5 Female Founders to Watch in 2023

5 Female Founders to Watch in 2023

Meet five remarkable female founders making waves in entrepreneurship. Be inspired by their journeys!

By Ari Salafia ・ 4 min read
Industry Insights

It has been a time of amazing growth for female founders, CEOs and entrepreneurs. But this journey hasn’t been easy. We’ve had to overcome structural inequalities, outdated stereotypes and institutionalized discrimination to get where we are today. As a fellow Female Founder myself, I’ve had to compete with $1M in funding to scale TaxTaker while my competitors had up to $100M. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most innovative, influential and supportive businesswomen from all walks of life and wanted to highlight some of my favorite Female Founders who are not only inspirational but are also caring individuals who give back to their communities. 

Alex Porter

Alex Porter is on a mission to use technology for the betterment of the world. She leads MOD, an automated platform that uses AI to transform photos and videos into 3D, helping scale content for film and transmedia production. 

Alex is a serial entrepreneur having founded several businesses in her career. She is also Chairperson of Consumer Technology Association and founding member of Executive Council Network and NVIDIA.

Allie Danziger

Allie Danziger, CEO & Co-Founder, founded and later sold Integrate Agency, Texas' top marketing agencies where she grew the business to $15MM in total revenue, employing over 150 people supporting over 600 clients. Her new venture, Ampersand, is a professional development platform democratizing access to career-building opportunities. Ampersand eliminates the skills gap from higher education to employment - bringing meaningful internships, mentoring, coaching and basic professional-skills coaching to young professionals, and skilled, vetted and trained interns to businesses.

Allie has a passion for startups & fellow female founders and serves as Strategic Advisor to The Artemis Fund, and a Mentor for MassChallenge and Founder Institute

Brooke Waupsh

Swoovy is improving the future of work—fueling connection, impact, and driving employee loyalty and retention for companies. Swoovy's corporate employee volunteering platform that makes it easy to find volunteer opportunities and connect with people through shared interests. 

Brooke Waupsh, Founding CEO, has been featured by Texas CEO magazine, dubbed “Female Disruptor” by Authority Magazine, listed by On the Dot as “Women to Watch”, “Rising Star” by Voyage Austin, “Woman on the Rise” by Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and is a two-time finalist for Start-Up and Innovation “Austin Under 40”, Austin Young Professionals Chamber.

Sidney Collin

De Oro Devices' mission is to improve mobility, independence, and quality of life for people with mobility disorders. Their first product, NexStride, is a small, portable device that uses research-backed visual and auditory cues to help people with mobility disorders walk safely and confidently anywhere. NexStride was selected as a Rising Star Finalist in the 2022 UCSF Digital Health Awards - which honors outstanding health technologies and innovations that are dramatically transforming healthcare. 

Sidney Collin, CEO & Co-Founder, volunteers, leads and has served as board member on several organizations such as Alzheimer's Association, Capital Area Parkinson's Society and Quality of Life Plus Program (QL+) and is a Pacific Coast Business Times' 40 under 40 recipient. 

Tiffany Fernandez

Featured in notable channels such as Inc., CNBC and many more, WayWiser helps families have peace of mind using tech to coordinate the care and financial safety of an aging loved one.

As an experienced business and marketing leader, professor, and mother, Tiffany Fernandez empowers teams to grow, push boundaries, and create sustainable solutions.  

She also serves as Board Member & Marketing Chair of the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and Austin Ambassador to Aging2.0, a global platform for innovation in aging.

Know other female founders who are disruptors in your community? We’d love to meet them! 

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About the author

Ari Salafia
Co-founder & CEO

Ari Salafia is CEO of TaxTaker. She's passionate about helping innovative companies and founders save millions on taxes through government incentive programs. Through her work at TaxTaker, Ari continues to inspire and empower businesses to maximize their savings potential.

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