Sisters doing it for themselves: the (interactive) list of women entrepreneurs

It seems like female founders are invisible these days. Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across countless articles bemoaning the lack of women in tech.

However, there are plenty of awesome women entrepreneurs out there but they are more likely to beavering away on their startup or juggling life at home than blowing their trumpet.

Aspiring women entrepreneurs need to hear stories of other women who’ve done it before them. It’s encouraging and helps us believe it can be done. I don’t think there are enough of those stories around.

So let’s start to change that right here – together. I need your help to create a great list of women entrepreneurs, those awesome female startup founders who inspire you. It would be great to have a really comprehensive  list  so journalists and conference organisers can find inspiring women entrepreneurs and give them opportunities to tell their stories.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Add women entrepreneurs to the list. Just click the pink “Add to List” button. Founders can be from any country and in any industry. Tell us what they’ve done and what you admire about them, and link to their twitter handle if you can so we can connect. You can also comment within the list on any of the founders.
  2. Vote for the founders you think have done an awesome job.
  3. Share the list with others so they can add to it too.

Here’s the list:

Headline for Female Founders
Susan Jones Susan Jones
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Female Founders

Awesome female founders we admire and everyone should know about. Please add to the list and tell us why your women are great - and vote for your favourites. I've linked to their Twitter handles where possible so you can connect.


Female Founders | Alexandra Meis and Miriam Altman

Alex and Miriam are co-founders of Kinvolved ( Kinvolved is an education technology startup dedicated to improving student attendance and family engagement. Kinvolved's software program allows teachers to easily record student attendance and instantly involve families by sending SMS/emails when students are absent/late. The software also graphically analyzes student data to identify at-risk students. Pairing human capital with technology is key. We provide support to schools to build out policies and a stronger culture around attendance, too.

Miriam Altman is Co-founder and Director of Educational Partnerships for Kinvolved, a social venture dedicated to increasing K-12 student attendance. Miriam is a former NYC Dept. of Ed. high school history teacher through Teach For America, a 2012 Education Pioneers Fellow, and holds an MPA in Public Policy from The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School Public Service at NYU, an MA, Ed. from Lehman College, and BA from Brown University.

Female Founders | Alex Wolf (AniGramIt) on Twitter

artist designer inventor (RISD) shaking up nature learning in games, toys + apps. NYC


Amanda Lannert

Female Founders | Amanda Lannert

CEO of Jellyvision, a multimedia production company that is best known for making the You Don't Know Jack games

Female Founders | Audrey Melnik (@audreymelnik)

CEO of ZootRock: automated content for your social media accounts. Aussie taking on Silicon Valley. #500strong

Female Founders | Bec Derrington

Founder of @SourceBottle - Free media queries from journalists & bloggers. For journalists & bloggers needing sources + anyone wanting free publicity and @TheMediaBag - We match journalists + bloggers with products and services. Pitch your product or service to targeted media to get reviewed. Australia


Betsye Sargent & Barbara McFall

Female Founders | Betsye Sargent & Barbara McFall

Betsye Sargent and Barbara McFall co-founded The Phoenix School in Salem, MA in 1981. Frustrated with the changes happening in public education we sat down one day and decided to each contribute $300 and our retirement--The Phoenix School opened the following fall. For the past 33 years we have focused on developing an education model based on how we observed children learn best, one in which they are actively engaged in learning, working hand-in-hand with teachers, learning how to be independent, resilient, creative, empathetic. In fact, the past 33 years have been spent refining so much of what the world seems to be demanding of a 21st century education today. For us these ideas are not new.

Female Founders | Blog Formatting

Hi there! I'm Delia, Chief Encouragement Officer here at Blog Formatting, so happy to meet YOU! I am a happy wife, blessed mom of two wonderful girls, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, blog cheerleader, positive thinker, author, reader, fast walker and all-around happiness spreader!


Bree Mitchelson

Female Founders | Bree Mitchelson

Bree Mitchelson is the founder of human and social capital company The Strategist Group and more recently, Strategist Learning and Development, a Registered Training Organisation.

Commencing her career in human resources before moving into executive search and human capital consulting, Ms Mitchelson has advised a wide range of industries both in Australia and the UK, spanning resources, manufacturing, IT, professional services and finance.

She launched The Strategist Group in 2008. Since then, the company has has developed an enviable reputation for tailoring innovative resourcing strategies that address a changing employment market with market leading results. Since its inception, the company has expanded to open an office in Melbourne and today team members work with a range of major ASX and private companies across Australia and New Zealand.

Building on the success of her first company, Ms Mitchelson founded Strategist Learning and Development last year and in doing so launched the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Recruitment Sourcing. This is the only accredited program in the field of strategic recruitment sourcing within Australia, and was developed over a 12 month period in close collaboration with key industry contributors.

Ms Mitchelson has a Bachelor of Commerce (Psychology and Human Resource Management), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Change Management with Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)

She is passionate about improving and raising standards within the recruitment industry through through training and innovation.


