Apple launches ‘Entrepreneur Camp’ to support women entrepreneurs

Apple today announced the launch of the all-new Entrepreneur Camp, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to create new opportunities for app-driven businesses owned or led by women through an intensive technology lab, specialized support and ongoing mentoring.

To be eligible for the program, applying app-driven businesses must be female-founded, co-founded or led and have at least one woman on the development team — as well as a working app or prototype and desire to leverage Apple technologies to benefit their mission. The program’s pilot session, beginning in January 2019, is now accepting applications.

“Apple is committed to helping more women assume leadership roles across the tech sector and beyond,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “We’re proud to help cultivate female leadership in the app development community with the new Apple Entrepreneur Camp, and we’re inspired both by the incredible work that’s already happening, and what’s sure to come.”

“This is a program that matters,” said Gina Bianchini, investor and founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, in a statement. “The new Entrepreneur Camp says Apple wants to invest its expertise in a different, richer, more diverse range of app developers and product experts in a meaningful way, and that is a big deal for the industry.”

Entrepreneur Camp will hold sessions on a quarterly basis, with a cohort of 20 app companies accepted for each round. The pilot session will include 10 companies.

Once accepted, each company will have the opportunity to send three attendees to Cupertino, California for a two-week immersive program at Apple’s campus, including one-on-one code-level assistance with Apple engineers, sessions on design, technology and App Store marketing, as well as ongoing guidance and support from an Apple Developer representative. Each participating company will also receive two tickets to the following year’s WWDC.

Female entrepreneurs continue to face challenges obtaining funding, training and support in the VC landscape — receiving $1.9 billion in funding in 2017 compared to $83.1 billion for men. Despite such obstacles, women-owned businesses are growing more than two times faster than the US national average, with women-led tech startups delivering a 35 percent higher return on investment than tech startups led by men.

For more information on Apple Entrepreneur Camp or to apply, visit developer.apple.com/entrepeneur-camp.

Source: Apple Inc.

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12 Comments

  1. Enjoy your lawsuit, Apple, you sexist anti-male discriminators!

    Leave it to sexist Apple to attach gender when some beings believe they can fluidly change gender at a whim (despite being unable to change their chromosomes). (Also, don’t think about your impending massive cancer death from pumping yourself full of the opposite sex’s hormones).

    Regardless, I am now inappropriately triggered and am contacting my on-call attorney to bring about social justice in this case. Shame, Apple, shame. Men are people, too!

    Penis Hat March on Cupertino this Friday!!! (Tweet it like crazy!)

  2. Yawn, any article talking about gender awakes the yankers who pretend to be moral. They should shut up and eat more fruits, vegetables, and cereal, and read more books.

    1. Yes, let’s take real men who are wired to help women in any way, beat it into their brains that is sexist because there is NO difference between men and women until the gleam in their eyes turns to blood and THEN when a “forward looking” company admits there ARE differences between the sexes and women are less desirable of the high-tech world and we feel just a LITTLE justified, be sure to put us back in your safe place by going back to the same methods that are ruining young men for decades.

      1. What you say is a stereotype of libtards, but I am not that. I am pointing out that there is a large number of self-serving hypocrites in the world. I am certainly among them. But I can’t imagine anyone seriously believing that gender bias does not exist. I’ve lived it, And so have the other 50 per cent. Ask your bride.

    1. But I’m not sure that Jesus was white. Wasn’t he Jewish? And born in Palestine? Isn’t that a Muslim country? But maybe you don’t believe in Jesus? Are you an atheist? Is genocide a great achievement? Never mind, I get it.

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