Inspiring Fifty NL 2019: Here are top 50 women in tech you need to know about today

Inspiring Fifty NL 2019: Here are top 50 women in tech you need to know about today

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While we keep talking about tech and the teams behind the tech making things possible, but rarely do women making things possible receive the recognition they so rightly deserve. Inspiring Fifty Netherlands 2019 is an initiative that highlights women who are driving the tech industry in the Netherlands. These women are role models to look up to and the initiative brings more visibility and recognition to them, in order to increase the diversity in the field of technology.

Inspiring Fifty Netherlands has now announced 50 women tech entrepreneurs who are breaking the boundaries of tech. These women are innovators who not only showcase what can be achieved but have gone up against all odds to establish themselves as an example of what women can and do achieve in this sector.

The disparity in male and female-led startups

As per a research performed in 2018 by investors Eva de Mol and Janneke Niessen, women-led startups are less likely to receive funding from VC investors. The research analysed 40 investment funds to find that merely 1.6 percent of startups were women-led and an abysmally low 6.8 percent of the venture capital funded start-ups were led by a mixed team. The data highlights how the startup scene is male-dominated and women entrepreneurs, on average, receive smaller amounts.

“As a technology sector we are missing a huge opportunity worldwide. Both from an economic and socio-emotional point of view, gender parity is of great value. Therefore we must now fight with all our might to achieve it,” says Steven Schuurman, Founder of Elastic The Inspiring Fifty Netherlands event recognises female innovators who were able to overcome such hurdles. These women would inspiring future leaders and entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps.

About Fifty Netherlands 2019 Awards

The Inspiring Fifty Netherlands 2019 Awards are held in partnership with Codam Coding College, Uber and Career Team. Alongside recognizing the winners, the awards evening hosted Corinne Vigreux, the Co-Founder of TomTom & Codam Coding College, as an inspirational speaker from the Netherlands.

“The future is digital and people who will have the tools to unlock its potential will be the creators of tomorrow’s world. Women have got a crucial role to play and “Inspiring Fifty” has done more to increasing diversity in the tech world than any other initiatives I have come across by celebrating women involved in technology, giving them a platform to be acknowledged and celebrating their achievements and as such inspiring others, “ says Corinne Vigreux, Founder of Codam

The Inspiring Fifty Netherlands 2019 Award winners:

Aimee van Wynsberghe – Co-Director, Foundation for Responsible Robotics & Co-Founder, ALLAI Netherlands

Alexandra Jankovich – Co-founder and Managing Partner, SparkOptimus

Anneke Keller – Head of Jumbo Tech Campus, Jumbo

Annemarie Buitelaar – General Manager, eBay Classified Group Benelux

Annet Aris – Senior Affiliate Professor of (digital) Strategy, INSEAD

Anouk Visser – CTO,

Anouk Vos – Partner and Cyber Security/Innovation Lead, Revnext

Carine de Meyere – Director of Partnerships, TEDxAmsterdamWomen

Christina Calje – CEO & Co-founder, Autheos

Corinne Vigreux – Co-Founder, TomTom & Codam

Diane Janknegt – Founder, WizeNoze

Dr. Melanie Rieback – CEO & Co-Founder, Radically Open Security

Ebi Atawodi – Senior Product Manager, Uber

Eline Leijten – Founder, Plugify

Eline Vrijland-van Beest – Founder and CEO, NightBalance

Elize Bosker – Head of Product, Spideo

Eva Heffernan – Country Leader and VP Commerce, Salesforce

Gillian Tans – CEO,

Heleen Dura van Oord – Founding Partner, Peak Capital

Hester Le Riche – Founder & CEO, Active Cues

Ineke Scheffers – Founder, Girl Code & Lead Developer, ANWB

Inge Philips-Bryan – Public Policy Leader & Partner Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte

Jalila Essaïdi – CEO, Inspidere

Jane Zavalishina – Co-Founder, Mechanica AI

Janneke Hadders – CEO, Dacom

Jannie Minnema – Director Information Technology Services, MN

Jaya Baloo – Chief Information Security Officer, KPN

Jeanine van der Vlist – Member of The Executive Board & CCO, Eurofiber

Jenny Dankelman – Professor, Delft University of Technology

Josefien Groot – CEO, Qlayers

Julie de Widt- Bakker – Sr Comms Manager Public Affairs, Microsoft Corp

Karin Hilton – Senior Director, Engineering for Research Technologies, Elsevier

Katja Berkhout – Director International, StartupDelta

Lara Ankersmit – Head of Digital, NOS

Liat Ben-Zur – CVP Product Marketing Management of Modern Life & Devices, Microsoft

Lieke Pijpers – Founder, The Next Closet

Maaike Evers – Co-Founder, Mike & Maaike

Maaike Steinebach – General Manager, Visa Hong Kong & Macau

Maartje de Graaf – Assistant Professor, Utrecht University

Manon van Beek – CEO, TenneT

Marian Spier – Founder FEM-START

Marili ‘t Hooft-Bolle – COO, WeTransfer

Mary-Jo de Leeuw – Director Cybersecurity Advocacy EMEA, (ISC)²

Neelie Kroes – Board Member of Directors, Salesforce

Nina Hoff – Co-Founder & CEO, byFlow

Rina Joosten-Rabou – Co-Founder & CCO, Seedlink

Snezana Zivcevska-Stalpers – Project Manager for Cloud Application Innovation, IBM

Susanne Baars – Founder & CEO, SocialGenomics

Tineke Bakker – van der Veen – Managing Director, Boeing

Vivianne Bendermacher – Founder, Technionista

Judges for this year’s programme include:

Anne Stokvis – Chief Editor, n=content

Anoesjka Imambaks – Executive Director, Venture Café Rotterdam

Arno Lubrun – Managing Director, Facebook Benelux,

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten – Founder & CEO, TNW

Corné Jansen – Partner, INKEF Capital

Hella Hueck – Reporter Tech & Innovation, Het Financieele Dagblad (FD)

Jacqueline Prins – Director Gender and LGBT Equality, Ministry of Education, Culture & Science

Naomi Sedney – Certified Executive Coach, The Inclusion Factory

Pim van der Feltz – CEO, Google Netherlands

Robert Verwaayen – General Partner, Keen Venture Partners

Tamara Obradov – Partner, Tablomonto Venture Capital

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