Women in Business Award 2018: Meet the finalists

Sponsored by AXA, these eight female-led businesses are revolutionising women's healthcare, staging major global events and fighting gender stereotypes in science

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Baby2Body – Melinda Nicci

Founded by Melinda Nicci, Baby2Body uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimise women’s health and wellbeing before, during and after pregnancy. It uses multiple data points to provide a personalised coaching experience for each user that ensures a healthy baby and a happy pregnancy. Endorsed by The Royal College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the platform now has more than 800,000 users in 65 countries and has seen 200,000 app downloads since launch in September 2017.

Learn more about Baby2Body and cast your People’s Champion vote here

eporta – Anneqa Khan

Finding it hard to source great items for her home in Brixton, Anneqa Khan made it her mission to help connect architects and interior designers access to global furniture manufacturers. She founded eporta on the belief that great design makes people’s lives happier and easier. Today it is disrupting this $700bn global industry by giving access to over 65,000 items “at the touch of an fingertip”.

Learn more about eporta and cast your People’s Champion vote here

Feedr – Riya Grover and Lyz Swanton

Founded by Riya Grover and Lyz Swanton, Feedr is an online marketplace connecting offices to healthy meals from more than 80 of the best artisan vendors in London such as Farmstand and the Detox Kitchen. It’s “Netflix-style” menus enable employees to order meals from a daily rotating menu and have them delivered to their desks. Feedr has now built wellbeing programmes for 350 companies in London and is on track to have served 500,000 meals by the end of 2018.

Learn more about Feedr and cast your People’s Champion vote here

London Grace – Kirsten Hazell

Comprised of eight stores across London and Essex, London Grace has staked a claim to be the capital’s leading nailcare brand just three years after launch. Founded by Kirsten Hazell, the stores combine a nail bar, coffee shop and cocktail bar to create a social beauty environment, using London Grace’s own brand products for treatment. In the near future it plans to open stores in locations in other major cities across the UK.

Learn more about London Grace and cast your People’s Champion vote here

Sleek Events – Jennifer Davidson

Sleek Events works with corporate clients and individuals to manage everything from award dinners, exhibitions and conferences to anniversary and birthday parties. Jennifer Davidson’s company handles the entire event management process for clients, whether there are 10 guests or 10 thousand. What started from an office bedroom is now an entirely female team of 13 managing events of up to £4m.

Learn more about Sleek Events and cast your People’s Champion vote here

Koru Kids – Rachel Carrell

Founded by Rachel Carrell, Koru Kids is on a mission to help families – especially working mothers – juggle their professional lives and looking after their children. It is a community of over 1,000 fully-vetted student nannies offering after-school and summer-holiday care. Carrell is no stranger to the world of entrepreneurship, having previously run two businesses with £20m revenue each. Now, Koru Kids is set to become a household name and change the face of childcare.

Learn more about Koru Kids and cast your People’s Champion vote here

Whizz Pop Bang – Jenny Inglis

Fed up with the advertisement-laden, plastic-toy-covered, segregated pink and blue children’s magazines on the newsstands for her own three children, physics graduate Jenny Inglis wanted to address the gender imbalance and inspire young children. She founded Whizz Pop Bang, a monthly children’s science magazine with hands on experiments and fun facts. With tens of thousands of subscribers, the magazine has now developed a suite of downloadable teaching resources to help science education in schools.

Learn more about Whizz Pop Bang and cast your People’s Champion vote here

Elvie – Tania Boler

Elvie is improving women’s health and lives with smart products such as the Elvie Trainer – an award-winning pelvic floor trainer recommended by 1,000 health professionals worldwide – and the Elvie Pump – a wearable, silent breast pump that’s wireless and hands-free. Founded by Tania Boler and Alexander Asseily, Elvie plans to have another four products on the market by 2020, as it looks to become the ultimate hub for women’s connected health and lifestyle products.

Learn more about Elvie and cast your People’s Champion vote here

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