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Five years ago the word “femtech” didn’t even exist. Today femtech — female-focused technology startups designed to support women’s health — is a major investment category.
According to a Frost & Sullivan report, global venture capital funding and investments across femtech amounted to $1.69bn in the first half of 2019. This number is estimated to reach $9bn by 2024.
Femtech startups initially focussed mostly on issues such as pregnancy, period and menopause — bringing much needed innovation to areas that had long been ignored by (still largely male) investors and tech founders.
But it has recently branched out into other areas of health as research shows how clinical trials and diagnosis for most diseases have focussed on men and have tended to ignore how women’s bodies are different and may react differently.
As Caroline Criado Perez wrote in her award-winning book “Invisible Women”: “Researchers have found sex differences in every tissue and organ system in the human body.”
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But which are the top femtech startups to watch in Europe? Which are at the cutting edge and making a difference? Based on our research as well as the nominations we have received, …
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