Chicago tech hub 1871 announced Thursday that 12 women-led startups have been named to the latest WiSTEM class, a program that provides resources to female founders in Chicago.
WiSTEM, short for women in science, technology, engineering and math, was founded in 2015 and is now on its third cohort. The new group will begin a sixteen-week curriculum on September 20, and two companies will walk away with a $25,000 investment from Village Capital Communities. The winners will be peer selected.
“It is an honor to work with and join the journey with this group of dedicated women entrepreneurs,” Nicole Yeary, WiSTEM co-facilitator and Ms. Tech founder and CEO, said in a statement. “It is inspiring to see the growth and evolution of each company and their founder throughout the sixteen weeks. There’s no better feeling than seeing our mission taking shape through our work with WiSTEM and subsequently helping entrepreneurs develop game-changing solutions to real and relevant problems.”
The WiSTEM programs provides leadership sessions, pitch training, fundraising strategies, mentorship and other resources to female founders. The program is funded by Google for Entrepreneurs’ #40Forward initiative, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, Wild Ophelia, the Motorola Mobility Foundation, Coca-Cola, the U.S. Small Business Administration, KPMG, and AT&T.
Here are the 12 startups selected to the third WiSTEM cohort:
Neurocern – Anitha Rao
Neurocern is a dementia software solution that empowers family caregivers and hospital providers with neuroscience-based diagnostic and care solutions that are unique for each patient, resulting in improved health and lower healthcare costs.
Recordly – Anna Maikova, Yaryna Mykhyalyshyn and Sintia Radu
Recordly is an interviewing and transcription app for media professionals that uses a smartwatch as a remote control for tracking and highlighting audio recorded on the smartphone.
Wekaw – Angela Wang
Wekaw believes nobody is happy 24/7. They are a bridging technology service which anonymously and immediately connects customers to talk to a professional of their choice.
WeSolv – Stella Ashaolu
WeSolv is a platform that engages talented professional students and companies by efficiently solving real challenges. WeSolv provides visibility and access to both the world’s leading companies and students through case competition-like Enterprise Challenges. WeSolv provides the only existing centralized network of MBA students across the nation.
ClassCrasher – Marylynne Schwartz, Ellena Berger
ClassCrasher facilitates the discovery and booking of kids’ activities by making it easy for parents to find the perfect class to fit any schedule without the hassle of monthly subscription fees or limiting participation to only drop-in classes.
TheSocReports – Carol Fowler
TheSocReports collects and delivers social media insights on a weekly basis that are actionable so that subscribers can change their social media behavior for better results.
FetchFind – Jamie Migdal
FetchFind is the world’s only integrated E-Learning and content marketplace for the pet industry. Courses like pet first aid, canine behavior and customer service basics turn pet enthusiasts into pet pros. Pet industry businesses also use content to train and retain staff.
SpringFour – Rochelle Gorey
SpringFour provides B-to-B solutions for banks, nonprofits, employers—or frankly any enterprise that wants to help their customers or their employees take control of their finances—to provide ready access to trusted, vetted money-saving tools and resources through customizable web-based applications.
Taylored Wines – Rachel Portell
Taylored Wines connects oenophiles with world class, limited production boutique wines via a beautifully simple and innovative marketplace. Through the vineyard-to-glass marketplace, the antiquated wine distribution model that connects consumers to the best boutique wines with a single click is streamlined.
Kaizen Health – Mindi Knebel
Kaizen’s Health technology and people connect the rideshare industry with health systems while addressing technology barriers and addressing the need for these services from a public health perspective.
VirtualKEY – Resha Shroff
VirtualKEY introduces a smart and secure way to exchange keys. The land grab strategy hinges on providing the smartlock for free to increase smartlock adoption and incent hosts to change from traditional methods.
Olfactif – Tara Swords
Olfactif began as a niche perfume subscription service, sending curated, high-end fragrance collections to customers each month and selling the companion full bottles on the website. Other lines of business include ŕ la carte samples for subscribers and nonsubscribers, as well as a separate men’s subscription service.
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