Impact Stories from Entrepreneurship Policy Area
Silicon Mountaim Conference
Fellow(s): Mpara Faith
Mpara Faith, 2017 fellow of Cameroon, recently led a plenary session at the Silicon Mountain Conference in Cameroon. The panel focused specifically on financial models and policies that support profitable and scalable ventures. Mpara co-founded New Generation Technologies LTD., and is one of the few women who owns a start-up in her community.
Each year the Silicon Mountain Conference is organized to consult, network, exchange ideas, showcase products, meet stakeholders and discuss solutions to common challenges.Read More »
Report Date...: 11/27/20017
Fellow(s): Chao Mbogo
Dr. Chao Mbogo, 2017 fellow of Kenya, was highlighted in an in-depth interview on the Kenyan news platform HapaKenya. Chao details her personal and professional journey to become a computer scientist, researcher, teacher, mentor, and recently, the Head of the Computer Science Department at Kenya Methodist University. Chao also provides updates on KamiLimu, a mentorship program she launched in 2016 for university level computer science students, and Project Digniti, the seed grant-winning action plan project she developed with the other 2017 fellows of Kenya. Chao has also received grant awards from Anita B.org and Google for her work with KamiLimu.Read More »
Report Date...: 11/20/2017
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Fellow(s): Haja Safiyatu Sovula, Blessing Matshaka, Ola Elgaddar
Country: Egypt, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe
In its first year as a host company for TechWomen Emerging Leaders, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (Biohub) hosted three Emerging Leaders: Haja Safiyatu Sovula of Sierra Leone, Ola Elgaddar of Egypt, and Blessing Matshaka of Zimbabwe. As outlined in this interview, the fellows’ time at Biohub was not only inspiring, but also contributed substantially to the innovative work being done at the lab. Collaboration between the fellows hosted at Biohub and their mentors is continuing post-program, as Ola and her Professional Mentor, Amy Kistler, are working together on a project to combat Hepatitis C in Egypt.Read More »
Report Date...: 11/20/2017
Committed to Good Blog
Fellow(s): Eman Abusaada
Country: Palestinian Territories
Eman Abusaada, 2015 fellow of the Palestinian Territories, has been working with Committed To Good (CTG), a non-profit consulting firm that implements humanitarian projects in 25 countries around the world. Eman is highlighted in a recent blog post about the work of female engineers in Gaza supporting CTG with material monitoring and redevelopment projects, and she cites the TechWomen program as being a catalyst in confirming her passion for her chosen career path. Only 14% of the paid workforce in Gaza is female, and Eman hopes to be a role model for young women and that “the example [she presents] will contribute towards rebuilding a strong and sturdy Gaza and maybe that will help to achieve long-awaited peace in the region.Read More »
Report Date...: 11/13/2017
Tunisia mentoring council
Fellow(s): Ameni Channoufi
Ameni Channoufi, 2014 fellow of Tunisia, launched the Tunisia Mentoring Council in April 2017 as part of Women Leaders in Technology (WoLTech), an organization founded by 12 Tunisian TechWomen fellows in order to empower Tunisian women working in STEM fields and help them achieve their goals. The Tunisia Mentoring Council, a six-month program, supported ten women to turn their business ideas into reality and establish their own companies, including by pairing each woman with a specialized mentor who helped them achieve their entrepreneurship goals. The program also comprised coaching and trainings designed to develop participants’ professional and social skills and boost their self confidence in order to overcome challenges and become successful entrepreneurs. The closing ceremony, held on November 4, highlighted the hard work of mentors and mentees and celebrated the first cohort of graduates from the program. WoLTech is now planning for the second round of the Tunisia Mentoring Council to launch in 2018.
Report Date...: 11/6/2017
Grace Hopper Celebration
Fellow(s): Marie Claire Murekatete, Chao Mbogo
Country: Kenya, Rwanda
Cohort: 2014, 2017
TechWomen was well represented by mentors and past and present fellows at the Grace Hopper Celebration, which was held in Orlando, FL by AnitaB.org. Marie Claire Murekatete, 2014 fellow of Rwanda, was honored with the Change Agent ABIE Award and TechWomen mentor, Mercedes Soria, was honored with the Leadership ABIE Award. Anar Simpson, also a TechWomen mentor, moderated a panel that featured both Marie Claire and Mercedes. 2017 Emerging Leader from Kenya, Chao Mbogo, was also honored at the event as a winner of a Systers Pass It On award, which honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. Chao presented about a mentorship program she created to encourage more female students to join and stay in the field of computer science.Read More »
Report Date...: 10/2/2017
Fellow(s): Arielle Kitio
“Arielle Kitio, 2016 fellow of Cameroon, has been hard at work developing CAYSTI, an organization she founded shortly after returning home from her TechWomen experience. CAYSTI is a school tech incubator with a mission to empower students to design and start viable long-term professional projects while training them to obtain competitive technical skills. CAYSTI also seeks to reduce the gender gap and inequalities in the tech industry. So far, CAYSTI has already reached 4,000 youths from rural areas through motivational talks and workshops. A project started by a student at the organization recently received the second place prize in a social entrepreneur competition run by telecommunications giant Orange. CAYSTI has also been nominated as Best Initiative in Learning and Education of Cameroon for the World Summit Awards. Winners will be announced in November 2017.
Arielle decided to launch CAYSTI with the encouragement of her TechWomen mentor, Saura Naim, Senior Director, Head of Juniper Development and Innovation Operations at Juniper Networks.”Read More »
Report Date...: 9/25/2017
Selected for the MENA ChangemakerXchange summit
Fellow(s): Afnan Ali
Policy Area(s): Entrepreneurship
“Afnan was selected to attend the first ChangemakerXchange summit in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, sponsored by social entrepreneurship platform Ashoka and software giant SAP. The summit took place in Dubai in late August. Afnan was one of the twenty MENA-based entrepreneurs who attended the summit, which gathered participants to network, join forces and spark change. The summit included access to mentorship, training and fundraising resources.
Afnan was selected for her work founding Eureka Tech Academy, an initiative to train children to become techpreneurs and engineers. Eureka is considered the first academy in Jordan and the Arab world to develop the innovative capabilities of children in the areas of technology and engineering.”Read More »
Report Date...: 9/4/2017
Fellow(s): Nadia Habsatou
In 2014, Boko Haram attacked a small village in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Several public places were destroyed, and today, thousands of children and young people are affected by armed conflict. “They face harm, fear, loss, kidnapping and exploitation. Schools are damaged or overtaken by armed groups.” In this guest blog post, Nadia Habsatou, 2016 fellow from Cameroon, provides an update on her team’s action plan that is helping students receive training and access to education amid many challenges.
Report Date...: 7/24/2017
Fellow(s): Lina Lebedeva
Lina Lebedeva, a 2015 fellow from Kazakhstan, was inspired by her TechWomen experience to start a school for Kazakhstani students between the ages of 13 to 18 who are interested in biology. Started shortly after returning home from the United States, the program has grown from just ten students to now approximately 100 enrolled. Popular courses include those focused on genetics and biotechnology.
Report Date...: 7/24/2017