Meet our 2020 Tri -State SmallBiz Women STEM Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Awards are offered to top 3 pitches presented by women owned small STEM businesses from the Tri State area. The competition is open to entrepreneurial teams led by female STEM professionals. The professional should be a resident of New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania and the company should be registered in these states.

1st award


Biosaf ConceptsRose Moore, Co-Founder Rose Moore

Product: Low dentisty poly cover enclosures infused with silver ions to significantly kill and reduce “pathogens” that cause infection and disease. The “sani sleeves” are ideal for medical environments as well as personal use being cost effective, disposable and clear, facilitating full functionality.

“Our small team wants to thank you for choosing Biosaf Concepts for the top Award. These funds will accomplish so much for our company and could not be timed better! The well-timed award will facilitate generation and distribution of our “Anti-Infection Sleeves” and “Sanitizing Jackets for electronic handheld devices” to local hospitals and clinics in the area. Our desire to help others and get the product out during the current Coronavirus threat in our nation takes priority. Safety first! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!”

2nd award


Welnys, Heather Waibel, CEO sm_heather_welnys

 Welnys (ERA ’18, MassChallenge ’19) is a marketplace for workplace health and wellness services. We connect companies to vetted health and wellness professionals in yoga, nutrition, mobile medical and more. Employers also get access to our digital tools which help them to track attendance, measure utilization and manage the program across their entire company. With Welnys, companies like PayPal, MongoDB and create, manage and measure the programs employees want, nationwide, with just one vendor.

“For all entrepreneurs, starting a company is a difficult path to choose. The journey is full of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. When women receive less than 3% of all VC funding, and less than 5% of women-owned companies ever cross $1M in revenue, women’s entrepreneurial journeys are particularly difficult. Raising women entrepreneurs up with programs like the W.O.M.E.N. Summit, and awards such as this one, help to shine a light on the amazing female founders in our community, inspiring other women to start their own companies, and hopefully, changing the narrative for female founders in this decade. I am honored to receive this award and accept it on behalf of the women who make my company, Welnys, a success.” 



 FamiliesDo Inc, Alissa Lopez, CEOALopez headshot

FamiliesDo provides personal assistants for families that organize and delegate busy schedules to help families do every day easier. As a nanny of 9 years, our founder watched burned out working moms struggle to balance family and work and realized that they all wanted a Chief Operating Officer at home, so she created just that.

“I’m so grateful to be honored by the AWIS as a STEM Entrepreneur of the Year. Your support helps my startup, FamiliesDo, continue to provide working parents with family assistants who act as a COO at home by helping organize family calendars, delegate to-do lists and send helpful reminders to family members based on daily habits. This investment will help fulfill our technical vision and mission to help families do every day easier.”

Other Notable Female CEO’s:

Khalilah Ismael MSN, RN, Lieutenant Vice President, Women of Wellness of NJ

Addressing shortage of women in the S.T.E.M. field through S.T.E.M. pageantry to encourage youth leaders to pursue a career in the S.T.E.M. field. Through fun & innovation, teamwork & charity.

Juliet Hart, CEO
Hart & Chin

“Scientists are not given the tools to develop their career or interpersonal skills in their training. Professional & leadership development resources are needed to support the development of scientists in their environments.”
Hart & Chin provides leadership development consulting, training/workshops, and coaching to support scientists and their organization through different phases of their life cycles.

Loudenslager School STEAM Program

Creating an opportunity to bring STEM experiences to all students in grade 3-6. Experiences to expose students to potential future career paths in the STEM fields.




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