It’s no secret that men dominated the tech world at one point in time.
But it’s no longer just a man’s world. The times have changed and women are killing it on the technical turf, especially here on Canadian soil.
These are the women who have broken down industry barriers, climbed the ranks, and are now running their own innovative businesses.
Here are 10 tech ladies taking the digital world by storm…
As a visual thinker with a passion for tech, Sarah founded Creative Cocktail on the belief that entrepreneurs and small businesses should have access to a consultant that understands design, business and technology. For the last five years, Creative Cocktail has partnered with some of Canada’s leading companies and organizations.
Veronica Nnensa and Freeda Mulenga
These savvy business partners had an eye for business and fashion, and together they launched Kuwala, an e-commerce website for African fashion designers to sell their clothing to shoppers around the world. Kuwala curates unique and exclusive pieces from socially responsible fashion brands inspired by Africa. Through their digital platform, Nnensa and Mulenga connect fashion-conscious consumers with beautifully handcrafted pieces from talented fashion designers and ethical women’s cooperatives based across Africa.
Due to a family history of cancer, Lily was inspired to find a way to learn about the impact cosmetics can have on our health. What she discovered is that some cosmetics are filled with toxins that would never be permitted in the food and drinks sector, and so she developed a simpler way to access and assess information about products’ ingredients and their possible health implications. She launched Think Dirty, a mobile app that connects ingredient-conscious beauty shoppers to natural beauty brands.
Anastassia Boguslavskaya and Monica Abramov
These two Toronto-based women connected over their passion for technology, marketing, and baked goods, and are on a mission to disrupt the baking industry. Together they’ve launched Shopbake, a digital platform that connects consumers to their favourite baked goods online and have them delivered to their door. You can catch these innovative thinkers on season 11 of Dragons’ Den.
Heather is a trailblazer when it comes to tech and has already successfully launched multiple startups. In 2011 she started Ladies Learning Code, which is now a national non-profit serving Canadians in over 20 cities across the country. The following year she launched HackerYou, a Toronto-based programming boot camp that serves over 600 students a year. In 2013, Payne was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for her work exposing women and girls to programming and technology.
Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake
Two ambitious 24-year-old women from Kitchener are the masterminds behind Bridgit, a subscription-based app designed to make communication easier for construction workers. Bridgit connects contractors and skilled labourers to a single platform to keep everyone updated on each step of a construction project by integrating text communications, images, and other tools.
In 2009, Shelby was working as an intern at Trend Hunter, an online community that publishes daily crowd-sourced content on trends gaining traction around the world. She quickly realized she had a knack for digital trends and worked her way up the ranks to become the company’s president. She has been named among Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and demonstrates that every intern can eventually take over a business.