This cadre of female entrepreneurs are behind the companies driving some of the most exciting developments in hardware. From drones to modeling kits, here are four women-led companies whose innovative products are shaking up the tech world:

Ayah Bdeir

LittleBits Electronics

Bdeir's company has raised $60 million for its award-winning kits of pre-assembled electronics components that are color-coded and snap easily together with tiny magnets. Used by educators, hobbyists, kids, and companies prototyping new products, they are also in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Jessica Matthews

Uncharted Power

Matthews, a dual citizen of Nigeria and the United States, makes energy-generating technology that can be embedded in everyday objects that are often in motion, such as strollers and toys, to provide power in developing countries and anywhere without a reliable grid. The profitable company has 15 patents, and its investors include Kapor Capital.

Helen Greiner

CyPhy

Greiner is best known as the co-founder of iRobot, the company that brought us the Roomba. Now she's the founder and CTO of CyPhy Works, which has raised $35 million to make small drones for consumer, industrial, and military use. Last September, CyPhy started working with the UPS Foundation and the American Red Cross to test the use of drones in disaster relief efforts.

Limor Fried

Adafruit Industries

Ladyada--as she's known to her fans--founded Adafruit Industries, an electronics design and manufacturing company. She is a vocal advocate for open-source hardware; her company designs and sells kits and electronics parts with the goal of teaching people to become makers.

Published on: Mar 6, 2018