STEM Sisters: boosting STEM career enablement among minority women students

STEM Sisters is a not-for-profit mentoring program aimed at International female students promoting careers in STEM. The program responds to the rapidly increasing and forecasted demand for STEM related employment and the current underrepresentation of women, and more specifically, women of colour in the industry. The STEM Sisters web platform matches mentors and mentees based on areas of interest and career goals.

Key points

  • Mentor program to boost STEM career enablement for women of colour
  • Finalist, 2019 EduGrowth Business Start – Business Plan Competition

STEM Sisters was a finalist in the 2019 EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start business plan competition. The submission, interview and presentation by Ruwangi Fernando impressed the judging panel consisting of Ryan O’Hare, Pauline Farrell, Warwick Freeland, Georgina McCann and Angelo Nardozza. The judges commenting that STEM Sisters is a fantastic social-change business. Connecting women of colour to mentors focussed on career progression is a great model to move the needle for this under-represented group. 

STEM Sisters is the work of Ruwangi Fernando from Victoria University.

As a finalist of the 2019 EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start business plan competition, STEM Sisters receives a one hour mentoring session with an EduGrowth mentor and $10,000 AWS Hosting Credits. In addition, Global Victoria were impressed with the mission of the organisation and have committed to supporting the program.

For more information about STEM Sisters, please contact:

Ruwangi Fernando [email protected]