Roundup: 20 Rockstar Startups with Awesome Female Founders, Part 1
October 9, 2012
The startup scene is filled with some seriously cool business concepts that are redefining the future of tech. Women are an invaluable part of leading some of today’s coolest up-and-coming organizations, and they are driving innovation in some of the most creative ways imaginable.
In celebration of the great minds, leadership and creativity of today’s female startup leaders, here are 20 companies launched and led by women. Stay tuned for part two of this series, which will bring you even more amazing women-led startups.
Heather Anne Ritchie and Renee Warren cofounded Onboardly, a marketing firm that helps funded startups acquire customers.
Founded by Poornima Vijayashanker, one of the first engineers at Mint, BizeeBee provides a customer management platform for fitness studios and membership-based businesses.
Congrats to CEO Rashmi Sinha and SlideShare for the company’s recent sale to LinkedIn. SlideShare helps professionals share presentations on the Internet.
Julia Hartz created Eventbrite with her husband, Kevin Hartz as a comprehensive platform for event planning and ticket sales.
Cofounders Jessica Mah and Andy Su created InDinero to help businesses streamline their finances.
Wendy Tan White built this platform to help businesses build a website without any coding expertise.
Health & Wellness
7. Cake Health
Rebecca Woodcock created Cake Health to help consumers track health spending from one paperless, manageable place.
Stacey Borden and Meghan Muntean created a platform to help women seek answers to their health and wellness questions in a straightforward and anonymous way.
Founded by Rebecca Palm and Katie Vahle, CoPatient helps patients compare healthcare costs, regardless of what type of insurance they have.
Yifan Zhang and her cofounder Geoff Oberhofer launched GymPact to help people stay on track with their workouts. The secret? Reward gym-goers for staying on schedule, and fine them for slacking.
This company can turn a smartphone into a biosensor that helps people monitor their heart rates.
This tool helps pharmacists find discounts and funding opportunities for patients who can’t afford their medicines. “It helps patients get the drugs they need, enables pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies to reach more patients, and protects insurers against bigger claims.”
Amy Sheng, along with her cofounders, launched CellScope, a startup that’s building mobile hardware and software systems for disease diagnosis to be used in developing countries.
Jobs and Money
14. The Daily Muse
Founded by Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery (three former management consultants), this online magazine is connecting the dots between Glamour and Forbes, positioning itself as a career portal for driven women.
CEO Alexa von Tobel’s mission is to help women become financially empowered. That’s why she started LearnVest—a platform to help women manage their money.
16. Levo League
Caroline Ghosn and Amanda Pouchot cofounded Levo League to provide a unique support system to help women find their dream jobs.
17. Code for America
Jennifer Pahlka created Code for America to help bring tech innovation to local government. In 2011, the program earned a $1.5 million grant from Google.
Led by CEO Shivani Siroya, this organization aims to create a standardized global credit score to help entrepreneurs launch businesses all over the world.
Founded by Katina Mountanos, Manicube is a mobile manicure service for women at the office. For each manicure, the company donates $1 to its microfinancing project for companies abroad.
Stacy McCoy is a social impact strategist who founded this career portal to help job seekers find meaningful employment that gives back.
There you have it, 20 companies with female founders. Stay tuned for part two, next Tuesday featuring 20 more women-led companies in the fields of consumer goods, advertising, marketing, and more.
Which of the companies on this list really stand out to you? Who are your favorite female founders? Tell us below!