Apple wraps up first Entrepreneur Camp after helping 42 companies

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The first year of Apple Entreprenuer Camp today wraps up after its fourth cohort of 2019. It has helped more than 42 companies, all led by women, since it kicked off last November.

Apple is now inviting others to sign up for next year’s cohort, which runs from January 28 to February 5. You have until November 15 to submit your application.

Entrepreneur Camp gives attendees the opportunity to get guidance and support from Apple experts and engineers as they build the next-generation of cutting-edge apps, Apple says.

It offers hands-on technology labs, one-on-one code assistance, and inspiration and insights from senior Apple leaders. And its first year has been a terrific start.

Apple Entrepreneur Camp a success

Over the past 12 months, Camp attendees have explored app development, design, and the latest advances in machine learning and augmented reality.

They have also been given the opportunity to get tips on public relations and marketing their product, and the chance to attend WWDC. And it doesn’t stop there.

Even after the Camp comes to an end, Apple offers ongoing support to its alumni. And it hopes the community will continue to grow as it plans new Entrepreneur Camp cohorts for 2020.

“I’m in awe of the passion and drive of our first year of Entrepreneur Camp innovators,” said Esther Hare, Apple senior vice president and executive sponsor of Women@Apple.

Apple is ‘just getting started’

“It’s great to hear incredible women leaders telling us their experience at Camp has helped them make their apps even better, and given them the confidence and the tools to build new connections, form support networks and raise rounds of venture capital. And we’re just getting started.”

The first Entrepreneur Camp welcomed 100 participants from 13 different countries.

Sisters Jhanvi and Ketaki Shriram, creators of AR app Krikey, were two of them. They used the Camp to develop Gorillas!, a new multiplayer game that immerses players in the Rawandan jungle.

“Working directly with the Apple team, we got feedback on design methodology that helped us solve a problem in our app we knew we had, but had no idea how to fix,” said Ketaki.

“We made some significant improvements based on what we learned, including adding a preview mode so players can try the game before they sign up. That’s been really successful for us.”

Sign up for Entrepreneur Camp 2020

If you think Apple Entrepreneur Camp could benefit you, sign up for the next cohort today.

Note that to be eligible, your organization must have a woman founder, co-founder, or CEO. You must have a woman developer proficient in Swift or Objective-C, and a developed app.