Female entrepreneurs are gaining ground, and they are founding companies that are both making a profit and doing good in the world. In 2015, 45% of entrepreneurs were women, and social entrepreneurship has men and women equally represented. Women are founding companies that address issues including hunger, poverty, health, human trafficking, education, and more. Take a look at some of the startups founded by women that are making a difference in the world.
- Copia: Working to Stop Hunger
Copia was founded by Komal Ahmad, and she believes that hunger is a problem of logistics rather than scarcity. There is enough food to feed everyone on the planet, and her company sets out to do just that. Her goal is to make healthy food more accessible to the poor, and it uses machine learning and predictive analytics to help companies feed the community, reduce waste, and save money.
- Nubank: Economic Empowerment
Cristina Junqueira founded Nubank, a Brazilian fintech company, to make banking accessible to everyone. They use high interest savings accounts, low interest credit cards, and an app based credit system to fight the high interest rates and fees charged by Brazil. It allows people to improve their financial situation. Today, her company is worth $10 billion, and she is planning to open branches in Mexico and Argentina.
- NextDrop: Clean Water
Anu Sridharan founded NextDrop to solve the water problem in India. It uses modern mobile technology to track information about the accessibility, quantity, and quality of water. Then, it sends alerts out to local residents. This also gathers data about which areas aren’t receiving enough clean water.
- Marinus Analytics: Human Trafficking
Emily Kennedy began researching for her company when she was 21 years old, and she started by asking detectives what they would need to find sex trafficking victims. She learned about the potential of artificial intelligence, and she created a tool, Traffic Jam. it decreases the amount of time investigators can find information. They have identified 3,000 victims and helped in 14, 400 sex trafficking investigations. She hopes her company can move beyond this to help solve other crimes.