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Silk and Sonder raises a $3.6M seed round for their monthly women’s mental health program; Wildflower Health & Dorsata team up to improve pregnancy outcomes; Diversity VC’s new diversity ‘standard’ for VC firms launches; Intimate care marketplace Bloomi is fundraising via crowdfunding platform Republic; The NHS Innovation Accelerator is now accepting applications; Daré Bioscience & Avomeen form strategic partnership to accelerate the development of Daré’s novel pipeline of women’s health programs; Highschool students in Denver protest for better sex education; Truepill raises $75M to expand its telehealth and pill delivery platform
According to a recent article on Crunchbase, it’s been a good couple of months for mental health startups: “Inside the subcategories of wellness startups that CB Insights dug through while compiling the dataset, some, like fitness tech and sleep tech, saw fewer deals and dollars than they did in the first half of 2019. But one particular varietal is doing very well this year: mental health-focused companies.” So Silk and Sonder’s recent seed round comes at no surprise and we want to take this opportunity to introduce you to a couple of other startups active in the mental health space, who have recently made the news.
Silk and Sonder is a guided self-care and mental wellness experience for modern women.
The Motherhood Center of New York is a mental health clinic specialized in treating new and expecting mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Equip is a virtual eating disorder treatment program helping families recover from eating disorders at home.
Lyra Health’s mission is to transform mental health care through technology with a human touch — to get more patients the care they need when they need it.
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In the Know
Femtech Analyst Report: Femtech Expected to Break New Grounds (Femtech Insider)
Featured Femtech Funder of the Week: Rina Obi, Principal at Global Brain (Femtech Insider)
PitchBook’s Analyst Note: Femtech Expected to Break New Grounds (Femtech Insider)
Riding the Femtech Wave(s): Status Quo & Outlook (Marceau Partners / Ringier Digital Ventures)
Fertility Treatments Are Now Company Business (Washington Post)
Fewer Than Half of American Women Were Taught about Birth Control, Study Finds (Forbes)
Meet 25 Amazing Women of Color for Your Board (The BoardList)
The New “Virtual Normal”: Is Face-to-face Care Delivery a Thing of the Past? (MedCityNews)
The Intersection of Healthcare Affordability & Value-based Care (HIMSS)
Interview with Alice Pelton, Co-founder & CEO of Femtech Startup The Lowdown (Women of Wearables)
The Startup World Needs a ‘Black Minds Matter’ Awakening (Techcrunch)
A Trusted and Safe Digital Space: How Poppy Seed Health’s Simmone Taitt is Disrupting the Maternal Healthcare Model (Crunchbase)
Diversifying Investments: A Study of Ownership Diversity & Performance in the Asset Management Industry (Knight Foundation)
Rory is hiring a VP of Corporate Development.
Flex Company is hiring a Director of Product Marketing.
EverlyWell is looking for a Medical Writer.
MeiYou is looking for a Product Manager.
Bellabeat is hiring an Embedded Hardware Engineer.