Marie Maher, CEO, Synapse Sitters LLC

A little over a year ago, Marie and her husband found out that their son is on the autism spectrum. She wasn't prepared for the many changes and challenges it would bring, and quickly realized that childcare was incredibly difficult to find. She founded an online community of parents and sitters and spent 2 years growing it, but her community couldn't even use the network they created and built to find sitters for their own children. They needed a different kind of sitter candidate to interview, but where could they find those candidates? Then in May 2017, Marie had her light bulb moment! She realized she could recruit very specialized sitters and already have an online community to place them and help them connect with parents of special needs children, and Synapse Sitters was born.