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HistoryIT Founder & CEO, Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD Makes Inc.’s 2024 Female Founders List

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

Portland, ME (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.

Dr. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, CEO of HistoryIT, is one of this year’s honorees. HistoryIT, headquartered in South Portland, Maine, digitally preserves and shares historical collections. 

Gwinn-Becker says, “I’m delighted to be an honoree of Inc’s 2024 FemaleFounders 250, an incredible list of the most inspiring women in business today.” A leader in the digital preservation field, Gwinn-Becker founded HistoryIT thirteen years ago with an audacious goal of saving history for future generations. 

“Digital preservation provides the opportunity to prevent the loss of physical archival materials, and to open the doors of discovery,” Gwinn-Becker continues, “I hope this honor brings attention to the need to digitally preserve our shared past in order to make it truly accessible to the future.”

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. They join the ranks of previous honorees including Jessica Alba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, and Shonda Rhimes.

Diana Ransom, Inc.’s Executive Editor shares, “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.” 

To see the complete list, go to: 

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. 

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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 HistoryIT

HistoryIT gives history a future. We offer a comprehensive set of services and software that enable any organization to transform archival materials, from whatever state they are in, into a 21st-Century digital collection.


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