H|T: The Healthtech Times – Twig Fertility secures funding, Bunnii shuts down

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Plus: Founder of OneTaste charged with exploiting abuse victims.

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Rhino Ventures leads Twig Fertility’s $8 million Series A to improve fertility experience with tech (BETAKIT)

Toronto-based fertility clinic Twig Fertility aims to fill the gap in fertility care with its newly raised $8 million CAD Series A funding.

The funding will support its growth plans, including the development of its proprietary healthtech platform which will use personal health and demographic data to optimize each patient’s treatment plan and work toward their family-building goals.

Founder of Sexual Wellness Startup OneTaste Charged With Exploiting Abuse Victims (BNN BLOOMBERG)

The founder of sexual wellness education startup OneTaste, Nicole Daedone, and its former head of sales, Rachel Cherwitz, were charged with engaging in a yearslong conspiracy to manipulate victims of past sexual trauma and abuse into providing forced labor.

“Under the guise of empowerment and wellness, the defendants are alleged to have sought complete control over their employees’ lives, including by driving them into debt and directing them to perform sexual acts while also withholding wages,” Brooklyn US Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement.


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AlayaCare founder, Alberta Innovates and Strata Health Solutions executives honoured at e-Health Conference (BETAKIT)

Adrian Schauer, founder and CEO of AlayaCare, is one of three healthtech executives honoured with the award of Top Digital Health Executive for 2023 at the e-Health 2023 Conference and Tradeshow held in Toronto.

GetHarley, a skincare telehealth and consultation platform, raises $52M (TECHCRUNCH)

GetHarley, a platform that connects consumers with skincare clinicians and related products, has raised $52 million in a round of funding led by existing investor Index Ventures.

Part of GetHarley’s business model involves selling skincare products as part of a personalized plan, catering to specific individual factors.

Here’s how Canada’s top 10 cities rank in the global startup ecosystem (BETAKIT)

Though Canada maintains the rank of fourth place among 100 countries in StartupBlink’s global index for 2023, the report found that regions within the country experienced significant changes in the last year.

Helium Health gets $30M, backed by AXA IM Alts and 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki (TECHCRUNCH)

Helium Health, the African startup that provides software-as-a-service tools, financing and insights for healthcare providers and public health organizations, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.

The news is coming three years after the Lagos-headquartered health tech secured a $10 million Series A and 18 months following a rare Africa-GCC deal involving UAE-based healthcare provider-patient interaction platform Meddy.

FemTherapeutics raises $2.5 million CAD to address pelvic floor disorders with custom vaginal prosthetics (BETAKIT)

Montréal-startup FemTherapeutics has raised has raised a $2.5-million CAD to improve pelvic medicine. By combining artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and 3D printing, the company is developing customizable gynecological prosthetics.

Fertility startup Bunnii shutters after failing to secure funds (AXIOS)

New York-based fertility planning startup Bunnii shut down this week after failing to secure funding, CEO Meredith Brunette tells Axios.

Bunnii's demise is reflective of the challenges facing the nascent women's health tech sector, where funding could see a bust before it had a chance to boom.

York University partners with OneEleven to launch joint venture studio for new tech MBA degree (BETAKIT)

York University’s Schulich School of Business is partnering with Toronto-based tech hub OneEleven to establish a joint venture studio.

The venture studio will match students with member companies from both OneEleven and Schulich’s startup communities, who will complete pro bono product and fundraising analysis for select startups.

Carbon Health is already using AI to write patient records (STATNEWS)

Primary care tech startup Carbon Health is using artificial intelligence to listen in on patient appointments and automatically write up near-complete notes within minutes, directly in its own electronic health record software.

Carbon has raised about $750 million in venture funding, including $100 million earlier this year, and has been developing the AI-based health record software over the past few months.

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Alex Riehl

Alex Riehl

Alex Riehl is a staff writer and newsletter curator at BetaKit with a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. He's interested in tech, gaming, and sports. You can find out more about him at alexriehl.com or @RiehlAlex99 on Twitter.

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