What's Happening. By 2018 medical or recreational marijuana will be legal in 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia according to this article in governing.com. This burgeoning industry is one of the most female-friendly sectors today (after all, the active ingredients come from the female plant!). In 2015
From farm-to-table and table-to-farm.
What's happening? Hyper-local farming is in focus this year, according to the National Restaurant Association, and farming innovations erupting in urban spaces, are making room for greens to grow on-site or on limited land. Aeroponic farming (growing plants vertically) and hydroponic gardens (growing
In the medtech industry, funding is fertile.
What's happening? Women in the U.S. are waiting longer to give birth. (First-time mothers are an average of 26.3 years old.) A shortened egg expiration date means more women are turning to specialists in fertility for consultations and in-vitro
From screen to closet.
What's happening? In 2017, a third of consumers are ditching brick-and-mortar to buy from mobile devices, according to a PwC Survey. Shoppers will see more options to customize and personalize their shopping experience through social media outlets and they will expect platforms like video
You only have one face. Take care of it.
What's happening? Clean labels are everywhere --clean bath and body products, clean eating -- and cosmetics are no exception. People are willing to pay for better quality ingredients. Beauty trends point to customization and accessibility -- and consumers
2017 is breathing new life into old buildings.
What's happening? Flipping houses—the art of taking run-down or unfinished properties and renovating them into sellable homes—is going strong in 2017. Trulia reports that from 2015 to 2016 the number of houses sold to “flippers” increased to 6.1%.
Ways to study and treat mental illness are going digital and investors are backing them.
What's happening? With advancements in artificial intelligence and cognitive science (e.g., IBM Watson), the mental health industry is turning digital, and startups are seizing opportunities to help heal. Venture Capital funding
Make your comeback better than the original.
What's happening? Startups boom astronomically from seemingly nowhere, but as they say, “the brightest stars burn out the fastest.” When speed-bumps appear in the ascent to success, the startups with lasting power are adapting quickly and decisively, reinventing their missions
We're removing a stumbling block to understanding Blockchain.
What's happening? Researchers call blockchain a disruptive technology with high potential to change business operations as we know it. But what the heck is it? This is the best explanation of it that we've seen to date. In short, it
Female founders are no boobs!
What's happening? Unlined, natural styles are in and sexy push-up is out -- for now. Bra startups with less frill and more comfort are gaining revenue in a $13B industry, while Victoria's Secret, now owned by Les Wexner, dipped slightly in revenue from