Ecosystem

Sexual Wellness App Emjoy Gets Suspended from Google Play

Emjoy, a female-founded femtech startup had its audio-based sexual wellness app suspended by Google today due to a “policy violation of sexual content”, which means thousands of paying users on Google Play are currently not able to access the app. Emjoy Founder and CEO Andrea Oliver Garcia turned to social media to create awareness for the stigmatization and censorship many women’s health…

The Dark Side of Female Founders’ Personal Brand Story

Female founders are no longer a small niche. Back in the ’70s, women-owned businesses only accounted for 4.6% of all companies in the U.S. In 2019, however, the number soared up to 42%. Nearly half the companies in the States are owned by women, yet female entrepreneurs are still dealing with problems that their male counterparts don’t have to face. “Female founders…

Launched: Trailblazer, A New Venture Studio Dedicated to Women and Sport

Elysian Park VC, the private investment arm of the LA Dodgers Ownership Group, the Los Angeles Dodgers, sports legend Billie Jean King and R/GA Ventures are teaming up to launch Trailblazer, a new Venture Studio focused on what they believe to be the biggest growth opportunity in sports: women. Trailblazer will partner with entrepreneurs and companies— from early-stage startups to later-stage businesses…

Recommendations for Investing in Menstrual Health in Africa and Asia

Mann Global Health (MGH), in partnership with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), recently published “Landscaping Supply Side Factors to Menstrual Health Access”, a new report with the aim of informing decision-making for menstrual health market interventions tailored to realities on the ground. The objective was to better understand the menstrual health markets in Africa and Asia, assessing challenges and market constraints…

The Vaginal Microbiome: A Deep-Dive with FemTec Health’s Chief Science Officer Dr. Kimberly Capone

Unarguably the vaginal microbiome is getting quite a bit of press and attention lately. And rightfully so given how critical it is to overall vaginal health. A number of companies are now recognizing this opportunity, are starting to educate women, developing products and tests, and advocating for more research about how the vaginal microbiome can eventually be used as a diagnostic biomarker.…

Dr. Jane van Dis on the Future of Telehealth, the Role of Medical Advisors and the Need to Prioritize Holistic, Equitable Care

Dr. Jane van Dis got her start in telehealth long before the pandemic turned remote patient visits from a nice-to-have into a life-saving necessity. It was back in 2012 when Dr. Van Dis, a board certified OB/GYN and Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, first joined HealthTap, a Silicon Valley-based company pioneering virtual primary care and got her start in digital…

Meet 15 Startups from Y Combinator’s W22 Batch We’re Watching Closely Right Now

Yes.. It is indeed that time of the year again… As always we made time to look through hundreds of startups who just graduated from Y Combinator (Batch W22) to share with you who we believe can truly make an impact in the women’s health space (either directly or indirectly). Here we go! 👇 BBy: BBy powders breast milk that’s immunologically active…

Mind the Gender Health Gap: Reproductive Health Startup Hertility Hits the Streets of London with a New Awareness Campaign

Just last week we talked about the Vagina Museum’s reopening and celebratory women’s health awareness campaign in London here on this blog. And this week reproductive health startup Hertility is following in the organizations footsteps with “The Mother of All Movements”, a new campaign that celebrate reproductive hormones, and aims to demystify fertility for women everywhere. Please mind the Gender Health Gap…