We launched our US pilot in 2016 and welcomed 5 women-led Ventures into the network. Meet them below!

2016

Top 5 Ventures of 2016

ABL Denim

ABL Denim is an inclusive design business dedicated to providing clothing design solutions for people with disabilities.  Founder Stephanie Alves, a fashion designer for over 25 years, was inspired to create the company by her brother and stepsister who have developmental disabilities and mobility issues, respectively. ABL Denim garments include functional features for a special fit that is easier to put on and take off, more comfortable to wear, soothes anxiety, and looks like clothing that everyone else wears, addressing both the physical and emotional effects of disability and aging.

Callisto

Callisto is a non-profit organization that creates technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors, and advance justice. Our online system provides a trauma-informed process for students to document and report their sexual assault. This survivor-centered approach empowers survivors to make the best decision for them and increases the likelihood that they will experience positive emotional and adjudicative outcomes. By empowering survivors to report, Callisto also provides institutions with the evidence they need to stop perpetrators sooner and creates a deterrent for would-be perpetrators. CEO Jessica Ladd envisions a world where sexual assault is rare, and every survivor receives the support they need.

Embrace Innovations/Little Lotus

Little Lotus was founded by Embrace Innovations with a lofty goal: create technologically innovative baby products and in the process, give 1,000,000 babies in the developing world a better chance at life. Little Lotus is an innovative line of baby products which use proprietary NASA technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature, helping them to sleep better. These swaddles, sleep sacks, and blankets have a 1:1 model of giving – for every product purchase, a baby will be saved in a developing country with the Embrace incubator a technology developed by Embrace Innovations 8 years ago.

Kitables

Kitables is on a mission to create a world with more builders in it by giving people the confidence to build.  Builders are the creatives, the movers and shakers of this world, who see opportunity where others see none.  The world needs more of them.  And Kitables is helping nurture them by providing approachable, project-based DIY kits in a variety of fields from electronics to cooking chemistry.  Their kits aim to remove the intimidation would-be builders may feel when starting up a new project or using a new tool, engaging both novice and expert. They also have a business facing arm where they build custom brand based kits for companies and have already worked with large companies like Arrow electronics and Pinterest.

The Town Kitchen

The Town Kitchen delivers chef-crafted meals to Bay Area companies and employs urban youth with significant barriers to employment at a fair wage ($15/hr).  After launching in January 2015, The Town Kitchen delivered 100,000+ lunches to companies like Microsoft, UC Berkley, and Super Bowl 50.  The Town Kitchen is the only mission-driven company in the expanding food delivery space.  As a social impact company, they pair a fair-wage employment model with formalized, student-centered workforce training and access to college course credit.

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