North America

Rhonda Harper

Katie Anderson

Angela Braren

Alexandra Greenhill

As a mother of three children and an active woman in an executive role with major responsibilities, Alexandra Greenhill has faced the common issue of requiring childcare. Alexandra explains, “In the 12 years between my first child and the last one we had, nothing really changed. The reality of daily life around care hadn’t really moved forward.” In 2013, she used this personal experience to create a solution by launching myBestHelper, a platform linking families that need assistance with caregivers seeking employment.

Ellen Brune

During her studies in chemical engineering, Ellen Brune addressed the problem of inefficiencies of the drug manufacturing process. Having invented a new technology that tackles this issue, Ellen founded Boston Mountain Biotech after earning a PhD at the University of Arkansas. As of 2015, the company has 8 employees. Two of them are scientists and the other 6 are involved in the various aspects of business, law and finance.

Jennifer Broutin Farah

During her studies at the MIT Media Lab, Jennifer Broutin Farah conducted most of the research that led to the creation of an indoor micro-gardening technology. In 2013, she co-founded SproutsIO – IO standing for “input” and “output” – with the aim of encouraging consumers to be fully involved in the agricultural production of their food.

Emilie Mazzacurati

Emilie Mazzacurati, who hails from France, was always interested in starting her own business, but the idea for Four Twenty Seven, the company she founded in 2013, grew out of a pitch she made to a now former employer. A carbon trading expert with a passion for analytics, Emilie suggested they explore potential services and business opportunities around climate adaptation. When the idea was not supported, Emilie moved ahead alone, taking an evening class in finance for entrepreneurs, writing a business plan, and eventually quitting her job to work full time on building the company.

Eleni Antoniadou

As of June 9, 2014, the United States had 122,949 people on transplant waiting lists, barely 15% of whom will receive an organ. Aside from donor rarity and the stress of waiting, transplant patients also face infection, incompatibility issues and costly immunosuppressant medication. To solve this problem, Transplants Without Donors supplies transplant organs with no need for human donation: they are created artificially from stem cells.

Andrea Colaço

Imagine a world where the touch screens we use every day no longer need to be tapped or swiped to be activated. A world where we could simply motion our commands and our wishes would be understood! Smart devices have become ubiquitous tools, but screen size is proving increasingly limited for the countless things we want to do on them. For Andrea Colaço, 28, an electrical engineer, computer scientist and co-founder of 3dim Tech, this is a personal frustration. ‘Whenever I’m using one, half the screen gets filled by a pop-up keyboard!’

Sanna Gaspard

Approximately 2.5 million patients suffer from pressure ulcers in the US every year. Commonly known as bedsores, their banal-sounding name masks the dangers they hold: 60,000 people die every year as a direct result. Caused by constant pressure on a given area of the skin, they are typically found among bed-ridden or wheelchair-bound patients.

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