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The Flex Company

Flex creates innovative period products that are better for menstrual health and the environment. The Company is known for its namesake Flex Disc, Softdisc, and Flex Cup. The Flex Co exclusively manufactures its patented products in the US and in Canada. Its products are sold online and through major retailers in the US including Wal-Mart. Led by Founder and CEO Lauren Schulte Wang, The Flex Co team is working to create life-changing experiences through the products they make and conversations they spark.

 

Founder

Lauren Schulte Wang spent over a decade building leading consumer brands, holding leadership roles at Upwork, Samasource, Autodesk, and Coca-Cola. She didn’t intend to become a founder, but after experienced frequent yeast infections sparked from use of tampons and pads, she stated seeking alternative solutions. She hosted groups of menstruators at her small San Francisco apartment to talk about periods. After helping many women, she realized that the company chose her, not the other way around, and founded Flex. She went through YC in 2015. Lauren published an article on how to get into YC, including her entire application in the article (here).

 

The Flex Co’s website here.

HQ: Los Angeles, CA

Industry: Consumer Goods

Vertical: Menstruation

 

Gabbi

Gabbi was founded with a mission to empower and inform women of their risk for breast cancer. Founded from a personal family death and her own diagnosis, founder Katilin built Gabbi to ensure women had a way to advocate for themselves with physicians with data when it came to breast cancer diagnosis. From that vision came Gabbi’s main product - GRAM- a risk assessment tool that evaluates a user’s breast cancer risk in the following two years. Based on those results, Gabbi also provides action plans based on a user’s risk assessment in an easy-to-understand consumer-facing app.

Founder Kaitlin Christine is passionate about the problem young women face when seeking out breast cancer diagnoses and has experienced it first hand. Kaitlin started her career in nonprofits where she co-founded a non-profit focusing on mental health and helped publish a book focusing on mental health. She then worked at Myriad Genetics in business development where she helped increase patient engagement, secure partnerships, and implement protocols. She also worked at Worth eCommerce, where she focused on revenue growth and team building. She was named Oregon’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2021. 

Gabbi’s website here.
HQ: Portland, OR
Industry: Digital Health
Vertical: Cancer
 

 

Hera Biotech

 

Founded in Feb 2020, Hera Biotech is developing the world’s first non-surgical test capable of both staging and diagnosing endometriosis. Hera’s test, MetriDxTM will take diagnostic capability out of the operating room and place it directly into the hands of physicians treating these patients. MetriDxTM will revolutionize the way that women with endometriosis experience diagnosis, drastically reduce time to diagnosis, and enable informed clinical management of the disease. Hera Biotech’s core technology was developed by scientists from UT San Antonio. Hera has been the recipient of a number of non-dilutive funding, including a grant from The Endometriosis Foundation of America. Hera was the winner of the Kendra Scott Pitch Competition, the Health Wildcatters and MedVentures Deal Day Pitch competition, and a top 3 in Ignite Fire Pitch Competition and the San Diego Angel Conference.

 

Founder

Somer Baburek is an experienced leader in life science start-ups, including Rx drug development, clinical operations, FDA regulation, and achieving successful exit. Somer spent 7 years as the Director of Clinical Ops for Santalis Pharmaceuticals (founded by Paul), and worked as a consultant to Target Technology Funds (venture fund run by Paul) for 7 years.

Hera’s website here.

HQ: San Antonio, TX

Industry: Healthcare

Vertical: Endometriosis

 

Maude

 

Launched in April 2018, maude is an essentials brand on a mission to make intimacy better through quality, simplicity, and inclusivity. Working closely with familiar factories, each of maude's body-safe products are made to be both easy-to-use and to elevate an everyday experience. Voted one of CircleUp's 25, the company was heralded as “redefining the sex essentials industry for modern consumers" by Forbes and has been featured in 1000+ pieces of press including The New York Times, Fast Company, and Vogue. Maude is now available online at Sephora.

