Who we are
We're entrepreneurs, mentors, and educators looking to teach girls everywhere the skills they need to change the world with technology. Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year we invite girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenge them to solve it. Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by our curriculum. Technovation's curriculum takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking: Ideation Identify a problem in the community Technology Develop a mobile app solution Entrepreneurship Build a business plan to launch the app Pitch Bring the business to market
summer of code
summer of code
Technovation has a profound impact on students and mentors.
A five year look-back survey of alumni showed that while most students had little or no experience with computer science before Technovation, their experience with Technovation had a powerful effect. After participating in Technovation, participants were more interested in:
- Computer Science (78%)
- Entrepreneurship (70%)
- Business Leadership (67%)
Additionally, after participating in Technovation:
- 26% of alumnae in college major in CS. This is 65x the national rate of 0.4% of first-year female college students majoring in CS.
- 58% of alumnae enroll in subsequent Computer Science courses.
Impact on Mentors
One of the first women to graduate from YCombinator was inspired to apply because of her experience as a mentor with Technovation. As it turns out, Technovation helps professional women in some surprising ways.
After volunteering with Technovation1:
- 58% of mentors increased their technical skills
- 67% of mentors increased their knowledge about entrepreneurship
- 70% of mentors learned to be effective mentors
1 “Technovation Lookback Report: A Retrospective Survey of Five Technovation Cohorts (2010-204).
Meet the team
Ifeyinwa Ruth Chinke