Stemettes’ Outbox Incubator – Meet the other ‘X-Women’ in real life 

This week we are excited to share a message from our partner Stemettes to apply to be part of the Outbox Incubator which will take place in London this summer (from July 27th to September 4th 2015).

Are you a young woman between 11 and 22 years old interested in STEM? Do you live in the UK or somewhere else in the EU? Are you willing to learn about personal development, making & managing money, business development, marketing and product development?

You can apply to be part of the Outbox Incubator until May 28th, spread the word!

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In two fast years Stemettes has been around the country and beyond working with the next generation of females innovators. Every event, every experience has been geared towards doing a good job of convincing girls to explore, embrace and enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We’ve done so with a core principle of the 3Fs: Free, Food and Fun. We’ve counted our success by the long messages sent to us via social media, feedback forms and a 16-point scale.

Stemettes are not dissimilar to the X-Women

Over those two years, we’ve interacted with over 3500 girls and have noticed patterns: some girls like free food, some have been overwhelmed by the quality of the toilets in the buildings we’ve taken them to, a lot of girls have seen the industry in a completely different way. We’ve also observed the differing levels of interest of girls at our events. In each room of 50, 60 or 150 girls we always notice the one, or two girls who are already full blown ‘Stemettes’. They code in their spare time, they run their own experiments at home, they’ve already set up a Twitter or Tumblr account to record their experiments or to promote their own STEM brand.

These girls love STEM but are unique, or alone in their passion in their local area. They might have met others like them on online forums or social media, but have never met or bonded with others like them IRL (in real life). They are not too dissimilar to the X-Women.

The lack of access to a good network has felt like a big inhibition to their dreams

In two years we’ve met many award winners, accomplished girls and young businesswomen, yearning to take their projects and startups to the next level. For many, the lack of access to a good network beyond parents and school has felt like a big inhibition to their dreams.

And so, as we launched Outbox Incubator with 5 such projects last week, it was extremely clear in the room that these girls had potential and were going to make it big.

Project 1 – Sciencerocks a YouTube blog run by twins Megan and Elizabeth O’Shea which is breaking down the GCSE Science curriculum to their peers, and has already had more than 5000 views.

Project 2 – Germinaid Innovation run by Irish teenagers Emer Hickey and Ciara Judge, who have found a solution to the food scarcity issue and been named by TIME as two of the world’s most influential teenagers

Project 3 – Team Brush run by teens Tyriah Allison and Joana Baptista who have invented a smart toothbrush for children who try to avoid brushing twice a day

Project 4 – Beauty and the Bees represented by Audrey Fidgenon and Vanessa Madu – who are using recycled plastic bottles to build habitats for solitary bees who have been in decline since the second World War but are vital to human survival.

Project 5 – Spit Music a blog run by teen Callie Winch who has five contributors and covers album releases, gigs and unsigned bands.

Learn about personal development, making & managing money, business development, marketing and product development

Outbox Incubator will inspire the next generation of female STEM entrepreneurs during a 6 week intensive programme of events  (from July 27th to September 4th) ranging from hands-on workshops to inspirational speakers. At the end, girls will be ready to launch their STEM* business ideas.

These girls and the many others like them will undoubtedly make the most of the Outbox Incubator experience – events mentoring sessions and funding opportunities primarily taking place in a large 12 bedroom house in London. We’ll be housing any girls from outside of the London area wishing to take part and are inviting girls from all over the EU to apply.

They’ll learn about personal development, making & managing money, business development and structures, marketing and product development. The Stemettes will be running it all with some input from associated partners and mentors such as Women Shift Digital, so we also promise to fulfil the 3Fs of free, food and fun.

Join the Outbox Incubator this summer as a participant or a mentor

If you know any suitable girls you’ll need to nominate them (or encourage them to apply) by May 28th at outboxincubator.com/apply

If you’d like to enrich the programme by running a session, offering some funding or post-programme mentoring, let us know via outboxincubator.com/pledge

Spread the word!

The program is powered by the Stemettes, in partnership with WISE whose patron is HRH The Princess Royal and is funded by the Salesforce Foundation.

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