Liverpool Girl Geeks gain funds to train teens in tech

Santander Incubator social enterprise, Liverpool Girl Geeks, has secured £20k in Rosa funding to help them grow their programmes and workforce.

Addressing gender and economic imbalance, Liverpool Girl Geeks promote opportunities for females to enter the tech industry, through mentored projects, events and aspiration raising. They believe that by promoting inclusion for all and breaking down the current gender stereotypes they will also begin to address the digital skills gap.

Established in 2013 by Chelsea Slater and Rebecca Jones (now non-executive director), the business started as a blog and quickly gained traction. In 2015 the company was incorporated and began to generate revenue from training, courses and events.

2016 saw Jo Morfee join as a full time director, and in September 2016 they moved into the Santander Incubator in Liverpool. By April 2017 they had outgrown the space and moved into their own premises. Liverpool Girl Geeks now provides programmes for teens aged 11-17 and for women aged 18+.

The Rosa funding will enable them to expand their services and team. The funding has been matched by the Co-op Bank, which enables the team to focus on the delivery of three more teen academies in 2017 / 2018, reaching a further 50 girls aged between 11 and 17. Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology and Liverpool John Moores University are also delivery partners on the project.

“We are delighted to have been successful in securing funding from Rosa. The funding will enable us to reach 50 more teenage girls in the local area with our proven Academy programme, encouraging them to have careers in tech and also inspiring them through exposure to role models,” said Jo Morfee, Director at Liverpool Girl Geeks.

Both Chelsea and Jo are on the Northern Power Women Future list and Chelsea has just been listed on the BIMA 100 (British Interactive Media Association).

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