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  • Date/Time
    Date(s) - 23/09/2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Short Presentations” Sharing their success stories as entrepreneurs using the Technology to succeed” followed Panel Discussion:

    Speaker 1:

    Anneloes Smitsman
    CE) & Founder of  Earthwise Centre Ltd

    Anneloes Smitsman is a published author, speaker, trainer, legal strategist, and social entrepreneur. She has more than 20 years of experience in supporting people to unlock and develop their potential. Her main passion is to bring the “Heart” back into our human organisation and relationships. She is the founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre, which was created to facilitate systemic wisdom-based leadership and ecological solutions. She is the author of Love Letters from Mother Earth and the Founder of the Education for Sustainability programme, the Bhutan Dialogue, and the We Stand With Africa Campaign. For more information visit – http://earthwisecentre.org/

    Speaker 2:

    Fabrice is the director of Turbine Incubator Ltd and Compass Venture Capital of Group ENL. He leads the Turbine’s development and is an ardent believer in the Indian Ocean region’s potential for innovation and ability to create start-ups that will conquer the world.
    Fabrice is passionate about investment and is convinced of the practical and monetary
    value of long-term partnerships.

    Speaker 3:

    Faaizah Marden
    Founder & CEO, Futurepreneur Africa Co Ltd
    “Communicate – Connect & Inspire”

    Faaizah, is on a mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable business with an innovative touch. She has a unique 14 years background in communication, leadership, project management, strategic planning and business development. She was awarded the African Women Leadership Award in 2013 with a business acumen, flair and vision. She is dedicated to advancing entrepreneurs with her Futurepreneur Talks Entrepreneurship Programme. She kept on inspiring thousands of women to pursue their professional passion and move beyond.

    Speaker 4:

    Shabnam Esmael
    Director & Partner, CQ TECH (Mtius) Ltd

    For Shabnam – There’s no such thing as a man’s world. Entrepreneurship is in her DNA. She started at the age of 20 by creating a security company. She is a partner and director of CQTech Ltd specialized in wireless alarm, CCTV, Access Control, Gate Automation & Electric Fence. Perseverance, resilience and character is what kept her going for 22 years. Democratising such sector was her motto which takes flexibility and knowledge to achieve. It also takes a good combination of knowledge, confidence and flexibility to carry on and help others around her grow.

    Speaker 5:

    Dr. Nicky Torrance
    Associate Director Academic, Middlesex Mauritius Branch Campus

    Dr. Nicky became Associate Director Academic in Jan 2015. She was previously the Director of Learning and Teaching for Middlesex University and Director of the Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement. Her interests include contemporary pedagogies including e-learning and technology-enhanced learning. Dr. Nicky has extensive
    experience in facilitation methods to lead and manage change particularly those that impact whole communities including the use of open space conferencing..

    Our Guest Of Honour

    Sarojini Ballah, Lady Jugnauth (commonly known as Lady Sarojini Jugnauth), a former Spouse of the Prime Minister of Mauritius is the wife of Sir Anerood Jugnauth. 

    She previously held the position from 1982 to 1995 and from 2000 to 2003, most recent from 2014 to 2017. She was the First Lady of Mauritius from 2003 to 2012 when her husband served as President of the country. She is a primary school teacher by profession and is the mother of Shalini Malhotra and Pravind Jugnauth.

    She took an active role in social activities being the patron of various charitable organizations and also participates in various political activities in support of her family and party.


    Organized in collaboration with Women In Tech Africa, #womenintechweek17  our upcoming Women in Tech Week, Mauritius 2017, will have a Female Digital Technology Entrepreneur Award Night, 23rd September 2017!


    Information Technology has become much broader in scope than the traditional view of computing. Today, Information Technology is concerned with the development of applications and how the underlying technology transforms the way organisations and people work and live.

    Entries to the Female Digital Technology Entrepreneur category are welcomed from research, development, demonstration or early life phases of a new idea. Entries are welcome from both commercial and academic organisations.

    We want to hear about your innovations that are demonstrably capable of commercial exploitation and or provide advantages for society at large; digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth with coherent and sustainable strategy in achieving them.

    Judging criteria

    The Judging Panels will be evaluating each entry based on the questions in the entry form. When looking specifically at innovation, the judges will apply the following criteria:

    • Demonstrate genuine technological project.
    • Demonstrate that the proposed innovation represents a significant technological advance for the industry or technology sector.
    • Explain clearly how the innovation works at a technical level and how the new technology (or new application of existing technology) is different from prior techniques..
    • Explain the level of practical exploitation to date and demonstrate the commercial, social or personal benefit(s) that the innovation brings to the applicable sector. Quantification of these benefits will be an advantage.
    • Conforms to the relevant specific Category Scope/s

    Entries will be encouraged for engineering projects and products that demonstrate the application of innovative design, technology, techniques and processes.

    In addition, judges will be applying the following additional criteria (if applicable):

    • Learning – the extent to which the innovation contributes to the body of knowledge
    • Novelty – the extent to which the idea is ‘new to humanity’ rather than just new to the industry or technology sector
    • Process – an innovation that improves the way in which products or services are delivered to a client
    • Patentability – the extent to which the idea has defensible patent potential, together with supporting evidence.
    • Organisational Innovation – an innovation that is concerned with creating an effective collaborative working environment and / or organisational culture.

  • Location
    Turbine Business Incubator

  • Bookings

    This event is fully booked.

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