Sabio launches Women of Color Fellowship Fund

Sabio workshop

Sabio provides pioneering web developer training programs designed to help individuals break into the tech industry.

With the unveil of its new Women of Color Fellowship Fund, Sabio will provide scholarships to 100 women of $13,450 to enrol in a 12-week coding bootcamp, with training and ongoing professional development for five years.

Headquartered in Culver City, Los Angeles, Sabio will also provide a virtual academy for women who are unable to participate in the Culver City program due to costs and distance.

The virtual academy offers exceptional training for smart and motivated individuals who want to learn to code. They will interact with a skill instructor in real time , with direct access to online videos, training modules and fellow students.

The Women of Color Fellowship Fund is seeking applicants who identify as female who are 18 years or older, and must be willing to volunteer at least 100 hours to a non profit in a coding capacity within two years of their graduation date.

For more information visit www.sabio.la and follow Sabio on Twitter and Facebook

Meet student entrepreneur Monica Powell

Monica Powell

Monica Powell is the co-founder of Athena Digital Design Agency. Conceived at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York, Athena Digital Design Agency employs a team of 45 with the mission of empowering women to code. The web development company teaches students how to build simple, beautiful websites for businesses.

Athena Digital Design Agency services enable clients to take their small business or project online while supporting the next generation of female technologists. The company launched the inaugural website for the Malala Fund, founded by internationally renowned Malala Yousafzai.

Monica is a senior at Barnard College, Columbia University where she is studying psychology. Her interest in empowering women in technology led her to join the founding team of the Athena Digital Design Agency. In her free time she loves exploring New York City and also enjoys volunteering for organizations and causes such as Black Girls Code, the There is Hope Campaign and STRIVE.

Monica shares how she balances running a business with school and what drives her to help young women to enter the tech sector. Continue reading

American Express OPEN reports black female entrepreneurs are skyrocketing

American Express OPEN event

The number of businesses owned by black women in the United States has skyrocketed, according to data from American Express OPEN.

There are now 1.3 million black women-owned firms, an increase of 322% between 1997 and 2015. This accelerated rate for black female entrepreneurs is directly compared to a 235% increase among all minority women-owned firms, and a 74% increase in the number of all women-owned firms.

Furthermore, for black women-owned firms in particular, while women overall own 30% of all firms in the US, black women own fully 49% of all black-owned firms in the country.

The annual American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report provides information on entrepreneurial support organizations for women business owners, plus growth trends and analysis of black women owned firms.

To learn more about American Express OPEN resources for business owners visit www.OPENForum.com

Meet The Baby Cot Shop Founder Toks Aruoture

Toks AruotureThe Baby Cot Shop produces and supplies luxury furniture and linens for babies and children.

Headquartered in Bromley, Kent the retailer specializes in beautifully crafted furniture and interior accessories for baby nurseries and children’s bedrooms.

The Baby Cot Shop was shortlisted for the Retailer of the Year Award at this year’s Women in Business Awards.

Founder Toks Aruoture shares how she was inspired to start her first retail business in Atlanta, her strategies for overcoming setbacks and The Baby Cot Shop’s expansion plans for the future. Continue reading

Apply now to Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange

Google for Entrepreneurs ExchangeGoogle is currently accepting applications for Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange, a week-long immersion program that bridges the gap between startups, experts, and new markets.

The program brings together entrepreneurs from around the world to improve their product, gain access to new markets, prepare for funding and meet potential clients.

Startups are provided with work space in the tech hubs, attend programmed events and workshops, and are given opportunities to meet with high quality mentors and investors.

Apply now to take part in the Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange programs in London, San Francisco, Dubai or Seoul. The selected applicants will be invited to program sessions on the following dates:

Galvanize, San Francisco | November 1 – November 6, 2015
Campus Seoul | November 8 – November 16, 2015
Campus London | November 23 – November 28, 2015
AstroLabs, Dubai | December 5 – December 11, 2015

Applications are now open – you can apply here – gfeexchange.com

To learn more about Google for Entrepreneurs, visit google.com/entrepreneurs