The Women in Cloud team is immensely happy to announce Cohort 5.0 after four successful cohorts which is designed to give access for female technology founders to win enterprise cloud opportunities. We launched the 5.0 cohort on Feb 26, 2021 with 17 companies from 4 countries. Lets welcome them to the WiC Cohort of Successful Female Tech Founders.

Women In Cloud’s Microsoft Cloud Accelerator is designed as an immersive 6-month program to assist women-led tech companies to build stronger together co-sell plan with Microsoft and their distribution channels . This program is expertly designed to help women tech entrepreneurs win enterprise opportunities, get access to Azure credits, an advisor community, and a global stage to showcase your business.

The 5.0 Cohort Immersive Kickoff session held on on Friday, February 26, 2020. The first session featured curated speakers, Chaitra Vedullapalli, Co-Founder and President of WiC; Kim Smith, Global VP, Cloud Innovation Services of IBM; Brea Starmer, Founder/President, Executive Consultant, Lions + Tigers, Digital Enterprise, IT & Digital of Boeing; Ellen Feaheny, Founder & CEO of AlohaCloud Digital Networks; Martha Montoya, CEO of agTools, Inc.; and Patti Dobrowolski, CEO & Creative Activator of Up Your Creative Genius. The speakers consisted of founders, industry leaders and previous cohort entrepreneurs who set the tone for the new class about the current industry landscape, how to vision their cloud businesses, along with deliverables and takeaways by the end of 6 months. 

This kickoff focused on helping founders develop their future vision and this experience was led by with Patti Dobrowolski, 3 Times TEDx speaker and inspired the founders to design their co-sell plan.

Here is output of what a vision of equitable equity and access looks like for women founders.

Women In Cloud Accelerator

The cohort 5.0 will be digital accelerator with built in benefits including azure credits, listing on marketplaces, participating in global UN focused campaigns, bi-weekly office hours, monthly live chats with industry leaders, and continued access to industry stages, has elevated our programming to an unmatched scale.

Going digital has let us expand our horizon and open this program to people from around the world rather than just a region. Cohort 5.0 boasts a diverse participation of companies from the United States, Canada, India and United Kingdom.
This year’s WiC Microsoft Cloud Accelerator is more than just an effort to make economic contributions to the system by empowering entrepreneurs. It is about embracing the new normal and moving forward with a sense of community. It is about adopting self-empowerment and finding comfort in knowing where to turn for support with a community at your side. Most importantly, it is about collective growth and learning.

Presenting the Women in Cloud Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Cohort 5.0:

  • Jacqueline G Schafer, Clearbrief
  • Pradnya Desh, Advocat Technologies
  • Rachel Hankerson, International PROOF Systems, LLC
  • Sonal Malavia, Cloud 9 Infosystems
  • Sinmi Adeoye-Esene, Daniola Corporation
  • Cheryl Ingram, Inclusology
  • Sherisse Hawkins, PageDip
  • Sophia Stone, Indie Tech Ltd.
  • Sanjana Govil, Unseen Insight
  • Steph Locke, Nightingale HQ
  • Padma Subramanian, Fyrii.ai
  • Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz,LLC
  • Agnes Lan, Kinderdrop Inc.
  • Sonali Jha, Cunomial Technologies Private Limited
  • Bhavya Aggarwal, zipBoard Tech

This year, Global Affairs Canada underwrote 50% of the accelerator fees for two Canadian companies that were approved to participate in the 5.0 cohort. Their previous generous support has allowed 8 of our 4.0 entrepreneurs to have the opportunity to scale their businesses to become co-sell and co-market ready with enterprise partners.

Economic Access is the tide that lifts all boats. Together we rise.

Interested in joining the 6.0 cohort? Applications are open now: Click here to learn more

Women In Cloud is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 11-12, 2021 with a virtual event experience to challenge economic exclusion. This will be hosted in the REMO networking platform. 

Book your Spot Today:

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3 – 5pm PST: Get Access to #CloudJobs Recruitment Lounge. It is open and free for all to participate. Register & Learn more at: https://wicxiwd2021-cloudjobs.eventbrite.com 
  • Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10am – 3pm PST: Get Connected with Industry Leaders & learn world class pitching skills. Register & Learn more at: https://wicxiwd2021.eventbrite.com/ (10% off Code: WIC10)

Summit Schedule:

Three opportunities:

  1. Sponsor a corporate pass : Purchase Women in Cloud Corporate Pass Package for $549 today, surprise 5 of your employees with access and be part of our #ChooseToChallenge social campaign
  2. Become an advisor/mentor to facilitate a mentoring table and meet cloud entrepreneurs. Complete your profile
  3. Submit Your resume & meet your future employers: https://womenincloud.submittable.com/submit/185452/cloudjobs-recruitment-lounge-candidate-profiles (plus get free ticket to March12 celebrations)

This event is global, but space is limited so please register ASAP!

