Females In Mobile Entrepreneurship (FIME)

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Females In Mobile Entrepreneurship (FIME): FIME offers training in mobile app development/entrepreneurship to young ladies

Accra , GhanaAccra, Ghana
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project is aimed at taking advantage of the the already existing structures and competencies of Mobile Web Ghana, to train young women in mobile application development. It is our dream to usher young ladies into the budding tech industry in Ghana by providing a top quality training experience.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if girls were as trained in mobile app development and entrepreneurship as their male counterparts in the industry and given a chance to prove their worth?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There is an obvious poor representation of women in the tech scene in the country. Actually, this is a global phenomenon. Regardless of how widespread the problem is, it is not a thing to take lightly. This is as a result of the general attitude of girls towards STEM courses. It has led to the low representation of women in the tech scene in the country. This is not the best as some ladies genuinely have a passion to pursue careers in IT.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

This is why we have decided to offer a training program at a very affordable price to young female tech-enthusiasts. This will enable them reach their goal of being prominent contributors to the growth and development of the Ghanaian tech industry. The training program is designed in such a way that it gives the trainee a total tech-entrepreneur starter pack. The trainees get the rare opportunity to be trained and mentored briefly by some already established female tech-entrepreneurs. It is a highly beneficial experience because the young ladies finally get to meet women who have already walked the path they are about to walk on. Hence, they are exposed to the realities of the industry from a female’s perspective.

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The maiden edition of the training programme took place at the Mobile Web Ghana incubator from 17th Sept - 24th October. A total of fifteen (15) young females were taken through six(6) weeks of training in mobile application development in five (5) modules namely: Introduction to Mobile App Development ; SMS Application Development; User Interface / User Experience; Android App Development, Google Cloud Platform and Technology Entrepreneurship. Currently, there is no training program in the country designed purposefully for women that focuses on Mobile Technology entrepreneurship. At best, most of the training programs simply train both male/females in software development. We add a training in entrepreneurship. This makes ours unique.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The past trainees were made to work on individual projects as part of the training. Therefore each girl had a project under development even after the training was done. The FiME project partnered with the University of Professional studies to train their female IT support staff and some of their female students in Mobile App Development. One of the app projects of our trainees was even adopted by the university for a pilot project. After the FiME training at Mobile Web Ghana, we have seen a considerable increase in the number of women who attend technology events organised by the Mobile Web Ghana Incubator. Hitherto, one rarely found females showing interest in tech events here, but the situation has improved.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Our spread strategies for the coming years are listed below: First Year - Training of 40 females in Mobile App Development in Accra at Mobile Web Ghana in partnership with Women In Tech Africa. Second Year - Training of 20 females in Mobile App Development in Kumasi in partnership with mFriday. Third Year - Training of 20 females in Mobile App Development in Mali in partnership with a partner Hub. Fourth Year - Training of 20 females in Mobile App Development in Nigeria with a partner Hub. In the fifth year we hope to expand the training project across all ten regions in Ghana.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We have a number of activities and strategies planned out for the long term sustainability of the FIME Project. We will introduce a paid training programme which will provide participants the training at a token amount of $150 per head. Also, after the training programme we plan to incubate promising projects at the MWG incubator at a small incubation payment. There will also be paid mentorship events targeted at students.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

*There is Tech Needs Girls here in Ghana. It is also aimed at training young girls in software development.They do this by assigning female mentors to these girls to teach them coding. *There is also STEMBEES.This is more focused on encouraging young girls to pursue their dreams and careers in Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are two of the projects in Ghana that are similar to FIME. However, what set us apart from them is the fact that we focus more on Mobile technology and the inclusion of entrepreneurship training. This equips the girls to become tech-entrepreneurs
Team

Founding Story

Mobile Web Ghana has been involved in training the next generation of Ghanaian Tech-entrepreneurs for close to 4 years. We noticed that very few ladies registered to be a part of these training sessions. Meanwhile we felt the active participation of women in the industry would make some extraordinary contribution to it's development. Hence, we decided to design an exclusive training program for girls. One that would benefit girls who are interested in developing mobile apps and creating a business out of it. We started last year and trained 15 young women. The project has helped keep their dreams alive. In the near future, we hope to scale this project to other regions and train girls there.

Team

There is a 3-member board of directors sitting at the helm of affairs of the organization: Dr. Nii Quaynor – He is a scientist and an engineer who has played an important role in the introduction and development of the Internet throughout Africa. Among the other activities, Dr. Quaynor is the Chairman of the Ghanaian company Network Computer Systems; a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisor Group on ICT; a member of the ITU Telecom Board; chair of the OAU Internet Task Force; President of the Internet Society of Ghana and member of the World Bank Infodev TAP. Kojo Boakye - Kojo Boakey is deputy director and policy lead at the Alliance for Affordable Internet. Kojo is an experienced ICT for development practitioner, with over nine years’ experience working with governments, fixed-line and mobile operators, and development partners. In addition to an MSc in Development Studies, Kojo holds a BA in African History and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is a professionally trained project manager and has a superb track record of building successful relationships and delivering quality and value to stakeholders. Florence Toffa (Biography already provided) Adams Agalic – He is the Assistant Project Manager for Mobile Web Ghana. His key responsibilities are assisting with technical problems that start-ups encounter at the lab, day-day administration of the lab, facilitation of technical training in the lab, coordination of activities in the lab and the startups and creation, management and execution of tech events. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana where he pursued a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in Computer Science and Economics. Elikplim Sabblah – He is the Communications Person of the organization. He is responsible for the running of all the organization’s social media platforms. This includes: coming up with strategies to ensure that the organization remains visible on the internet; providing content for the organization’s blog; assist in fund-raising etc. He is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (minored in Economics). Irene Brown -
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