Female entrepreneurs participating in SheHacks hackathons will now have the opportunity to continue working on their startup idea in an incubator post-event, thanks to a new program run by Girl Geek Academy.
Girl Geek Academy is a Melbourne-based organisation founded in 2014 that runs female-focused hackathons, workshops and events in an effort to promote gender diversity in the tech ecosystem. It recently secured $1.3 million in funding to execute its female-first programs, and its most recent SheHacks event was the largest all-female hackathon in the world, according to co-founder and chief executive Sarah Moran.
The eight-week SheHacks incubator program is designed to encourage hackathon participants to continue working on building their product and maintaining team relationships post-event.
“So many times you see a hackathon happen, there’s so much energy, then nothing happens afterwards” Moran tells StartupSmart.
“To build momentum we need to keep pushing … providing support and then the trajectory to get from the hackathon [stage] to a fully fledged startup,” she says.
The incubator will be led by Holly Liu, co-founder of global mobile gaming developer Kabam, who will be the entrepreneur in residence. Read more
Angela Castles – Smart Company – 27 July 2017