144 Women CEOs and Founders leading Global EdTech Startups

To mark 2023 International Women’s Day, we’re spotlighting the women who are leading the world’s most promising EdTech Startups.

144 CEOs from our 2022 Global EdTech 1000 are women. We're celebrating this inspirational cohort and hoping this spotlight inspires action and support for more women entrepreneurs around the world to transform the way we all learn.

Every year, HolonIQ identifies the top 1000 EdTech startups globally. Region by region, we map the most promising EdTech startups, both early and late stage. In 2022, we announced the Africa EdTech 50, Australia and New Zealand EdTech 50, Europe EdTech 200, South Asia EdTech 100, LATAM EdTech 100, Middle East and North Africa EdTech 50, Nordic and Baltic EdTech 50, North America EdTech 200, East Asia EdTech 150 and Southeast Asia EdTech 50. To be eligible, these companies must be startups (i.e. not acquired, controlled or listed), operating in the field of education, learning or training technology, and less than 10 years old.

We’re celebrating the women leading these incredible startups as CEOs or Co-CEOs, and the work they are doing to transform the way the world learns. Through our work at HolonIQ (also co-founded and co-led by a woman CEO), we are determined to play our part in eliminating the gender gap in leadership, entrepreneurship and education.

Despite the progress made in parity for women, there’s still an enormous amount to be done. Our Global State of Women CEOs and Leadership deep dives into the numbers across different industries to highlight the areas making most progress and where much work is still to be done.

144 Women CEOs and Founders leading Global EdTech Startups

The following incredible women CEOs lead the most promising EdTech Startups globally. Building and running a startup is not for the faint hearted with an estimated 90% failure rate and research shows that barriers for women to start or lead a successful business are higher than normal. The women you see below have not only overcome significant odds but are focused on making a difference in the lives of millions of learners worldwide. Congratulations on your impact so far and we look forward to tracking your progress over the coming years.

If by chance we have missed a Woman CEO who leads an EdTech company selected in HolonIQ’s 2022 Global EdTech 1000 Series, please contact us immediately and we will update the list.

Panagiota Kordali

CEO at 3D Organon

Pina Alvarez

CEO at Kimple Education

Prerna Jhunjhunwala

CEO at Creative Galileo

Priya Lakhani

CEO and Founder at CENTURY

Rachel McCrickard

CEO at Motivo

Reedah Saie

CEO at Brainspark Games (previously Xplorealms)

Reetu Gupta

CEO at Cirkled In

Riccarda Zezza

CEO at Lifeed

Roos Peters

CEO at Codam

Roxanne Petraeus

CEO at Ethena

Sallyann Della

Founder & Chief Identity Hacker at GLEAC

Sandi Lin

CEO and Co-Founder at SkillJar

Sara Zetterberg

CEO at Haldor

Sarah Tong

CEO at Big Bang Academy

Sarah Winder

Owner and Childminder at Tiney

Sari Hurme-Mehtälä

CEO and Co-Founder at Kide Science

Sheila Marcelo

CEO at Proof of Learn

Shivani Arora

Co-Founder at LearnVern

Siobhan Savage

CEO at Reejig

So-Young Kang

CEO and Founder at Gnowbe

Sophie Adelman

Co-Founder at The Garden

Sophie Bolzer

CEO at Audvice

Sophie Bower

CEO at Code First Girls

Sophie Thompson

Co-Founder at VirtualSpeech

Steffina Yuli

CEO at KIPIN Education Technology

Stine Schulz

Founder and CEO at Learningbank A/S

Sylvie Milverton

CEO at Lynx Educate

Tammy Kwan

CEO at Cognitive ToyBox

Taylor Nieman

CEO and Co-Founder at Toucan

Tess Michaels

CEO at Stride Funding

Theresa Grotendorst

Founder at Fobizz

Veronique Saubot

CEO at Simplon.co

Vicky Ricaurte

CEO and Co-Founder at Arukay

Vicky Wang

CEO at Wukong Education

Vivi Friedgut

CEO at Blackbullion

Vlada Lotkina

CEO and Co-Founder at ClassTag

Vu Van

CEO and Co-Founder at ELSA

Wambura Kimunyu

Group CEO at Eneza Education

Yeva Hyusyan

CEO and Co-Founder at SoloLearn

Youjin Choi

Co-Founder and CEO at Classum

Yvonne Soh

CEO at Noodle Factory

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