Launching Today! OUTBOX Incubator
Salesforce.org today has the pleasure of hosting the launch of Outbox Incubator in Salesforce Tower, London! Outbox Incubator is an exciting initiative by award-winning social enterprise, Stemettes which aims to support and nurture girls under 22 yrs who have business ideas and can dream big.
As part of the programme, 45 girls aged 11-22 will spend six weeks learning and living together under one roof in the Outbox Incubator house. There they will be joined by experienced mentors to find out about running a business, developing a product and getting funding to take their ideas to market.
The Outbox Incubator will run for six weeks from 27th July to 5th September 2015. It starts with a three-week ‘Germination’ period, followed by a public ‘Demo Day’ on 15th August and culminates with a three-week ‘Incubation’ period. The demo day will see angels and mentors pledging money, time and support to girls on the programme.
Currently, only 13 percent of those working in the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workforce are female, compared to nearly half in the wider workforce, despite their being a ‘skills gap’ in the industry.
Child prodigy and Stemettes Founder, Anne-Marie Imafidon, said; “I am incredibly excited about this partnership and this programme. We are changing the course of history with this generation of girls.”
Salesforce Area Vice President, Melissa Di Donato, added; “The UK technology industry is facing a well-documented skills shortage, yet the number of women studying computer science at university is at an all-time low. This ground-breaking programme will make a real difference when it comes to encouraging girls to consider a career in technology—it is opening up a tangible career path they can aspire to. It’s so rewarding to be involved in mentoring these girls, I strongly encourage others to do so too.”
Find out more about outbox Incubator on the website: outboxincubator.com
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