Nancy Kruger Cohen, Mouth Foods
Nancy Kruger Cohen is the co-founder and chief creative officer at Mouth Foods, an online food market. Prior to starting up Mouth, she was art director at Metropolis, ESPN Magazine, Details, and New Woman, and created ad campaigns at Carlson + Partners for Ralph Lauren brands. She’s also written for publications such as The New York Times Magazine.
Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill, ToyMail
Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill founded ToyMail when the two best friends were working on a new way to voice chat with kids. The two wanted to make a physical toy rather than a phone, and wanted to make it as simple as possible. That’s how ToyMail began.
In February 2017 ToyMail appeared on Shark Tank, and Nanda, presenting on her own due to Hill’s scheduling conflicts, pitched the idea to the sharks, and walked away with a $600,000 investment for five percent of the company. Nanda previously invented Clocky, a traveling alarm clock, while she was a graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab.
Emily Heyward, Red Antler
Red Antler, a branding company that specializes in startups, was co-founded by Emily Heyward, who previously worked in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi and JWT. She is now head of the strategy team at Red Antler and has lent her branding expertise to the likes of Casper, Zagat, Birchbox, and Allbirds.
Nisha Garigarn, Croissant
Croissant, which was cofounded by Nish Garigarn in 2015, offers its members access to coworking spaces across New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, and L.A. Nisha only learned to code two years prior to starting the company, which was born out of a TechCrunch hackathon.
Allison Kopf, Agrilyst
Allison Kopf is the founder and CEO of Agrilyst, the virtual agronomist. Agrilyst makes it easier for farms to manage operations and scale past profitability. Agrilyst won the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco in 2015, while Kopf has won 2016 Changemaker of the Year by the Association of Vertical Farming and Entrepreneur of the Year by Technical.ly Brooklyn. Kopf serves on the boards of the Santa Clara University School of Engineering and Cornell University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture program. She’s also a mentor with #BUILTBYGIRLS, an organization helping get more women into tech jobs, and Square Roots Grow, an urban farming and entrepreneurship platform.
Prior to creating Agrilyst, Kopf worked with BrightFarms, which builds and operates greenhouses.
Daniela Perdomo, goTenna
When Daniela Perdomo and her brother Jorge saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, they started working on a prototype for goTenna, which allows people to communicate when cell towers, Wi-Fi and other services are down. goTenna works almost like a walkie-talkie, to provide much-needed communications during disasters.
Daniela is the CEO of the company, while Jorge is VP of product.
Katelyn Gleason, Eligible
Katelyn Gleason was previously a professional stage actor and a sales manager before founding Eligible in 2011. Her remarkable story involves a dramatic change in life direction, from aspiring to gracing Broadway to a successful tech entrepreneur.
Eligible, which offers APIs to the healthcare sector, has since received over $25 million in investment, according to Crunchbase. Eligible is a graduate from the Y Combinator accelerator program in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength since, attracting investment from some big names in tech.
Emily Doubilet and Jessica Holsey, Susty Party
Susty Party creates disposable, eco-friendly tableware and home goods that are party-ready and responsibly made. It’s two founders Emily Doubilet and Jessica Holsey met at a party, and decided to start a business that would have a positive effect on the world.
Doubilet studied Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and created environmentally-themed parties and art pieces before meeting her co-founder. Holsey studied economics at Harvard and after graduating found a job in New York on Wall Street. Her entrepreneurial spirit moved her to start her own thing, and after meeting Doubilet, decided Susty would be it.