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.
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.
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