Singapore and the United States launched a program on Monday to assist women employed in the tech industries of both countries by helping them expand their knowledge, learn from each other, grow international contacts and augment their businesses overseas.
The program will include interactive and training sessions, as well as workshops, the US Commerce Department and Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information, said in a statement.
The program was launched by Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo, who is on a working visit to the US this week, and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, at the time of an investment conference near Washington.
Sharing her experience of working in the tech industry, Ms. Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, stated, “Sometimes you just need to know what questions to ask. You need to know who to call. You need to know the right way to pitch your company.”Often, women are left out of those informal discussions on networks. So that is exactly why we started this mentorship network”.
Ms. Raimondo added US mentors can help Singaporean women entrepreneurs who want to succeed in the US and similarly Singaporean mentors can support US entrepreneurs wanting to get experience in the Singapore tech ecosystem.
According to research, women make up 41 percent of the tech workforce in Singapore, while In the US, women made up nearly 26 percent of its computing workforce in 2021.