REGISTER HERE (10% off Code: WIC10)

We hope to see you there!

According to statistics, of the 25 percent of women working in tech, black women accounted for only 3 percent. Another report highlights the critical barriers that black female founders face, including access to accelerators, top investors, and mentors, and funding pipelines. The median funding raised by black women included in the study is $0. But the number of black female founders has more than doubled since the 2016 study.

This annual Summit, Women in Cloud hopes to increase these numbers by offering Black technology founders inclusive on men an opportunity to meet and engage with corporate executives during the Black Founders’ Circle sessions. The Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021 will host the Black Founders’ Circle partner session on 28 January 2021 from 3.30 PM – 5.30 PM (PST).

This two-hour virtual networking experience will provide an exclusive opportunity for participants to interact with Women in Cloud Community partners, Black Women in Tech Talk community, and  Black Channel Alliance members, allowing them to expand their network and explore opportunities.

At the Black Founders’ Circle during the Digital Summit, we have some exciting news to share about Women in Cloud Microsoft Cloud Accelerator 5.0 along with other opportunities to explore with Women in Cloud, Black Channel Alliance, and Black Women in Tech.

The annual Summit hosted by the Women in Cloud themed “Collective Action” is now digital for the first time and is accessible to all bridging the traditional borders. For more information on the Women in Cloud Digital Summit 2021, and Register for the Summit, click here

Book Your Spot today and get on board to witness the Collective Power of Women in the technology industry from around the world! 

We recommend highly recommend the following Interactive Experiences for you to participate and expand your network: 

  • 28 January: Learn about Tech Industry at their opening plenary with Former Prime Minister of Canada, Rt Honorable Kim Campbell, and Corporate Vice President Gavriella Schuster 
  • 28 January: Explore Cloud Jobs at #CloudJobs Fair & Recruitment Lounge
  • 28 January: Meet Black Founders
  • 29 January: Master your pitch at #RockYourPitch Experience
  • 29 January: Get access to mentorship from Cloud Industry leaders
  • 30 January: Get your kids to participate in Youth Mentorship Circle
  • 30 January: Make New Friends at Scavenger Hunt 

Also, join WIC Digital Network to be part of the global economic access movement. Learn more about Women in Cloud at https://www.womenincloud.com.  


Our world is facing many diverse challenges, including the new challenges brought up in the horizon by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The most significant problems are identified in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. All 193 member states of the United Nations identify and ratify the 17 biggest challenges making the Global Goals the largest international undertaking to address the world’s most vexing issues from ending hunger to gender equality and sustainability.  

The “17 Days of Sustainability” is an inaugural program by Ideagen, highlighting one goal per day. Ideagen will showcase how the world’s leading organizations are addressing these goals; achieving the Global Goals is only possible through the education, awareness, and collaboration of individuals and organizations who strive for a better society and planet.

Women in Cloud along with Ideagen is focused on developing global partnerships and collaboration across sectors to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, particularly goals Goal 5 – Gender Equality, Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10 – Reduced Inequality and Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

Women in Cloud will be hosting 5 panels on the following topics with the goal of increasing awareness, celebrating and inspiring the community and corporations to take actions to create economic access and parity. 

