On Monday, Apple has launched an App Development Program specially dedicated to all female entrepreneurs. Apple is trying to focus on female founders and entrepreneurs to learn app development through it’s free Entrepreneur Camp.
During this two weeks long program, participants will have opportunity to receive dedicated coding assistance from Apple engineers, as well as attend sessions on design, technology and App Store marketing.
To be eligible for the program, the company must be female-founded, female co-founded or female-owned, and have at least one woman on the development team. Up to three participants from a single company will be allowed at a time. A working app or prototype is required, as is a “desire to leverage Apple technologies and benefit their mission.
“Apple is committed to helping more women assume leadership roles across the tech sector and beyond. We’re proud to help cultivate female leadership in the app development community with the new Apple Entrepreneur Camp, and we’re inspired both by the incredible work that’s already happening, and what’s sure to come.” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
The inaugural session of the Entrepreneur Camp is going to held in January 2019. Sessions will be set on a quarterly basis, with 20 app companies accepted for each round. The exception is the pilot round, which will be limited to 10 companies.
Once accepted, each company will have the opportunity to send three attendees to Cupertino, California for the two-week immersive program at Apple’s campus. Each participating company will also receive two tickets to the following year’s WWDC.
Apple has done similar workshops, talks and accelerators in the past, but this is the first that’s focused on women-founded companies. Apple and other technology companies maintain that one of the main reasons so many men are on their payrolls is that women traditionally haven’t specialized in the mathematical and science curriculum needed to program.