List of Female Founders in Emerging Tech

*List updated as of 1/15/18; originally written 8/3/17*

I left my job at the end of June to pursue other explorations for emerging tech (primarily VR, AR, all the R’s).

As I begin to dig deeper into opportunities, I’m keeping my eyes open for companies or startups founder and leaders that identify as women. I also want to know which are ran by People of Color, LGBTQIA, and any other historically underrepresented groups in tech.

Pretty much anyone that doesn’t look like the typical Silicon Valley CEO (*cough cough*).

Based on study from Harvard Business Review. Source

The Magical List

I posted on Twitter and the Women in VR/AR Facebook asking for names of female founders in the VR/AR scene. AND HOLY COW, PEOPLE. There are some stellar founders out there, and more women than I honestly expected.

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Below I compiled a list of companies with at least one founder that identifies with women, PoC, or LGBTQIA.

Keep in mind, though, that this list is:

  • Incomplete. I’m sure I’m missing companies, so please let me know which ones!
  • Primarily focused on women. I’d love to broaden that to diverse founders of all kinds.

I was originally going to store this list in a personal Google Doc for my own reference, but decided to share it with all y’all since I find it so inspiring to see these founders pursuing a ton of different applications for emerging tech.

So let’s get to the list, shall we?!

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30 Ninjas

Julina Tatlock (Founder & CEO)

A VR Journey

Cecile Eskenazi (Founder)

Alchemie

Julia Winter (Founder)

All These Worlds

Jackie Morie (Founder & Chief Scientist)

All VR Education

Alicia Canellas (Founder)

ARAD

Spandana Govindgari (Founder)

Artefact VR

Julie Driver (Founder)

Astire Games

MJ Johns (Founder & Director)

Axis Images

Janie Fitzgerald (Founder)

Baobab Studios

Maureen Fan (Co-Founder and CEO)

Beast, Inc.

Vivian Tan (Co-Founder & Chief Beast)

Bedhouse Games

Meredith Wilson (Founder)

Binomial

Stephanie Hurlburt (Founder & Owner)

Blaze VR/AR

Sherrie “Shero” Robertson

Boulevard

Elizabeth Reede (Co-Founder & CEO)

Bthere.io

Amy Nichols (Founder & CEO)

Bushi-Go, Inc.

Kimberly Unger (Co-Founder & CEO)

Campfire Union

Rachael Hosein (Co-Founder & CCO)

CaptainVR

Dana-Maria Faneker (Founder & CEO)

castAR (Note: Shut down in June)

Jeri Ellsworth (Co-Founder)

CATS are not PEAS

Alex Rühl (Founder)

Change Your Life Travels VR

Bekah Wright (Founder)

Charley Bear Productions

Angela Cohen (Founder)

CoMotion Labs (University of Washington)

Elizabeth Scallon (Associate Director)

Convene VR

Martina Welkhoff (Founder & CEO)

The Cousins Company

Sara Moss (Co-Founder & CEO)

Digital Jam Ltd

Tanya Laird (Founder)

Digital Raign

Alison Raby (Co-Founder)

Discovr Labs

Gemma Busoni (Co-Founder & COO), Josh Maldonado (Co-Founder & CEO)

Dream Logic

Lindsay Saunders (Co-Founder)

Dynamoid

Laura Lynn Gonzalez (Founder)

Emblematic

Nonny de la Peña (Founder & CEO)

Embodied Labs

Carrie Shaw (Co-Founder & CEO)

Embodied Reality

Crystal Beasley (Founder)

Empact Labs

Arin Pitcher (Co-Founder)

Espii Studios

Sadah Espii Proctor (Founder)

Experimental Foundation

Ieva Stelingyte (Founder)

EVRealities

Erika Barraza (Founder & CEO)

The Extended Mind

Jessica Outlaw (Founder)

foundry10

Lisa Castaneda (Co-Founder & CEO)

fearless360º

Sandy Cioffi (Co-Founder & Executive Director), Gretchen Burger (Co-Founder)

FLOAT

Kate Parsons (Co-Founder)

Forward Reality (VR With A Purpose)

Sherri Cuono (Co-Founder & CEO)

Friends with Holograms

Cortney Harding (Founder)

Funomena

Robin Hunicke (Co-Founder)

Futurus

Annie Eaton (Co-Founder & CEO)

Future of Fun

Katherine Kylila Rice

Future Lighthouse

Nicolás Alcalá (Founder & CEO)

Future Sight AR

Lori-Lee Emshey (Co-Founder)

Haptic Media

Asha Easton (Co-Founder & CEO)

healthiAR

Kristi Hansen Onkka (Founder)

Human Interact

Sophie Wright (Co-Founder & COO)

Humense

Amber Cordeaux (Co-Founder)

Hyphen-Labs

Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, Ece Tankal (Co-Founders)

Imersiv360

Melanie Landry (Co-Founder)

Immersive Square

Jing Dai (Founder)

In One Minute

Elle Toussi (Founder)

Laughing Buddha Games

Suni Girish (Co-Founder & CEO)

LevelUp Camp

Joowon Kim (Co-Founder)

