why are
we doing this?

As seasoned entrepreneurs, Janneke Niessen and Joelle Frijters know all too well how uncommon it is to find women in technology leadership positions. Further, they know first-hand how pervasive gender bias and negative perceptions can be at all levels. In launching Inspiring Fifty, they set out to challenge the industry to see itself differently; to provide a platform for new, strong female voices; and set a shining example for future leaders and entrepreneurs.



Through events, speaking engagements, publications and workshops, we have built a platform with the aim of motivating, educating and inspiring over 1 million women across Europe. We encourage, develop, identify, and showcase role models in technology to inspire a new generation of female leaders and entrepreneurs, leading the charge to affect meaningful and durable change.