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.

Alisyn Malek

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The future, complete with self-driving buses, is here, and Alisyn Malek is one of the people to thank. The co-founder and COO of May Mobility is helping to bring fleets of automous vehicles to the streets of Detroit—and soon, the world. Late last year, the company piloted a self-driving bus service in downtown Detroit, and it plans to launch a permanent service this summer. This makes it the first company of its kind to replace an existing transportation system with a self-driving one. 

“Communities everywhere are facing transportation challenges, and we’re ready to solve them with our fully-managed, right-sized microtransit service,” said Malek, an engineer by training who also holds an MBA, in a press release

The company will be launching other pilot projects in coming months, and recently raised $11.5 million in seed funding, reports Forbes

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