The programme will introduce 15 aspiring women in the industry to mentors who will aim to help them develop their careers by sharing knowledge and experience.
Sharpe told C&IT on 24 February that she had received more than 60 applications and was hoping to hit 100 by closing date on 27 February.
The scheme has received applications from women at all different levels in their careers, including six maternity leave returners, four aspirational board directors, 14 corporate event professionals, ten in middle management, five budding entrepreneurs and 13 under-26-year-olds.
A shortlist of 45 applicants will now be drawn up, and each mentor will then have a telephone interview with three women, and select who they want to mentor.
The programme will last a year, and launches on 20 March when all the applicants have been selected and paired with a mentor.
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