Guess who took home a sweet award for being a company that actively promotes the importance of women in tech? We did!!

Diversity Champion 2016

Diversity Champion 2016

While one should not toot one’s own horn… we are pretty proud of the fact that we champion equality in the workplace, the classroom, and in our mentor network. That’s because we recognize the vital role women play in growing the technology sector here in Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, in Canada, and beyond.

We’re super stoked about being recognized on a professional level for being an organization that is helping to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and we are working hard to get the word out about opportunities for anyone – especially women – interested in breaking into technology and entrepreneurship.

In early June, Digital Nova Scotia presented us with the 2016 Digital Diversity Award in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The award celebrates the efforts of a company that focuses on the need for greater gender diversity in a male-dominated sector. It was an honour to accept the award and it will help us promote our gender equality efforts even more in the coming weeks and months as we ramp up for September 2016 – the third cohort of UIT’s Startup Immersion program.

Since its inception in 2014, our startup program has recognized the need to provide digital and tech opportunities to women, and along with the support of CBU Chancellor Annette Verschuren, we introduced the Women in Technology Bursary which enabled us to break down some of the financial barriers for women entering the field. We offered the bursary again in 2015, and we are pretty pumped to be able to promote a Women in Technology Bursary again for the 2016 academic year.

Want to be a rock star in the tech sector? Come talk to us – we give students a chance to learn some pretty amazing skills and become part of a growing industry in Cape Breton. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hang out with champions?

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