Business ideas

Women entrepreneurs starting out in a pandemic

Women entrepreneurs: do you know your new business is the next big thing? Next, we want to know more. (Credit: Andrew Neel, Unsplash)

Since the pandemic, there has been a surge in the number of women starting their own businesses – and it got us thinking: what amazing ideas will we see in the market from this startup boom?

That’s why we set out to create our first-ever list of brilliant business ideas, showcasing the most compelling female-led concepts to watch in 2022 and beyond.

Before March 15, we want to hear from women business owners who know they’ve started the “next big thing.” Maybe you’ve recently started a business from a side hustle or hobby, and you’re already experiencing rapid growth. Maybe your products or services are going viral. Or, maybe you just to know this big hit is in the cards for your Covid-era business. We’re looking for the women who are driving the biggest companies of tomorrow, today.

Our final picks for this list will be recognized this spring on this site, shared with our media partners, and potentially featured in video profiles like these.

Sound like you so far? Check out our full list of guidelines:

  • You must nominate yourself.
  • You must complete the entire form to be considered.
  • Your business must be in operation for no more than 2 years.
  • You must be fully trained and initiated before applying.
  • Yours can be a for-profit, non-profit, or social enterprise.
  • You cannot be a franchisee, independent distributor or sales representative.
  • You can reside anywhere in the world.
  • If you have male co-owners, you must be the primary manager of the business.

Note: If you have completed the last sections of our form in the last 6 months, whether for the 1,000+ Stories campaign or for our gift guide, you don’t need to fill it in again – just be sure to answer the new questions in the section 3. If it has been more than 6 months, please complete the entire questionnaire again so that we have up-to-date information.

After you complete your application, be sure to let your friends, family, colleagues, and networks know about this opportunity! Encourage others to apply by sharing this page via email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.