon’s largely subsistence agricultural economy into commercial activity.
Other startup initiatives include building a robotics company, developing a solar water heater, helping schools connect to e-libraries, and revitalizing old IT equipment for underfunded programs. One hundred percent of the Emerging Leaders are dedicated to mentoring girls upon their return home.
Learn more about the 2013 cohort through our latest infographic and stay tuned for featured Emerging Leader profiles on our website.