Casey Lightbody

Female Founders | Casey Lightbody

Part marketing mentor, part savvy systems specialist, part entrepreneurial maven AND the force behind Empowered Women with Casey Lightbody. She is on a mission to help women overcome their fears, overcome their overwhelm and overcome their limits to live life on their own terms. (


Catriona Pollard

Female Founders | Catriona Pollard

Catriona Pollard is the director and founder of CP Communications, a public relations and social media agency. Catriona is a strong believer in the power of social media and an early adopter with many proven successes. She is regularly featured in the media and welcomes inquiries from journalists and conference organisers.

She has been named as one of the top 100 PR People to follow on Twitter and is one of the Sydney PR scene's leading movers and shakers.


Female Founders | Cyan Ta'eed

Co-founder for Envato, and an avid traveler. Envato operates marketplaces where hundreds of thousands of people buy and sell digital goods every day, and a network of educational blogs where millions learn creative skills.
Melbourne, Australia

Female Founders | Cynthia Schames (CynthiaSchames) on Twitter

Founder @abbey_post, bringing fashion & fit to Plus Size ecommerce. Wife, Mom, Entrepreneur. Not always in that order. NYC Metro


Deb Lange Mentor and Guide

Female Founders | Deb Lange Mentor and Guide

Deb Lange, Founder of her own Mentoring and online learning business.

Do you wonder why you make some choices that are successful and others that lead you astray?

Deb shares how she found out to uncover blind spots and learn how to daily nourish yourself, learn to be emotionally resilient and transform moment by moment limiting thoughts, beliefs and emotional pain to bounce back to a state of contentment, peace and inner truth.

These skills giving you a way to navigate your life and relationships to fulfilment, grace and ease.

Female Founders | Delia Timms

Internet entrepreneur. Founder of fun new style advice site (& App!) Past founder of Find A
Melbourne, Australia


Desiree Vargas Wrigley

Female Founders | Desiree Vargas Wrigley

Co-Founder and CEO of GiveForward, a crowdfunding platform for out of pocket medical expenses.

Female Founders | Ekta Sengar (@Ekta_Sengar) | Twitter

Founder @getfoospot! Design Engineer at NXP semiconductors, Technology freak and putting the first step in startup world!. New Delhi is a parking assistance platform operating within the Capital of India. The platform provides premium services for car drivers within city like Valet, Car Cleaning and On Demand Pre-Booking, all at the tap of a Button!

Female Founders | Emily Boyd

Co-founder of Remember The Milk, an app to help manage your tasks.
From Sydney, now in San Francisco.

Female Founders | Hannah Chung (hchung) on Twitter

Co-inventor of Sproutel / Jerry the Bear (@DiabetesBear) and @Design4America. Providence, RI

Female Founders | Ilene Fischer, CEO of WomenLEAD

Ilene is CEO and Founder of WomenLEAD, Inc.

Female Founders | Indi Tansey

Cofounder of OutTrippin, Indi has focused her passion for travel on empowering a huge network of travel writers to put together tailored trip itineraries for travellers.


Jennifer Fitzgerald @ PolicyGenius

Female Founders | Jennifer Fitzgerald @ PolicyGenius

Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO and co-founder of PolicyGenius, a startup that provides online education and shopping for consumer insurance. She writes about insurance and personal finance, drawing from years of experience in consumer financial services and wealth management. Previously, Ms. Fitgerald was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she advised Fortune 500 financial services companies. She holds a B.A. from Florida State university, a J.D. from Columbia Law School and is a licensed insurance broker.

She's also an expert in Eddie Murphy's early works.

Female Founders | Jess Lee

Co-founder & CEO of Polyvore. Ex-Googler. Silicon Valley, CA

Female Founders | Julia Hartz

Co-Founder and President of San Francisco, CA

In 2006, she jumped into the startup scene with her husband as co-founder. Their company, Eventbrite, has since raised $80 million. Eventbrite merges ecommerce with the social graph to democratize event ticket sales, and it's likely you've used the platform to purchase tickets — the platform has helped event organizers sell more than $1 billion in ticket sales. Hartz is a proponent of fostering happiness in the workplace, and Eventbrite has been named one of the best places to work in the Bay Area.

Female Founders | Kate Kendall

Founder and CEO @thefetch.

Kate has done an enormous amount to encourage and build the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Immersed in community, startups, marketing, publishing, events, tech, geek cities and good tea. MEL→SF→NYC

Female Founders | Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna

Birchbox is a subscription service that delivers women a box of four or five deluxe beauty samples every month, allowing for a more hands-on sampling and beauty experience. Founded in 2010, the unique idea landed them a seed investment of $1.4 million, followed by a Series A round of $10.5 million. Birchbox hit its third year’s sales target in just seven months and launched Birchbox Man early in 2012 after the company racked up 100,000 subscribers.

Who can you add?


  1. Hi Susan,

    An Amazing list of such amazing, inspirational females.

    Thanks for providing such an easy way for me to get touch with these female-preneurs ! Loving the interactive button.


  2. Val Racheeva is the founder & CEO of WEFOUND, a Berlin based startup, which aim is to empower women around the world to make the jump and take the path to entrepreneurship #girlgobusiness

  3. Founder of Wooly Mates and blog. Products and information to inspire you to go green in your home and life.

  4. Claire is the Inventor, founder and Managing Director of Chillipeeps 3in1 Teats and Spouts, making life a little easier when out and about with baby by attaching directly to ready-made formula and water

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