Leanne was recognized for being a tireless agent of change, tackling head on the challenges that reflect the under-representation of women in the technology sector. The judging panel was impressed by her work to bridge the gender gap in technology and eliminate the misconception that “women don’t build good tech startups” through She Loves Tech and a global start-up competition. Her efforts to break down barriers and support women entrepreneurs and startups in their own endeavours have demonstrated outstanding leadership and impact, and the judges were unanimous in their choice.
Funmi was recognized for her innovative use and application of technology to establish Bright Technologies, a broadband service provider and self service app in Nigeria. Her leadership and entrepreneurial spirit inspired the judges, along with her passion to bring digital innovations to Nigeria.