#BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge

#BBG Challenge CTANot surprising that I am a HUGE fan of BBG, Built by Girls, the venture fund of Susan Lyne and her sidekick Nisha Dua.  BBG is an early stage fund committed to investing in female founders.

This is not the first year of the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge but this year, they are taking the Challenge all the way to the White House collaborating with Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn initiative on a brand new competition track focused on global girls’ education.

The #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge is a pitch competition for tech projects built by girls, and judged by girls—which officially opens for submissions on Tuesday, July 19th.

Girls aged 15-18 with an interest in tech can win the opportunity to pitch a project in front of tech moguls and change makers during a live Pitch Day in San Francisco – and the weekend of a lifetime.

If they’re selected as a winner, they’ll get funding and mentorship to take their project to the next level.

There are two tracks of the competition:

    • Let Girls Build Track: for girls who want to use tech to help girls around the world get an education – in support of Michelle’ Obama’s Let Girls Learn
    • Future Founders Track: for girls building a technology product that has potential to succeed in the business world.

Technology is the great accelerator—it’s the single biggest supercharger that will fuel passion and drive success at a moment in time where everyone is talking about girls in STEM.  This challenge recognizes that code is just the beginning – there are countless opportunities for a career powered by technology. We need to equip today’s young woman to be leaders in the world of tech through internships, workshops, competitions and online content.

I believe that the world will be #BUILTBYGIRLS. Young women who understand the power of technology, who are ever curious, who grab opportunity – who we can help be ahead of the game.

Help get the word out using info below.  The more girls we get the better.

  • Tweet: Using tech to change the world or build a business? Enter the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge—for girls, judged by girls bit.ly/29WZd1B

  • Instagram: Using tech to build a killer business? Want to use tech to help girls around the world get an education? @michelleobama @builtbygirls and @aol_inc want your BIG ideas. Enter the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge—for girls, judged by girls.

I am such a huge fan of what BBG is doing and partnering with the White House is powerful.  I particularly love that Michelle Obama is taking on this initiative….and I hope we can keep her focused after she leaves the White House on what BBG (myself included) believes in which is making sure that young women have ever opportunity available to them and these days that begins with understanding and engaging in technology.