WeXchange, an initiative led by the Inter-American Development Bank’s innovation lab, is teaming up with Google to launch an acceleration program for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) startups led by women in Latin America and the Caribbean. The acceleration program will be developed in collaboration with Centraal, the entrepreneurial hub in Mexico.
This program aims to empower and connect women entrepreneurs in STEM fields with potential investors and mentors. The 20 selected women-led startups will participate in a ten-week long program – 100% online – that will be highly customized based on a specific diagnosis of each startup and its main challenges.
The women founders will have real-time sessions, team workshops, and group classes focused on product design, customer acquisition, and leadership skills.
Moreover, the entrepreneurs will participate in numerous one-on-one mentoring sessions with VC fund investors and relevant industry experts from Google, WeXchange/IDB Lab, and Centraal’s networks to help them face their challenges and grow their business.
The call for applications will be open until September 12, 2021 to startups that have technology as a key component of their business, and operations in at least one Latin American or Caribbean country with at least one female co-founder or one woman on their leadership team (C-suite).
The acceleration program will take place from October through December 2021. The last stage of the program will include a Demo Day on December 1st and 2nd during the WeXchange Forum 2021, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to virtually pitch their companies in front of a group of venture capital investors from the region.
To apply, check out the WeXchange 2021 website.