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In the inaugural session of Apple's Entrepreneur Camp, the company has announced that it has doled out $120 billion to developers since the App Store launched in 2008.
Apple revealed the information on Monday, during the first session of Apple's Entrepeneur Camp. Apple's Entrepreneur Camp is a two-week technology lab where participants work one-on-one with Apple experts and engineers to significantly accelerate their apps. The program also includes sessions on design, technology and App Store marketing, as well as ongoing guidance and support from an Apple Developer Relations representative.
"Apple is committed to helping more women assume leadership roles across the tech sector and beyond. We're proud to help cultivate female leadership in the app development community with the new Apple Entrepreneur Camp," Apple CEO Tim Cook said when the program was launched. "We're inspired both by the incredible work that's already happening, and what's sure to come," he added.
The curriculum will help developers take advantage of Apple technologies, including optimizing for the A12 Bionic chip, integrating Core ML, and building new experiences with ARKit. Each participating company will also receive two tickets to the 2019 WWDC and complementary membership to the Apple Developer Program for one year.
Apple's Entrepreneur Camp will hold sessions on a quarterly basis, with up to 20 app companies accepted for each round. To be admitted to the program, app-driven businesses must have at least a prototype, must be founded, co-founded or led by a woman, and have at least one woman on the product development team.
"In the past, starting a small business often meant having to invest in overhead, inventory or retail space. Today, a world of opportunity opens up with some coding skills and an entrepreneurial spirit," said Apple's senior director, Worldwide Developer Marketing and executive sponsor Esther Hare. "The App Store is the new digital Main Street, and creative developers are tapping into the vast potential of the global app economy. We hope that this program helps to inspire women around the world to learn to code, join the iOS development community and share in the thriving app economy."
The apps selected for the first session of Entrepreneur Camp are: Bites by Warehouse Apps LLC; Camille by Ohhh, Inc.; CUCO: Lembrete de Medicamentos by CUCO Health; Deepr by Mental Mobile, LLC; D'efekt by Tatevik Gasparyan, Nan Toumanian and Vahagn Khachikyan; Hopscotch by Hopscotch Technologies; LactApp by LactApp Women Health; Pureple by Iceclip LLC; Statues of the La Paz Malecn by Estudio Chispa; WeParent by FamTerra Inc.; and Seneca Connect by Seneca Women.