Women face additional barriers when it comes to launching and building companies, particularly in the technology fields. In the research and in our conversations with tech founders, one area that can be impacted is creating greater visibility, stronger networks, and hands-on professional development opportunities for women interested in developing technology companies.
Startup Tucson Women in Technology Fellows are community-oriented, tech-enthusiasts, who are interested in gaining experience in the tech startup world, while increasing the diversity and number of female-tech founded companies in Southern Arizona.
Together, we amplify your efforts to make a lasting impact.
As a Startup Tucson Women in Technology Fellow, you will join a tight-knit cohort of dedicated, exceptional women, working to build events, education, and supportive networks to increase the number and diversity of female-founded tech companies in Southern Arizona. Each cohort will have access to a number of female tech mentors, in addition to a dedicated Mentor-In-Residence.
Through this stipend position, fellows will spend about 10 hours a month researching, planning and executing strategies to encourage more women to consider technology and support those who are already building tech companies here in Tucson.
This fellowship, in addition to building lifelong relationships and mentors, will help propel fellows own careers and professional development goals. Over time-- as each successive year of fellows graduate--the Startup Tucson Women in Technology Fellowship becomes a strong alumni force of supporters, accountability partners, and social networks for women in technology in our region.
From the many applicants, we will select only between 3-5 for the first cohort. We will be looking for women with diverse backgrounds and experiences with technology, STEM, and business. Whether you are a Computer Science Phd or just "tech-curious", a primary qualification is a passion for building community.
This fellowship program is in its inaugural year and was supported through a Small Business Administration award.
Details & Requirements
As a Startup Tucson Women in Technology Fellow, you will be committing to 10 hours a month from February 2020 - December 2020. You will work closely with your fellows, Mentor-in-Residence, and the Startup Tucson team to execute programs and events to help grow the support network for female tech founders in Tucson.
While Startup Tucson has a number of suggestions and draft timelines, the exact events and plans will be determined by the cohort, based on data that has been collected about the needs of female tech founders in our region. At a minimum, you are required to:
meet once a month
attend one networking or educational event a month
produce brief monthly "field notes" report as a cohort to track progress and document the process to help build a repository of knowledge to help future cohorts
develop and execute milestones and deliverables as a cohort to address identified needs for women in technology
The hours fellows put into this program can be flexible to accommodate other commitments and can flex from month to month. There are some evening and weekend events that will be required as part of this fellowship program.
To be eligible, you must:
Have a demonstrated interest in STEM or technology. This can be as simple as having taken a coding camp or as advanced as having a degree or tech company
Have a passion for community building and connecting with others
Be available to attend some evening and weekend events throughout the year
Commit to at least 10 hours a month
Be female or female identifying
Commit to being a resource for future generations of fellows as a member of the alumni network
$2,500 annual stipend
Free tuition for all Startup Tucson Educational Programming
Two free all-inclusive passports to TENWEST Impact Festival ($300 value each)
Professional development and networking
Mentoring and coaching
Becoming the inaugural cohort of an ongoing fellowship program which will include a network of alumni and mentors.
"Am I a good fit?"
The defining feature of a Startup Tucson Women in Technology Fellow is a die-hard passion for building supportive networks for women.
You are excited to be connected to and learn from kick*** boss ladies in tech, science, and in business.
You are passionate about working towards a vision of Tucson that is vibrant, equitable, and a supportive place for entrepreneurs to grow and build their companies.
You do **NOT** have to have a background in tech or have founded a company. You can be new to the area of tech and startups, but it should something you are passionate about learning more about and helping others as well.