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London femtech scores £1.5M seed funding for helping women cope with menopause


The news is just in that Vira Health has raised £1.5 million in a seed funding round led by LocalGlobe and MMC Ventures, with investment from angels including Hearst Ventures’ Megumi Ikeda, Elvie’s Andrea Zitna, and former Spotify executive Sofia Bendz.

The announcement comes as Vira Health prepares for the launch of their first app, Stella in August, which acts as a health assistant as women go through menopause. The funding will support Stella’s launch in other markets and Vira Health’s expansion into other women’s later-life health areas.

A focus on women’s health

Vira Health was founded last year by Andrea Berchowitz and Dr Rebecca Love. Berchowitz developed the idea after spending 10 years at McKinsey, where she consulted in the public and social sectors on issues around women’s health and family planning, before working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on women’s health in the Middle East....