Interview

Portfolia: An Interview with Trish Costello about the New Femtech II Fund, Learnings from Femtech I and Opportunities in Women’s Health Innovation

Portfolia, the visionary investment firm founded and led by Trish Costello, set out to reinvent investing in 2015. Her goal was to bring more women into investing and to create more diversity while delivering outstanding results. And so far it seems to be living up to this promise. The organization today has 10 funds in the market and invests in 8-12 companies…

Melanie Cristol: “We’re about to apply to the FDA and we expect that Lorals will be able to be used for STI protection later this year.”

In our “Starter Story” series we invite femtech founders to share their stories of how it all began. How did they come up with the idea? Where did they meet their cofounders and what was the hardest part of going from 0 to 1? In today’s Starter Story we get to share Lorals’ founding story as told by Founder Melanie Cristol. Lorals is on a…

Afterglow Founder Lilly Sparks: “We’re releasing the shame and stigma around sex and porn by making porn that’s good for you.”

In our “Starter Story” series we invite femtech founders to share their stories of how it all began. How did they come up with the idea? Where did they meet their cofounders and what was the hardest part of going from 0 to 1? In today’s Starter Story we get to share Afterglow’s founding story as told by Founder Lilly Sparks. Afterglow is merging porn…

PocDoc’s Kiran Roest Talks Hormonal Health, Entrepreneurship and Women in Healthcare Leadership on Femtech TV

Kiran Roest is no stranger to healthcare innovation. Following a first-class BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in Immunology & Virology from Imperial College London, Kiran has added 15+ years of experience driving innovation initiatives at world-leading Life Science and Medtech organisations, including Thomson Reuters and Pfizer, across clinical and scientific research, business development and consulting. She has…

Femtech Insider’s Kathrin Folkendt Talks Women’s Health Innovation, PCOS and Entrepreneurship on UK Health Radio’s Health Tech Hour

Ever wondered how Femtech Insider came to be? You’re in luck as our founder Kathrin Folkendt recently told the whole story on UK Health Radio’s Health Tech Hour, a weekly interview series hosted by PocDoc CEO Steve Roest. Kathrin openly shares how her own struggles with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) led to the start of Femtech Insider and subsequently the founding of…

What’s it like to bootstrap a sexual wellness startup, Laurène Dorléac?

Always be fundraising seems to be the mantra of many startups these days. CLIMAX‘s path however is different as the team has made a conscious decision to bootstrap the company and not seek outside funding. Laurène Dorléac is the co-founder of CLIMAX, a sexual wellness startup with the goal to teach users the essential methods for both receiving and giving more pleasure…

How Flying Health’s Lina Behrens Applies Private Sector Approaches to Tackle Social Problems in Healthcare and Beyond

Lina Behrens is the Managing Director of Flying Health, the leading ecosystem for Next Generation Healthcare and spends her days guiding industry leaders and digital health entrepreneurs as they explore and create tomorrow’s healthcare together. Beyond her daily work at Flying Health, Lina is a passionate advocate for female leadership and female entrepreneurship. She is  a Vice President of the German Startup…

DigiD8 Co-Founder Barghavi Govindarajan: “I would advise fellow entrepreneurs to inculcate a bias for action and move as quickly as possible when navigating ambiguity.”

In our “Starter Story” series we invite femtech founders to share their stories of how it all began. How did they come up with the idea? Where did they meet their cofounders and what was the hardest part of going from 0 to 1? In today’s Starter Story we get to share DigiD8’s founding story as told by co-founder Barghavi Govindarajan. DigiD8‘s mission…