Vodafone Launches the Fourth Round of its Global Social Impact Accelerator to Empower Women in Tech

F-LANE, the first accelerator empowering women in the tech sector, initiated by the Vodafone Institute, is entering its fourth round this year after great international feedback.

The programme mission is to foster the participation of women in technological development and to empower women of all ages around the world through technology.

In particular, F-LANE is looking for innovative tech start-ups worldwide with a focus on women trying to solve a social issue. The business ideas should have a broad impact and improve the situation of girls and women through technology.

Inger Paus, Managing Director of the Vodafone Institute said:

“Women are still underrepresented in the technology sector. Only 17% of technology start-ups worldwide are founded by women. In Europe the number is even lower at 15%. With F-LANE we want to change that and thus contribute to more diversity in the development of new technologies. At the same time, it is important for us to promote start-ups that want to solve a social issue. Our mission is to give women the tools that they need to realize their potential and revolutionize the sector.”

F-LANE collaborates with the Impact Hub Berlin and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie to globally source innovative start-ups that focus on women, provide an enterprising solution to a social problem and have the potential to make a wide impact.

The online application process for the 7-week accelerator programme starting 4 October 2019 in Berlin is now open.

Applications can be submitted to www.f-lane.com/online-application until 7 June 2019.

Five selected founders will participate in the intensive seven-week accelerator programme.

Find out more here.