Doing Well By Doing Good: Meet The 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs Combining Purpose and Profit

Winnie Karanja, founder of Maydm

Local tech education non-profit, Maydm, is pleased to announce that it’s Founder and Executive Director, Winnie Karanja, has been named to the 2020 Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 List in the category of Social Entrepreneurs. Out of over 15,000 nominations, 30 honorees in 20 categories were recognized. Each honoree is given an in-depth evaluation over the course of the vetting process and Karanja joins an impressive list in 2020 and over 5,000 innovators who have been on the list since it’s inception nine years ago.

“I am overjoyed to be included in this year’s 30 under 30 list and join so many other innovative and inspiring leaders. To have my achievement recognized at such a scale and platform is a significant honor. I am truly thankful to my friends, family, staff, board members, partners and supporters – and most importantly, the incredible Maydm students, who inspire my work every day,” said Karanja.

Outside of Maydm, Karanja serves on the Board of Directors of Building Brave and Downtown Madison, Inc. “Winnie Karanja is one of the most exceptional young leaders in Madison. Her relentless energy and generous spirit help ensure a whole new generation of Madisonians have a chance to make their mark. As our community continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, we need thoughtful, innovative, and caring leaders like Winnie to ensure Madison becomes a place where everyone can succeed,” said Jason Ilstrup, President of Downtown Madison, Inc. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Maydm, we are thrilled to congratulate Winnie for being recognized by Forbes. We are privileged to have a front row seat to see her innovation and determination to empower girls and students of color to engage in and revolutionize the tech industry. Winnie is a strong leader who has a clear vision of how to create a more diverse STEM workforce and the contagious charisma to recruit individuals and organizations to support the cause,” said Jeff Mack, First Vice President of Business Banking for Park Bank and Maydm Board Vice Chairman.

The members of this year’s list are handpicked from thousands of nominations.The list was honed by a panel of judges known for their expertise in the social impact space: Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and Chairman of National Geographic; Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green; Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller, 2019 30 Under 30 list members and cofounders of Love Your Melon; and Randall Lane, chief content officer of Forbes Media.

See Winnie Karanja’s Forbes profile here.
Learn more about Maydm here.

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