i-LIKE AFRICA DIGITAL DIVAS PROGRAM
i-LIKE AFRICA, is a program designed to encourage ICT enabled social innovation and entrepreneurship by young women in Africa.
The Objective of i-LIKE AFRICA is to squarely anchor women run and/owned ICT enterprises as a key ingredient in Africa’s social and economic prosperity.
The Strategy is to encourage the establishment and growth of ICT based enterprises by immersing one million young women in Kenya in the i-LIKE AFRICA program over the next 5 years. Kenya will be the pilot program country, with an expectation to roll out i-Like Africa to other African countries year on year.
i-LIKE AFRICA will be implemented with participants being taken through 5 phases: Training in basic ICT and enterprise skills; Competitions to identify great ideas coupled with solid business models and plans; Incubation program that includes training and mentoring for selected participants; Finance forums with Venture Capital partners and a commercial bank; and Case publications of exemplary participants.
This project embodies the kind of entries we'd like to see for this competition -- encouraging and enabling women to be entrepreneurs through ITC training and the use of new technologies. It is also based in Kenya, a country teeming with innovative activities in the field of tech and entrepreneurship at the moment.