Bitae Technologies, formerly known as A4ED Tech, was started by Shanna and Gemma while studying at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Combining their experiences in refugee policy and entrepreneurship, they entered their idea in a year-long grant competition and an international policy competition, winning both in spring 2018.
In summer 2018, they moved to the Columbia Startup Lab to officially launch the business and build the platform.
A passion for inclusive, secure and human-centered technology to solve humanitarian challenges.
Shanna and Gemma bring a combined background in data protection, refugee policy, UN innovation and strategic management. They met during a course on technology and governance, where they presented similar projects on refugee education and youth employment. They combined forces to enter their idea in the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator, the SIPA Dean's Challenge Grant competition and the Global Public policy conference.