  • The Power of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (addressing Goal #4)
    • Youth today face considerable challenges in creating a bright future for themselves. Many of the global challenges to development are especially important for children and youth. The SDG 2030 goals established that youth are a driving force for economic development – but only if they are provided with the skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential.
    • Watch the Session: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Kim Smith (Moderator), Global Vice President, IBM
      • Harvin Park, Creative Children for Charity
      • Neal Vedullapalli, Creative Children for Charity
      • Mireya, Creative Children for Charity
  • Advancing Women in Tech through Skilling and Mentoring (addressing Goal #5)
    • Making up 48 percent of the current workforce and growing, women are prime candidates for filling the leadership pipeline and C-suite benches that will soon be left lighter by a departing generation of workers. And yet, women get less access to the people, input, and opportunities that accelerate careers. As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see. This representation can discourage women from seeking advancement.
    • Watch the Session: Thursday, October 8, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Chaitra Vedullapalli (Moderator), President & Co-Founder, Women in Cloud
      • Gina Fratarcangeli, Managing Director, Midwest Sales, Accenture
      • Christine Puccio, VP, Global Cloud Alliances & GTM Programs, F5
      • Sarah Muckler-Visser, GTM Partner Marketing Services Director, Microsoft
  • Enterprise Ready Accelerators works for Female Tech Founders: Here’s How it Works (addressing Goal #5)
    • Small businesses that sell solutions to large companies can build momentum faster because enterprises provide a steadier revenue stream and bigger contracts. But selling to enterprises isn’t easy. Learn how Women In Cloud Accelerator is helping women advance their business through enterprise sales.
    • Watch the Session: Thursday, October 8, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Kristen Miller (moderator), Founder & CEO, Stylyze
      • Shari Burk, Founder, Vision Platform
      • Rob Fiddick, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
      • Tiffanie Stanard, CEO, Stimulus
  • Power of Designing AI Powered Solutions for UN Goals 2030 (addressing Goal #17)
    • Women in Cloud and IdeaGen have partnered together with industry leaders and policymakers to advance the 2030 UN global goals through the identification of AI-based solutions through communities by launching #AISolutions2030 Solution Design Contest. Leveraging the UN Knowledge Repository, WiC & IdeaGen are looking to bring some of the sharpest tech and business minds together for a greater purpose.
    • Watch the Session: Friday, October 9, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • George Sifakis, Global Chairman and CEO, Ideagen
      • Rahul Thakkar, Director – Advanced Services Development, Digital Enterprise, IT & Digital, Boeing
      • Chaitra Vedullapalli, President & Co-Founder, Women in Cloud
  • Role of Corporate Boards to Advance Gender Inclusion Narrative (addressing Goal #17)
    • Gender Diversity at the Board Level Can Mean Innovation Success. Improving recruitment on corporate boards can boost innovation and creativity.As the economy continues to be reshaped by changing technologies, companies keep searching for ways to better integrate innovation into their strategy. No industry is immune to this need.
    • Watch the Session: Friday, October 9, 2020
    • Speakers:
      • Karen Fassio (Moderator), Marketing Director, Microsoft OCP
      • Karen Cone, Advisory Board Director & Venture Partner, Alloy, MondoBrain, MastersFund, StockSmart
      • Arnaud Mourot, Vice President, Ashoka

Starting 17 September, 2020, Ideagen with partner organizations will strive to educate nearly 30M people on the importance of achieving every Sustainable Development Goal. 

We inhabit the only planet that supports life. While we are equipped with technology and knowledge that has allowed our evolution so far, it falls upon us to create a sustainable and inclusive path for the future generation to take over. 
Register today and join the force to create a sustainable planet!

Announcing WiC Delegation at Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit: A Community of influence

Our vision is to represent the Women In Cloud community as an influential community that will focus on enabling rich conversations and interactions at Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit. The perks of joining the WIC Delegation are many:

1. Exclusive access to our network, programming, and special sessions at 17 Days of Sustainability Summit

2. A curated list of sessions to attend at 17 Days of Sustainability

3. A digital badge to share your association with us on social media

4. Curated social media posts for sharing

5. Invitation to our virtual happy hour

6. Early Access to special announcements

Part 1: Why Join a WiC Delegation?

The first motivator is belonging. You are not alone in a sea of attendees. You are part of the movement focused on driving global change.

The secondary motivator for many could be the more simple; opportunities & connections. WiC delegates will have access to a private network to connect with each other, exclusive access to conversations to create mutual opportunities, learn together in joined sessions, and have fun at the virtual happy hour.

The third motivator is to be a part of an ever-growing inclusive community.

Part 2: I’m in! Now what?

Still here? Great! This is the part where we give you the inside track on how to take full advantage of your role as a delegate and make real connections in the WiC community over the course of the digital summit!

Register for your complimentary ticket to Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit

Be active in the community, which includes visiting the private community on #WiC DigitalNetwork thread daily and getting to know the members of the WiC Delegation and community. Whether you spend your time in general chat, connect with each other, or come up with ideas to help address the UN’s global goals, getting active, and getting your name out there will go a long way.

Build a delegate contribution plan: One major way to help people get to know you and what you bring to the table is to complete the introduction page. We have an entire section of our forum specifically built for just this purpose! Let members know a little bit about you, how you learned about WiC, share your experience, and what you would do with the forged WiC Delegation as an active delegate.

Be active from September 17 to October 9 with the WIC Delegation. You will have access to curated sessions, get invited to community activation to meet each other. Even though it is online, we are committed to making it personal.

Tell your friends. The #WiCDigitalNetwork consists of 1,995 members from all over the world of different nationalities, races, creeds, colors, political and religious beliefs, and we want to keep that trend going! Anyone and everyone is welcomed with open arms into the WiC community.

