Every Thursday we send out a curated newsletter on “all things femtech”. This is the latest edition. If you’re interested in subscribing, you can do so at the bottom of this page.
To the Femtech Insider Community
Those who know me, know that I sometimes find it hard to find the right words. But in times of inequality, racism and institutionalized violence, silence is not an option. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond gender. In tech we like to believe that we are a meritocracy, that the best ideas win. The numbers, however, tell a different story.
We have a lot to learn. We have a duty to act. We are committed to educating ourselves, to listening more, to developing more empathy for the experiences of people of color in our community and beyond. We will prioritize this work and hope to become better allies and advocates for change in the process.
Thank you to everyone, who has taken time to provide and curate anti-racism resources for our education. Thank you for helping us be better and do better.
Stay safe, Kathrin
The most popular articles from last week’s newsletter were:
Femtech Events in June 2020: An Overview
Beyond the Uterus – The Next Wave of Femtech
Why Digital Health Companies Are Selling Directly to Employers
This Week’s Highlights
Tia raises a $24M Series A to scale its online and offline women’s health services; Maven Clinic announced that it has acquired parent-child relationship app Bright Parenting; AXA and 50inTech unveil the 10 startups joining the first cohort of their accelerator program; AARP announce the winners of their “Hacking Menopause” Challenge; Initiated by Springboard Enterprises leading women’s health organizations join forces and launch the Women’s Health Innovation Coalition; The Female Founded Club and Women2.0 are teaming up to host weekly pitch sessions, this week’s edition features 5 femtech startups; Femtech Insider announces the first Femtech Office Hours giving early-stage startups the opportunity for some 1:1 time with investors from CapitalT, Creandum, EQT Ventures, January Ventures, Ada Ventures, Aletta Angels, Backstage Capital and Halogen VC
“Racial inequality doesn’t stop at police violence. Black people are suffering at the hands of our healthcare systems too.” We are grateful for the work our friends at Clue have done on Twitter collecting resources to help us educate ourselves. We are sharing some of those resources below; you can find the original thread here.
America Is Failing Black Mothers (Harvard Public Health)
Black Women Are Dying from a Lack of Access to Reproductive Health Services (Time)
Why Are Black Women at Such High Risk of Dying from Pregnancy Complications (Heart.org)
Why Are Black Mothers in the UK at More Risk of Dying? (BBC)
In our company spotlight section this week we would like to introduce you to 4 femtech startups led by black founders from our community.
Suzanne Sinatra is the founder & CEO of Private Packs and has created wearable and reusable heat & cool pads for instant help in relieving vulvar pain & discomfort. Soothe your V.
Crystal Evuleocha is the co-Founder & CEO of Kliit Health a digital health platform dedicated to increasing access to women’s health resources by connecting them to talk to trusted health experts including OBGYN’s, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Sex therapists, and other clinicians.
Dr. Belinda Coker is the creator of Your Trusted Squad. Her platform provides trusted, impartial information about the technology you can use to improve your health and access medical care.
Chantelle Belle is a co-founder of Syrona, a platform to be your female healthcare companion for life. The company’s vision is to bring the best of scientific research, services, content, and community to create a one-stop-shop for your female health.
In the Know
Office Hours: Nicole Leeds runs B2B Partnerships at Clue. Ask her anything! (Femtech Insider)
CapitalT’s Eva de Mol: “We believe that building strong connections can level the playing field for femtech entrepreneurs” (Femtech Insider)
Will Employers still shell out for health tech benefits in an unemployment crisis? The industry is about to find out. (STAT)
What we don’t say when we talk about inspirational founders (Sifted)
To Really ‘Disrupt’ Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers (Wired)
AI in Healthcare: How It’s Changing the Industry (HIMSS)
Smart Bras and a Light Tracker: The Wearable Tech Helping Plug the Medical Gender Bias Gap (The Guardian)
Your AI Chatbot Therapist Isn’t Sure What It’s Doing (Gizmodo)
More Investment Needed in Sexual and Reproductive Telehealth Says Policy Group (Forbes)
Why Does Medicine Treat Women Like Men (The Guardian)
Everly Well is hiring a Director of Strategic Accounts.
The Female Company is hiring a Senior Data Analyst.
Oura Ring is hiring a Director of Social.
O.school is looking for a Sr. Web Designer / Sr. Web Developer.
The Motherhood Center is looking for an Outpatient (OP) Therapist.
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