Apple launches app development program to support female entrepreneurs
New Entrepreneur Camp offers Immersive Technology Lab and more for female app developers who are founders and entrepreneurs
Cupertino, California – Apple announced today the launch of the brand new Entrepreneur Camp, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to create new opportunities for app-driven businesses owned or led by women through an intensive technology laboratory, specialized support and ongoing guidance.
To qualify for the application, application for app-driven businesses must be female founded, founded or led, and have at least one female in the development team ̵
"Apple is committed to helping more women take leadership roles across the technology sector and beyond," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We are proud to be able to cultivate female leadership in the app development community with the new Apple Entrepreneur Camp, and we are inspired by the incredible work already happening and what's safe to come." & Nbsp;
"This is a program that matters," says Gina Bianchini, investor and founder and CEO of Mighty Networks. "The new Entrepreneur Camp says that Apple wants to invest its expertise in another, richer, more diverse range of app developers and product experts in a meaningful way, and it's a big deal for the industry."
Entrepreneur Camp will hold sessions quarterly, with a cohort of 20 app companies accepted for each round. The pilot session will contain 10 companies.
Once accepted, each company will have the opportunity to send three participants to Cupertino, California for a two-week subscription program on Apple's campus, including one-to-one code assistance from Apple engineers, design, technology sessions and App Store Marketing, as well as ongoing guidance and support from an Apple Developer Representative. Each participating company will also receive two tickets for the following year's WWDC.
Women entrepreneurs continue to face challenges receiving funding, training and support in the VC landscape – receive $ 1.9 billion in funding in 2017, compared with $ 83.1 billion for men. Despite such obstacles, women-owned businesses grow more than twice faster than the US national average, with women's leading tech startup, which yields a 35 percent higher return than investment-driven men.
For more information about Apple Entrepreneur Camp or to search, visit developer.apple.com/entrepeneur-camp .
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