Tag Archive: Skimble

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Fellowship Program Spurs 62% Increase In Female Founder Institute Graduates, New Fellowships Available

    We are now looking for the next batch of Female Fellows, and there are over 10 Fellowships available for the upcoming Spring 2013 semesters across the globe.

    By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)

    As you may or may not know, we introduced the Female Founder Fellowship program two years ago in an effort to increase the number of female-led companies graduating from the Founder Institute’s entrepreneur training program. By giving the best overall female applicant in each city a free course free, we anticipated

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    Female Founders To Watch: Rock Health’s Women Entrepreneurs

    Health tech startups utilize domain expertise in analytics and turn smartphone cameras into biosensors!

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

    Health startup accelerator Rock Health held demo day for their second class of health startups yesterday. If you didn’t already know, Rock Health is a five month program and seed accelerator targeting health-related mobile and web applications and the entrepreneurs who are interested in building them.

    Here are the women working on ground-breaking innovations in health – from utilizing their domain expertise in analytics to turning smartphone cameras into biosensors – and creating the next big healthtech startup. Digital health is quickly becoming a hot investment area.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Founder Institute Seeks Female Founders, Offers Fellowships

    Founder Institute’s Female Founder Fellowship program increased 30% female graduates globally.

    By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)

    Last year, we unveiled a new program – Female Founder Fellowship (FFF) – in an effort to grow the number of female technology founders by providing free course fees for our best female applicants.

    At the time, 16% of our graduates were female, and our stated goal was to double that number and ultimately graduate 175 female-led companies a year.

    The FFF program helped spur a 30% increase in female graduates globally in just a few months time.

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    by Angie Chang

    Starting A Women-Led Healthcare Or Life Science Startup?

    By Joshua Henderson (Director of Programming, Springboard Enterprises)

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about resources available to high-growth, women-led companies.

    Besides missing a few important organizations like SmartGirlsWay, NewME Accelerator, Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, BlogHer Entrepreneurs and ACTiVATE, I said that we wanted to partner with non women-focused groups/events to champion more women through the funnel from idea to startup to exit.

    So when I saw that six companies in the latest TechStars NY batch are led by women, including Springboard

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Health Innovation

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

    Rock Health hosted the 2012 Health Innovation Summit in San Francisco this week, showcasing a remarkably gender-balanced set of interdisciplinary innovators in the burgeoning health/tech space.

    As keynote speaker Mitch Kapor stated, “It is possible to go up the learning curve yourself without the basics of the domain you’re in.” The health tech space is still very new, he reminded the audience, and recommended for early entrepreneurs to educate yourself of the ecosystem, overcome your fears and find a way to “dive in” – find advisors that know about the space, can help you learn, and figure out how to build the right partnerships.

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    by Angie Chang

    Skimble’s Backflipping Presentation Earns Top Score

    By Shana Lynch (Assistant Managing Editor, Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal)

    Heavy-hitting health venture capitalists and professionals were on hand for the DC to VC: Hit Startup Showcase event, organized by Morgenthaler Ventures. And one startup founder was doing backflips for their attention. Literally.

    Maria Ly, co-founder of Skimble, which makes exercise applications for mobile, showed off her product with a backflip. Skimble, based in San Francisco, uses personal trainers to coach work-out exercises, with game-style add-ons to keep it fresh.

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    by Angie Chang

    Tracking Fitness with Skimble’s Maria Ly: Her Latest Mobile Apps for the Quantified Self

    By Maria Ly (Co-Founder, Skimble)

    My parents immigrated to Canada when I was a baby and growing up, I found myself attracted to sports like figure skating and gymnastics. When I wasn’t being active, I was actively coding and running my first mobile “modding” business. Eventually, I had the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Cheerleading & Dance Championships and completed my computer engineering degree at the University of Waterloo — with that, I flew to San Francisco!

    My friends can attest that I’m a bit of a health and fitness fanatic. Not long after I began working at Google, I picked up…