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CompTIA and ELEVACAO Foundation partner to help students get Pitch Ready for the Young ICT Explorers competition

Aug 23, 2016

Sydney, Australia – CompTIA, a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry, has announced its partnership with ELEVACAO Foundation to help students get Pitch Ready for the nationwide Young ICT Explorers competition judging, which commenced on August 6.

Founded in New York, and now in Sydney, ELEVACAO is a global not-for-profit empowering first-time women entrepreneurs to build and launch successful tech businesses.

Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, created by SAP, to encourage school students to create their best ICT-related projects. The students compete around Australia, pitching their technology idea to a panel of judges.

CompTIA’s partnership with ELEVACAO involved the creation of an animated video, which gives students the training they need to deliver a superior pitch at the competition. The aim is to help boost the confidence of the students in delivering their pitch by showing them what to expect on judging day and how they can deliver a winning pitch to the judges.

The video was distributed to all students and schools participating in the competition and shared on social media.

Jim Hamilton, vice-president, Member Communities, CompTIA, said, “CompTIA supports this worthwhile effort by ELEVACAO to elevate the position of students in the Young ICT Explorers competition, providing them with the resources they need to be successful in their pitch.

“This partnership also aligns closely with CompTIA’s efforts in Australia and New Zealand, which are focused on promoting women in IT through programs such as Dream IT and building skills in the industry through the support of Young ICT Explorers.”

Marisa Warren, CEO & Founding Director, ELEVACAO, said, “The research tells us that only three per cent of tech startups are founded by women, yet when funded, they deliver 35 per cent more return on investment than male-led firms.

“ELEVACAO exists to help more women start and grow tech businesses no matter what their age or background, providing them with the confidence and skills to pitch for investor funding. Our goal is to find and empower the next female-founded Atlassian.

“Through this partnership we are extending our Pitch Ready program to help the students be successful in the competition, and inspire them to build a career in tech. There is a real synergy in what ELEVACAO and CompTIA are promoting in the local market.”

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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy.