A telemedicine service for women raises $2.2M seed funding

Anyone that’s eyeballed an app store’s best sellers list for health and wellness knows that fertility apps place fairly high. So a telemedicine startup geared to women’s health seems like a natural progression. Maven, a New York-based business led by Kate Ryder, formerly of Index Ventures, raised $2.2. million, according to a TechCrunch article. Investors […]

Anyone that’s eyeballed an app store’s best sellers list for health and wellness knows that fertility apps place fairly high. So a telemedicine startup geared to women’s health seems like a natural progression. Maven, a New York-based business led by Kate Ryder, formerly of Index Ventures, raised $2.2. million, according to a TechCrunch article.

Investors taking part in the seed round include Great Oaks Venture Capital, BoxGroup, F Cubed — aka Femal Founders Fund, and angels including Matt Mullenweg, Susan Lyne, and Thomas Lehrman.

Maven’s main customer base will be women in their 20s and 30s with pregnancy and postpartum needs but it also offer guidance for women having trouble conceiving, the article said. The company currently employs 10 and has more than 300 doctors, physical therapists and nurse practitioners.

It also quoted Ryder: “We found a particularly strong need around prenatal and postpartum care, as well as childcare or pulling long hours at the office…That’s why we’ve worked with so many different types of practitioners to create a product that offers women the healthcare they need, exactly when they need it.”

Looking ahead Ryder said she’s interested in making the telemedicine app available to other age groups, particularly  teenagers who would probably welcome being able to ask personal questions about their health in the privacy of their home.