femtech

Hormonal health is a massive opportunity: Where are the unicorns?

Hormones are key to solving many health conditions that disproportionately impact women, from diabetes to infertility to mental health challenges.

Kegg, a connected fertility tracker and Kegel trainer for women, launches out of beta

Fertility tracking has seen an explosion of startup activity in recent years. Femtech startup Lady Technologies is adding to this rich mix with the full U.S. launch of a dual-purpose device, called ke

Elvie adds a non-electric breast pump and cups to its growing femtech portfolio

Two years after launching its debut “next-gen” connected breast pump, femtech hardware maker Elvie has added to its portfolio a softer, hands-free breast pump that uses natural suction. Th

Juno Bio launches a vaginal microbiome test kit — targeting the women’s health data gap

Entrepreneur First-backed Juno Bio has launched a home test kit for women wanting to get a better understanding of their vaginal microbiome while also contributing data to further research into women&

Emjoy picks up $3M to get more women tuned into sexual self-care

Barcelona-based Emjoy, an audio app for women that sells a narrative of sexual self-care and empowerment, has picked up $3 million in seed funding led by JME Ventures, with existing investor Nauta Cap

Willow, the startup making the wearable breast pump, raises $55 million

Willow, the startup company making a new, wearable, breast pump for women, is capping off a frenetic 2020 with $55 million in fresh funding as it looks to expand its product line to more offerings for

Femtech poised for growth beyond fertility

The market for female-focused health products (aka “femtech”) is set for growth via segmentation, per an analyst note from PitchBook which identifies opportunities for entrepreneurs to tar

Our 11 favorite companies from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part 1

Startup incubator and investment group Y Combinator today held the first of two demo days for founders in its Summer 2020 batch. So far, this cohort contains the usual mix of bold, impressive and, at

Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns

Plenty of investments are made during a recession, and it’s no secret that smart investors will put money into recession-proof markets.

Building and investing in the ‘human needs economy’

Products and services that have material impact on basic needs and livelihoods and address a core draw on a consumer’s time, money or energy present great opportunities.

Origin wants to make accessible physical therapy women’s new normal

“I spend a lot of time being angry — but I’m still hopeful. Gender bias in medicine is systemic,” says Carine Carmy, the fast-talking CEO and co-founder of Origin, during a con

UK femtech startup Astinno, which is working on a wearable to combat hot flushes, picks up grant worth $450k

London-based femtech hardware startup Astinno has picked up an Innovate UK grant worth £360k ($450k) to fund further testing of a wearable it’s developing for women experiencing a perimenopause

Five CEOs on their evolution in the femtech space

We spoke to CEOs and founders about how their companies have evolved from first entering the space and feeling like an island to now -- a community of women changing the world for women.

Mangrove Capital’s Mark Tluszcz on the huge mHealth opportunity and why focusing on UX is key

Mangrove Capital Partners’ co-founder and CEO Mark Tluszcz is brimming with enthusiasm for what’s coming down the pipe from health tech startups. Populations armed with mobile devices and hung

CurieMD is using telehealth to plug the menopause support gap

U.S. femtech startup CurieMD is offering menopause diagnosis and treatment prescription via a telehealth platform — beginning in California, where it launched late last year. Founder Dr. Leslie Mese

Index Fund’s portfolio is driving long-overdue innovation in femcare

U.K. startup Daye is rethinking female intimate care from a woman’s perspective, starting with a tampon infused with cannabidiol that tackles period pain. It’s also quietly demolishing the retrogr

Blossom Capital’s Louise Samet talks hormone tracking and femtech bets

Early-stage European VC firm Blossom Capital is fresh from closing a $185M fund— a big jump up on its prior close. The firm makes just a handful of investments per year, mostly at the Series A stage

LocalGlobe partner Julia Hawkins discusses femtech’s risks and rewards

London-based seed fund LocalGlobe is incredibly active at the early-stage end of the startup pipeline with a broad focus across multiple sectors and areas, including health. We interviewed partner Jul

Femtech startup Inne takes the wraps off a hormone tracker and $8.8M in funding

Berlin-based femtech startup Inne is coming out of stealth to announce an €8 million (~$8.8M) Series A and give the first glimpse of a hormone-tracking subscription product for fertility-tracking an

Badass millennial women are supercharging startup investments

Across the political, social and economic stage, women’s issues are finally receiving heightened attention and priority. What’s driving so much positive change?
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