Women Innovators Fellowship

Opportunity

Do Space is proud to offer three Fellows the opportunity to develop projects that will address local challenges facing women in technology and tech entrepreneurship. Each selected project will ideally provide real benefit to Omaha’s innovation and creative communities, in part by raising awareness of local challenges and fostering a sense of community.

The Do Space Women Innovators Fellowship is a self-directed educational experience that will give our Fellows the opportunity to build a portfolio of work, exercise leadership skills, and become more competitive in the workplace. Most importantly, our all-female Advisory Board of Omaha leaders in business and technology will provide the Fellows with advice, connections, and mentorship. This unique opportunity is generously sponsored by Dr. James and Karen Linder.

Challenges

Women are underrepresented in technical roles.
  • Women hold 24% of Omaha’s tech jobs.
  • The average tech industry female-to-male earnings ratio is 85%.
  • In 1984, 37% of computer science majors were women. That percentage fell to 18% by 2014.
Women are underrepresented in business.
  • 1 in 5 C-suite leaders is a woman; fewer than 1 in 30 is a woman of color.
  • Women founders received 2.2% of all U.S. venture capital dollars in 2017.
  • 70% of startups say they have no women on their boards.

Program Timeline

September 1, 2018 Applications open
November 1, 2018              Applications close
Mid-November 2018 Interviews conducted
Early December 2018 Fellows notified
January 2019 Fellows announced
February 4, 2019 Fellowship begins
July 31, 2019 Fellowship ends
August 3, 2019 Fellowship Showcase event

 


HOW TO APPLY

The application window for the 2019 Women Innovators Fellowship has closed. Fellows will be announced January 2019. Stay tuned!

Eligibility

  • All applicants must be women or femme-identified individuals over 19 years of age who hold a high school diploma or GED. Do Space employees are ineligible.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Available to work in Omaha, Nebraska, for the duration of the Fellowship (February 4, 2019 – August 3, 2019).
  • Able to devote 200 hours to your project over the course of the Fellowship (an average of 8 hours per week over 6 months).
  • To be considered, projects must directly relate to technology or tech entrepreneurship and benefit local women technologists and/or tech entrepreneurs. For more information, visit our FAQ.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create a project related to technology or tech entrepreneurship that will directly benefit women technologists and/or tech entrepreneurs in Omaha
  • Engage directly with the Omaha community via Do Space and share your progress on our blog
  • Meet with members of our Advisory Board for mentorship during the Fellowship
  • Attend occasional group and one-on-one meetings at Do Space and report project progress to the Do Space project manager
  • Present your final project at Do Space on August 3, 2019
  • Continue to promote your final project beyond the Fellowship

The Fellowship is right for you if you:

  • Are highly motivated
  • Have experience serving people of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Have a “whatever it takes” work ethic
  • Move quickly to find ways to overcome obstacles
  • Possess the qualities of integrity and credibility
  • Push the boundaries of what is possible
  • Show a proven track record of independent work
  • Take pride in mentoring others
  • View failure as a learning opportunity

FAQ

Who is your ideal candidate?

Women and femme-identified individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply – students, retirees, freelancers, part-timers and full-timers working in tech or in another industry altogether. We’re looking for self-starters, changemakers, and innovators. Don’t think you fit a mold? Apply!

How do you define “tech” and “tech entrepreneurship”?

Prospective Fellows are encouraged to describe in their applications why they define themselves as “women in tech” or “women in tech entrepreneurship,” as these terms can mean something different to each person. Fellows are not required to be employed by a technology firm or have a formal education in technology but instead must show that they have the adequate technological experience to successfully complete their proposed projects. They must also be able to clearly articulate their vision for how to support other women in tech and/or tech entrepreneurship.

What are some example project ideas?

  • It has been shown that there’s a large investment gap between male and female founders. Identify what this investment gap looks like at the local level and launch a project that aims to begin closing that gap in Omaha.
  • It is difficult to find local freelance workers in Omaha. Launch a project for the community to make it easier to find and hire local women technologists and entrepreneurs.
  • Launch a digital project or event to better recognize the achievements of women technologists and entrepreneurs in Omaha.
  • Design and implement a local research study on women entrepreneurs and publish your results at the end of the Fellowship.

How will applications be judged?

  • Experience, skills, and qualifications of the applicant
  • Significance, quality, and feasibility of the proposed project
  • Likelihood that the applicant will complete the project
  • Ability for the project to be made open and accessible to the public

How will the Fellowship stipend be paid out?

The $10,000 Fellowship stipend will be paid to each Fellow at regular intervals over the course of the Fellowship Program, granted she continues work and meets all requirements. Fellows are not required to spend any stipend funds on their projects. Fellows will have access to additional supplies and resources to support the creation of their projects.

Who owns my work?

Anything built or created during the Fellowship will be free and open source in order to benefit the Omaha community. Work past the Fellowship period – including any future monetization of a related product or service – belongs to you.

Questions about the Do Space Women Innovators Fellowship Program?
Contact Anna at
agadzinski@dospace.org.


INNOVATIVE EDUCATORS FELLOWSHIP

The Do Space Innovative Educators Fellowship created opportunities for local teachers, librarians, and educators to catalyze rapid innovation in Omaha. In Summer 2017, Do Space awarded three Omaha-area educators a $10,000 stipend to create innovative projects in 3D printing, robotics, and software development. Read more about the 2017 Fellows and their projects here.

Photo of the 2017 Innovative Educator Fellows: Charlie Cuddy, Kylie Gumpert, and Derek Babb
The Fellows at the 2017 Do Space Showcase (L-R): Charlie Cuddy, Kylie Gumpert, Derek Babb.