WeTech

Seed Fund supporting women in computer science in Africa

Problem

As African universities approach gender parity, women still make up less than 25% of science and technology enrollment. The global tech sector needs more women to contribute to growth and innovation, benefiting the industry and their own communities.

Project

With a $500,000 grant, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is starting the WeTech Seed Fund to award small grants of $2,000 - $20,000 to individuals, organizations and social enterprises that are leading innovative initiatives to strengthen the computer science career pipeline for women and girls in Africa.

Impact

In the first round of funding, WeTech received more than 90 applications from 20 countries throughout all regions of Africa. The first 17 grants, totaling $156,000, support a diverse range of projects including hackathons, summer camps, mentoring programs, trainings and virtual education platforms. Grantees will form a virtual network of peer support and professional connections across sectors.

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