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It’s difficult to narrow down all the leading women entrepreneurs of 2016 to just 15, but this impressive group is worthy of the effort. See all the leading ladies below:
Sarah Kauss, S’Well
A Colorado native and lifelong environmentalist, Kauss founded S’Well to sell a high-end version of an unlikely product: a water bottle, which goes for $45. The company booked $47 million in revenue in 2015.
Lynn Jurich, Sunrun
Jurich is out to bust the myth that solar energy is too expensive, claiming it saves homeowners 20 percent on electricity. This year Sunrun began offering homeowners energy storage facilities to save even more.
Vicki Saunders, SheEO
Saunders’s organization taps independent women investors (at as little as $1,000 a pop) to fund zero-interest loans for women entrepreneurs. SheEO is now doubling its efforts in Canada and rolling out internationally.
Jill Angelo, Genneve
Co-founded by Angelo and her partner, Jacqui Brandwynne, the personal care products maker addresses the “unsexy but real things” that come with aging. Genneve won the Women Founders Network 2016 Annual Fast Pitch Competition.
Meika Hollender, Sustain
Hollander‘s business is built on a simple fact: Women purchase 40 percent of condoms and yet marketing and packaging in the industry has always been largely male-targeted. Plus Sustain Condoms are Fair Trade-certified and nontoxic.
Trish Costello, Portfolia
With her online platform, Costello wants to expand women entrepreneurs’ circles. At this year’s United State of Women Summit at the White House, Costello stated a bold goal: $1 billion in investment in women-run enterprises.
Miki Agrawal, Thinx
Christine Hunsicker, Gwynnie Bee
One third of women in the U.S. wear sizes 10 to 32 but, as Hunsicker noticed, there was a gap in the $120 billion women’s apparel market. So she founded a company that rents out everyday, plus-size clothing via a subscription service.
Stephanie Tilenius, Vida Health
Coaches at Vida work one-on-one with people suffering from chronic conditions. This year, the service helped 58 percent of a group of UnitedHealthcare patients with high blood pressure lose weight over a five-month period.
Lisa Skeete Tatum, LandIt
Designed to help women out of a career rut, Landit announced a $2 million seed round in March. It provides job listings and a career playbook because, Tatum says, “the challenges of advancement, the challenges of engagement, are more acute with women.”
Kathryn Finney, Digitalundivided
In addition to serving as an accelerator for black and Latina women founders, Finney’s organization studies “the Real Unicorns of Tech,” or black women founders, who it says have received less than half of 1 percent of venture funding over the past five years.
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Pipeline Angels
Instead of writing a check to charity, Noguera’s organization helps women become angel investors and fund social enterprises run by other women. The number of U.S. cities in which Pipeline offers bootcamps surpassed 30 this year.
Janica Alvarez, Naya Health
The modernized breast pump made by Naya Health is meant to allow women to more comfortably feed their babies breast milk for longer. This year the company raised $3.9 million and received FDA clearance.
Jessica Matthews, Uncharted Play
The small, movement-powered energy systems developed by Uncharted Play are currently in jump ropes and soccer balls; next are strollers and suitcases. That’s why Williams recently closed what she says is the largest Series A round ever raised by a black woman.
Heidi Zak, ThirdLove
Few women would say shopping for a bra is a pleasant experience. That’s why Zak hopes to win customers over with an app that measures women’s bra sizes at home using just a few short questions.