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Project Entrepreneur Game Changers

150 women led startups ignited lower Manhattan this weekend for the inaugural Project Entrepreneur. Rent the Runway sponsored a weekend intensive for women entrepreneurs to learn from veteran founders and business experts. Ova Woman had the pleasure of attending the event and meeting powerhouse founders. Meet a few of the game changers we were lucky to meet. Sending immense gratitude to all of the organizers, presenters and sponsors who made this weekend possible.

Entrepreneur: Fon Powell

Company Name: SALT

Company Overview: SALT is a smartphone based device that measures daily salt intake for people with hypertension. 

What is one thing you would like to see changed about how we support women’s health in the United States?

I want women's health to be more of a topic people talk about. I want it to be less of a taboo subject. I want it to be something that women are comfortable talking about in open spaces.

Name: Erin Witmer

Company Name: Primary Book Club

Company Overview: We help parents become their child’s first and best teacher.

What is one thing you would like to see changed about how we support women’s health in the United States?

More generous maternity leave benefits. My entire company is about helping children in their earliest years. The first years of life are critical and we aren’t giving parents enough time to bond with their children. As a society we are not enabling this. We should do more to promote this.

 

Name: Patrycja Slawuta

Company Name: SelfHackathon

Company Overview: We hack, rewire and upgrade the mind.

What innovation do you hope to see in 2016?

The scarcest resource is the human mind. It’s where extreme collaboration and invention is born and it is also where hatred, terrorism and evil is born. My intention for this year is to use science and technology to help humanity hack, rewire and upgrade itself through understanding how the mind works.

 

Name: Christina Lopes & Monica Lopes

Company Name: The One Health Company

Company Overview: We improve drug development by bringing animal testing to the 21st century.

What is one thing you would like to see changed about how we support women’s health in the United States?:

Maternity leave. The US is one of the only countries in the world without paid maternity. I really think in the US this is ridiculous. Every women should have some time to recover after giving birth. Investing in the mother is investing in the baby, which is an investment in the future. 

 

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