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Women in IT: Dynamic Panel Discussion on Start-Ups– An IITPSA Western Cape Chapter Event

August 22, 2019 @ 17:30 - 20:30

Women in the IT workplace often feel vulnerable. You might ask yourself “What will happen if I lose my job?” or “Will I still be able to do this job when I return to work after a having a family, or will my skills be redundant?”, even “I hate this job, but am uncertain about finding another job”.

Maybe starting a business is the answer. What does it take to launch a start-up? If being an entrepreneur is not for you, maybe you want to be a “solopreneur”, and work for yourself.

The panellists will consider the following questions, sharing their own experiences:

  • How to use your idea to launch a business.
  • Where can I find start-up funding, and what pitfalls should I watch out for? What do I need to know to make a successful pitch?
  • Should I start a business or operate as a solopreneur?
  • Online businesses often require fewer resources to launch, but what must I consider when deciding to go online or not?
  • I’m not thinking of leaving my job right now, but what can I do to widen my horizons to make sure that if things change, I am capable of going it alone?


Karen Nadasen

Karen is a self-motivated professional with over 15 years of experience working in Europe (United Kingdom and Germany) and African (South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey) in various sectors including Technology, Petroleum, Retail, Medical and Financial Services, leading execution, process improvement and business transformation. Industry experience ranges from FTSE 100 companies and large multinationals to small scale start-ups; on low cost to multi- million dollar projects. Passionate about direct on the ground leadership and execution, fostering environments that promote visibility, hard work, dedication, inspires belief and delivers results

Dickson Willie

Dickson Willie is a graduate of the Founder Institute 2018 JHB cohort and founder of  Technishen, an on-demand platform where businesses and households can request technical support services from certified and vetted technicians. Prior to launching Technishen, Dickson’s career focused on IT infrastructure and worked for Accenture as a cloud migration consultant. Dickson holds a Masters of Commence focused in Information Systems from University of Cape Town


Maria Kostelac

Maria Kostelac | senior IT-Governance advisor, trainer, practitioner, entrepreneur. Maria has held various subject matter and advisory positions in key public and private industry sectors, including that of subject matter expert for a large multi-national audit firm over the course of 19 years. As certified Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) Practitioner, ITIL® Expert practitioner and trainer, ISO27000 Lead Implementer and ISO20000 Consultant her roles in IT and business span assurance, programme design & management, senior trainer and governance advisor across the areas of IT: Risk, Governance, Service Management and Information Security Management.


Claudia Johnston

Claudia works with customers and partners to promote Microsoft in education. This includes assisting academic institutions to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology in the classroom and on campus. The Microsoft in education business model is primarily delivered through its Authorized Education Resellers so a lot of my time is spent with these partners to ensure they are empowered and supported whilst they work with the end user.

Moira de Roche is a Past President of IITPSA and currently serves as a
Non-Executive Director. She is a Fellow and a Professional member.

Moira works as an independent learning specialist, and also serves on the board of an entity of the Joburg City Council.  She is passionate about developing women in ICT and recently launched a programming scholarship for girls


Baratang Miya

Baratang is the founder and CEO of Girlhype coding academy for women and girls. Mozilla named her as one of the global network50 of people who made the internet a healthy place in 2016.


Date: 22 August

Time: 17h30 – 20h30

Venue: The Riverclub, Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory, Cape Town

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//River+Club,+Liesbeek+Parkway,+Observatory,+Cape+Town/data=!4m6!4m5!1m1!4e2!1m2!1m1!1s0x1dcc5d01fdd3b645:0x6dbc9237f397ba3e?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwijybrlh-TjAhUzVBUIHTMqBi4Q9RcwC3oECA8QDg


Delegate Fee:

IITPSA, ISACA, Women in IT & ISC2 Members: No charge | UCT staff and students: No charge | Non-members: R60

Click here to register for this Western Cape event.


August 22, 2019
17:30 - 20:30


Alice Khumalo
+27113151319 / +27876551679


The River Club, Observatory, Cape Town
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