We’ve been supporting and investing in female founders for the last decade.
__able has committed a minimum of $500,000 to invest across at least four women-run start-up businesses, and all finalists will have the opportunity to have their pitches reviewed by a wide group of investors.
From November 2018 through January 2019, the participants will receive mentoring and feedback from the following female founders:
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Gilt, Glamsquad, Fitz, Spotlyte
The Wingable Challenge will culminate with a Pitch Day in January, in which participants will have a chance to present their ideas to potential investors.
Out of over 800 applications, 10 women run businesses were selected to participate in the Wingable Challenge.
Meet the Wingable Class of 2019.
The AcadeMe is the next generation professional education platform and marketplace that empowers Millennial and Gen-Z women with the skills, confidence and community to advance in the workplace. Unlike other general education platforms that present a one-size fits all curriculum and lack actionable solutions, The AcadeMe is tailored to professional women’s needs, giving them the support they need, when they need it.
Viveka Hulyalkar, Alex Salvatore
Beam is an app that helps retail brands reach their highest-value customers by empowering users to donate part of their purchases to causes they both believe in. GenY and Z consumers stay with brands that reflect their identities, and Beam is the only solution building values-based customer relationships. Partnering with brands like Dig Inn, Dos Toros, and Think Coffee, Beam lifts the visit frequency of an existing customer base by 2x within 2 months and drives thousands more.
Flori Marquez, Zac Prince
BlockFi provides traditional financial products to investors in cryptoassets. The company is the leading USD lender in the crypto market – their first product is a USD loan collateralized by Bitcoin, Ether or Litecoin. BlockFi was founded in 2017 and started lending in January 2018 and operates in the U.S. and abroad, with plans to expand into crypto-backed high yield savings accounts and credit cards in 2019. BlockFi is backed by leading investors Galaxy Digital Ventures LLC, Fidelity, Susquehanna and Akuna Capital.
For the hundreds of millions of people around the world who struggle with stress and depression, The Difference provides on-demand access to a licensed therapist via phone or Amazon Alexa. Unlike TalkSpace or Better Help, who facilitate sessions by text message with delayed response times, The Difference connects you with live, on-call counseling and coaching within 30 minutes or less.
The Financial Gym
The Financial Gym
The Financial Gym is a unique financial planning company that takes a fitness inspired approach to your money. Less than 20% of Americans have the assets required to receive financial advice from an expert yet 75% of Millennials would work with an advisor if they could. Our members receive tailored advice from our financial trainers that’s easy to implement. Similar to a regular gym, our clients pay a monthly membership fee to work with a financial trainer.
Karen Cahn, Kate Anderson , Sarah Sommers
iFundWomen is a startup funding ecosystem providing female entrepreneurs access to capital, coaching, and connections. Fundraising is challenging for first-time founders – maxing out credit cards, taking out loans, and chasing VC before we are ready. Unlike other platforms limited to raising money, ifundwomen’s professional services support her entire startup journey. Named on NASDAQ’s “10 Best Sources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs”, iFundWomen’s DIY product drives a 436% higher raise vs. the crowdfunding industry average, and investing in coaching/video raises 4.5x more than that!
Elise Whang, Emily Erkel
LePrix provides an end-to-end ecommerce solution for 500+ designer consignment stores who want to seamlessly sell online. LePrix also allows stores to efficiently source more coveted inventory from other stores, saving them time and resources. Unlike competitors who are trying to cut out the designer consignment store industry, LePrix simply empowers the $25B designer resale store industry by providing technology to make it more efficient.
Delphine Darmon, Audrey Dauvet, Zofia Moreno
OBA is a plant-based organic beverage that tackles one of the key deficiencies in the American diet: prebiotic fiber, which largely controls our overall health and wellness. OBA delivers a third of daily fiber needs in a drink that is both delicious and low in sugar. OBA cuts out unhealthy ingredients and empty calories nourishing your gut health and having a profound impact on your digestion, weight management, immunity and mood.
RoseGold Pro is a backend solution tailored for female entrepreneurs looking to break into the beauty sector, but who lack the capital and infrastructure required to launch a business. RoseGold Pro provides an easy set-up process, inventory and fulfillment services and the education necessary to run a successful business. With over 5000 promising entrepreneurs on the waiting list, RoseGold Pro is on its way to becoming the next Mary Kay.
Steph Speirs, Sandhya Murali
Solstice provides community-shared solar power that enables the 80% of Americans, who are locked out of the solar market, to enjoy clean energy at no upfront cost saving them money on their electric bill. Solstice’s software platform handles every step of the customer journey, from assigning participants to a shared solar farm, to managing billing, crediting, and utility integration. Solstice has generated demand for 100MW of community solar across 17 projects. It has received awards from the Department of Energy, Echoing Green, Techstars Boston, and Obvious Ventures and has been featured by TEDWomen, the White House, Forbes, Fast Company, Marie Claire, and Grist.