During the call for applications period from September 1, 2020 to September 21, 2020, 326 applications were registered in various sectors of activity. A momentum that has demonstrated the interest and need of African women entrepreneurs to be supported. After a selection made mainly by the hubs, partner incubators of the eligible countries, 50 profiles of women as well as their projects were selected. The process was carried out on the basis of criteria such as:
The results also respond to a principle of proportionality in the number of applications received, taking into account the sectors of activity and the countries represented.
In accordance with the eligibility criteria, the 50 WETECH WILE Fellows selected are from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mauritius, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Senegal, Chad and Togo. These young women are identified as those who undoubtedly contribute to the pride of their country in the fields of Entrepreneurship and / or Technology. They will follow the WILE program for the next six months, benefiting from mentoring, access to various resources offered by partners, promotion of their projects, networking and various opportunities .
Total of projects selected: 50
Total number of projects submitted: 326
With the slogan: “Female innovation at the heart of the ecosystem” , the program places innovative African women , business leaders and selected leaders at the heart of the ecosystem, with all the support and resources they will receive. of their community. It is deployed thanks to the commitment of several partners and actors in the ecosystem: hubs and incubators, mentors, companies and institutions. The selected projects will be presented later on the various WETECH and WETECH WILE platforms .
WETECH’s main objective is to give a great opportunity to African women entrepreneurs to use technology and innovation for social good, while being ambassadors of the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the WETECH team is reassuring by indicating that it is also working to ensure that non-selected candidates and women in their community can benefit from certain initiatives that will be organized on the sidelines of the WILE program.
The WILE program is an initiative under the patronage of the United States Embassy in Cameroon , as well as HE Madame Ameenah Grurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius and Sponsor of this first edition . WETECH WILE is powered by Orange Digital Center in Cameroon and supported by AfriLabs and i4Policy .