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)
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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.

Alyssa Ravasio

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Alyssa Ravasio was just looking for a sweet little patch of Big Sur beachfront to pitch her tent and watch the sunrise. But finding a camping spot was harder than she expected. So Ravasio got the idea for Hipcamp, a search platform for connecting campers with spots. Ravasio attended a 10-week coding bootcamp, developed the site, and launched in 2013. Originally only available in California, the site is now nationwide—and this year it's poised to go international. 

Ravasio and her team see Hipcamp as more than a Hotels.com for campsites. They hope the site can connect campers with the owners of private land willing to allow camping. It's a potential win-win: campers get a place to sleep and land owners get cash to potentially help conserve their properties. 

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