34 Women-Led Raleigh Companies You Need To Know

The Raleigh Founded Team

Celebrating and uplifting members of our community is one of our favorite things to do! Check out this list of 34 women-led companies in the Founded community that you should know about!


Kaleido - Sophia Lopez, Founder and COO - Collaborated to cultivate a new computing platform dedicated to helping enterprises reinvent how their ecosystems transact, share data, and collaborate.

Pivotal IT - Samantha Ade, President at Pivotal IT Services and the Pivotal i4DM Joint Venture - Pivotal IT helps businesses with proactive IT services. Similar to having your own personal IT department, they keep your computer network running and your data safe.


Wine for Normal People - Elizabeth Schneider, Owner - Elizabeth is a published author, award-winning podcaster, wine educator, and more. She generously shares her love and knowledge of wine with the rest of us! 

AEC Marketing - Julie Cook, Founder and CEO - From branding and website design, to proposal production and interview coaching, AEC Marketing is doing it all.

Truth Meet Story - Alexus Rhone, Founder - Truth, Meet Story provides coaching to people who want to tell their stories powerfully and authentically. Alexus Rhone shows participants how to choose, hone, and tell stories to the right audience.

Wardsworth Group - Kameela Wardsworth, Real Estate Broker Owner - Representing the regions finest properties and offering ultimate privacy, security, speed, and efficiency.

Noel + Co - Christina Marie Noel, Founder - Develop a holistic marketing strategy with the goal of sustainable growth. Christina, being a marketing strategist, business coach, and speaker, can take your business to the next level. FYSO

Romer and Co - Lauren Romer, Founder  - Taking on the most stressful parts of the moving process by helping to stage your house, list your home, buy a new home, and even helping to decide a new layout for your furniture in your new home.

Jess Porta Art - Jess Porta decided to make sure that every child, from every background, had a happy story that they could read and relate to. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she decided to write it herself. 

Lifestyle Improvement

The Composition Dietitian - Addie Claire, Founder - Addie uses her triple specialization in mental health, nutrition, and fitness to foster not just a healthier diet for her clients, but also better exercise and relationships with food.

Kinly - Sara Davidson, Founder - Helping mamas and mamas to be gain access to experts, community care, and knowledge so new moms don’t feel like they’re in it alone.

Vital Plan - Braden Rawls, CEO and Co-Founder - One of only eight supplemental companies that is a certified B-Corp, Vital Plan’s mission is to educate on and improve individuals health by providing the tools and knowledge to do so.

SLNG - Tricia Timney, Founder and CEO - Collaborating with restaurants to improve their gluten-free options and improve restaurant experiences for people, like her, who have dietary restrictions.

Food52 - Amanda Hessser, Founder and CEO - Reaching 24 million people monthly with their unique content-commerce-community model and phenomenal kitchen and home products.

Ashley Mae Co. -  Ashley Mae Fernandez, Founder - Consulting and coaching businesses using her very own curated, signature methodology.

Blackwell Mortgage of NC - April Blackwell, Broker Owner - Customizing mortgage plans for  clients so that it ensures your personal and financial goals are integrated into the plan.

Y Travel Media - Caroline Makepeace - Caroline and her family have the itch to travel and have been doing so nomadically for 22 years. The Makepeace family shares what they have learned enriches a trip and how to go about planning one.

JT Rowland Wholesome Health and Wealth Inc - Dr. Jonica Rowland, CEO - Mapping out strategies for people seeking a better life in retirement. 

Evoke Meditation - Jennifer Vroom, Founder - After exploring and mastering an array of mindfulness and meditation techniques, Jennifer created her personal techniques to teach online.

Mission Driven

YAP - Zainab Baloch, Co-founder of YAP! - Encouraging young generations to make their voices heard in the present and future of our democracy.

321 Coffee - Lindsay Wredge, Co-Founder - A coffee shop built on inclusion and good coffee, 321 currently employs 30 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Khyiah T Byrd Int’l Foundation - Khyiah T Byrd - Constructing communities throughout the County in which children living with Special Needs and Caregivers are empowered, supported, and accepted by implementing resources, support, advocacy, and education.

Too Much TV - Tamisha Thomas - An internet broadcasting company whose goal is to create more positive programs on the internet that contribute to healthy communities in a global marketplace.

Divine Hearts - Brittany Willard, CEO - Offering CPR training to healthcare providers, child care professionals, lay rescuers and workers in the community!

Junk Luggers - Haley Huie, Founder - Committed to a greener community, Junkluggers takes care of your junk, then donates first and recycles second.

Beginnings - Diane Doak, Executive Director - Providing emotional and technical support to families with deaf children or deaf parents with hearing children. 

NC Early Childhood Foundation - Muffy Grant, Executive Director - Helping to improve the health, education, and well-being of North Carolina’s children by educating and guiding parents and community members.

Bettering Your Business

Hello Raderco - Marcey Rader, Founder - Helping you and your business team improve healthy sustainable habits because productivity that values balance, workplace wellbeing, and health is the best way to avoid burnout.

Zoee - Nichole Lowe, Founder -  Offering her background in sales, previous experience running a production business, and learned knowledge that they don’t teach at certification school to help other career coaches and match new clients with the right coach.

Reify Media - Sarah Glova, Founder - Working with universities, companies, organizations, and other groups to create meaningful content by applying instructional design principles to digital media design.

Sales Reliance - Jenna Papula, Founder - Working to build tech sales organizations by attracting the right people and using their own personalized screening process to ensure that the candidate and company are a good fit.

Traction IQ - Sarah Davis, Founder - Lending a hand to start-ups by helping them launch, take next steps, and meet investors.

Advocate Creative - Hannah Sullivan, Strategy Lead and Client Services Director - Award-winning experts in brand strategy, website design, video production, and print collateral partnering with nonprofit organizations to improve their brand.