The tech industry is one industry that is heavily dominated by men. However, according to some sources, we have now entered the golden age of women entrepreneurs.
As indicated by the GEM survey, this is a global trend. The GEM survey revealed that between 2015 and 2016 the number of female entrepreneurs increased by 10%, which was nearly double the number of male entrepreneurs. In the United States, women now make up 40% of entrepreneurs.
With female entrepreneurship on the rise, it isn't surprising that some women are making a splash in the tech industry. Join us as we take a look at some of the hottest female tech entrepreneurs.
Whitney Wolfe (Founder and CEO of Bumble)
Whitney Wolfe is the founder and CEO of the dating app Bumble. Bumble repositions the dating world to place the power into the hands of women. On Bumble, women always make the first move and if she doesn't reply to a connection within 24 hours it disappears forever. With over 18 million users, this app has had substantial success.
Terry Jester (CEO of Silicor Materials)
Silicor Materials is well-known in the tech industry for having developed novel methods for producing solar silicon at roughly half the price of older methods. The final product is the most environmentally-friendly silicon available as it uses 2/3rd less than other rival methods and doesn't use hazardous materials.
As CEO of Silicor Materials and a mechanical engineer, Terry Jester has played a pivotal role in the company's success.
Rapelang Rabana (Founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning)
Also known as 'Marissa Mayer of the Silicon Cape', Rapelang Rabana has achieved tremendous career growth all before the age of 30. With her background in computer science, she co-founded Yeigo – one of the world's first mobile VoIP applications.
She has also been recognised as one of Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs by Forbes and World Economic Global Shaper.
Following this recognition and career success, she established Rekindle Learning. Rekindle Learning attempts to promote women in the workplace as well as the potential of mobile technology to address socio-economic problems globally.
Anna Auerbach (co-founder and CEO of Werk)
Anna Auerbach established the website Werk with the specific goal of promoting females within the workplace. Women often struggle to juggle care duties and a career. Werk attempts to eliminate this problem by helping women connect with employers that are keen on flexibility.
Esra'a Al Shafei (Founder of Mideast Youth)
To Esra'a Al Shefei, a Bahraini civil rights activist and digital entrepreneur, the internet is a way to encourage freedom of speech and create change. Her company Mideast Youth creates mobile and web applications to provide young people in the Middle East and North Africa with a platform for voicing their opinions.
Examples of Mideast Youth projects include CrowdVoice.org and Ahwaa.org. Crowdvoice.org helps highlight social justice issues in areas that traditional media struggle to access while Ahwaa.org is a forum for LGBT communities in the Middle East.