AnitaB.org is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 PitcHER contest. This competition celebrates female entrepreneurs from all industries who are leading early stage technology startups. The finalists will join us at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 19) on October 2 to compete for a total of $100,000 in prize money, split among the top three finalists and an Audience Favorite.
Learn more about our finalists and their incredible startups.
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Dr. Fereshteh Aalamifar
Fereshteh is the founder and CEO of PediaMetrix, an early stage startup in Maryland that aims to revolutionize pediatric health through AI and image processing. PediaMetrix’s mobile health solution helps parents in the earliest stages of flat head syndrome (FHS) development, and puts parents in contact with PTs and other health professionals and shares the results with their pediatrician.
Startup: R6 Industries
Kyle, one of the Co-founders and the CEO of R6 Industries, is a biomedical engineer from Georgia Tech that is currently studying to be a doctor at the Medical College of Georgia. She hopes to leverage her work, engineering, and medical experience to solve healthcare problems and push for change using sustainable technology solutions.
Startup: MD Ally
As the child of a volunteer EMT, Shanel was inspired by her father’s experiences as a first responder to launch a healthcare technology company in the 911 space. In 2018, she launched MD Ally, an EMS telemedicine platform that enables collaborative partnerships between public safety and provider organizations for large-scale mobile integrated healthcare initiatives.
Dr. Sanna Gaspard
Startup: Rubitection Inc.
While earning her graduate degree, Sanna received two patents for two medical technologies she invented: an infant therapy device to support preterm infants’ health and an optical device for early bedsore detection. To support the commercialization of these two technologies, she founded two medical device companies: TLneoCare, LLC and Rubitection Inc. As CEO of both startups, she developed the vision, business strategy and plan, the IP strategy, and raised initial financing.
Startup: Motherboard Birth
Amy is a childbirth assistant (doula), artist, birth activist, mother of six, and founder of Motherboard Birth. Ever since the birth of her first daughter, Amy has been passionate about guiding families through the challenging landscape of their birth experience. She aims to reduce disparities in maternal health outcomes by building tools for parents and providers, and a platform to connect the two.
Asha is the Co-founder and CEO of BestFit, a company whose mission is to close the gap in college decision-making and create a clearer, more defined path to college and career. BestFit disrupts college recruiting with design and storytelling, empowering students to identify colleges best equipped to support their success.
Maci Peterson Philitas
Startup: On Second Thought (OST)
Maci is the CEO and Co-founder of On Second Thought (OST), the definitive delay-recall mechanism for mobile communications platforms. Under her leadership, OST has expanded to 190 countries, secured multiple patents, and now licenses its highly scalable software system across several industries.
Lydia is the Head of Translation Services and Recruitment at NaTakallam, a social enterprise that connects refugees and displaced persons with work opportunities in the language sector through the freelance economy. Her work at NaTakallam has included expanding the translation client base from two to three clients to over 60 and hiring 100+ freelance refugee translators who gain an income through translation work provided by NaTakallam.
Yulkendy is a social entrepreneur, storyteller, public speaker, and Co-founder and CEO of Forefront. Forefront is a subscription-based digital platform designed for global employers where employees can access curriculum-based lesson plans about cultures around the world, highlighting the rich narratives of real people and the intersection of our identities.
Kristen is an entrepreneur, acclaimed researcher, and a longtime advocate for financial literacy. Together with her co-founder Auriel Wright, she created StrattyX, a mobile app that empowers everyday investors.
Startup: Loro, Co.
Lin is the Co-founder and CFO of Loro Co., an intuitive and inclusive robotics startup developing a smart assistive companion for wheelchair users.
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Find out next week who our special AnitaB.org PitcHER judges will be, and who will speak at the PitcHER Closing Keynote!