Meet 3 STEM pros who launched their own startups

STEM startups

If you love STEM and business, know that you don’t have to choose between them!

In fact, mixing innovation with science, tech, engineering or maths can be a winning idea. Just ask the three pros below who have launched successful STEM startups in the industrial design, animation and computer science spaces.

Be sure to check out our start a business section too. It’s packed with heaps of inspo and advice if you’re keen to work for yourself one day!

ShanShan Wang

STEM gig: Industrial designer
Business launched: Roam Technologies

ShanShan Wang started her STEM journey by learning how to code in high school. Later, an arts and design tour at the MoMA gallery in New York exposed her to industrial design. ShanShan knew she wanted to make things that people would love to use, which led her to study industrial design at UNSW Sydney. ShanShan launched Roam Technologies – and a plan to convert air to O2 on demand, in a small, easy-to-transport device – the year after she graduated from university. She has since won more than five international design, entrepreneurship and innovation awards.

Read her full story, including her advice for future innovators, here.

Hori Te Ariki Mataki

STEM gig: Animation artist
Business launched: Ariki Creative

A passion for illustration and traditional carving led Hori Te Ariki Mataki to focus on animation and design, after completing a Diploma of Māori Studies at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT, now Ara Institute of Canterbury).

Doing what he loves, and helping others to do so, is the aim of Hori’s business, Ariki Creative, which takes cultural thinking to animation and creates designs that include a narrative from an Indigenous point of view.

Get across Hori’s journey and the amazing work Ariki Creative does, here.

Ally Watson

STEM gig: Developer
Business launched: Code Like A Girl

Ally Watson is the co-founder of educational startup Code Like A Girl, which teaches girls to code through workshops, coding camps, and events at schools.

Starting her career as a developer, Ally faced first-hand the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated tech career. She believes that coding and technology create a word of possibilities, and wants anyone with a passion for tech to pursue it, no matter their circumstances.

Find out more about Ally and her super cool biz here.

Wanna meet more entrepreneurs with incredible STEM startups? Find their stories over on our role models section.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.


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