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Demo Day of the first edition of Tech African Women Program

8 idea-stage startups from Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Tunisia
20 December, 2022
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

About the event

The event is the Demo Day of the first edition of Tech African Women program (TAW) organized by UNECA and Betacube which will be held on Tuesday the 20th of December, at 2.30 pm EAT in Adore Addis, Addis Ababa.

TAW is a 5-month entrepreneurship program targeting female-led & idea-stage tech startups in Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania & Tunisia providing solutions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It offers teams an exclusive opportunity to transform their ideas into reality, acquire new skills and belong to a community of empowered African entrepreneurs.

8 idea-stage startups from Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania and Tunisia who went through an intensive 3-month incubation phase since the end of September, will be pitching their projects during the event in order to win a prize of 7k USD. The Demo Day will also be an opportunity for you to know more about the program, about the next editions and an occasion to enjoy networking with several actors in the Ethiopian Ecosystem over a cocktail reception.

About the project

ECA recognizes the need to implore digital technologies in a holistic manner that encompasses social and economic benefits of greater equality, promoting positive outcomes. To build awareness about the gender digital divide, including the gap in digital skills, and to facilitate discussions among policymakers and stakeholders to break down barriers towards empowering girls and young women to become computer programmers actively, creators, and designers, ECA is planning to launch the “Connected African Women Tech Founders (Tech Africa Women – TAW)” initiative to place young women on track to create and grow their tech businesses.

Empowering, connecting, and supporting women to lead impactful tech startups and businesses is the core of this program. As the gender gap is alarming due to the lack of women’s presence in the African tech entrepreneurial ecosystem from the startup playground to the investment industry to innovative corporations, this initiative is designed to advocate and promote female tech startup founders. Women founders tend to hire more diverse teams that are indispensable for a stronger bottom line of startups, fostering therefore value creation for the economy and society.

TAW initiative aims to train young African females with idea-stage tech startups and provide an incubation program that supports the transformation of their idea and prototypes into validated business models, ready for market and ready for investment products. Through this human capital-focused initiative, ECA can advance its position as a premier knowledge institution by motivating creativity on local solutions to tackle the continents’ problems; initiating macroeconomic and structural policy development options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets; and advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues. Click here to read more...

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