Female founders are giving a big thumbs-up to Seattle! 

By Jessica Schimm (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)

In a recent interview with Andy White, we learned that 25% of the Vegas Tech Fund is comprised of female founders (high five!). Additionally, they seem to be receiving support in another innovative city; Seattle. In fact, the city “ranks second among top ten cities for women entrepreneurs,” according to NerdWallet. See what these female founders had to say about their entrepreneurial experiences in the emerald city below:

Women 2.0 is contributing to the supportive environment for female founders in Seattle by hosting our signature networking event Founder Friday Seattle.  This month’s event is on Friday Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m. and will be hosted at Facebook’s office!

Nadia Mahmud, CEO and Co-Founder of Jolkona and Mary Jesse, Chairman and CEO of Ivycorp and will both share the lessons they’ve learned as an entrepreneur at #FFSEA. Here’s a little bit about them:

Mary Jesse, Chairman and CEO of Ivycorp and Nadia Mahmud, CEO and Co-Founder of Jolkona will both speak at #FFSEA.

NadiaNadia Eleza Khawaja (Co-founder & CEO, Jolkana)
Social enterprise Jolkana is an online platform to help people make philanthropic donations and track their impact. It has recently won local plaudits as one of Seattle’s best non-profits. Follow her on Twitter @NadiaMahmud.


mary_jesseMary Jesse (Chairman & CEO of IvyCorp)
Mary Jesse has more than 25 years of experience developing wireless solutions. She designed and led deployment of the first large scale wireless cellular data systems and the first implementation of wireless Internet communications over cellular. Follow her @TheMaryJesse.

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Jess headshotJessica Schimm (@JessicaSchimm) is the assistant editor at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and was the editor-in-chief of SF State’s Her Campus chapter. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and writes about them on her blog.