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Female Founders To Watch: TechStars NYC Spring 2012 Class

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New class of TechStars New York boasts 6 female startup founders out of 14 startups.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Women entrepreneurs heard TechStars’ call for applications earlier this year and as a result, the newly announced TechStars class of entrepreneurs has a better gender ratio than ever.

Nearly half of the newly announced TechStars startup companies have women founders. TechStars is an accelerator for early-stage startups in cities like New York City, Boston, Boulder and Seattle. The program is mentorship-driven and each company receives $100,000 seed investment through a convertible note (basically a loan that converts into equity when you do a future raise).

Here are the six women participating in the New York TechStars class:

Jennifer Johnson (Co-Founder, StockTouch)
Visible Market CEO Jennifer Johnson co-founded StockTouch, an iPad app now installed on all demo iPads and iPhones in Apple retail stores. Follow her on Twitter at @JenniferNYC.

Katrina Brickner (Co-Founder, Droptype)
Entrepreneur Katrina Brickner co-founded Droptype for those who “like to write but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a blog or website”. Follow her on Twitter at @KatrinaBrickner.

Kelly Eidson (Co-Founder, Moveline)
Strategic planner Kelly Eidson co-founded Moveline, a web startup that makes it easy for people who are preparing for a long-distance move. Follow her on Twitter at @keidson.

Kelsey Falter (Founder, Markover)
Designer and frontend developer Kelsey Falter founded Markover to transform conversation over online media. Follow her on Twitter at @kfalter.

Payal Kadakia (Co-Founder & CEO, Classtivity)
MIT graduate and dancetrepreneur Payal Kadakia co-founded Classtivity, an easy-to-navigate directory and online reservation system for leisure classes and activities.

Sonia Sahney (Co-Founder & CEO, Pickie)
An engineer turned product manager, Sonia Sahney co-founded Pickie, a social commerce play. Follow her on Twitter at @ssahney.

Looking forward to seeing where these six women will be going with their companies!

About the writer: Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie. nyse