Who Knew That Femtech Start-Up Funding Raised $1.1 Billion?


So great to see this femtech market map infographic – we know that many of our medtech and digital  health clients struggle with fundraising.

This is great news – over $1.1 billion raised for medtech women’s health startups!

It’s about time because for so long, women’s health has been underfunded. That never made sense to me, and I have watched (and worked for) medtech companies that struggle with this market. Too many physicians (second only to primary care, ACOG, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, boasts over 43,000 members, a medtech sales and marketing budget nightmare). Too many sub-specialties. Too many commodity items.

The infographic is great but the real information is in the list below (in alphabetical order) that shows exactly where this $1.1 B in funding is coming from (VCs, etc.). Some of the investment amounts are small, but others are impressive such as $690,000 for Lia, a pregnancy test startup or $2 million for period care products, funded by our own MassChallenge, right here in Massachusetts. Maybe this is another sign of the medtech funding renaissance….

The new markets in femtech include:

Fertility – This market is self-pay in some areas and covered by insurance in others. They include IVF, egg freezing, embryo screening, egg donation and medical treatments for female infertility. Mobile apps are in development for self-tracking of periods and fertility cycles.

Pregnancy and Nursing Care – I love this one. In this category, startups include tech-enhanced breast pumps and diagnostic tests to track risks of pregnancy complications for pregnant women.

Pelvic Healthcare – Some startups want to improve the clinical healthcare experience for women through telemedicine and genomics-based personalized solutions.

Period Care Products – Organic cotton tampons – what a great idea! Or, direct-to-consumer absorbent underwear that can replace pads and tampons.

Women’s Sexual Wellness – Startups offering lubricants to help women improve sexual wellness.

By the way, the  Medtech Executive Women’s Survey has been analyzed and an article has been written that is en route to MDDI. Stay tuned.

Investors in Femtech

  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Arboretum Ventures
  • BlueTree Allied Angels
  • Bonnier Growth Media
  • Bow Ventures
  • BoxGroup
  • Catalyst Health Ventures
  • Ceyuan Ventures
  • Chrysalis Ventures
  • Correlation Ventures
  • DreamIt Ventures
  • Drummond Road Capital
  • e.ventures
  • Endiya Partners
  • Flint Capital
  • Formation 8
  • Founders Fund
  • F-Prime Capital
  • FundersClub
  • Great Oaks Venture Capital
  • HAX
  • Haxus Ventures
  • Illumina Accelerator
  • Indigo Trust, Streams Capital
  • Innovation Works
  • InterWest Partners
  • iSeed Ventures
  • Kapor Capital, Act One Ventures
  • KES 7 Capital
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • LaunchCapital
  • Lee Equity Partners
  • Lerer Hippeau Ventures
  • Lightbank
  • LionBird
  • MassChallenge
  • Merck Ventures
  • Mosaic Ventures
  • NewGen Venture Partners
  • Nokia Growth Partners
  • OrbiMed Advisors
  • Prime Venture Partners
  • Prospect Venture Partners
  • PV Ventures
  • Rho Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital China
  • SheEO
  • Slow Ventures
  • Sofinnova Ventures
  • SR One
  • Sunstone Capital
  • Swisscom Ventures
  • Topspin Partners
  • TPG Biotech
  • Union Square Ventures
  • Upstart Venture
  • Vayner RSE
  • Versant Ventures
  • Vivo Capital
  • vSpring Capital
  • Woodford Investment Management
  • Y Combinator

The infographic and most up-to-date list was created by CB Insights can be accessed at this link.

[i] https://app.cbinsights.com/research/femtech-market-map/