Wagmo co-founders Christie Horvath (L) and Ali Foxworth (R)

Today, pet insurance startup Wagmo announced their $12.5 million Series A financing, led by Revolution Ventures with participation from Female Founders Fund, Clocktower Technology Ventures, and Vestigo Ventures. Angels, including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Grube, Marilyn Hirsch, David Ronick, and Michael Akkerman, also participated in the round.

In 2020, pet adoption numbers surged by 110% in the US, massively accelerating continued growth in the pet tech industry as a whole. Wagmo saw explosive triple-digit revenue growth over the pandemic, and plans to use the new funding to scale the team, develop key product features, and secure new partnerships.

We recently sat…

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Female Founders Fund is a part of the growing number of venture capital firms, startups, and corporations recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States on June 19th, 1865, reminding us how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. This year’s celebration comes after a year of nationwide protests against police violence sparked by the murder of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter is not only about the police as an isolated institution, it’s about systemic racism. …


Since inception, Female Founders Fund has been tracking and investing behind both technological and business model innovation in women’s health. While there has been medical advancement in birth control and fertility options, not all areas have seen equal investment or innovation. Over the past twelve months we have seen an increasing number of startups in the menopause space, yet in our due diligence we found a surprising lack of existing research on what consumers want and need. To better understand what consumers were looking for in menopause products and services, we did a survey of 250 women and learned that…

Jacquelle Amankonah Horton, Founder of Fave

After seven years at Google, Jacquelle Amankonah Horton knew there was a white space in social between fans and creators. She plans to fill that gap with Fave, for which she announced the close of a $2.2 million seed round led by Female Founders Fund, with participation from HYBE, Sony Music, Warner Music, Concord Music, Quality Control, Right Hand Management, Techstars Music and Betaworks. (credit: TechCrunch)

We are thrilled to back Jacquelle’s vision to give fans a place where they can “let their fan flag fly”, while giving artists a way to connect directly with fans. We recently spoke with…

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A cockroach is not the most obvious source of inspiration that comes to mind for the CEO of a global fintech company, yet Tala CEO & Founder Shivani Siroya said the kitchen pest embodied the energy she wanted her team to channel during the COVID-19 crisis. Cockroaches can live two weeks without water or a month without food. They can run up to three miles an hour, and hold their breath for 40 minutes. “Cockroaches can withstand even nuclear attacks,” Siroya told F3 founding partner Anu Duggal during a recent Fireside Chat. “In that sense, it was like, okay, we…

COVID-19 Pullbacks Balanced By Upward Trends in Digital Health, Female-Led Social Networks

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As Women’s History Month concludes, Female Founders Fund is back with its annual review of the state of female entrepreneurship and funding in the United States.

Back when we first published this report in 2014, female entrepreneurs received just 2% of total venture capital dollars invested into early stage companies. Since then, this proportion has hovered at or just below 3%, but we have seen steady growth in the number of female-founded startups raising follow-on and later-stage rounds of capital.

Female Founders Fund launched in 2014 with a simple investment thesis: women will build the companies of tomorrow and we…

We are thrilled to back Parisian makeup artist Violette’s first line of cosmetics, VIOLETTE_FR, made “avec amour” for people and the planet, and designed with the purpose of helping people celebrate their natural beauty. “We’re incorporating a lot of education on how to take care of your skin and how to apply makeup in a way that’s not ‘fixing’ anything, but celebrating yourself and making you feel good about yourself,” Violette says.

In the wake of Bumble’s successful IPO, we examined what happens when women are the ones leading and building social networks.

Over the past few years, Big Tech has been facing more and more scrutiny when it comes to user safety. Since launching, large social media platforms have existed mostly uncensored, allowing for significant — and in some cases, devastating — events to transpire online. In many cases, these platforms were designed by men, with the singular focus of growth at all costs… putting user safety on the back burner.

In recent years, there has been an emergence of female-led…

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Today, at-home lab testing and smart app combo Base announces their $3.4M Seed round with investors including Female Founders Fund, Venture City, Lakehouse VC, Rosecliff, AmplifyHer Ventures, and individuals like Anne Wojcicki of 23&Me, among others.

We are thrilled to back founder Lola Priego’s vision with Base — the belief that easier access to personal health data can help predict and prevents health problems before they appear.

In a recent interview with Lola, we spoke to her about her background at Facebook/Instagram, what inspired her to start Base, why she believes blood testing is the next frontier, where she sees…

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year from Female Founders Fund! As we move into 2021, we wanted to take a moment to share our reflections on the past year.

Team 👩‍👩‍👧‍👧

In 2020, we added three new members to the FFF team. On the investing side, Adrianna Samaniego joined us from Columbia Business School this spring prior to spending eight years at Google followed by internships at Jet Blue Ventures and Harlem Capital. Emily Powers joined us from TPG’s Rise Impact fund where she spent the last three years. On the platform team, we brought on Caroline…

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