Working to inspire girls and young women into STEM is something we’ve been doing for 4 years now. Back in the Summer of 2015 things stepped up a level when we ran the pioneering Outbox Incubator programme. 115 young women, 6 weeks, 29 startups and countless gallons of milk later we have a documentary of our efforts and impact: “Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.” Since our inception the mantra of “you can’t be what you can’t see” has driven a lot of our activities and interactions with young women. Presenting them with women in industry and opening up doors for them […]

On 27th July 2015 history was made. The first ever Outbox Incubator – a pioneering incubator for young women from across Europe opened its doors to the first batch of 45 young entrepreneurs in a large house in South London. Billed as a cross between Dragons Den, The Apprentice and Big Brother, it was a first of its kind project run by award winning social enterprise Stemettes. We all felt a sense of excitement for what was about to happen. No-one knew the future, we all had expectations but what happened next was the stuff of legends. It’s been a […]

In 2015, Head Stemette Anne-Marie Imafidon was part of an InspireFest panel on the ‘next generation in tech’, in Dublin, to talk about the upcoming Outbox Incubator. In 2016, Outbox Incubator cofounder Mary Carty returned to the same stage with programme Alumni. Here some of them share their experience and what they’ve been up to since the programme. Niamh Scanlon, Founder of Recharge my eCar Since Outbox Incubator, I have been awarded EU Digital Girl of the Year 2015. This award is given to girls who have shown an interest in coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and are encouraging […]

The following post is written by 13-year-old Jamila Bihi, who attended Rise Hack with her sister Naima. Naima is an Outbox Incubator alumnus and founder of Modlyst – an online community for modest fashion. Rise Hack, hosted by Stemettes and sponsored by Rise London in partnership with Barclays, was held on 5-6 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.  When my sister first announced that I would be going to my first hackathon I was so excited that I barely got a wink of sleep for the following few nights. As the days flew past, I got more and more nervous. Finally Saturday […]

This blog post has been written by Hannah Phillips, 20 who attended the event, is an Outbox Incubator alumnus. She is the founder of 4wardz and writes regularly on Hannahs Heartbeat. On Thursday 28 January, Stemettes spent a day working with 1,800 girls across the UK at simultaneous events in Manchester, London, Newcastle, Dublin and Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to help out and spent my time in Manchester, with two of the Stemettes girls. We travelled up on the Thursday afternoon and whilst I painted my nails, my co-workers reviewed their plan of action together (I was there for moral support). We […]

It’s been a big week for Outbox execs. This summer, the girls have gone from Outbox newbies to fully-fledged STEM role models. Fresh from the end of the tech, selfie and inspiration-packed six weeks that was the Outbox Incubator, the execs are embarking on the next phase of their Stemettes journey – to inspire other young women to get involved in STEM. Four execs (Katrine, AJ, Jo and Hannah) and Head Stemette, Anne-Marie, spent Saturday 19 September in Cambridge with Girlguiding Anglia at their Inspire24 event. The aim of this weekend, held at Murray Edwards College, was to expose the […]

It’s funny how, when something is gone, it doesn’t always mean that it’s actually physically gone. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the memories, that when you sit in the place where it once was, you can’t still feel it in the air. I’m sitting in the Outbox Incubator house. It is empty. The beds are empty. The fridge and kitchen cupboards are empty. It is empty of laptops. It is empty of Outbox execs. And it is silent for the first time in 6 weeks. But everywhere we look, as the team sits around, we can see groups […]

Outbox Incubator: Week 5 #justthebeginning

I admit it. Our previous blogs haven’t exactly focused exclusively on the main focus of the Outbox Incubator: that the girls are becoming female entrepreneurs before our very eyes and building their own start-ups every day in the Outbox house. So many things happened in week 5, a particular highlight being Debbie – Event Stemette’s – delicious and impromptu apple crumble and custard at 10pm one night. But the crumble chat will have to wait. I’ve just sat in on a session: Emma McGuigan, Stemettes Godmother & head of Accenture UK technology, interviewing Dame Stephanie (“Steve”) Shirley who set up […]

Outbox Incubator: Week 4 #totesemosh

Just look at those girls. That was this morning when – for the first time since we started Outbox Incubator – I found myself in the house on the morning of “transfer day”. These girls, some of whom had been in the house since day 1 of week 1 (4 weeks ago now), were leaving the house at 6.30am – some of them off to airports to return to Dublin (hey, fun fact: some weeks about 40% of our intake has been Irish), some just hopping on a train to Essex. There was hugging, so much hugging, exchanging of handwritten […]

[This post originally appeared on Huffington Post here] I’ve always had a really strong leaning towards the ‘STEM’ life. From a young age I really enjoyed solving problems, doing my maths homework and spending time getting creative on the computer. The older I get the more I appreciate the environment that allowed me to flourish and ensured that any gender stereotypes never came between me and my source of joy. The main motivations for running Outbox Incubator this summer have been three-fold: a lack of female entrepreneurs, not enough women in STEM and bringing together all of the special ‘Stemettes’ […]