Since it’s International Women’s Day, we thought it would be apt to take a look at some of the trailblazers in the land of tech and look at companies with female founders. These five companies are in varying stages but they all deserve a little GirlCrew props. Despite all the #womenintech events that are happening worldwide, startup life, and indeed tech, itself is still dominated by men. In light of that, we’ve picked five growing startups with female founders that you can find at SXSW this year. We’re also running a competition to crown the SXSW Queen of Tech for 2017, but what about those who are only starting out?
Evy Chen, Founder
We love a good cup of tea, so of course, we had to kick things off with Evy Tea. Unlike the usual Irish cup of scald (strong, milk, sugar) Evy Tea is a cold brew. Each blend is organic and made with whole leaves, so you can be certain it’s top-notch. It’s also zero calorie, so the health conscious among us can indulge too. The range currently has three flavour combinations, which sound delicious – Meyer Lemon & Basil, Vanilla & Earl Grey, and Peach & Ginger. If you don’t believe us, Evy also won 1st place at the 2013 North American Tea Championships and has a bunch of other accolades to boot.
Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO
From reading Suzi’s bio you immediately get a sense of what she’s all about. Quite simply, that’s problem-solving. So it’s no wonder that she’s the CEO of Verb. This platform taps into the competitive side of us all by bringing people together to solve social issues. From generating energy for 200,000+ people in rural India to helping to empower 40,000 women in Kenyan slums, Verb are helping to democratise social good and affecting actual change.
Autumn Manning, Co-Founder and CEO
As we all know, company culture is playing a increasingly bigger role when it comes to work-life balance. Candidates are actively on the hunt for companies that have an ethos and goals they identify with. For larger companies this can be hard to manage. But that’s where YouEarnedIt come in. Led by the one of the “world’s happiest CEOs”, they are a platform solution to help companies unify culture, enhance engagement, and reward team members. By breaking down these barriers, and boosting employee recognition, YouEarnedIt can also help companies to increase employee retention. Win-win!
Joowon Kim, Co-Founder and CTO
With a masters in Masters in Interactive Technology, and Bachelors in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Joowon is the real deal. Oncomfort provides users with “the world’s first library of stress self-management modules combining evidence-based psychological interventions with Virtual Reality.” By using non-pharmacological and non-invasive methods, Oncomfort, is helping patients to reduce stress and anxiety in cancer patients.
Maryam Ziaei PhD, Co-founder, CEO, and Shadi Saberi PhD, Co-founder, CTO
So this one is a bit of a double-whammy as both the CEO and CTO are female, which is sadly, quite rare. Thankfully for the rest of us though, Maryam and Shadi have come together to look after our heath. iSonoHealth aims to help women to track any changes to their breasts from the comfort of their home. Unlike yearly screenings, their solution combines ultrasound technology with an algorithm to track any changes. The scan takes 2-3 minutes and you can share the images with a physician for feedback.
We just picked five companies with female founders that we love, but if you know of any others, or are a female founder yourself, holla! We’ll also be there showcasing at EU@SXSW at the Palm Door, 508 E 6th St. So if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and say hi! You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to follow all the action. If you’d like to check out five other European startups who will be killing it at SXSW, you can check out our top picks here!