FemTech Pitch Night-June 2018

Join the FemTech Movement

FemTech pitch night gathers key players in the startup ecosystem to come together for a night of showcasing innovative female health focused companies to an audience of investors, media, and consumers. If you're keenly aware of the lack of attention paid to women's health and wellness and the huge opportunity in the market, then FemTech Pitch Night is the perfect chance to become a part of a movement and shape the future of the FemTech category.

Past Panelists

Ann Garnier

Ann is a seasoned healthcare leader, helping to create, launch, and scale innovative tech companies and products that have improved patient outcomes and access to care. 


At Lisa Health, Ann is leading a team fusing technology and behavioral science to improve the wellbeing of midlife women. She is passionate about women’s health and advancing research to reduce the serious and costly health risks that women face as they age. Before Lisa Health, Ann was Chief Operating Officer at CarePayment, a leader in patient engagement. She also held senior leadership roles at several ground-breaking companies, including RelayHealth (McKesson) and Paradigm Health (Alere). During this period, Ann developed several market leading products for women and children’s health. 


Additionally, she has spent the past 15 years as a volunteer mentor to parenting teen girls. Ann has advised many healthcare technology and services companies from early stage to high growth on fundraising, strategy, product innovation, marketing, and customer success. 


She knows intimately the challenges companies face at every stage of their evolution from the initial idea to scaling for rapid growth. Ann excels at building market-leading companies using technology to tackle big healthcare problems, particularly for complex, underserved, and vulnerable populations. 

Dr. Shubhra Jain

Dr. Shubhra Jain leads healthcare investments at Cota Capital. Dr. Jain is a Physician by background, has her Masters in Engineering from Stanford with a major in Biodesign and her MBA from the Wharton School of Business.


Prior to Cota, Dr. Jain was Associate Director of Commercial Strategy and Corporate Development at Natera where she focused on Biopharma Partnerships, the diligence of potential acquisitions, market research and competitive positioning. Prior to Natera, she led Product management for Acute care suite of products at Pieces Technologies where she led product development and launch of SaaS risk surveillance and prediction solutions for clinical outcomes and published peer-reviewed research on the subject. Prior to Pieces, Dr. Jain served as a consultant and an advisor to several health tech startups and Fortune 500 companies.


Dr. Jain is passionate about applications of technology in healthcare, entrepreneurship, startups and social causes - empowerment of women, access to quality healthcare and education. She also manages a non-profit that runs two secondary level schools and two hospitals in rural India.

Martha Davis

Martha is an experienced founder and senior executive with deep knowledge of business, technology and design. Her career spans solutions for consumer, medical and fashion where she has had extensive experience bringing ideas to reality. 


A demonstrated leader, Martha has exceptional strength in connecting innovation to markets through the development of useful, usable and compelling user centered products. Graduate of Rhode Island School of Design & UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. 


Martha was most recently the CEO/Creative Director of footwear company, Martha Davis Shoes. She has lead senior executive roles in creative and business at leading technology and design firms such as Smart Design, Razorfish, Organic and Autodesk. She also co-founded and acted as CEO/ Creative Director of Able Design, a multi-disciplinary consultancy in NYC for 10 years. 


Past clients include fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, IMB, Sony, Chrysler and 3Com. Her most notable projects include the iconic Dialpak package & system for oral contraceptives produced by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals and Audrey, one of the first consumer web tablets produced by 3Com. She is an award- winning designer with multiple patents registered in the USA. She has been published widely and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum.

Nimisha Gandhi

Nimisha is a certified holistic nutritionist, certified Ayurvedic counselor, certified Yoga Nidra teacher, and a former tech founder of a women's gaming company. She holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and has years of additional education in clinical research, human biology, gut microbiome, and environmental health.


Nimisha serves as an advisor for Anchor Meditation Studio, FemTech Collective, and Integrated Medicine Initiative For Teens. She also advises wellness providers and companies on how to build a holistic, forward-thinking brand and service. Nimisha is a connector and collaborator. She gives workshops, talks, classes and webinars regularly.


In her private practice, Moon Cycle Nutrition, Nimisha works with teenage girls, fertility, prenatal and postpartum woman, and those with chronic gastrointestinal conditions. Her work weaves ancient wisdom with modern medicine and it’s highly individualized to meet the needs of her clients. Nimisha’s work is research-based, intuitive, and from the soul. 

May Samali

May is Senior Associate at the Urban Innovation Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that provides seed capital and policy support to entrepreneurs shaping the future of cities. The Urban Innovation Fund invests in high growth startups in industries such as transportation, health and public safety, and the future of work. 


May has had extensive experiences advising both early-stage startups and large companies across the U.S. and Australia. Prior to her current role, she was a Director at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator in San Francisco. She also served as a Strategy Consultant at a boutique venture firm and as an attorney at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney. 

May earned her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her economics and law degrees from the University of Sydney. She is also an Australian John Monash Scholar, a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership, and an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue delegate. 

May's work has been featured in numerous press outlets, including ForbesTechCrunchVentureBeatthe Stanford Social Innovation Reviewthe Jolly Swagmen PodcastPhilanthropy News Digest, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and industry events and panels, including the Future of Wealth Summit500 Startups Unity & Inclusion Summit LA, the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, the Women of MENA in Tech ConferencePlug&Play FoundHER Series, the Hacker Exchange, and the Expat Woman, among others.

Contact

You can follow May on Twitter @maysamali or reach her via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/msamali/

Terri Mead

Terri Hanson Mead is the Managing Partner of Class Bravo Ventures and President of Solutions2Projects, LLC, a consulting company that provides IT strategy and IT compliance services in the life sciences space in addition to expert witness consulting services.  She is  an active angel investor, former Vice President of Sand Hill Angels, an EIR with Tech Futures Group, a podcaster (Piloting Your Life), a speaker, a blogger, and regularly advises early stage startups across all sectors. 


Terri invests in early stage digital health startups, specifically FemTech and PediaTech.   In her spare time,Terri flies helicopters.  She is passionate about supporting, and advocating for, under-represented founders and investors.

Illuminated Jewelry Showcase

Illuminated Jewelry Chokers and Bracelets powered by 360Fashion

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Our chokers and bracelets are made from a highly light conductive material which has been electroplated and laser etched with illuminated patterns. For the person who is bold and technological, our unisex jewelries are statement pieces that symbolize a new digital world.


We hosted this pop up jewelry showcase at our most recent pitch night. See where to find this jewelry next: https://futurejewelrysf.splashthat.com/

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Past Startups Featured

Norma

The premier mobile app for learning about and tracking your breast health.

The premiere mobile app for learning about and tracking your breast health.

Odeeva

monthly subscription box for your period

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StressPal

BRAIN-BASED STRATEGIES FOR STRESS RELIEF AND VITALITY

Brain-based strategies for stress relief and vitality. 


Opter

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