Follow us on Social Media. Make sure you stay up to date on all of the latest WiC news by following us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

PART 3: Build Your Schedule

WiC Sessions at Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability Summit: Signup Today

  • September 22nd: Power of Youth Social Entrepreneurship
  • October 8th: Advancing Women In Tech through Skilling & Mentorships
  • October 8th: Enterprise Ready Accelerators Work for Female Tech Founders: Here’s How it Works
  • October 9th: Power of designing AI Powered Solutions For UN Goals 2030
  • October 9th: Role of Corporate Boards to advance Gender Inclusion Narrative

Ideagen’s 17 Days of Sustainability will feature over 100 Speakers, Leaders, and Luminaries, from across sectors sharing insights, perspectives and partnerships to achieve the Global Goals by 2030. Each goal will be addressed on a single day. See schedule below:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 Goal 1: No Poverty
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Goal 4: Quality Education
  • *Thursday, October 8, 2020 Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Friday, September 25, 2020 Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Monday, September 28, 2020 Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Friday, October 2, 2020 Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Monday, October 5, 2020 Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Friday, October 9, 2020 Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

*Goal #8 will be held on October 8 to align with The Empowering Women and Girls Summit to bringing together and empower women leaders around the globe.

We look forward to seeing you and building strategic partnerships which will allow us to create a significant impact in the ecosystem and expand our networks. We hope to connect, learn, and share with you all. See you at #IdeagenGlobal!

Women in Cloud (WiC) has partnered with IdeaGen to further the 2030 United Nations’ global goals through the identification of AI-based solutions by launching #AISolutions2030 Solution Design Contest. In 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development proposing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN’s mission is to employ technology and build a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity of the planet.

Leveraging the UN Knowledge Repository, WIC and Ideagen are bringing some of the sharpest technologists and greatest business minds together to produce AI Solutions idea to contribute to UN SDGs.

After receiving 65+ applications by women-led innovators to showcase their solution, the following 10 semi-finalists have been shortlisted for the interview round;

Semi-finalists include:

  • The Scientific Data Engine (SDE) (led by Donna Conroy, Founder/CEO) will end and prevent global pandemics/epidemics by expediting the delivery of safe and effective scientific innovations (drugs, vaccines and diagnostics) and optimizing patient care using disease-specific, real-time clinical data powered by AI. (Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being)
  • VideoWiki (led by Nataliia Rzhevska, CIO, PhD in Pedagogy) is a simple tool for teachers to create teaching content without any advance knowledge of a tool or code – “Video Wikipedia for Learners and Creators” (Goal 4: Quality Education)
  • Share Cart (led by Madhuri Vegaraju, Software Architect) has the end goal to ensure every home has enough food to feed their family every day with dignity; because, sharing is caring.(Goal 2: Zero Hunger)
  • Seguro Project (led by Melissa Bush, Product Designer) is utilizing AI technologies to support domestic violence organizations in broadening their reach and depth in aiding as many women as possible to transition from domestic violence victim to survivor. (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
  • An Intelligent Drone-port (led by Daamini Visaalaakshi, BIE- Insouring2) is an infrastructure with Swarm of autonomous Drones and UAVs for community services with rapid response to any situation safeguarding communities. (Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)
  • Anonymous Interviewer (led by Erica Jackson, BI/Analytics) offers gender neutral interviews – “meet” your candidates anonymously and ask spontaneous questions in real time. (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
  • E-commerce which provides a marketing and raw material assistance for small scale industries world wide (led by Reshma Shetty, Manager) will provide a marketing and raw material assistance for small scale industries world wide and increase the access of small-scale industrial. (Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)
  • Kids Household Chores (led by Kruthika M Kanavi, Programmer Analyst) is a gaming app which aims at children learning as well as imbibing a new norm in the daily routine which is free of any gender stereotypes. (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
  • Smart Detection of Road Hazards using AI for Sustainable Cities (led by Gunjan Vaishnav, EO&T – BICIPL IT ENG SYSTEMS) provides automatic detection of road hazards to save precious lives (Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities)
  • Mobile app to reduce food waste and carbon emissions (led by Leah Kim, AUTOMATION & FABRICATION) plans to transform our cities to be sustainable using cloud/AI computing to reduce residential food waste and consequently the greenhouse gas emissions. (Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities)

At the closed interview session, teams will have the opportunity to present and pitch their solution ideas to a team of esteemed interviewers from Women in Cloud, Ideagen, Microsoft, and Qumulo. Solution ideas will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The solution uniquely solves a UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • The solution is original and innovative in approach to solve the selected UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • There is a market opportunity and revenue stream potential

Top 3 finalists will be selected on August 31 and will receive special honors such as an interview on IdeagenTV, a feature at IdeaGen’s 17 Days of Sustainability (September 17 – October 9), and a special award. 

#AISolutions2030 Solution Design Contest is presented in partnership with Microsoft, Ideagen, Boeing, and Meylah.