Miss.Africa seed fund opens second round

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Non-profit organisation DotConnectAfrica (DCA) has launched the second round of its Miss.Africa initiative, a seed fund that awards selected women and girls in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields US$5,000 to launch or expand their projects.

Disrupt Africa reported last year DCA launched the Miss.Africa seed fund through its DCA Academy programme, with grants of US$5,000 awarded to selected winners in February of this year.

A second round has now been launched in partnership with Kenya-based mobile technology institute eMobilis, one of last year’s winners, and will train over 25 girls in mobile and technology this year.

“These STEM projects are important for the development and growth of internet technologies that will spur Africa to the next frontier and we are happy to be part of the progress of taking the continent to that global platform,” said Sophia Bekele, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder at DCA.

Applications are open until November 15, with grants to be announced in March of next year.

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