Discovering the Future
2024
Women Innovators (WIN)
The Women Innovators (WIN) program aims to empower and unlock the entrepreneurial potential of women in STEM of Armenia by providing them with the necessary knowledge, mindset, and network.
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Overview

Women's entrepreneurship is an underexploited source of increased opportunities for business development, employment, wealth creation, innovation, and overall economic development.

Gender diversity is a benefit for businesses, especially in STEM fields, since it solves the issue of skills shortage, better understanding of customers’ needs, etc.

Armenia stands out due to the high percentage of women working in tech industries and the number of researchers in STEM:

  • According to data from UNESCO, the global average proportion of women enrolled in STEM-related programs at the tertiary level was 28%, while in Armenia, this indicator was equal to 44%.
  • According to the Armenian Bioinformatics Institute, 60% to 70% of professionals in Armenia's biotech industry are women, compared to 47% worldwide.
  • The world's share of women employed in the tech sector doesn't exceed 20%, while, as per Forbes, Armenia’s tech sector is comprised of 30% women.
  • Figures from 2007 show 81.3% male vs 18.8% female enrollment in doctoral degrees; in 2017, women made up 66.7% of enrolled students.

Program Summary

The Women Innovators (WIN) program aims to empower and unlock the entrepreneurial potential of women in Armenia's STEM field by providing them with the necessary knowledge, mindset, and network. By doing so, the program aims to boost the realization of Armenian women’s entrepreneurial potential in STEM and contribute to the growth and development of the Armenian economy.

The achievement of the defined goal is provided by the implementation of a 2-month-long mindset-shifting and capacity-building program for women in STEM in Armenia.

Girls and women in STEM over 18 are targeted as participants. In particular, the following groups are expected to apply:

  1. Active researchers or PhD students in STEM fields,
  2. Women having or receiving a Bachelor's or Master's degree in STEM fields,
  3. Women currently working in STEM-related industries,
  4. Women having previous work experience in STEM-related fields.

Applicants from regions of Armenia and displaced women from Artsakh are prioritized among all participants.

Outcomes

The program's expected outcomes are as follows:

  • Increased economic activity of women in STEM in Armenia. The following outputs provide this outcome: 

  1. capacity-building and mindset-shifting training,
  2. provision of access to mentorship and networking opportunities.
  • Increased sense of self-realization in STEM fields among women in Armenia. Due to this outcome, more women will become visible as role models, inspiring and encouraging younger generations of girls to pursue STEM careers.

In the long term, these outcomes will significantly contribute to developing a vibrant ecosystem of women-led startups in STEM in Armenia, encouraging women to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset and begin a startup journey tackling worldwide challenges.

Following a successful implementation, the WIN program can pave the way for the commencement of venture-building initiatives in the future.

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