Australian Accelerator of the Year*, Tech Ready Women, has been awarded a $25,000 cash grant from the City of Sydney, which will go towards providing scholarships and educational events to help break down the barriers to entry and encourage more women to enter and thrive in the tech industry.
The grant will specifically support three women to take part in Tech Ready Women’s 10-week education program along with a series of three events that will give at least 450 women in Sydney access to experts and mentors to help them in becoming tech entrepreneurs.
Tech Ready Women, which was named Accelerator of the Year at the 2017 Australasian Startup Awards, has been specifically designed for non-tech women who want to step confidently into the tech space.
The Tech Ready Women 10-week program has already produced a number of ‘success’ stories including Blaise McCann, founder of Hear Us Roar, a two-sided marketplace for ‘plus-size’ or ‘curvy’ women’s clothing, which recently won the top prize at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Hatchery Accelerate Demo Day and is on track for $500,000 turnover this year.
Christie Whitehill, CEO and Founder of Tech Ready Women, said, “I am on a mission to accelerate the rate of women entering the tech space ensuring that they are equipped with the skills, education and sense of community they need to empower their journey.
“Women in technology face an undeniable uphill battle, and I have seen that interactive education and mentoring can make it possible for non-tech women to confidently become founders of tech start-ups that are on the path of success. Women want to be involved in tech, but we need to do more to support them throughout the journey.”
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the grants would support the City’s tech startup action plan goals to attract the best global talent and create an environment that helps innovative businesses to thrive.
“We’re committed to helping startups access global markets so they can grow their businesses and develop international relationships.
“In particular, we are focused on helping forge the female entrepreneurs of tomorrow by ensuring they have access to entrepreneurship support, business skills and investment opportunities,” Ms Moore said.
Our vision is to close the gender gap by teaching and empowering women to live their purpose.
Our global mission is to provide women with tech and business education, access to world class mentors, connections to startup communities, enabling them to create the businesses of tomorrow.
Tech Ready Women is an award winning company equipping women with the skills, mentoring and community they need to empower them on their startup journey.
Christie Whitehill Bio
Christie Whitehill is an entrepreneur and mentor in the Australian tech space. She is the founder and CEO of Tech Ready Women and Tech Ready Program—a ten-week accelerator program specifically designed for non-tech female founders who want to step confidently into the tech space.
Christie is also CEO of Hatching Lab—an innovation and tech partner to start-ups and corporates and co-founder of Poppy Renegade—a movement to empower women to stand tall in all facets of life.
Christie is dedicated to empowering and educating women in start-ups, tech and innovation. In 2016 she was recognised as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech by Startup Daily and has been featured in Business Insider Australia, SmartCompany, Women’s Agenda, Kochie’s Business Builders, Qantas inflight business podcast, Collective Hub, Wentworth Courier and Dynamic Business.
**This article was provided through a newswire and does not express the views or opinions of 61-Bit.
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