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Call for nominations for Inspiring Fifty SA

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Nominations are open for this year's Inspiring Fifty South Africa, a non-profit initiative that benchmarks and awards the 50 most inspiring women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Now in its third year, the initiative recognises the positive impact that increased diversity has on business growth, innovation, culture and productivity.

A nominee has to be a founder of a technology company; or hold a position in a C-Level position in a technology company; or be an influencer, academic or politician in the technology or innovation space.

"Inspiring Fifty has proven to be a wonderful, interactive platform for professional women to engage, share opportunities, and form collaborations in their professional activities," says Ellen Fischat, ambassador for Inspiring Fifty SA and co-founder of Innocircle.

"I look forward to expanding the reach of Inspiring Fifty with not only the support of the winners, but the generous support shown by #cocreateSA, an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa."

"It is an honour being part of Inspiring Fifty. It has provided me with a platform to meet and connect with like-minded women, who are all working towards helping young women in the STEM space," notes Maureen Grosvenor, director and head of custom applications at Appsolve and 2018 winner.

"It does come with the responsibility of each doing their part in improving the lives of others and in that way contributing to South Africa's future."

Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi, founder of AmaQawe ngeFundo and 2018 winner, states: "Through the initiative I met and became close to two wonderful women, Dr Mmaki Jantjies and Dr Carolina Odman, who have been a source of strength and encouragement for me in all that I do.

"We are passionate about community work and education and this keeps us focused at all times to remain humble and continue working hard."

To nominate an inspiring woman in tech, click here.

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