Simon Fraser University (SFU) is running a brand new tech camp for girls with the help of local tech philanthropist Shafin Diamond Tejani.
Tejani is the CEO and founder of Vancouver-based Victory Square, a company that builds startups in the web, gaming, mobile, and film spaces.
And now he’s helping to launch and grow the SFU tech camp by establishing a $75,000 fund that will match donations from other individuals.
The SFU ‘Victory Square Girls Tech Camp’ is running at two Surrey elementary schools this month. It gives girls in grades six and seven the opportunity to take part in hands-on workshops focused on the fundamentals of engineering skills and computer programming.
“I am so proud and honoured to be able to assist SFU and Surrey Schools with this important initiative,” said Tejani in an SFU article.
“The camp is a great way to reach girls at a key age when they begin considering options for their future. Together we can champion STEM with girls through creating curiosity, celebrating accomplishments, and giving them the confidence to grow and excel,” Tejani added.
Tejani started his very first internet startup at the age of 19 in his dorm and since then he has helped launch more than 40 startups in 24 different countries with the team at Victory Square. In total, they have generated more than $100 million in sales.
The tech philanthropist also supports the KidsSafe Project Society among many other initiatives in BC.