Light Lodges

Evo Heyning (Founder & CEO)

Living Popups

Cheryl Bayer (Founder & CEO)

LMichelleMedia

L. Michelle Salvant (Founder & President)

Lucid Dreams Productions

Celine Tricart (Founder)

LucidWeb

Leen Seegers (Co-Founder)

Luxloop

Mandy Mandelstein (Co-Founder)

Mach1 Studios

Jacqueline Bosnjak (Co-Founder & CEO)

Maggie Lane Productions

Maggie Lane (Founder)

Mechanical Dreams

Lacey Leavitt (Co-Founder)

Medmovie

Kim Combs Gersony (Co-Founder)

Metamorphix Studios

Dr. Melissa Selinger (Co-Founder & CEO)

Mettle

Nancy Eperjesy (Co-Founder)

Mirsha Media 360°

Kosha Hussain (Founder & CEO)

Moatboat

Katrika Morris (Co-Founder)

MOD Productions

Michela Ledwidge (Founder & CEO)

Nektr

Jami Sue Becker (Co-Founder)

Neon

Deepa Mann-Kler (Founder & CEO)

NeuroRehab VR

Veena Somareddy (Co-Founder & President)

NewPathVR

Lisa Padilla (Founder & CEO)

New Reality Arts

Jodi Schiller (Founder)

Noctvrnal

Helena McGill, Anna Wozniewicz (Co-Founders)

NowHere Media

Gayatri Parameswaran (Co-Founder)

Obsess

Neha Singh (Founder & CEO)

One Caring Team

Sonya Kim (Founder & CEO)

Ossic

Joy Lyons (Founder & CTO)

Otherworld Interactive

Robyn Gray (Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer)

Pixel Ripped

Ana Ribeiro (Co-Founder)

radical.io

Briana Sim (Co-Founder)

ReCreate

Evelyn Chew (Co-Founder & CEO)

Relativity VR

Kelly Snowden (Co-Founder)

River Studios

Dulce Baerga (CEO)

Robocognito

Staishy Siem (Co-Founder & CEO)

RYOT

Molly Swenson (Co-Founder)

Scatter

Yasmin Elayat (Co-Founder & Creative Director)

School of Machines

Rachel Uwa (Founder)

SH//FT

Jenn Duong, Julie Young (Co-Founders)

SIXR

Diana Fairbank (Co-Founder)

Snobal

Ann Nolan (Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer)

Spectral Illusions

Ellen “Kerry” McCarn-Ostir (Co-Owner)

SRVIVE Studios

Faviana Vangelius (Founder & CEO)

Stargate Media

Renate Fossum (Co-Founder)

StoryUp XR

Sarah Hill (Founder & CEO)

SunnysideVR

Emma Mankey Hidem (Founder & CEO)

Superswell VR

Skye Mayring (Co-Founder)

SVRF

Sophia Dominguez (Co-Founder & CEO)

Temple Gates

Theresa Duringer (Co-Founder & CEO)

Tomorrow Today Labs

Adrienne Hunter (Founder)

Tribe of Good

Taryn Southern (Founder)

uGenWorld

Jeannie Voirin-Gerde, Troy Hewitt (Co-Founders)

Unfold

Luciana Carvalho Se, Amandine Flachs (Co-Founders)

UTURN (NativeVR)

Nathalie Mathe (Founder & Creative Director)

Vantage Point

Morgan Mercer (Founder)

Verge of Brilliance

Dr. Evie Powell (Founder & President)

Vertical Robot

Tatiana Delgado (Co-Founder)

Virtual Method

Carli Johnston (Co-Founder & CXO)

Virtual Reality Pop

Helen Situ (Founder)

Virtual Umbrella

Samantha Kingston (Co-Founder & Client Director)

VisionLab 360

Becky Lane (Founder)

VIU.SPACE

Polley Wong (Founder)

Vividly

Gunita Kuļikovska (Founder & CEO)

VirtualSpeech

Sophie Thompson (Co-Founder)

Vizor

Anna Rosa Lappalainen (Co-Founder & COO)

Virtual Village

Vera Grablechner (Founder & CEO)

VNTANA

Ashley Crowder (Co-Founder & CEO)

VoyagerVR

Jessica Villarreal (Co-Founder)

VRLab

Iva Leon (Co-Founder)

VRNet

Anastasiia Zahorodniuk (Founder & COO)

VRTube

Ela Darling (Co-Founder)

VR Playhouse

Christina Heller (Co-Founder & CEO)

VRTIGINOUS

Adriana Vecchioli (Founder & CTO)

Wireframe Immersive

Claire McGarry (Studio Director)

Women in XR

Martina Welkhoff, Malia Probst (Partners)

WonderTek Labs

Kim Voynar (Co-Founder & Chief Imaginator)

Xesto.io

Sophie Howe (Co-Founder & CEO)

XR Alliance

Vanessa Radd (Co-Founder)


If you have someone to add to this list, or if you spot a mistake/want to be removed, please comment on this post or email me at hoertheva@gmail.com. I’m looking for companies within the fields of emerging tech (VR, AR, AI, drones, neural interfaces??!). I will update as often as I can