Ellen FischatCo-founder at Innocircle
Ellen Fischat is the Co-Founder of Innocircle, a boutique, innovation consultancy and Founder of Story Room, a social enterprise that focuses on inclusive, digital and socio-economic impact program design and implementation. She holds an Honour’s Degree in Social Work and Community Development and a number of small business and technology certificates. She returned to South Africa, her place of birth, after a 23year residency in Amsterdam. Upon her return to South Africa in 2006, she ran a Boy’s Home and 7 daycare centres for two years in multiple townships in Port Elizabeth. Ellen set up various community initiatives based on social entrepreneurship principles. She expanded on her people development and strategic skills and co-founded a HR Boutique Consultancy in 2008.
Before being the first Managing Director for The Silicon Cape Initiative in 2017, Ellen was the Incubator Manager for Propella Business Incubator, the Nelson Mandela University Incubator in Nelson Mandela Bay. Prior to that, she was the Enterprise Development Manager for the SEDA NMB ICT Incubator 2011-2015.
Ellen has extensive experience in small business development, with a focus on social enterprises and technology. She is involved in the mentorship of technology start-ups and volunteers in various community outreach programs, that focus on personal development, digital literacy and increasing employability of marginalized young women through STEM initiatives.
Ellen Fischat is a seasoned entrepreneur in the establishment of startup incubation programs, Hackathons, think tanks and incubators both in government and the private sector in South Africa. She has a proven track record in designing, hosting and executing tech challenges and launch events for STEM related initiatives for national and international clients. Her strengths lie in her strong and diverse network of associates. Ellen is a frequently asked speaker, moderator and facilitator of panel discussions that focus on social innovation and corporate responsibility, gender equality and youth empowerment initiatives, on both national and global stages.