DCA Trust, through its Miss.Africa Digital program, has announced the launch of a new initiative – #SheAppsAfrica – a pan-African campaign for year 2017/2018 as part of the third Round of the Miss.Africa Seed Funding which targets Tech initiatives throughout Africa.
Having seen high level of success in the past consecutive years, the Miss.Africa Seed Fund, will again avail a sum of US $7,000, in 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.
(TOP: Members of Bahir Dar University STEM Center of Ethiopia who were the first runners-up in the 2016/17 Miss.Africa Seed Fund).
The 2016/17 Miss.Africa Seed Fund of US $5,000 grand prize was awarded to Abocoders, a Nigeria-based initiative. Bahir Dar University STEM Center of Ethiopia and Ubongo Game Lab of Zambia both received a sum of US $1,000 for the second seed fund category.
Hundreds of women-led initiatives have so far benefited from the Miss.Africa seed funding. The program expects the number to increase by the end of the year when the 2016/17 cohort graduate.
The second round of Miss.Africa Seed Fund received 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%.
For the first round in 2016, Miss.Africa Seed Fund received over 90 applicants from more than 18 Countries across the African continent. Over fifty (50) women, selected from over three hundred applicants, benefited directly by receiving training from the 2016/17 Miss.Africa Seed Fund Winner, eMobilis.