RippleNami, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Jaye Connolly-LaBelle Named Finalist in San Diego Business Journal's 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  October 26, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a B2B technology company working in developing nations to deliver mapping solutions that solve critical problems, announced today that Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer, has been named a finalist in the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards, sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal.

Now in its 23rd year, the publication takes this opportunity to recognize local-area businesswomen through this prestigious awards program. Finalists span women throughout San Diego across myriad industries and professions, including those who have reached career milestones, made a difference in their communities and set examples for others.

Winners will be announced Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at a reception to be held at 11:30 A.M. at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego.

“I am honored to be selected as a finalist in the Women Who Mean Business program for the third time. San Diego is a vibrant community in which I have lived and worked in for decades. I have been fortunate to have been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal several times for my contributions to the local business landscape stemming from the various roles I’ve held here. I am pleased to represent RippleNami and the successes we’ve achieved in this year in the Women Who Mean Business awards, and thank the judges for this honor,” Connolly-LaBelle said.

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change.  RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations.  The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration.

With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit

EQ St Louis: Accelerator Participants Attest To Program’s Value

October 21, 2016  Written By Tanya Yatzeck

Since the Spring of 2015, the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) Startup Accelerator has invested in women-led startups from across the globe with a focus on technology, healthcare technology, and consumer products. Entrepreneurs entered the four total cohorts to-date (two per year) with diverse needs and expectations, but they exit the accelerator with some common takeaways, lessons learned and advice for prospective PWE companies. We checked in with seven PWE grads on the most valuable lesson learned in the accelerator, advice they would give potential applicants and how they experienced St. Louis as a community during their participation.

Note: Applications close today, October 21, for the Spring 2017 cohort–apply today!

Craft Strong Messaging 

The clarity and perspective gained during the PWE accelerator will aid RippleNami as we tell the story about our innovative mapping solution that currently is like no other available in the marketplace.  This is a message that will now come through loud and clear in our communications tools. Meeting and connecting with like-minded, highly driven, intelligent women has been extremely inspiring.  The Midwest hospitality I was exposed to was warm, welcoming and motivating. I was introduced to a new community culture that I didn’t know existed in this area. The people of St. Louis and PWE were very hospitable, and I was fortunate to be introduced to nearly 50 potential investors–truly a robust group.

– Jaye Connolly-Labelle, President and CEO of RippleNami

Work on Your Company–Distraction free!

The PWE Startup Accelerator offers a different model than other business accelerators. The mentors and leadership team give a lot of their time–side by side with the CEOs, making introductions and providing expertise on anything that you might need. They are hands on every step of the way, while also giving you the space to run your business. The value of this accelerator is the mentors’ help, guidance and connections…the investment dollar amount should be the fourth or fifth priority for anyone looking to apply.  Of course, it was tough being in St. Louis (being from Romania) and having a team back home, but you are truly participating to WORK on your company. You have an opportunity to stand out (in STL) to be unique…people will be transparent and discuss specifics to help you succeed.

– Alexandra Anghel, CTO of Appticles

Build on What You Have

We aren’t a new company and we thought Business Development was something that we had nailed down, but PWE helped us hone in on WHO our target customer is and WHAT their persona (buying) is. We have a large inbound customer and PWE helped us to focus on how to strategically grow and go after our target customer. If you can answer the questions on the application, you’re ready to participate in the program!  But, be ready to have your foot on the pedal and work to grow your business… Things are in high gear but if you are ready to grow and gain traction, APPLY! St. Louis is a great community! The location was a big part of the reason we wanted PWE. We received so many valuable introductions, and these introductions will help our business grow and prosper.

– Amanda Greenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Baloonr

Expose Yourself to Success

You have the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs with mega-successful business ventures. You get real life advice and insights to propel your business forward. You walk away with much more than just funding. The programming, advice and life-long relationships provide guidance now and in the future.  This is a transformative experience. If you are unsure if you have an investable business model, start the application. You learn from the application; and you don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t apply.

– Pam Cooper, CEO of Boosterville

Leverage the Power of Being a Woman CEO

The spirit of PWE is the one of collaboration, support and encouragement. The mentorship and networking are exceptional. You have an opportunity to learn from a team of industry leaders (men and women) who see you as a strong, business professional.  I was told multiple times before doing the program that if I wanted to succeed I needed to hire a white Caucasian male to run the company. PWE not only helped with the hard business decisions, they also ensured me that I was making the right choices for my company.

– Alexandra “Sasha” Goodwin, CEO of Janus Choice

Prepare a Solid Pitch

I received tremendous support and mentorship from many members of the PWE team for preparing a solid pitch. The experience is like a business boot camp to learn, grow and thrive.

– Aarti Parikh, Co-Founder/CEO of Kitereaders

Improve Your Leadership and Communication Style

The input on how to present Precision Image Analysis to both investors and potential customers has been invaluable.  This is CEO school. Just like parenting, where there is no school, there is also no formal process to learn to be a CEO. PWE’s accelerator is a unique environment to learn how to be a better CEO from others who have succeeded in the role, especially women.  I’ve been impressed with the caliber of support from the St. Louis community. I had never been to St. Louis before and have enjoyed getting to learn the St. Louis startup ecosystem/culture.

– Mary-Pierre Waiss, Cofounder/CEO of PIA Medical

Applications close today, October 21, for the Spring 2017 cohort–apply today!

This story was created in partnership with the organization listed in the label at the top of this post. We work with a curated list of partners we feel are aligned with EQ’s mission to raise the visibility of and increase connectivity within St. Louis’ startup ecosystem. Read more about partner content here.


RippleNami, Inc. to Exhibit at Innovation Alley During TEDxSanDiego

Company One of Only 20 in San Diego to be Featured among Most Innovative Startups and Outstanding Local Entrepreneurs at Event


WHO:      RippleNami, a B2B technology company working in developing nations to deliver mapping solutions that solve critical problems. RippleNami connects unconnected people through its easy-to-use mapping solution that leverages the mass adoption of Smartphones and the proprietary big data of its clients.  RippleNami’s technology allows organizations and users to map any type of resource they need and/or want to find in their [own] world. RippleNami makes it possible to to break down silos, solve problems, make critical decisions and use its mapping solution to collaborate in ways never before possible. By blending extremely detailed location capabilities with big data, RippleNami creates simplified, customized, cloud-based mapping and location solutions for its diverse client base.

WHAT:      Innovation Alley is a special venue within TEDxSanDiego dedicated to housing 20 of San Diego’s most innovative startup companies and outstanding local entrepreneurs.  The 7th annual TedxSanDiego event will feature 12 dynamic speakers and include three performances.

WHEN:      SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016, 11 AM – 5 PM


                       750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101

At the company’ booth, visitors have the chance to win a $500 donation to be made in their name to Tusk, a dynamic and pioneering organization with 25 years of experience initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programs across Africa. Since its formation in 1990, Tusk has invested more than $40 million into a wide range of projects across the continent.

WHY:      As a rapidly growing global technology company, Innovation Alley affords RippleNami a chance to showcase and demo its cloud-based, easy to use, B2B mapping solution that has the ability to cross collaborate with any organization to map any data.