Apple announced today the launch of the brand new Entrepreneur Camp, a first initiative designed to create new opportunities for app-driven businesses owned or led by women through an intensive technology laboratory, specialized support and ongoing mentoring.
To be eligible for the program, application-driven business must be female founded, founded or led and have at least one woman in the development team – as well as a work application or prototype and desire to utilize Apple technologies for their mission. The program's pilot session, which begins in January 2019, now accepts applications.
"Apple is committed to helping more women take leadership roles across the technology sector and beyond," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, in a statement. "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 both the incredible work that is already happening and what's coming."
"This is a program that matters," says Gina Bianchini, investor and founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, in a statement. "The new Entrepreneur Camp says that Apple wants to invest its expertise in another, richer, more diverse selection of app developers and product experts in a meaningful way, and it is a big deal for the industry. "
Entrepreneur Camp will hold quarterly sessions, with a cohort of 20 app companies accepted for each round. The pilot meeting will include 1
Once accepted, each company will have the opportunity to send three participants to Cupertino, California for a two-week submersible program on Apple's campus, including one-to-one code help with Apple engineers, design sessions, Technology 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.
Female Entrepreneurs continue to face challenges receiving funding, training and support in the VC landscape – receiving $ 1.9 billion in funding in 2017, compared to $ 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.
Source: Apple Inc.
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