15 Women to Watch in Tech

Desiree Vargas Wrigley
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Desiree Vargas Wrigley

While working for The Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest organization devoted to entrepreneurship, 29-year-old Desiree Vargas Wrigley saw first-hand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Then she caught the start-up bug herself and launched GiveForward, a crowdfunding platform that helps individuals raise money to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses. In addition to getting help with medical bills, families get letters and messages of encouragement that donors send using the platform. When freestyle skiing pro Sarah Burke recently died from a training accident, a GiveForward fundraiser in her honor raised over $164,000 in the first 24 hours. To date, the company has helped raise more than $10 million and recently received recognition from the White House.