"Please mainstream women into your efforts. The gender gap is more pronounced in the developing world, where according to ITU, 16% fewer women than men use the Internet, compared with only 2% fewer women in developed world. What this means is, if you can create services that can be attractive to serve the gender gap, you can leverage these numbers to make revenue."   


Sophia Bekele, Founder, DCA Trust,  

Keynote Address, May 2015, Berkeley HASS School of Business, USA


Miss.Africa Initiative led by DCA Academy, is announcing a Seed Fund in Africa that will a small 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 program is interested in learning about successful activities that are currently supporting women and girls in STEM, and through this effort, we identify how we might support scalability and their impacts.


The 2015 Seed Grant for  the amount Five Thousand US dollars ($5,000) will assist the winning initiative to start or expand their capacity.


To apply, please follow the instructions in the link below and send an Expression of Interest  (EOI) to the email address at: eoi@dotconnectafrica.org




July 1, 2015: Miss.Africa Fund Online Application opens
November 15, 2015: Miss.Africa Seed Fund Application deadline
February 2, 2016: Round One of Miss.Africa grants announced

About DCA Academy
DCA Digital Academy was established to provide training and capacity development on various topics related to the Internet - from how to effectively use it, to its governance - so as to increase Internet and digital literacy in Africa. This project, in conjunction with other DCA's projects managed under DCA Trust, is aimed at achieving the organization's objective of advancing education in information technology to the African society.

The DCA Digital Academy provides the tools and skills to foster training, leadership, entrepreneurship and also connecting women and youth to innovation highways, through its Miss.Africa and Generation.africa programs to provide digital opportunities. This way, Africa can be part of the foundations of a digitally aware societies.
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