For the fifth consecutive year, Impact Hub Caracas, in partnership with Technovation, will run Technovation Girls Venezuela program. And our mission is to encourage girls between 15 and 18 years of age, from vulnerable communities in Caracas, in the field of technological entrepreneurship through the development of mobile applications aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Technovation Girls, the world’s largest global technology entrepreneurship competition for young women, operates in more than 100 countries and offers them the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to emerge as entrepreneurs, businesswomen and technology leaders.
During 14 weeks, via online and in person, girls will receive classes in ideation, coding, pitch (short presentation), business plan and entrepreneurship. And later, they will present their mobile application before an international jury through the Technovation platform. In addition, they will be accompanied by pro bono professionals who will assume the role of mentors. They will guide the girls in the process of finding a problem in their community, developing a mobile application and a business plan to help solve problems in an innovative way, responding to one of the SDGs. They are going to work in teams and will communicate with different audiences.
Claudia Valladares, regional ambassador of Technovation Girls Venezuela and co-founder and president of Impact Hub Caracas -the organization responsible for executing the program- said that the program aims to bring more young women into technology so that in the near future they will be motivated to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, closing the existing gaps in computer science.
“We wish to train leaders through technology, and contribute to achieving gender equity, and we are sure this program is one of the best ways to do that. During past editions in Venezuela, we have prepared almost 300 young women as technology entrepreneurs, we managed to get 11 Venezuelan teams to represent us in the semifinals and we earned the regional award in Latin America in 2019.
65 Apps have been created with the help of 100 pro bono mentors who have helped us to positively impact these girls and their communities,” said Valladares.
The program will begin next December 2021 and will end in May 2022. Teams must present their proposals to an international jury, and if chosen, will have the opportunity to represent the country in San Francisco, California, as participants in the global competition (World Pitch) where the winning team of Technovation Girls 2022 edition will be announced.
Those willing to participate in this program may apply until November 26, 2021 at: https://caracas.impacthub.net/technovation-girls-2021/.
For further information and interviews, please contact Impact Hub Caracas Communications team at this email address: [email protected]