Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby of Venus Aerospace Makes Inc.’s 2023 Female Founders List

Inc.'s sixth annual Female Founders list highlights entrepreneurs with world-changing companies.

HOUSTON, April 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Inc. today announced its sixth annual Female Founders list, honoring a bold group of 200 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.

“I am so honored to join this incredible group of women. Given that there are not that many women founders in aerospace, I hope to inspire the next generation of STEM-focused entrepreneurs. This sort of recognition helps change the narrative and I couldn’t be more excited to further the conversation about what women can do,” says Sassie Duggleby.

"Over the past two and a half years, I have helped Venus Aerospace scale from 3 people in a basement to nearly 100 in a hangar on the Houston Spaceport.

Growing both our company and our unique culture isn’t easy, but it’s been an incredible journey.” Duggleby goes on to say, “I pinch myself every day that we’re on this world-changing adventure. We source the best and brightest. If you work for us, we want you home for dinner with your families. We believe we can fire rocket engines, build our drones and spaceplanes, and still allow people to be present with their families, and I am so proud of that.”

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.

“These 200 female founders have identified solutions to difficult problems and created valuable, industry-changing companies out of them. We congratulate this year’s list on their achievements and look forward to their continued success,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk.

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After launching in 2018, the Female Founders list is one of Inc.’s most esteemed franchises. Inc. magazine’s Female Founders issue (April 2023) will be available online on April 4 at and on newsstands on April 11.

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