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8 Female Founders to Watch Disrupting Education with Technology

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Education is ripe for disruption, and women entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the movement.

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

From the educational aspect of gamifying the improvement and education of people, the possibilities are endless – many apps and companies are popping up looking to educate people (kids, second/third career adults, and everyone in between) on computational thinking, financial literacy, etc.

Traditional academic institutions are going online, starting with university courses on YouTube and ending with massively open online courses available free of charge to whoever wants. Online collaboration is possible for students located in different areas of the world, and textbooks are increasingly going digital.

Here are women entrepreneurs starting edtech startup to watch – and as always, let us know who we missed in the comments below!

Daphne Koller (Co-Founder, Coursera)
a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Daphne Koller adds entrepreneur to her list of accomplishments by co-founding Coursera. Follow her on Twitter at @DaphneKoller.

Heather Hiles (Founder & CEO, Pathbrite)
Oakland-based Heather Hiles founded Pathbrite for students and learners of all ages to collect, track and showcase a lifetime of achievement. They are then recommended pathways for continuous success. Pathbrite raised $2.5M in June. Follow her on Twitter at @heatherhiles.

Jocelyn Leavitt (Co-Founder, Hopscotch)
After earning an MBA from Columbia, Jocelyn Leavitt founded a commercial real estate company, a vacation home rental company using social networks – and is now working on Hopscotch to help kids learn to code. Follow her on Twitter at @JocelynLeavitt.

Nancy MacIntyre (Co-Founder & CEO, Fingerprint)
CEO Nancy MacIntyre of Fingerprint builds apps for children to learn logic and math during mobile play. The former LeapFrog EVP of Product Innovation & Marketing raised $1.4M funding last year for Fingerprint. Follow her on Twitter at @nancymacintyre.

Pooja Nath Sankar (CEO & Founder, Piazza)
A former software developer at Oracle, Kosmix and Facebook, Pooja Nath Sankar founded Piazza to get students help fast. Students post questions anonymously and their classmates and professors collectively answer. Follow her on Twitter at @poojanath.

Priya Haji (Co-Founder & President, SaveUp)
After eBay acquired her previous startup, entrepreneur Priya Haji launched consumer finance startup SaveUp to educate and reward people for saving money, not spending. SaveUp raised $4M in funding in July. Follow her on Twitter at @priyahaji.

Samantha John (Co-Founder, Hopscotch)
Former “pivot” (software engineer) at Pivotal Labs, Samantha John wants to change the world – by hgelping children learn the basics of computer programming with her company Hopscotch. Check out Daisy the Dinosaur for iPads. Follow her on Twitter at @SamJ0hn.

Sue Khim (CEO & Co-Founder, Alltuition)
Well-versed in the issue of college debt, Sue Khim co-founded Alltuition to match financial aid requirements to opportunities, providinga free and fast unified application for college financial aid. AllTuition raised Series B funding last year. Follow her on Twitter at @alltuition.

The sky is the limit when it comes to applying technology to education.

Women 2.0 readers: Did we miss a female founder in the education/technology industry that should be on our list? 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.