Miss.Africa, an initiative of DCA Academy, has announced a Seed Fund in Africa that will offer small grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives. The Miss.Africa grant also aims to enable the winners increase their digital opportunities in IT-related training, jobs and leadership roles.
The program seeks to identify successful activities that are currently supporting women and girls in STEM, and through this effort, find ways of supporting scalability and their impacts.
(TOP: The eMobilis and DCA Academy teams display the dummy cheque after being declared winners of the US $5,000 Seed Fund grant last year).
The 2016 Seed Grant of US $5,000 will assist the winning initiative to start or expand its capacity. A second category of US $1,000 will be granted as a prize for two other applicants from emerging African countries that create further socio-economic value for women by effectively leveraging tech opportunities.
To b considered for a Miss.Africa Seed Fund grant, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements. These are – the applicant must be a current resident of an African country (including North and sub-Saharan Africa); must submit the application in English while individual applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or a representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO) or social enterprise based in Africa. The applicant must be able to demonstrate previous experience conducting activities supporting women and girls in computer science or STEM fields as well as commitment to develop and contribute to a virtual community for supporting women and girls initiatives. They should also be able to demonstrate leadership potential (references will be required for those applying for leadership funds).
Preference will be given to projects that target under-served populations and locations, those which take a collaborative approach as well as those with 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 training for women and girls; early incubation of female tech entrepreneurs; programming and app development training programs and hackathons and coding boot camps for girls
The application deadline is February 2, 2017 after which the Round One of Miss.Africa grant winners will be announced March 2, 2017.
The winner of the inaugural Miss.Africa Seed Fund grant was Kenya-based eMobilis which was awarded the overall Miss.Africa 2015 US $5,000 Seed Fund.