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The Outbox legacy: Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.

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In 2015 not-for-profit Stemettes launched its Outbox Incubator programme, designed to encourage girls to consider careers in Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM).

In partnership with Wise, whose patron is HRH The Princess Royal, the programme was funded by the Salesforce Foundation.

In total, 115 girls spent six weeks learning and living together in the Outbox Incubator house. Mentors shared their experiences of running a business and developing products, and the girls learnt how to secure funding to take their product to market.

This week Stemettes unveiled a video created at the Oubox Incubator house, to give an overview of the girls’ experience. A preview screening took place at Salesforce Tower, Bishopsgate, in addtion to several other locations across the UK.

Discussing the preview screening Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder of Stemettes, wrote in her blog: “Working to inspire girls and young women into STEM is something we’ve been doing for four years now. Back in the Summer of 2015 things stepped up a level when we ran the pioneering Outbox Incubator programme. 115 young women, six weeks, 29 startups and countless gallons of milk later we have a documentary of our efforts and impact: Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.

Since our inception the mantra of “you can’t be what you can’t see” has driven a lot of our activities and interactions with young women. Presenting them with women in industry and opening up doors for them to experience STEM work up close has been a continual learning process.

We’ve learnt about the nuances in one’s sense of identity but also the power of media. Stereotypes and role models are carried in the same way. Like a two-edged sword, media can work against someone’s perspective on their opportunities, options and abilities as well as having a positive influence. As we present this documentary, we’re continuing discussions with various production companies in a bid to change wider social norms. Ultimately this is a battle of hearts and minds.

So a heartfelt look at the network built, ups and downs, and life one year on for these young female entrepreneurs is just a start on the Outbox legacy.

For the Stemettes team and our partners Salesforce.org, this has brought back many memories and shows the nature of the journey that each of these young woman has been on. We’re expectant for the next one and are looking forward to the next chapter of this new journey. Find out more and see preview listings at outboxjourney.com.”

Anne-Marie Imafidon, spoke at WeAreTechnology’s WeAreTech: Women Conference in November:

WeAreTech:Women with Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder of STEMettes from WeAreTheCity on Vimeo.


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