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10 Women Run Startups You Should Know

Folks, there are a lot of really good businesses out there, and my team and I want to highlight 10 women run startups that you should really know about. These startups are doing great work and really getting the jobs done in their arenas. We took a little bit from each org's website to capture what they're doing in their own words. Make sure to visit their sites, support 'em, and follow 'em on Twitter. These women are really changing the world.

 

Infographic by Women Who Tech

Infographic by Women Who Tech

  1. CyPhy Works: Helen Grenier, CEO

    (Please note that we used Helen Grenier's Twitter account because CyPhy Works's doesn't appear to have an account.)

    CyPhy Works research starts with people -They look to the places where people need empowering technology to reach beyond what they currently can. Then they turn their attention to scouring the market landscape and literature to see what, if any, un-utilized research can be leveraged to enable the people in need. Once they fully understand what people need, and what people have done to address that need, they focus their attention in their labs where their people develop transformational technologies that make it possible for people in need to achieve their goals more efficiently and more effectively than the status quo would allow.

  2. DailyWorth: Amanda Steinberg, Founder & CEO


    DailyWorth says, "We're closing the income gap by enabling women to reach their maximum earning potential.We're closing the wealth gap by empowering women to invest and build wealth to fund the lives they want.We're helping women get the most value for their money, whether they’re purchasing products that enrich their lives, supporting causes they care about or investing in companies they believe in.We publish exclusive, expert content daily to more than one million female financial decision makers. Explore the website and sign up to get our tips and tools delivered daily to your inbox."
  3.  Plum Alley: Deborah Jackson, Founder & CEO


    “I founded Plum Alley for women to create products, build companies and enhance their esteem and wealth. We offer 3 things: a way for women to raise money for projects, hire experts to help them, and provide a way to sell their products with an emphasis on their story.”
  4. ThinkUp: Gina Trapani, Co-Founder


    ThinkUp is a brand new app that connects your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networking accounts and tells you what matters about the time you spent there. ThinkUp can help you have more fun with friends, connect better with your network, and even learn a little bit about yourself. ThinkUp is also our new company, focused on the idea that people are looking for tech companies they can trust. We're putting our users and community first, because we think that's the best way to create a better web for everyone.
  5. LightSail Energy: Danielle Fong, Co Founder & Chief Scientist

    (Please note that we used Danielle Fong's Twitter account because LightSail's doesn't appear to be in use.)

    LightSail aims to produce the world’s cleanest and most economical energy storage systems. Compressing air creates heat energy. Until now, this was wasted, drastically reducing efficiency.LightSail isdeveloping breakthrough, high efficiency energy storage systems using compressed air. Our key insight: rapidly capturing the heat of compression with a water spray.

  6. Tech Cocktail: Jen Consalvo, COO

    Tech Cocktail is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 20 cities in the US and abroad.
  7. uBeam: Meredith Perry, Founder

    In 2012, Meredith Perry took on $750k in seed funding to build out uBeam's technology for wirelessly charging electronic devices. uBeam transmits power over the air to charge electronic gadgets wirelessly. It's like Wi-Fi for energy.
  8. Angaza Design, Inc: Lesley Marincola, Founder & CEO

    Globally, more than 1.2 billion people live outside the reach of an electricity grid. Consumers in this off-grid world spend hundreds of dollars each year to light their homes and power small electronics, and they do so using expensive sources of energy such as kerosene lanterns and disposable batteries. Modern options such as photovoltaic solar cost far less when amortized over time, but the comparatively high upfront price of these energy alternatives has kept them out of this enormous market.The Angaza Pay-As-You-Go platform enables distributors and manufacturers of energy products to offer pricing that reaches 1.2 billion consumers in the off-grid world.
  9. InVenture: Shivani Siroya, Founder & CEO

    The Problem? There are almost 400 million low-income and unbanked individuals that cannot access basic financial services due to a lack of credit scores.

    InVenture's Approach? InVenture facilitates financial access for low-income individuals and the unbanked by creating the world's first credit scoring service enabled by their SMS accounting tool, InSight.

