Female Founders Wanted: Application for Accelerator Programme Open

In early October, Dentsu Aegis Network announced the return of Female Foundry for its second year. Female Foundry – an accelerator programme, is an initiative to educate, mentor and provide funding access to leading female-founded startups leveraging technology to promote economic sustainability.

Female Foundry, in partnership with Female Founders and West Tech Fest, will provide shortlisted Southeast Asia-based female entrepreneurs access to tools and networks, training to scale platforms, and skills to create commercially viable businesses over a six week-long programme.

In addition to education and mentorship, the programme culminates with a demo day to help secure possible second round funding, a key hurdle for female-led startups in this region.

This year, Bill Tai, Silicon Valley-based Venture Capitalist and Founder of ACTAI Global, will join the programme as both an advisor and judge on demo day.

The programme will partner shortlisted participants with senior industry mentors including Darshini Santhanam, APAC Marketing, Microsoft Advertising, Paula Taylor, Executive Director & Co-founder, West Tech Fest, as well as Katarina Hasbani, General Manager of Female Founders.

The demo day winner will then be sponsored to travel to West Tech Fest, Australia’s premier innovation festival held in Perth, to present their winning idea at its 2017 Startup Challenge in December.

The demo day winner will then be sponsored to travel to West Tech Fest, Australia’s premier innovation festival held in Perth, to present their winning idea at its 2017 Startup Challenge in December.

Female Foundry helps prepare startups by equipping them with the necessary tools, networks, skills, and strategy to thrive in the digital economy.

“Female Foundry helps prepare startups by equipping them with the necessary tools, networks, skills, and strategy to thrive in the digital economy. Through Female Foundry, we hope to provide a platform that will support and empower women in emerging markets where 80% of the global middle class will live in 10 years. Next year, we plan to extend the programme into Latin America and Africa as part of our plan to roll Female Foundry out to 30 markets around the world in 30 months,” said Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific.

Applications for Female Foundry are open until 19 October. Applicants should be female-founders with tech-enabled startups based in Southeast Asia. They should also have a sustainable, long-term business plan in place. Participants can apply atwww.thefemalefoundry.com.

 

 

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