SHE CAN WITH ICT

SHE CAN WITH ICT focuses on increasing the number and viability of female-owned technology businesses by equipping more women entrepreneurs to use technology strategically to leverage economic opportunities for their businesses.

The initiative started in 2015 in collaboration with Diamond Bank Plc, which saw 100 young women, who were in-between jobs, gaining ICT skills for businesses in the city of Ibadan, Oyo state. The next edition was a Digital Marketing Workshop for 30 professional business women in 2016. The current edition (starting in January 2017) is in collaboration with Intel West Africa, as part of the Intel® She Will Connect campaign and female undergraduates from the University of Lagos.

Partners and supporters have included the United States Consulate Public Affairs Section, Union Bank, Leadway Assurance, Global Shapers – Lagos Hub, FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative (founded by former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Robin Sanders), Western Union Foundation, Diamond Bank and Intel.

W.TEC’S HISTORY OF ENTERPRENEURSHIP & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMING

Since 2008, W.TEC has designed and implemented programmes aimed at demonstrating the role of technology in supporting and facilitating enterprise.

Since Entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as a broad-based driver of economic growth and societal well-being, and especially since the success of women’s businesses significantly affects not just their well-being but those of their immediate families, it is very important to support women entrepreneurs with training, capacity development, access to funding, mentoring.

The effective and strategic use of technology can significantly improve the productivity and outcome of a business and so it is important for entrepreneurs to explore how they can harness it.

SHE CAN WITH ICT builds the capacity of small and medium Nigerian women-owned businesses to leverage technology to address the specific needs of their businesses. It will explore the uses of technology for the expansion of their markets and clients.

Some of our programmes have included the:

  1. Networking for Success Programme (2008): This taught women how to use social media tools and other ICTs to effectively develop and advance their work. Participants learnt how to use these tools to initiate and manage projects; as well as identify networking and collaboration opportunities.
  2. Young Women’s ICT Programme (2009 & 2010): This programme targeted university and polytechnic students; youth corpers and recent graduates with the aim of enabling them plan their careers and identify opportunities to use technology for entrepreneurship.
  3. Entrepreneurship & Technology Programme (2013): Held in partnership with Intel, this Technology and Entrepreneurship Workshop equipped young women with business planning and management skills; as well as understanding how to integrate technology more effectively into their businesses.
  4. Technology Workshop at BOI Live Banking Panel (2013):TEC organized and facilitated a workshop for women entrepreneurs who attended the Bank of Industry Live Banking Panel held in November 2013. The Live Banking Panel was organized by the Bank of Industry, Western Union, USAID, African Diaspora Market (ADM) Place, and the United States Department of State Initiatives, with implementing assistance from the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative (founded by former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Robin Sanders). W.TEC’s workshop was aimed at strengthening and solidifying the participants’ knowledge and skills with respect to recognizing the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) needed to enhance and support their work as leaders of small & medium enterprises.
  5. Technology Solutions for Female Enterpreneurs (2014): This programme was organized in partnership with FEEEDS Initiative, Western Union Foundation and Diamond Bank. The focus of the workshop was building capacity for small and medium Nigerian women businesses to leverage technology to address the specific needs of their businesses. The entrepreneurs gained hands-on experience in the use of social media tools as well as business productivity tools with the potential to enhance the expansion of their businesses.
  6. SHE CAN with ICT Workshop (2015): This programme was organized in partnership with Diamond Bank Plc, in Ibadan city, Oyo state. The workshop was designed to equip current & aspiring female entrepreneurs, artisans and individuals who were not gainfully employed with relevant business & technology skills to build and manage a profitable and sustainable business. The 6-month training helped 100 young women become users and creators of ICT solutions for their businesses and chosen careers and be able to have a clear plan for their business or career achievements.
  7. Intel Entrepreneurship & Technology workshops (2015): The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) organized the Technology & Entrepreneurship Learning Program for Women in partnership with Intel West Africa. The training was to teach them basic ICT & Enterprise skills. And 1,234 women across various sectors – undergraduates, and artisans benefitted from the program where they were taught skills and forms of Business Presentation and Mind Mapping, Productivity Tools on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, “Starting, Growing and Managing a small Business”. They learnt how to harness Technology for Career and Business Success.
  8. Digital Marketing for Business Women (2016): is an initiative designed to teach women how to utilize digital marketing tools to enhance their business and career opportunities. The program is designed to complement the existing Technology & Entrepreneurship program for women. 26 female entrepreneurs participated in this workshop.
  9. SHE CAN with ICT – Sustaining Her Enterprise, Career and Network with ICT (2017): In 2016, the Entrepreneurship and Technology programme was renamed to SHE CAN WITH ICT. In the 2016-2017 edition, W.TEC, under the Intel She Will Connect campaign focused on exposing young women in the University of Lagos, who are about concluding their undergraduate programmes and stepping into the job market, to in-depth practical entrepreneurial skills and ICT tools that would help them prepare for the technology-driven workplace.

The goal was to give young female undergraduates and 1st year Postgraduate students in tertiary institutions the opportunity of connecting with the business world and applying all they have learnt in the classroom in preparation for the workplace, and using the Internet as a business tool.

The partners and supporters of the 2017 SHE CAN WITH ICT programme include
Intel West Africa,
University of Lagos (UNILAG),
MainOne,
BudgIT,
Goethe Institut,
Andela,
WikiLovesWomen,
AshaProject,
WISE Nigeria,
WorldPulse,
Exclusive Brands Africa (EBA),
Irede Foundation,
Slingshot Technologies.

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