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Peanut was launched in 2017 by Michelle Kennedy, and grew first as a femtech app for mothers to chat to, meet up with, and learn from like-minded women that happen to live in their neighborhood. The startup now plans to use the fresh funds to enter new communities beyond fertility and motherhood.

Highlights 

London-based Peanut, a social network for women, raises a €11M Series A; Submissions for AARP’s Menopause Challenge close on May 12; At-home-testing company LetsGetChecked raises $71M; Particle Health raises a $12M Series A to improve healthcare data networking and access; Innovate UK has announced a new wave of Women in Innovation Awards; Vida Health raises $25M to treat chronic health conditions remotely; Venrock raises a healthcare focused fund at $447M; Medable secures another $25M to reduce clinical trial timelines

Company Spotlight 

Today, in light of Peanut’s big news, let’s talk community! Social networks (online, offline or hybrid) are on the rise and those with a focus on women are no exception. Over the past months, we’ve seen a number of startups get traction and funding. Reason enough to introduce you to a few of them today.


HeyMama is a premium social network for working mothers

Revel is a community built exclusively for women over the age of 50.

Elpha is a professional network for women in tech.

Peanut is a social network, that faciliates conversations that women want and need to have.

In the Know

Prenatal Care Might Look Very Different After the Coronavirus (NY Times)

Africa’s Femtech Sector is Nascent, But Promising (TechCabal)

WHRY Funds Study on Sex Differences in the Immune Response to the Coronavirus (Yale School of Medicine)

COVID-19 Could Alter and Even Accelerate Healthtech Investment Strategies (HLTH)

“Even a Smile Can Be Reassuring”: One NHS Doctor on Keeping Calm on a Labour Ward During a Pandemic (Vogue UK)

The Fragility of the Global Nurse Supply Chain (The Atlantic)

Japanese Startups Focus on Fertility Issues to Help Retain Female Staff (Nikkei)

Femtech Startup Daye: The Process of Becoming a CO2 Neutral Organization (Medium)

MakeLoveNotPorn: Why Now May Be The Perfect Time for a Porn Revolution That Brings Realistic Sex to the Forefront (Mashable)

The Evolution of Home Fitness (BBC)

Monetising Menstruation: How Femtech Creates Value for Users and Platforms (London School of Economics

Who’s Hiring? 

Dotlab is hiring a Clinical Project Assistant.

Glow is looking for a Senior Product Manager – Enterprise Product.

Modern Fertility is looking for an Engagement & Lifecycle Marketer.

Carrot is looking for a Health Plan Business Development Manager.

Cora is hiring a Sr. Associate, Social Media.

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