05/10/12 | Uncategorized

500 Startup’s Newest Class Includes 9 Women-Led Startups

Mountain View-based accelerator/incubator 500 Startups adds 15 women entrepreneurs to the family.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

27 startups were announced as the 500 Startups spring class. 9 have a woman on the founding team (33%). Not bad!

500 Startups partner Christine Tsai blogged yesterday: “They came from districts afar – Mexico, Brazil, the UK, Slovenia, Italy, Japan, Australia, Canada, India, Philippines, China, Austin, NYC, DC, Chicago. For the next 3 months, these 27 startups will fight to gain customers, revenue, and investor dollars. Welcome to the 4th Annual FUNDING GAMES.” Watch the FUNDING GAMES video here.

Here are the 15 female founders currently contending in 500 Startups:

Chandini Ammineni (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
Mechanical engineer Chandini Ammineni worked on various web and mobile apps (including one to help pregnant moms see the heartbeat of their babies on the iPhone) until convinced by Shilpa to join the ActivityHero team. Follow her on Twitter at @ammineni.

Cheryl Yeoh (Co-Founder & CEO, ReClipIt)
Formerly CityPockets, ReClipIt was co-founded by Cheryl Yeoh as a social catalog for coupon and deal lovers. Fun fact: the mascot is a jellyfish wearing Ray-Bans. Follow her on Twitter at @cherylyeoh.

Courtney Powell (Co-Founder & CEO, Publik Demand)
Coonsumer advocate Courtney Powell started PublikDemand to give individuals a voice against large corporations and give corporations an incentive to put their customers before their profits. Follow her on Twitter at @courtneypowell.

Dana Wu (Co-Founder, TenderTree)
An engineer turned product manager, Dana Wu co-founded TenderTree to help families find a caregiver for the elderly or disabled. It has been reported that the caregiver marketplace has also used as a dating site by some.

Elena Favilli (Founder & CEO, Timbuktu Magazine)
With a background in new media and publishing, Elena Favilli co-founded Timbuktu Magazine to improve the quality of time families spend with their children, providing an “invisible education” of sorts. Follow her on Twitter at @efavilli.

Francesca Cavallo (Co-Founder & Creative Director, Timbuktu Magazine)
Serial social entrepreneur Francesca Cavallo co-founded Timbuktu Magazine, the first iPad magazine for children and the first project to bring the best methods of education to the consumer market. Follow her on Twitter at @francescavallo.

Jenny Chen (Co-Founder & CTO, Wanderable)
After working at Amazon Web Services for over five years, Jenny Chen co-founded Wanderable with her freshman year roommate at Stanford University to make wedding registries more fun for travel lovers. Follow her on Twitter at @phethyr.

Jocelyn Gailliot (Co-Founder, Uscoop)
With a background in business and investing, Jocelyn Gailliot co-founded and bootstrapped Uscoop, now a nationally recognized social commerce platform for preps disrupting the retail world by allowing the customer to be the stylist and model.

Lauren Thorp (Founder & CEO, Umba Box)
Having quit her full-time job last year to fulfill her childhood dream of entrepreneurship, Laura Thorp founded Umba Box to enable people to effortlessly discover handmade products, delivering monthly curated packages of women’s goods to subscribers.

Madeline Moore (Co-Founder, Uscoop)
Taking her experience in wholesale and retail distribution, Madeline Moore co-founded Uscoop, a social commerce website using photos of campus style icons to inspire and curate sales on all-American brands. Follow her on Twitter at @maddymmoore.

Marcela Miyazawa (Co-Founder, Wanderable)
Former 23andMe product manager Marcela Miyazawa co-founded Wanderable to provide honeymoon registries for couples who want experiences, not stuff. We’ve heard that newlyweds can also share what “G-rated” activities they did on their honeymoon.

Megan Lin (Co-Founder & COO, Ingresse)
Stanford MS&E grad student Megan Lin co-founded Inaresse, Brazil’s first social ticketing company for people to find events and for event organizers to reach their audience. Anyone can post an event for free and sell out like a pro. Follow her on Twitter at @saidmeg.

Peggy Chang (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
An engineer with an MBA, Peggy Chang led product management teams for Intuit, Charles Schwab and the LA Times before joining ActivityHero. Her nine-year-old and eleven-year-old children enjoy many different specialty and sports camps.

September Rinnier (Co-Founder, Uscoop)
Uscoop co-founder September Rinnier bootstrapped the platform for up-and-coming brands to reach a target audience of 18-29 year olds. She has successfully sourced, marketed and driven significant sales for 100+ brands. Follow her on Twitter at @septemberr.

Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
An engineer by profession and a parent at heart, Shilpa Dalmia started ActivityHero to help parents select activities for their kids. In raising her two kids, she realizes the challenge in seeking the best activities for them. Follow her on Twitter at @shilpa_dalmia.

500 Startups demo days will be in Mountain View on July 17 & 18, and in New York on July 23.

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.



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