The Girls in Tech group, made up of 11 university students from various national academies, was able to obtain the necessary funding to carry out its mission of contributing to greater gender diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) courses.
The project aims to pave the way for new possibilities for collaboration between academia and civil society, simplifying the process of investing in new ideas and projects.
The campaign was launched through the crowdfunding platform of Unistarter academic projects, earning funding 25% above its initial target (with the support of individual micro-investments and sponsorship from companies such as Noesis, Thales Group and KPMG).
Once the funding is secured, Girls in Tech intends to organize presentations in schools to take the Engineering world to more than 1,000 secondary school students and create an online chat-forum where they can interact with Higher Education students and clarify doubts about what it means to study STEM at the University.
The latest data from Brussels, released in December 2018, show that female participation in certain digital areas is still less than desirable in our country. Only one in six IT specialists are women. The results improve if we look at the STEM area, but still only one in three graduates are female.