Empowering Women in Technology Startups (ewits®) Program was created to provide both classroom and experiential learning to introduce women to the principles of entrepreneurship. The program participants—highly educated professional women with untapped and unlimited potential—are immersed in a rich, supportive environment with access to experts from all segments of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Over ten weeks, ewits® introduces the processes required to start a technology-based company and develop a commercialization strategy for a patented technology developed at research universities. Working together, each team submits a business plan for their technology and gives an investor presentation during the last session. Through this specially-designed curriculum and mentorship, women gain the knowledge and confidence to pursue leadership and career opportunities they would not have otherwise considered. To date, 200 women from the north Florida area have completed the program and, due to the success, we are looking to bring the opportunity to 50 women in 50 cities in 50 months.
Jane M. Muir, Immediate President, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)