Ten Female Innovators to Watch In 2018

These inventors, startup founders and businesswomen have exciting things happening this year. Stay tuned!

(Clockwise from top left: Hipcamp; YouTube; Verge Genomics; prernagupta.com; Modern Fertility; May Mobility)

We may not yet have a female president, but women are running the show in all kinds of ways. Now that the number of companies with female founders multiplied by eight between 2009 and 2016, these entrepeneurs need a greater share of the venture capital. (Last year, women-led startups only got a tiny fraction of it—we're talking 2 percent.) Here are 10 innovative women leading the charge, from sustainable energy to women's health.

Rebecca Kantar

(Rebecca Kantar (Google))

Another dropout making good, Rebecca Kantar left Harvard after two years to launch Imbellus, a company that hopes to bring down standardized testing as we know it. Kantar is interested in developing tests that measure problem-solving ability, not just whether an answer to a specific multiple choice question is right or wrong. The company recently raised $4 in venture capital, and has partnered with CRESST, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing. Kantar and her team hope to begin by creating skill-assessment tests to help job seekers guide their search. Kantar thinks improved assessments could ultimately help improve the entire education system, which in turn could perhaps develop "minds capable of saving humanity from man-made extinction," as she explains in this 2017 video

"The SAT and most other assessments have made the mistake of comparing everyone to an average that is no one," Kantar told Business Insider. "The problem is that grading model doesn't take context into account. You don't necessarily need the same set of skills to apply for a job at Goldman Sachs as you need to be successful at the Rhode Island School of Design."


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