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In recognition of the challenges women face in the field of technology, Apple is launching an Entrepreneur Camp at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, for organizations founded and led by women.

"Our goal is to help these entrepreneurs as they create the next generation of cutting-edge apps and to form a global network that encourages the pipeline and longevity of women in technology," Apple said on its website.For two weeks, participants will get one-on-one mentorship and insights from Apple experts and engineers in a technology lab setting. Some of Apple's top leadership will help the participants better their apps.

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Apple allows three company members to attend, but two must be women in the role of developer, CEO, co-founder, or founder of the company. The third member doesn't have to be a woman.

The company noted on the application page that it believes gender expression is a fundamental right and welcomes all women to apply.

Organizations applying must have a woman founder, co-founder, or CEO; a woman developer proficient in Swift or Objective-C; and a developed or functional build of an app that can be demoed live.

Applications are taken on a rolling basis, so companies can apply for any of the four scheduled sessions:

  1. January 28 to February 8, 2019
  2. April 1 to 12, 2019
  3. July 22 to August 2, 2019
  4. October 14 to 25, 2019

Any company accepted to the program will get support from an Apple Developer representative, membership to the Apple Developer Program for one year, and access to the Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni network. In addition, participants will get two tickets per company for the next Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Historically women have been underrepresented in technology companies. Often times, women interested in pursuing computer science get lost in the college pipeline. TechRepublic reported that only 18 percent of computer sciences bachelor's degrees are awarded to women in the US.

The number of incoming female freshmen at Carnegie Mellon University in computer science programs have been climbing over the decades. In the 1990s, only eight percent of women were seeking the degree. Last year, almost half of the freshmen in the program were women.

Once women enter the tech industry, the challenges continue. TechRepublic reported that 49 percent of women in the industry experience gender discrimination. And, almost half of the women said they're paid less than their male colleagues.

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Takeaways

  1. Apple is launching a two-week Entrepreneur Camp for companies founded or led by women.
  2. Any company accepted to the program will get support from an Apple Developer representative, membership to the Apple Developer Program for one year, and access to the Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni network. In addition, participants will get two tickets per company for the next Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.