Become A Mentor

Only 12% of BIPOC women occupy seats within the technology field, and Femmecubator strives to bridge that gap through our Women Excel Labs Mentorship Program and our On-demand Mentorship Experience. 

One of the key factors that hinders BIPOC women from even getting in the door at tech companies isn’t the lack of education, but the inability to access a network and mentors. The truth is that BIPOC women in tech pipelines exist, and with your help we can cultivate this community until this becomes the norm.

The Women Excel Labs Program

LAUNCHING SOON! W.E. Labs – Ada cohort will kick off on March 22, 2021. Join us!

An 8-week mentorship program experience in which participants are given a collaborative, team project, guided by our talented volunteer instructors toward its completion. It is open annually to 10 women of color transitioning to a career in UX Design or Software Development.

During the program, participants will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a mentor to help expand their networks, develop emerging leadership, receive support and guidance, and help with goal setting and finding resources as they navigate through new careers in the tech field.

And with your help, we can provide a lasting impact in the lives of aspiring user experience designers and software developers. 

Becoming a Mentor at Femmecubator is Easy

Mentorship is a core value at Femmecubator, and for good reason – a resounding 63% of American women have never had a mentor during their career.

 All you need is:

– A sincere desire to be impact a fellow BIPOC woman in tech
– An interest in building community
– Active listening skills
– Team Player
– Empathy
– Ability to see solutions and opportunities
– Flexibility

Mentor Eligibility

  1. Mentors must be fellow BIPOC women or non-binary individual.
  2. Mentors must currently be a UX Designer or Software Developer working on the field.
  3. Mentor must be able to devote at least 1.5-2 hours per month when the mentorship program is ongoing. This is through different formats:
    • 30 minutes 1:1 bookable appointments for UXD mentees and SWD mentees.
    • For UX mentors, attend 1 hr small group sessions for Q + A or offer design critique along with other mentors in the room. UX designers will present their progress for 15 minutes, will allot 30 minutes for feedback
    • For Dev mentors, a 1 hr small group sessions to support mentees on how to improve their techniques and gain exposure to dev workflow, (write cleaner code, system design thinking, CI/CD, testing culture, etc.)

Important Dates

March 23, Tuesday – Program Kickoff

April 23, Friday – Mid-program check in

May 14, Thursday – Demo Day

Download our program timeline here.

The Merch Shop

Shop our “TECH4GOOD” Hoodie for $45

The Femmecubator shop is now live on Teespring! When you shop, you support the Women Excel Labs mentorship program.

Shop our Tech4good Collection!

Tech4Good is an initiative that drew participation from 15 tech volunteers who were recent bootcamp grads of the Flatiron School. Four of them were women SW engineers – Anh, Netaly, Barbara and Karem and 3 were UX designers, Krish, Laura and Iris.

In the fall of 2020, our Tech4good team were instrumental in setting up our MVP web app that aims to create a mentorship community for Femmecubator.

Work with us!

We are an early stage non-profit focused in BIPOC women in tech who will be launching our inaugural mentorship program in March 2021.

Social Media Coordinator (Freelance)

This role is a combination of Social Media Coordinator and Marketing Strategy who can help us plan, implement, manage, monitor, and curate quality content as well as advise on social media strategy in order to increase brand awareness and engagement. Time commitment is 10-20 hours per week, 4 months with a potential to extend to 6 months.

Type of freelancer we are looking for

  • Great communicator
  • Organized, planner
  • Pro-active
  • Analytical
  • Creative
  • Witty

The main tasks we’ll need help with

  • Expert knowledge on Instagram (i.e. algorithms, online marketing, etc.) and Twitter
  • Intentional planning, strategy, and goal-setting
  • Familiarity with basic design is helpful, but not an absolute
  • Set up Social Media Content using Planoly
  • Creation and publishing of relevant and original high-quality content; create regular content schedule
  • Designing a social media plan
  • General Community Management and the ability to communicate our brand in a positive and authentic way
  • Attend regularly scheduled weekly check-in (EST timezone)
  • Strong writing skills

To apply, send a resume and a link or attach a 5 page pdf with samples of your work to the hiring manager at erika@femmecubator.org.

Women Excel Labs Mentorship

Only 12% of BIPOC women occupy seats within the technology field and Femmecubator strives to bridge that gap through our App Development mentorship program. 

One of the key factors that hinders POC and women from even getting in the door at tech companies isn’t the lack of education but the lack of access to network, and a need for hands on experience and collaboration that so many companies require.

Femmecubator will launch a short term mentorship opportunity for women of  color switching to a career in tech, to gain real world experience as up and coming junior developers and junior UX designers. We will select our first 5 mentees in the Spring of 2021. 

During the program, mentees have a team project and have the opportunity to work with instructors and a one-on-one mentor to not only gain collaborative experience, but when interviewing at tech firms they’ll be able to provide a portfolio that demonstrates their work.


Call for Applications: UX and WebDev grads!

Are you an aspiring software engineer ready to dive into building applications for a social good startup? Or are you a UX designer who recently took UX classes, with cross-functional skills and experience looking to gain experience collaborating in a team environment?

In this role, you will be joining a SCRUM team and will be mentored by a Lead UX Designer and Lead Engineer. This is a good opportunity to work on a client project with a team of developers and designers.

Program structure and benefits:

– Developers will dive into the following tech stack: Mongo DB, Express React.js and Node.js. Get a chance to work in an enterprise team setting, learn the agile product development process and work on client projects.

– UX Designers will be able to immerse themselves in the product development process through weekly workshops and lab work. UX mentors will lead and review your project weekly. You’ll leave the program with a shiny new client project on your portfolio.

– You’ll gain access to our community, and a network of mentors during and after the program.

– A learning stipend of $500

– Subscription to two online courses of your choice. ($40 Value)

Eligibility Requirements: 

Web Developers

  • Must be a recent grad of a Software Development Immersive or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge with React.js / Redux and basic Javascript programming.
  • Time commitment is required – at least 10 hours a week, and ability to attend 30 minute weeknight stand ups, for 10 weeks.

UX Designers

  • Must be a recent grad of a UX Design Immersive, or have taken a UX 101 class or equivalent experience.
  • Beginner experience with Sketch or Figma is a plus and be able to present at least 1 end to end project.
  • Must have a link to a portfolio.
  • Beginner experience with visual design is a recommended but not required.
  • Time commitment is required – at least 10 hours weekly (4 hours mandatory for workshop and team meetings) for 8 weeks.

Program application period is from January 18 – February 21.

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Spring 2021 Mentorship Launch