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Women Startup Challenge
Emerging Tech Grants Program
April 2021
Five startups were selected to participate in the Emerging Tech Grant Program.

A $15,000 Innovation Grant was awarded to Jasmin Hume founder of Shiru, and a $5,000 Impact Grant was awarded to Amy Divaraniya, founder of Oova.

Women Startup Challenge Emerging Tech Grants Program Finalists

Christine Izuakor headshot

Cyber Pop-up

Dr. Christine Izuakor
CEO Founder

Cyber Pop-up connects businesses to on-demand cybersecurity services powered by an army of vetted and highly skilled freelancers. Cyber Pop-up’s unique twist on freelancing tailored to the cybersecurity industry, provides businesses with an experience that is trustworthy, flexible, and efficient for companies of all sizes.

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Grocery Shopii

Katie Hotze + Louise Pritchard

Grocers can streamline meal planning and online grocery shopping with Grocery Shopii.  Our seamless, white label technology helps grocers compete digitally by allowing their shoppers to plan and purchase meals online in under 5 minutes from their ecommerce platform.

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Amy Divaraniya
CEO Founder

Meet Oova- your fertility translator. Oova measures two hormones quantitatively to create a personalized fertility profile. Once you scan your Oova strip, your data is displayed in our smartphone app, along with personalized daily action plans to help you reach your goals.

Myrna Bittner, founder of RWI Synthetics

RUNWITHIT Synthetics

Myrna Bittner
CEO Founder

RUNWITHIT Synthetics Inc's (RWI) creates sim cities, except for real. RWI’s Futures Lab is a rapid, intelligent, interconnected modelling space for optimizing sophisticated, data-supported investments in the complex, disrupted futures of people facing mobility challenges, energy transition and disaster resilience.

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Dr. Jasmin Hume
CEO Founder

Shiru is addressing a critical need in the food industry by providing access to more sustainable, healthy, and accessible ingredient systems fueled by a data-driven discovery approach. Shiru’s ability to discover industry-first protein solutions is based on our computational platform that screens for and predicts proteins from natural sources that possess functionalities relevant to food based on protein molecular structure.