Dec 11, 2018

Apple Launches Entrepreneur Camp for Women

Female entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with. They own more than 36% of all businesses in the United States and contribute about $3 trillion to the national economy each year. Research actually shows that female-led businesses perform 63% better than businesses that are run by all-male teams, which helps explain why women-owned businesses are growing more than twice as fast than the national average.

At the same time, women still face unique obstacles in their business pursuits. This is underscored by the fact that of the $85 billion invested by venture capitalists last year, startups with women at the helm only scored about 2% of the funds.

To help provide some specialized support amidst these challenges, Apple has launched a two-week Entrepreneur Camp at their campus in Cupertino, California. Intended to boost app-driven businesses led by women, the camp will include an advanced technology lab, one-on-one training, and ongoing mentoring.

“Apple is committed to helping more women assume leadership roles across the tech sector and beyond,” said CEO Tim Cook in a statement. “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.”

The Entrepreneur Camp will be held on a quarterly basis, with 20 companies included each time. To be eligible, businesses must be either female-founded, co-founded, or led by a woman on the development team. Additionally, they’ll need to have a working app (or at least a prototype) and be able to show how Apple’s technology can benefit their objectives.

You can apply for this one-of-a-kind opportunity through the Entrepreneur Camp homepage, which also provides supplemental information regarding the event. Just know that things are moving quickly, and the pilot session begins in January of 2019.

If your business is accepted to the camp, you can send up to three attendees. Each member of your team will receive hands-on code-level assistance from Apple engineers, as well as multiple learning sessions on design, technology, and App Store marketing. To encourage sustainability, you’ll also get ongoing mentoring and support from an Apple Developer representative, plus two tickets to the following year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Grant Olsen
Grant Olsen is a writer specializing in small business loans, leadership skills, and growth strategies. He is a contributing writer for KSL 5 TV, where his articles have generated more than 6 million page views, and has been featured on FitSmallBusiness.com and ModernHealthcare.com. Grant is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." He has a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.

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