    Their Impact? InVenture creates a fair market by taking the data collected through InSight and shares this information with lending institutions to help individuals qualify for and access affordable financial services tailored to their needs.

  10. Embrace Innovations: Jane Chen, Co Founder & Chief Business Officer

    Embrace is a healthcare tech company that provides a line of innovative, affordable, and high quality medical devices for emerging markets. Their vision is to empower the disadvantaged to improve their lives through disruptive technologies.

 

Who would you add to this list? My team and I would love to hear about some other great women owned startups.

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9 Responses to 10 Women Run Startups You Should Know

Gil Laroya says:

Maria Aboytes, CTO and Founder, Medina Medical.
Maria founded Medina Medical back in 2010. Medina is a small 14 person startup developing a medical device to treat potentially fatal brain aneurysms.
Maria herself designed and developed the implantable device which treats brain aneurysms. Her amazing design can treat a patient using only one or two devices using a 15 minute procedure, where competitive products require as many as ten to twenty devices to perform the same treatment, in a procedure that can take hours. Also, her design can cure the aneurysm within 60 days, where competitive products require as much as 12 months to reach the same outcome.
The impact that Medina Medical's product will improve the quality of life for thousands of patients around the world, while saving hospitals both countless hours and millions of dollars.

Nancy Hayes says:

MoolaHoop is a rewards-bases crowdfunding platform designed to help women with small businesses grow their businesses.

MoolaHoop was developed to help narrow the gap in funding available to women entrepreneurs. Women-owned businesses represent almost 30% of new startups in the U.S., yet receive just 5% of all venture capital and 12% of all institutional debt. As a result, they are smaller from the onset and grow more slowly. But what if that wasn’t the case?

Megan Reile says:

Christina Balotescu founded 360Alumni in 2012. 360Alumni is an engagement and networking platform for higher education. Our mission is to help universities exceed their advancement goals while helping alumni to secure more fulfilling careers. Through our private, branded engagement platform alumni can search for others in their area, view alumni directories, post and apply to jobs on the job board, create groups and events, and give to causes that matter to them. Universities benefit from the branding and fundraising opportunities, as well as positive sentiment.

360Alumni is supporting the next generation of alumni relations. We believe that by increasing alumni participation in online communities we can increase job placement rates and alumni satisfaction.

Nina says:

Shivani Garg Patel and Leila Janah, Co-Founders of Samahope

On a trip to Sierra Leone, Leila learned that across the country, 1 out of every 14 women die during childbirth. There she met Dr. Darius Maggi, an Ob/Gyn surgeon from Texas who travels to Sierra Leone 2–3 times per year to treat women with fistula. When Dr. Maggi told Leila that he funds the trips and the fistula treatments by raising money from members of his local church, she immediately saw an opportunity to help. What if, instead of devoting resources to marketing and fundraising, doctors like Dr. Maggi could just focus on treating patients, building clinical infrastructure, and training local staff? This led to Leila and Shivani joining forces to develop Samahope.

Samahope is a non-profit, crowdfunding website that raises funds for doctors who provide free medical treatments for women and children who cannot afford them. Samahope works in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, and provides funds for birth injuries, birth defects, blindness, burns, and trauma injuries.

http://www.samahope.org
@Samahope

Andrea says:

Roonga.com, co-founded by Evelyn Horng, believes there are better ways of handling in-kind donations, both for donors and for nonprofits. Their goal is to make it easy for people to donate specific items that are needed and useful to nonprofits, and so they conduct online drives for the exact items a local non-profit needs. They conducted a very successful back to school supply drive for Oakland CA schools last year.

Elizabeth Baum says:

LaunchBit http://www.launchbit.com/ founded by Elizabeth Yin and Jennifer Chin. From their website: "LaunchBit is a customer acquisition platform that helps SaaS companies cost-effectively achieve growth. See how our targeting capabilities combined with cpc bidding and detailed analytics allow you to act on the data you receive from our platform and turn more leads into customers."