WomEng has been working on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) interventions for women and girls in engineering and tech since 2006. Understanding the true drivers of change lies in ownership of the industry, where women comprise of around 10% of professionals, targeted intervention is required. WomEng is working on how to make lasting, sustainable change and impact by understanding the needs and frustration of female founders. The vision is to create a sustainable support ecosystem for female entrepreneurs in the engineering and tech industries to thrive.
This insight report provide a needs assessment of female founders in Sub-Saharan Africa based on surveys of female founders across the continent, desktop research and the development and piloting of courses on emerging technology.
1. Key factors stifling the growth of female founders globally include access to funding, an ecosystem rife with sexual harassment and lack of exposure to business and emerging technology skills.
2. Women in engineering and tech, specifically female founders feel alone in their professional environments and are looking for a support system to connect and learn from peer experiences.
3. There is a need for spaces specifically designed to meet the needs of female founders, that looks holistically at supporting the entrepreneur as well as the business.
1. Develop in-person and online courses to upskill existing and future female founders with finance, leadership and emerging technology skills.
2. Create an online and physical incubator for female founders in Africa.
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