Show us a cool company run by a woman, and well, we’ll show you some ladies whose interests have been piqued.
It may sound prejudiced, but hear us out: although women start nearly 50% of businesses in the US, most woman-owned businesses make less than $50,000 a year and many only ever employ their founder. Plus, women founded companies receive only 2% of all venture funding. For shame!
Which means that when a product or company started by a gal founder gets big enough to come across your radar screen…it’s beaten the odds to get there. It’s like a real-life unicorn sighting, or, as Amy Hoy would want us to say, a narwhal sighting! (Narwhals are REAL whales that really DO have a uni-horn).
I started Skillcrush to give every woman (and man) a way out of a plateauing career path and back in the career driver seat by learning super marketable tech skills.
But learning tech skills is never about becoming a hardcore techie. It’s about strapping on a turbo pack for whatever you want to do. Write a book? Launch a fashion line? Hack the consumer packaged goods industry? You better believe tech skills can help you with that.
Today we celebrate the great products created and designed by and for women. The stories of why and how these companies were started showcase the diversity and brilliance of women entrepreneurs:
- A company started by a mom + dad team on a mission to make the most comfortable flats in the world.
- A designer dress label started by a young professional who realized we needed to break the cycle of women trying to fit in clothes – instead, the clothes needed to fit the woman.
- An energy bar designed by a 5x NCAA track and field champion to fuel her USA Championship podium dreams in a delicious (+ real-food!) way.
If you too are inspired by women who are walking the walk, have we got the jackpot for you! Enter our girlpower giveaway, an amazing prize package full of goodies you’ll actually want, from companies started by women. Products made by women for women is a seriously good idea. You can win products from ALL of them, and a few more of our favorite women in business, by entering the Skillcrush + HelloFlo giveaway!
There is no purchase necessary to enter. Just one heck of a girlpowerful prize.
So what are you waiting for? Enter now. And maybe you’ll even be inspired by these girlpowered companies to start your own. (We’ll be right here with you, cheering you on!)
Adda is not only the CEO and founder of Skillcrush, but also an instructor. With her self-taught tech skills, she’s worked on building sites for the New York Times, ProPublica and MTV.