It’s a good week for women in tech.
Last Friday, 1871 announced its highly-anticipated and cutting-edge initiative to increase entrepreneurial opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and math, known as WiSTEM, is ready for launch.
The program is designed to increase accessibility to capital, resources, and mentorship for women in technology. Its first class is made up of 13 leaders from female-owned technology startups around Chicago.
Even though the program’s three-month curriculum doesn’t begin until September, the 13-member cohort begins work immediately. In the interim, members will choose a focus area and network with potential technology and finance partners.
WiSTEM, which is part of Google for Entrepreneurs’ #40Forward program, is backed by the Lefkofsky Family Foundation and the Motorola Mobility Foundation.
Introducing the first class of 1871's WiSTEM:
Rose Afriyie, Co-Founder of mRelief
Parminder Batra, Co-Founder and CEO of TraknProtect
Holly Bellmund, Founder and CEO of Werenro Group
Alex Buck, Co-Founder and CEO of Plumwise
Veatrice Glenn, Founder and CEO of Insightful Decisions, Inc.
Amanda Greenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Baloonr
Catherine Merritt, Founder and CEO of MUMZY
Annie Mohaupt, Founder and CEO of Mohop
Julie Novack, Founder and CEO of PartySlate
Elena Valentine, Co-Founder and CEO of Skill Scout
Michelle Smyth, Founder and CEO of Pay Your Selfie
Linda Zabors, Founder and CEO of Honorary Chicago
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