In the 2010 world census women made up 50.8% of the world’s population. In the entrepreneurial world that percentage plummets. Women only make up 30% of entrepreneurs and 33% are self-employed. But, fortunately, there are some pretty amazing women out there doing their thing and doing it well. Here are five boss ladies who are crushin’ it.
CEO and Co-Founder of Technology Will Save Us
Technology Will Save Us Is a company that sells DIY tech kits that help children build amazing things like synthesizers and robots. TWSU has had successful Kickstarter campaigns for their amazing designs that have reached over $120, 000 and they have recently partnered with the BBC to create and distribute a microbit (that’s a tiny, pocket sized computer to those of us not into tech!) to a million school children. Koby’s work with TWSU has appeared in the Design Museum and at the MoMA in New York.
Chief Executive of Trainline
Gilmartin is the head of the UK’s Trainline, an independent online site that allows travellers looking for train or coach trips the chance to find the best trip at the best price. Gilmartin is the former vice-president of eBay and started Trainline when she was 39 – and six months pregnant! Totally a fierce femme!
Charlotte Skene Catling
Co-Founder of Skene Catling de la Peña
Charlotte Skene Catling is one half of the London based architecture firm, Skene Catling de la Peña. Formed in 2003, Skene Catling and de la Peña work in private, public and commercial settings. In December 2015 the design for their project The Flint House won the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) House of the Year Award for its design. She was even shortlisted for the Architectural Review’s Women in Architecture Award in 2016. The design world clearly sees that she is a force to be reckoned with.
CEO and Co-Founder of Unruly
Unruly is a London based ad-tech company that helps videos get shared and seen by people across the globe while also connecting emotionally and not just simply viewed. When Wood helped found Unruly it was a team of three people. Now Unruly has 20 offices all over the world and was acquired by News Corp for a cool £114 million. During her career, Wood has been voted UK Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Growing Business Awards and Digital Woman of the Year by RED Magazine.
Founder of Net-a-Porter
In 2000, Natalie Massenet founded Net-a-Porter; an online shopping destination for luxury brands. Her previous work as a stylist and a fashion writer for Tatler helped Massenet develop and incredible eye and insight in to world of high street fashion. When she created Net-a-Porter she was fulfilling her goals of becoming a magazine editor while also creating a magazine for the 21st Century that also incorporated shopping into the mix. Net-a-Porter now employs over 3,000 people all over the world.
If you want to find out more about women in the entrepreneurial world, the EU Commission has available on their website a study from 2014 dedicated to women entrepreneurs: http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/7481/attachments/1/translations
Words by Michelle Heath