We need to talk about investors’ problem with vaginas; Women in Business Expo; WoW x Welden giveaway; 3 ways AI will change healthcare + more

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In a very insightful article published last Friday in the Wired UK - We need to talk about investors’ problem with vaginas - Marina Gerner, tech journalist, talked to a number of female-led businesses - Joylux, Lora DiCarlo, Hanx, Modern Fertility - about their experience in raising funds in an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry venture capital is.

Society has mostly overlooked or ignored female health – from the detrimental side effects of the birth control pill to a lack of ground-breaking innovation in childbirth and menopause. So, for femtech startups there’s a huge opportunity to innovate.

It’s hard enough for any female entrepreneur to raise money, but those with a vagina-centric innovation, it’s even more difficult. This sentiment was a recurring topic at this year’s FemTech Forum organised by Women of Wearables, which was all-digital because of the pandemic.

Fundraising is only part of a start-up’s journey. Promotion is another hurdle. Joylux’s target audience – women over 40 – is on Facebook, but company can’t use the word vagina on the platform because it’s deemed pornographic. “You can say penis and erection and erectile dysfunction. You cannot say vagina! It makes our world really challenging when you can't talk about a body part that 50 per cent of the world's population has, because people think it's dirty or taboo.”, says Colette Courtion, founder of Joylux.

So instead of saying vagina on Facebook, they say: “this is for your v” or “your feminine wellness.” What happens as a result is that women are engaged but wonder: what does this product actually do?

“We have to have a functioning vagina in order to live life to the fullest,” says Courtion. “If you're not making investments in companies that are helping women, if you're not giving them a platform to talk, then you're not going to see progress.”

Read the full story via the Wired UK.

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We are very excited to announce a partnership with this year’s Women in Business Expo virtual conference taking place on October 14-15!

The conference will bring two days of high-quality content from world-class speakers and exclusive networking with top employers/companies that encourage female leadership and embrace diversity and inclusion. Whether you are actively job seeking, returning to work after a career break, considering setting up your own business, investing in a franchise, or are already a business owner, you will gain the inspiration, guidance, and business services needed to achieve your professional goals.

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➡️ Telehealth Online Virtual Summit, September 8-10 (WoW members can use code WOW10 for 10% off tickets)

➡️ Women’s Health Innovation Summit, September 14-15 and 21-22 (WoW members can use code WOW10 for 10% off tickets)

➡️ WIRED Smarter, October 13 (WoW members can use code WOW10 for 10% off tickets)

➡️ Sx Tech 2020, November 20 (WoW members get 15% off their tickets using this link)

Community and industry news & updates 👫📌🆕

Applications for the COVID-19 Tech Grant by Women Who Tech are open to North American tech startups, with at least one woman founder or co-founder, whose product solves a problem ignited by COVID-19. Read the full criteria and rules here. Apply now to be considered as one of five finalists, two grants will be awarded at the end of the program - a $10,000 Innovation Grant and a $3,000 Impact Grant. Applications close August 23 at 11:59 pm PT.

Springboard’s Health Innovation Hub: Life Science is a program for women-led life science and healthcare companies seeking growth funding and connections to experts and strategic partners for product development and expansion. Areas of focus for the program include (but are not limited to) drugs, therapeutics, diagnostics, medtech, and medical devices. Apply by August 17.

Rethink Impact Closes $182 Million Fund II To Invest In Female-Led Tech Companies / via Pulse 2.0

Femtech is expansive—it’s time to start treating it as such / via Rock Health

Come&Gone: $800K Seed Round and Cindy Gallop Joins Board / via Femtech Insider

Femtech market has unmet segments despite industry growth, report says / via MobiHealthNews

FemBeat: YC-Backed Liyfe Clinic Launches An Online Service To Provide Breast Cancer Patients With The Knowledge And Resources They Need / via Forbes

Women hit hardest by mental health effects of pandemic, and there may be more trouble ahead / via CTV News

‘We must educate healthcare providers’ about Black women’s experience / via MedicalNewsToday

Postpartum Depression: A Mental Health Crisis For Black Women In The Midst Of COVID-19 / via Blavity

Covid-19 apps and wearables are everywhere. Can they actually benefit patients? / via STAT

Simplified circuit design could revolutionize how wearables are manufactured / via TechXplore

CSIRO scientists discover how to grow coloured cotton, removing need for harmful chemical dyes / via ABC news

Aja Barber: “Sustainable fashion is a must if we want to be kind to our planet” / via Stylist

Has Sustainable Fashion Failed The Black Community? / via Refinery29

Top 5 Documentaries on Sustainable Fashion / via Real Sustainability

Cloak your photos with this AI privacy tool to fool facial recognition / via The Verge

3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Change Healthcare / via Forbes

'White' artificial intelligence risks exacerbating racial inequality, study suggests / via Sky News

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