Brad’s Deals to Open Applications for the 2018-19 Women’s Tech Accelerator on 6/1!
May 30, 2018
For the third year in a row, the shopping experts here at Brad’s Deals are opening their doors to help some Chicago-based, female-led startups get their footing in the tech world.
The Women’s Tech Accelerator at Brad’s Deals is unique in the accelerator world, as it bridges the gap between traditional startup accelerators and co-working spaces. While most accelerators and incubators take an equity stake in the businesses they’re mentoring, Brad’s Deals provides resources instead of funds. In an industry where women are still vastly outnumbered by men, it’s one way the company seeks to remove barriers that keep female entrepreneurs from getting their ideas off the ground.
In addition to sharing tangible resources like office space, phone, broadband, and meeting rooms, participants also have access to Brad’s Deals’ in-house experts on subjects ranging from web and app development to accounting and finance.
“As a first-time business owner and founder, you aren’t going to know everything, so it’s really great to be able to tap into the knowledge of all Brad’s Deals’ subject matter experts,” said Jasmine Shells, a member of the inaugural Women’s Tech Accelerator cohort and founder and CEO of Five to Nine, a social club for millennial professionals. “I was really surprised at just how open the people in the office were to helping us. I know everyone here is extremely busy building this company. Brad’s Deals is also a start up, so I know everyone who works here has a ton of work on their plate. But every time I’ve asked anyone for help, the answer has always been yes.”
This program was created to combat the lack of gender diversity in the tech world. While women make up more than half of the national workforce, only 30 percent of tech workers identify as female, and women working in STEM fields are 45 percent more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within their first year. With a staff that’s more than 50 percent female, Brad’s Deals is an outlier in its field, and is committed to empowering a new generation of women-led businesses to flourish.
In its first two years year, the Women’s Tech Accelerator helped six very different female-led companies flourish and grow, and the team at Brad’s Deals is excited to open their office to a new wave of female entrepreneurs.
The Women’s Tech Accelerator at Brad’s Deals is taking applications from June 1 through July 2, 2018. Candidates may apply at: http://www.bradsdeals.com/about-us/womens-tech-accelerator
To learn more about the program, please visit our FAQ page.