Maayan Ziv is a photographer turned tech entrepreneur with a creative story to match. From solving her own problems to changing the conversation about accessibility, Maayan is a trailblazer who is unafraid to admit when she doesn’t know something.
“AccessNow is a mobile app and website platform that allows people to discover whether or not the places they want to go to are truly accessible for them,” she explains.
The app crowdsources location information from a worldwide community of advocates and allies, helping to rank buildings based on their level of accessibility.
“Being a social enterprise, our mission comes first. Every decision we make about revenues or business model has to benefit the community.”
This focus on social mission, while noble, can often mean hard times at the beginning, and Maayan was not immune to that reality.