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Women in technology challenge Scholarship by ITU Innovation Challenges

Are you an entreprenuer with a global mindset? Is your innovation able to create digital impact in your communities? ITU is inviting applications from qualified candidates for its 2020 Innovation challenege 

The challenge is a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders to present their ideas and projects, empowering them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies. 

ITU and the EQUALS Global Partnership will support standout tech innovators who are helping and empowering women to excel in the access and use of ICTs  to increase their productive and economic capacity in sectors such as agriculturetextiles and apparel, and health, and to build prosperous communities. 

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About ITU Innovation Challenges

Competitiveness, in an increasing open global economy, requires new approaches to develop an enabling digital environment across sectors. In recent years, ITU innovation research has shown that there is a growing digital innovation divide among countries. The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) has developed a cross-sector and multistakeholder Digital Innovation Framework with the aim to assist countries, cities and ecosystems address today's challenges by empowering them to accelerate their digital transformation The mission is to “bridge the digital innovation divide (gap) th... read more


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Aim and Benefits of ITU Women in technology challenge

Three opportunities to win

  1. Digital change-maker challenge: For innovators with ideas that create digital impact in their communities. 
  2. Ecosystem best practice challenge: For ecosystem builders with good practices that nurture an enabling environment for innovators in their communities. 
  3. Women in technology challenge: For innovators with digital projects that create impact for women in their communities. 

Requirements for ITU Women in technology challenge Qualification

The innovation challenge is open to all eligible startups with a minimum of one (1) year in operation, legally registered and incorporated in a developing country and at least 30% or more women owned, managed and controlled.

Your solutions should:

  1. Ensure that women are given access to ICT platforms, internet connectivity and digital tools; equipped with digital skills through training and use of tech tools; and/or offered chances to develop leadership potential (such as entrepreneurial skills, network building, financial inclusion, etc.) by being active members of the digital society.   
  2. Focus on facilitating and improving processes in one of the selected sectors (agriculture, textiles and apparel, or health) in which women are represented in significant numbers as both business owners and workers, by supporting them to access and use ICTs for development through scalable innovative solutions that will help them increase their participation in the economy. 

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Application Deadline

July 31, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to ITU Innovation Challenges on cocreate.itu.int to apply

For more details, visit ITU website

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