Finding a sponsor or sponsors for a women technology event can be HARD when you’re from Africa. Yes, all 54 African countries. Correct me if I’m wrong.
You have a strong proposal and your budget is reasonable. But somehow all you keep getting is:
“We have to speak to our corporate headquarters first”.
“This is a good initiative. We will get back to you”.
“We love this but the economy is bad at the moment”.
One month to your event and you still can’t find sponsors.
I understand how you feel because I have been where you are.
I was stuck with getting sponsorship when I organized Django Girls Ilorin; a programming workshop for women. While I was thinking how I had taken more than I could handle, friends and the internet came through for me.
They provided me with information about companies who sponsor women technology events!
I believe in sharing information. So here are four awesome technology companies waiting to sponsor your next women tech event.
Name sounds familiar?
Mozilla’s mission is to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. That’s why the Mozilla Foundation makes grants available to people and organizations who work in the following fields:
Learning & Webmaking: Tools, curricula and communities that teach kids, journalists, filmmakers — everyone — how to help make the Web.
Open Source Technology: Research, software and standards that extend the capacity, celebrate the values and protect the health of the Open Web. They do this through the MOSS program.
User Sovereignty: Projects, campaigns and organizations that fight to keep the Web open and prioritize the interests of individual users.
Free Culture & Community: Support to the broad community of individuals, organizations and projects that aid in the creation of technologies and projects that increase the health of the open Web ecosystem.
For more details click the link here.
GitHub is a web-based Git or version control repository and Internet hosting service.
As of April 2017, GitHub reports having almost 20 million users and 57 million repositories making it the largest host of source code in the world.
What type of events does GitHub sponsor?
GitHub sponsors events that benefit developers and the broader tech community. User group meetings, conferences, events that encourage participation of people from underrepresented backgrounds and educational workshops (like Rails Girls and Django Girls).
User group meetings, conferences, events that encourage participation of people from underrepresented backgrounds and educational workshops (like Rails Girls and Django Girls).
To submit your proposal request click here.
Have questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay if Google doesn’t sponsor tech events who will? Getting Google to sponsor your event is a big deal.
However, they receive lots of sponsorship requests daily. So if you have a contact in Google I recommend you speak to them about your event. I am sure they will be glad to help.
If your organization has 501(c)(3) status, check out the Google Grants program. This program offers AdWords advertising for selected non-profit organizations.
You can learn more about the Google Grants program by visiting here.
The Python Software Foundation (PSF) welcomes grant proposals for projects related to the development of Python, Python-related technology, educational programs and resources.
The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers.
PSF requires specific details about your program which you can read about here.
I love how PSF displays all the grants they give out. It ensures transparency.
Have questions about the PSF grants program? Read the FAQ and then direct questions to email@example.com.
There you have it four awesome companies guaranteed to sponsor women technology events.
There are many more technology companies who will sponsor your technology event. All you need to do is ask your contacts in the technology industry or go online and search for them.
While the companies listed are mostly based in America they sponsor projects across the world including Nigeria. So, start sending your proposals now.
Know any technology company that supports women in technology events? Share them with us!