As we move past March, probably the strangest Women’s History Month in history, let us appreciate the powerful female founders who have so far pivoted, persevered and persisted during the pandemic. You might have seen the article about female world leaders who have had the best coronavirus responses so far. To take it one step further, we wanted to hone in on the top 10 (female) entrepreneurs who have taken control of the situation as much as they can, and brought their companies with them.
The following inspiring leaders (random order) have found a way to do a world of good for others, and in return are thriving and still hiring:
Anne Boden, CEO & Founder of Starling Bank.
After a lot of back and forth, Starling Bank is not furloughing any of their staff with support from the government. Starling Bank has introduced the ‘connected card’ which is designed to help personal account customers who are self-isolating, by allowing friends, neighbours or community volunteers to use their account to pay for their essential shopping.
Benedetta Arese Lucini, CEO and Co-founder of Oval Money.
Oval Money is an app for financial coaching and planning and helps users save quickly and effectively. One way this can be done is through your one-hour of physical activity every day. Oval can connect to Google Fit or Apple Health, set daily goals of steps and set money aside when you reach the goal as a reward, or when you don’t as an incentive.
Priya Lakhani OBE, CEO and Founder of Century Tech
Century Tech is a teaching and learning platform for primary, secondary schools, colleges and universities. They are now offering free support to all schools and further education colleges that have closed during the pandemic. They will get access to plenty of learning resources, supported by their AI engine that can create personalised learning paths.
Emily Forbes, Co-founder of Seenit
Seenit have been connecting the world online way before the pandemic. Seenit is a video app that lets businesses crowdsource footage. They have launched a free mini-guide on how to maintain productivity and engagement when your team is working from home which can be found here.
Bethany Koby, founder of Technology Will Save Us
Technology Will Save Us is a tech learning start-up providing families and children of all ages new opportunities to learn and use technology. They have introduced a free ‘Learn at Home’ activity e-book for children, which you can find here.
Cindy Mi, CEO & Founder of VIPKID
VIPKID is a global education technology company that connects children with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English immersion learning. VIPKID is based in China, but hires teachers from all over the United States and Canada. Lately, this has been a huge relief for many Americans who have lost their jobs, as while teaching with VIPKID you can make up to $22 an hour. They are hiring for many non-teaching jobs as well.
Jasmine Crowe, CEO & Founder of Goodr
Goodr is a sustainable food waste management company leveraging technology to fight waste and hunger. During the coronavirus crisis, Goodr has partnered with the Atlanta Hawks and Second Helpings, a non-profit food rescue organization, to provide free food to underserved communities throughout the city.
Shine started out as a text experience to help you notice and improve your general wellbeing. It has since evolved into one of the highest rated apps by Apple, providing meditations and self-care audio challenges, and has been linked to decreases in depression and anxiety by its users. Shine is offering free annual Shine Premium memberships to people who are healthcare workers, essential workers, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. They are currently hiring.
Jessica Ewing, Founder and CEO at Literati
Based in Austin, TX, Literati is a subscription service for kids that sends you five books every 30 days for $10 a month. Since the start of the pandemic, Literati has given away over 3,000 books for free to families who are picking up meals for their children whose schools have closed (and no longer get school-subsidized meals). And yes, they’re hiring!
Katherine Ryder, Founder & CEO at Maven
Named as one of Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Healthcare Companies in 2018,” Maven’s digital clinic provides on-demand, unlimited access to providers across 20+ specialties in women’s and family health. Maven has started offering six-month contracts to employers who want to provide telehealth benefits to employees during the crisis. They are hiring for over 30 positions right now.
Austin-based Everlywell is a home testing company offering more than 30 consumer-initiated, regulatory-compliant tests, without having to visit a lab. They were one of the first to come out with an at-home coronavirus test.