2022 winners of Miss.Africa Digital seed fund Impact Award announced




Miss.Africa Digital, also known as a Fempower Initiative by the DCA Academy, has announced its fifth rounded Seed-Fund Winners in Africa. The program offers 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 their digital opportunities in IT-related training, jobs, and leadership roles.

The winners include:

  1. Based on Science Guidance and Technology (BSGT), (profiled here) from South Africa was the winner of the 2022 Miss.Africa Digital Grand Seed Fund Prize of $5,000 and a Media Package worth $1,000. “With this financial award support, we can now be able to assist as many women/girls as we can, with a proper and quality working environment that has relevant working resources/kits. It will simply mean that it’s not just BSG and Technologies that won the award but the whole South African women/girl child at large, our victory is their own and their benefit, hence we always say that “alone we are weak and can easily break, but united we stand strong, WOMEN POWER,” said Thando Gumede, the CEO, BSG and Technologies, South Africa.

  2. Pamtech Designs and Systems (profiled here) is the winner of the 2022 Miss.Africa Digital Seed Fund Prize Second Category of $1,000. “In terms of employment, we will be able to empower more women to earn a respectable living through the works of their hands in technology,” said Paloma Muzoma, a representative from Pamtech Designs and Systems, Zimbabwe.

  3. The Clicking Generation (profiled here) is the winner of the 2022 Miss.Africa Digital Seed Fund Prize Third Category of $1,000. “The Miss Africa Digital Fund will go a long way in helping us on our mandate to leave no one behind, especially at a crucial time when economies have been hit by COVID-19. We have to date reached over 15 000 kids and teens in Botswana through our programs that include: coding, robotics, technology-mentorship and GirlsInICT clubs,” said  Tsaone Gaborone, the co-founder, The Clicking Generation.

All the winners will also benefit from the DCA Academy Boot Camp Accelerator program.

Kim Gueho, Corporate Trustee, DCA Trust said: “Congratulations to all of our winners! Your creativity and hard work are definitely something to be very proud of. We are very happy with the sheer number of participants around Africa that are engaged in creating a better future through entrepreneurial education and sustainable innovation within their communities.”

In a statement to DCA, Sophia Bekele, Founder of Miss.Africa Digital Program, said: “We award the winners to advance in their excellent work of creating positive change in their communities. It is also a great way for them to learn more about technology, fundraising, and relationships. High five!. The program has now been in 15 African nations and has impacted over 10,000 women and girls, including the youth under DCA Corporate Boot Camp sponsored by the DCA Academy.”

The program has now been in 15 African Nations and has impacted over 10,000 women and girls, including the youth under DCA Corporate Boot Camp sponsored by the DCA Academy.

The Miss.Africa Digital Program is a gender-focused program targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase their personal involvement in early technology use and adoption with a view to improving their digital self-awareness and empowerment, and bridging the economic divide through employment and/or entrepreneurship.
It is one of the central pillars of DotConnectAfrica’s CSR programs to attract sizable women and girls demographic of Internet users in Africa in complementary gender development initiatives that improve lives through digital inclusion.
Led by the DCA Academy, the Miss.Africa Digital also announced the annual Seed Fund program in Africa that provides 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 their digital opportunities in IoTs, Mobile Internet, e-Commerce, Digital Marketing, and leadership roles. The Seed Fund program is interested in learning about successful activities currently supporting women and girls in STEM through this effort, and identifying how we might support scalability and their impacts. The program has now been in 15 African nations and has impacted over 10,000 women and girls, including the youth, under DCA Corporate Boot Camp sponsored by the DCA Academy.

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