Good news, according to a report released by the Center for American Progress:
- the number of women-owned firms in the US grew by 59% from 1997 to 2013—1.5x the national average.
- Women of color are the majority owners at close to 1/3 of all women-owned firms in the nation.
- African American women are both the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned-business population and the largest share of female business owners among women of color, at 13%.
Here are 6 women-run startups you should check out:
1. Love With Food – Aihui Ong, Founder and CEO. Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Their subscription membership starts at $10/month. For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks, like the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry.
2. TurboVote – Kathryn Peters, Co-founder & COO. A reminder system for voters so that you don't miss an election. They make voting easy by helping you register to vote (or updating your voter registration), helping you get absentee ballots and vote by mail, and by sending you reminders so you never forget to vote.
3. CakeHealth – Rebecca Woodcock, Founder and CEO. A free way to manage health care. CakeHealth brings all your health care plans together online so you can easily track your health spending — without the paperwork.
4. LearnUp – Alexis Ringwald, Co-founder & CEO. LearnUp solves the skills gap by empowering entry-level job seekers to learn the skills needed to get hired. They develop online trainings in partnership with employers that enables job seekers to practice real life situations of a particular job. By completing the training before they interview, job seekers are prepared for the job and increase their chances of getting hired. LearnUp is building the education-to-employment pathway for those looking for work, while helping employers hire qualified talent.
5. Samahope – Leila Janah and Sivani Garg Patel, Co-founders. Samahope was one of the first nonprofits to apply the crowdfunding model to the challenges of global health. They support doctors to fund the patient outreach and transportation, food/board, medicines, treatment (personnel and facilities), training, equipment/supplies. They also focus on women and children — The medical treatments they fund, in most cases, disproportionately affect women and children living in the poorest parts of the world. By connecting you directly with the doctors in the field, Samahope closes the gap between the donation, itself, and the impact it has on someone’s life.
6. MoolaHoop – Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes, Co-founders. MoolaHoop is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform that enables women entrepreneurs seeking to raise funds for their small business. MoolaHoop enables women-owned, -managed and –led small businesses to easily engage their "crowd" of existing customers, potential customers, family and friends in order to raise funds for their business.
What are your favorite women-led startups? And who would you add to a 2.0 version of this list? More to come…