Ellen Fischat

Fischat is the Managing Director for the Silicon Cape Initiative. She is responsible for the overall business growth of the Silicon Cape. The Silicon Cape is a nonprofit company committed to building and catalysing the technology ecosystem in the Western Cape. Its primary focus is supporting the development of high growth, high tech businesses in the Western Cape to kick-start meaningful economic growth, build new industries and create jobs. It supports the growth of the ecosystem by attracting the right stakeholders to the ecosystem and by working with entrepreneurs, regulators, governments and corporate businesses to create an environment where startups can thrive.

Fischat is passionate about socio-economic development and contributing towards a sustainable, equal society for all, and utilizing technology to achieve this. Her passion for communities started in her days as a Social Worker in Amsterdam and is still evident in the various outreach programmes she has developed and executed in her personal capacity. Her personal desire and expression in work is not to be successful only but to be significant and change lives.