Business and Technology University

The Business and Technology University is developing a training and mentoring programme to support girls and women living in Abkhazia, Georgia in acquiring digital skills and knowledge and enhancing digital literacy to improve career & networking opportunities. 

Business and Technology University

Year founded



Scale-up & growth


Ani Chelishvili

Ani Chelishvili

Head of International Relations and Development Offices

Ani Tvaltvadze

Ani Tvaltvadze

Exchange Programs and Projects Manager

Mariam Keburia

Mariam Keburia

International Relations & Development Office Consultant

The problem

Georgia faces gender equality challenges and a lack of economic opportunities for women, according to numerous studies (including the Global Gender Gap Index, Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex, and etc). 

The situation is further exacerbated by the prevailing cultural norms and gender stereotypes in the country. High rates of digital illiteracy among women in Georgia, a digital gender gap and limited access to technology, and insufficient conditions for women to use ICTs meaningfully, hinder women from excelling. Due to a lack of gender-responsive services and programmes, women are thus unable to gain new skills, develop businesses, or generate a sustainable income. 

With the growing demand for ICT specialists, the problem can be remedied by increasing women’s involvement in technology and strengthening their digital skills. 

The solution

The Business and Technology University is focused on women empowerment and closing the gender gap by boosting financial independence, defying social stereotypes about women being less talented in tech fields, and supporting the country’s economic development by promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities & pay. To this goal, the university launched a three-part educational programme for women that includes training in English for tech, social marketing, and an essential digital literacy course, as well as a career bootcamp and networking opportunities. The skills learning (both hard and soft) during the programme strengthens access to the labour market and competitiveness. 


  • Raised awareness of women’s career prospects in ICT and boosted their economic independence; 
  • Increased access to ICT training opportunities for girls and women in Abkhazia, Georgia; 
  • Increased employers’ productivity, especially among un- and underemployed groups; 
  • Increased employment opportunities, especially in the regions lagging the most in terms of employability rate and achieving equality; 
  • Promoted social inclusion through gender-based and economic-based empowerment of women.  

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