The number of technology services and applications created by women is continually on the rise, with data from non-profit organisation AllRaise and data experts PitchBook revealing that 2019 saw more investments (around 4,399) in female-founded start-ups than ever before . To celebrate, we're going to take a look at some of the most successful tech to be created by women over the past few years.
Canva is an online graphics design tool, created for users of all abilities. Since first launching, the Canva team - which now consists of more than 800 creatives - has added a mobile app to its arsenal, so you can use the service on the web and on your smartphone.
Canva was founded in 2012, and now has over 20 million users across the world. It was launched by Melanie Perkins in Sydney, who first thought of the idea to create a platform that will enable anybody to create professional-looking graphics while trying to master the tools of Abode Photoshop at university.
Today, Canva is regarded as a tech 'unicorn' - a term given to privately-owned startups that are valued over $1 billion. With Canva you can create everything from social media graphics, posters, logos, flyers, cards, infographics and so much more with ease, thanks to Canva's user-friendly interface.
Once deputy CEO of social media network Badoo, and a board advisor of popular dating app Bumble, Michelle Kennedy used her acquired knowledge and experience to create Peanut: a smartphone app designed to help mothers meet other likeminded mothers.
Launched in 2016, Peanut has been designed to work in a similar fashion to popular dating apps. Women can find a 'match' by setting up a user profile that includes their location, and they can swipe on other mothers who they'd like to get to know better.
When Michelle first gave birth, she was surprised by the unexpected loneliness of motherhood. From visiting an office full of her colleagues everyday to spending time at home with her child, the change was a shock many women face after they give birth, and by creating Peanut Michelle set out to create an online community where women can share their experiences with fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. Not only is Peanut a great support network for other women, it also gives mothers a chance to make new friends and meet up in real life, either for a coffee or a play date with their kids.
With Peanut, women can share their experiences about fertility, pregnancy and motherhood with ease, all while supporting one another.
Receiving over £323 million in funding since it was launched in 2014, Starling Bank is a digital, mobile-only bank. Created by Anne Boden, who had previously worked for big-name banks like RBS, Lloyds Bank and Allied Irish Banks, Anne set out to create a bank with a new vision. She wanted to create a bank that didn't confuse customers with jargon, didn't change fees and one that wasn't held back by outdated technology.
Hitting the one million customers mark in November 2019, it's safe to say Starling Bank was a hugely successful endeavour. The first app-based bank in the UK to offer personal, joint, euro and business accounts, Sterling Bank makes it easy to keep on top of your finances.
The app will instantly notify you when you spend money or get paid, it'll provide you with intelligent insights to help you learn about your spending habits and you'll be able to use the card overseas without facing any charges. Support is available online 24/7 too, and if you’d like to deposit physical cash into your account, you can do so at any Post Office in the country thanks to Sterling Bank's relationship with the company.
Hopscotch is an innovative, fun-filled app designed to help children aged 8 and up learn how to code. Co-founded by Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John, Hopscotch saw over 20,000 downloads in the first week of its release, and has since won multiple rewards and is used in over 100 countries.
Hopscotch will teach kids the essential programming skills required to build games, transform drawings into animations and simply create whatever they can possibly imagine. Users can learn the basics with a series of video tutorials, and code as they watch. Rather than being a structured app with set levels, Hopscotch encourages creativity, experimentation and offers children the freedom to try something new.
Children can share their creations with friends, family and classmates, and there's even a space to browse other Hopscotch users' creations if they're looking for some inspiration.
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