Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey, Indra Nooyi, and Meg Whitman are names many of us will be familiar with, in part thanks to their hard-work, business achievements and entrepreneurial endeavours. For many female entrepreneurs, these women have acted as an inspiration, showing what they could possibly achieve for themselves. While these women are established in their fields, there are many up and coming female entrepreneurs looking to follow in their footsteps and make their marks on the world.
This new infographic from Colonial Life explores ten female entrepreneurs who they believe are set for big things in 2017. The women come from a range of backgrounds and sectors, and already have a lot under their belt, but could 2017 be the year they make it big in the business world? Only time will tell, but it’s looking promising!
Each of the individuals on the list are looking to change things up, and bring something new to their industry, such as Esosa Ighodaro, whose app COSIGN allows people to tag product information in images they upload to social media, which could change the way we shop.
Some of the other female entrepreneurs are using their positions to help improve the lives of other females, minority groups and those less fortunate themselves, with two – Kathryn Finney and Shradha Agarwal – having been named Champions of Change by the White House. Through her enterprise digitalundivided, Finney aims to help a diverse group of women gain entry to the tech sector, through train and funding, and ultimately diversify Silicon Valley. Meanwhile Agarwal is in the healthcare sector, helping those with chronic illnesses manage their health, and providing funding for other entrepreneurs in the same sphere.
Like Finney, Stephanie Lampkin is also an entrepreneur who wants to see an increase in diversity, which she is achieving through Blendoor, a job search platform that hides identifying information from recruiters. By hiding this information, it eliminates bias and creates a more level playing field for all.
It’s clear to see that for many of the entrepreneurs to watch in 2017, helping those who are sometimes disadvantaged is a motivator. Stella Mateo, for example, created SheTaxis – a taxi service run by women, for women – in order for female drivers to become financially empowered, and for female passengers to feel safe.
Other entrepreneurs featured include Carolyn Rodz, Amanda Signorelli and Jessica Alba who, while most commonly known as an actress, owns Honest Company which is rumoured to be of interest to Unilever, and is worth about $1.7bn.
As you can see, the female entrepreneurs to watch this year are a diverse group who are offering up a wide range of products and services, many of which have elements of promoting social change. As the year progresses it’ll be interesting to monitor their achievements and see just how just how far they go. Who knows, one or more of these women could become household names, and go on to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps!