Inc.’s seventh annual Female Founders list highlights entrepreneurs with world-changing


Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA – April 9, 2024 – Inc. today announced its seventh annual Female Founders list, honoring a bold group of 250 women whose innovations and ideas are shaping the world into a better place.

The founders cross all industries and bring with them unique stories of success from each stage of the entrepreneurial journey — from startup to going public, being acquired by big buyers, or spending decades at the helm of an organization. They are reinventing everything from shoes to food and are challenging issues like financial literacy and reproductive health. 

“We've seen a huge increase in demand for our solutions and capabilities as organizations and their leaders are struggling to navigate the minefield that is our digital environment. The market has realized that when it comes to being the target of a disinformation campaign, foreign influence operation, short seller attack, or over-politicized boycott, it's a matter of when, not if,” says Alethea Founder & CEO Lisa Kaplan. “It is an honor to be selected to Inc.'s 2024 Female Founders list alongside an amazing group of entrepreneurs, thought and industry leaders, and dynamic women in business.”

In the last 12 months, Alethea formally launched its flagship product Artemis, grew our staff by over 30%, and secured $20M in Series B funding led by GV. Alethea released a groundbreaking report on a new Russian influence operation tactic seeking to divide Americans and amplify Russian propaganda ahead of the 2024 US Presidential Election. Our analysis of disinformation in the Israel-Hamas war was featured by CNBC, TIME, NBC News, and CBS News. And we exposed a campaign by the CCP targeting specific portions of the US electorate. 

Each year, Inc. editors review thousands of applications highlighting female founders who are challenging the status quo and tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. The list features women who have overcome challenges and lifted those around them, while leading impactful organizations across the country. 

Quote on the list from Diana Ransom, Inc. Executive Editor:

“The past year, for many, will go down as one of the hardest ever—between a funding freeze and ad-spending pull back. The female founders on this year’s list are a testament to what triumph over adversity looks like. They should all be proud of this singular accomplishment.”

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After launching in 2018, the Female Founders list is one of Inc.’s most esteemed franchises. Inc. magazine’s Female Founders issue (April 2024) will be available online on April 9 at and on newsstands on April 16.

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning, multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced  every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion among the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

About Alethea

Alethea is a technology company helping the Fortune 500, private companies, and nonprofits protect themselves and leaders from harms stemming from disinformation. Leveraging its multi-channel machine learning platform, Artemis, Alethea detects disinformation narratives across the internet, enabling customers to proactively defend against this pervasive threat. With Artemis-powered early detection, Alethea customers can protect their reputations, key assets, physical safety and market value. The company was founded in 2019 and is woman-owned. Learn more at


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