 

Founder

Éva Goicochea

An early Everlane alum, Éva is one of only 15 LatinX women to have raised over $7M in consumer goods and one of the few founders to have raised over $10M in sexual wellness. In 2019, she was chosen as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s first-ever 100 Powerful Women , WWD called her one of 2020’s and 2021’s 60 Power Players in Health and Wellness, and in 2021, she was selected as one of Forbes Next 1000.

 

Maude's website is here.

HQ: New York, NY

Industry: Consumer Goods

Vertical: Sexual Wellness

 

O.School

 

Deep Connection Technologies is a sexual wellness platform, including O.school, O.shop and O.insights. O.school is a trusted online destination for sexual wellness education, including science-based articles, videos, and tools on subjects ranging from vaginal pain to closing the orgasm gap. They also have a proprietary and dynamic dataset around sexuality that we have developed into consumer insights. O.shop will launch in Fall 2022 as a tool for consumers to vet, compare, and easily purchase sexual wellness products online.

Founder and CEO Andrea Barrica as a modern sextech expert and the author of Sextech Revolution, the Future of Sexual Wellness. Before founding O.school, Andrea served as venture partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups in San Francisco, CA, where she helped thousands of founders and early stage startups globally raise $60M+ in venture capital. Andrea built her first startup, YC-backed inDinero.com, in 2010, and led the team to over $3M ARR, personally closing $1M ARR in 10 months, and advised 300+ startups on their back office needs. inDinero was recently ranked #90 as one of YC’s 100 Top Companies and continues to grow as one of the best accounting solutions for growing businesses.
 

O.School’s website here.

HQ: San Francisco, CA

Industry: Media, AdTech

Vertical: Sexual Wellness

 

WILE

 

Wile is a plant-based hormonal wellness line for 40-plus. Their line of supplements, tinctures, and powders are available online, at Grove Collaborative, Whole Foods Market, and Walgreens. Created in partnership with endocrinologists and naturopaths, Wile is led by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs. 

 

Founders

Gwendolyn Floyd (CEO) is a venture-backed serial social entrepreneur. She is a Founder of 5 companies, and has 18 years of experience leading teams and projects working at the intersection of social innovation and culture change. Her work in human centered design has been celebrated and awarded for its novel approach and measurably high social and economic impact.

Corey Scholibo (COO) is the former founder of Repurpose, the leading brand in plant based tableware. He is motivated by founding businesses that change culture to help the environment, create visibility and markets for underserved/excluded demographics, and change human behavior for the better.

Julie Kucinski (CMO) is a co-conspirator to entrepreneurs, founders, outliers and changemakers. Positioning, innovation, brand story & market opportunity are sweet spots. 

Judy Greer is an American actress and comedian. She first rose to prominence in the late 1990s to early 2000s, appearing in the films Jawbreaker, What Women Want, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, and Love & Other Drugs. 

 

WILE’s website here.

HQ: Portland, OR

Industry: Consumer Goods

Vertical: Menopause

 
 

Malama Health

Malama Health aims to improve maternal and childbirth outcomes related to high risk pregnancies. Malama's first product replaces an archaic pen and paper system for pregnant people diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition that affects nearly 1 in 5 pregnancies. Their HIPAA-compliant remote monitoring makes it easy for patients and providers to track glucose and meal data.

Founder and CEO Mika Eddy recognized the gap in offerings for women facing a common disease during her own diagnosis and built one for the modern world. She has a deep understanding in both healthcare and data from her time at L.E.K, DeciBio, a data company focused on providing tools in life science and clinical diagnostics, and UnitedHealthcare, where she was the Director of Product Innovation. Daniela Bahamon the CCO, and Co-Founder, brings a long tenure building products and successfully marketing them to the end user. She founded Maison Alma, a luxury goods label where she managed a remote multidisciplinary sales, operations, and communications team. Lastly, Orlando Li, the CTO and Co-Founder brings technical expertise and knowledge. Orlando has been a software engineer at multiple tech companies, most recently AirBnb. 

Malama Health’s website here.

HQ: San Francisco, CA

Industry: HealthTech, Digital Health

Vertical: Maternal