Female Founders To Follow: 9 CEOs From PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition Finalists
Out of the 10 finalists for PITCH NYC Startup Competition, 9 of the startups have women CEOs.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
On November 14 in New York, PITCH NYC Conference & Competition is expecting 15 conference speakers – 95% of them women. 100% of the speakers have founded successful startup companies, several of them with million dollar exits!
10 women-led early-stage startup companies (led by 9 women CEOs and 4 women CTOs, these companies are the chosen finalists of the 2012 PITCH NYC Startup Competition) will be presenting onstage for feedback and prizes.
Meet the 9 women CEOs who will be presenting their startups onstage at PITCH NYC. And if you haven’t already purchased your ticket to join us for PITCH NYC Conference & Competition, we hope you do and see you there next Wednesday!
Amanda Allen (Co-Founder & CEO, NewlyWish)
New York-based Amanda Allen co-founded NewlyWish, a place to create a gift registry. Winning business plan competitions and using the seed funding to fuel her startup is par for the course to the Fordham business school graduate. Follow her on Twitter at @NewlyWish.
Carissa Ganelli (Co-Founder & CEO, LightningBuy)
With the drive to change the status quo, Carissa Ganelli founded LightningBuy, a mobile monetization platform that enables ecommerce merchants to sell on mobile devices with just one line of code. Follow her on Twitter at @LightningBuy.
Chandini Ammineni (Co-Founder & CEO, ActivityHero)
Mountain View-based Chandini Ammineni co-founded ActivityHero, removing project management from parenting. The 500 Startups company helps parents find and coordinate kids activities – and small businesses get found. Follow her on Twitter at @Ammineni.
Julie Lerner (Founder & CEO, EatDrinkJobs)
New York-based entrepreneur Julie Lerner founded EatDrinkJobs, the easiest way to hire and be hired in the restaurant and bar community. Job seekers create profiles with recommendations from peers, managers, etc. Follow her on Twitter at @eatdrinkjobs.
Kathryn Minshew (Co-Founder & CEO, The Daily Muse)
YC alum Katherine Minshew founded The Daily Muse to provide engaging job search, career information and more to a rapidly growing community of inspired professionals who believe that kicking ass and taking names is all part of the job. Follow her on Twitter at @kmin.
Maria Renhui Zhang (Founder & CEO, Alike)
Bellavue-based developer Maria Renhui Zhang founded Alike to make purchase research easy and improve people’s real life experience through mobile and web apps like Alike. Follow her on Twitter at @MariaRenhui.
Meg Wirth (Founder, Maternova)
Having worked in global health for 15+ years, Meg Wirth founded Maternova, a web-based global marketplace for tools and ideas saving the lives of mothers and newborns. Product bundling and mapping software generate revenue. Follow her on Twitter at @maternova.
Rachel Brooks (Co-Founder & CEO, Citizen Made)
Design, tech and food geek Rachel Brooks co-founded Citizen Made, a Chicago-based e-commerce tool for product customization. Citizen Made graduated from the NewME accelerator and boasts a female CTO, Bryn McCoy! Follow her on Twitter at @rachelabrooks.
Vicky Brock (Founder & CEO, Clear Returns)
Glasgow-based entrepreneur Vicky Brock founded Clear Returns, a patent-pending solution of predictive technology that spots signs of returns before they occur, turning an otherwise inevitable return into an exchange or sales opportunity. Follow her on Twitter at @brockvicky.
Women 2.0 readers: What woman CEO of a high-growth or high-tech company inspires you? Let us know in the comments below.
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.