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FemTech Breakfast Club.

In Partnership with FemTech Canada

The FemTech Breakfast Club is a pitch competition focused on bringing together and learning about the tremendous industry that surrounds women’s health.

The FemTech Breakfast aims to bring together all tech ecosystem partners to support and gain knowledge about FemTech opportunities in Canada, ultimately bridging the current Funding Gap.


Pitch competitions are designed with founders in mind and can become a learning opportunity for those involved.

The mission.

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National Pitch Competition

The FemTech Breakfast Club brings together incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurs and investors alike to support FemTech founders looking to raise a Pre-Seed or Seed round.

The FemTech Breakfast Club will travel across Canada to find one winning FemTech company per city.

Centech

January 25, 2024

Osler Office

May 28, 2024 

Osler office

June 21, 2024 

Location TBC

October 2024 

Apply for tickets

If you would like to attend without taking part in the pitch competition, we will be inviting few industry players to each event

Each winner will receive

One winner per location, each winning over $15,000 in services to support the growth of their company.

Coaching from FemTech Canada

 

Femtech Canada exists to inspire and support entrepreneurs in women's health innovation by connecting companies with the resources they need.

Culture audit from Cap Inclusive

Cap Inclusive is a consulting firm that helps venture-backed companies align their purpose with their processes and practices. The culture audit is a $10,000 in-kind service that helps startups communicate their Purpose as a vector for strong employer branding.

Fast track to Spring's upcoming impact challenges

Spring's Impact Investor Challenges are 9 to 11-week-long programs with a chance to be selected to receive a $100k+ investment. Winners get their applications fast-tracked for the Health or Women Led Impact Investor Challenge.

Legal support from Osler

Osler is a leading business law firm practicing internationally from offices across Canada. Winners will receive $5,000 of in-kind legal services provided by the firm.

A spot in the M51 Founder's Lab

Movement51 offers an intensive 9-week hybrid program that supports founders as they look to raise their first pre-seed and seed rounds.

MaRS Promotion & Advisory

Fast track acceptance to MaRS Venture Services Program*, including access to advisors, connections to talent, partners, investors, market research and more. Possibility to be featured in the digital MaRS Magazine and MaRS Ecosystem event.

Call for applications.

Interested in pitching your business at the FemTech Breakfast Club event in your city?

Apply before December 1st to pitch at the Montreal event

Who can apply?

Too early?

We invite all FemTech founders to fill in the call for applications form. We want this to become a learning opportunity for all and will provide feedback and tickets to some of the founders who might not be ready to pitch to investors.

The process

September 1st, 2023

Call for applications opens

Briefly describe your degree and any other highlights about your studies you want to share. Be sure to include relevant skills you gained, accomplishments you achieved or milestones you reached during your education.

6 weeks before the event

Applications close

All applicants are screened during a selection committee where our ecosystem partners select a Top 5 to participate based on a FemTech-adapted scorecard. The Top 5 is coached by FemTech Canada to ensure they have the best chances of winning.

The day of the event

Top 5 pitch

The 5 startups are invited to pitch and our jury is invited to vote based on FemTech-adapted criteria and questionsOne startup per location is awarded the prize

Why FemTech?

Market potential.

$75B

The FemTech industry is expected to grow rapidly at an average CAGR of 13% to reach $75Bn by 2025

Underfunded industry.

13%

Only 13% of all digital health venture capital is allocated to FemTech while it has the potential to improve and impact 51% of the population

Lack of VC attention.

3x

While VC funding has tripled since 2015, the lack of investments remains the key barrier along with insufficient R&D funding

How do we define FemTech?

Products or services that improve the health to quality of life of women.

Subcategories

Diseases specific to women

Reproductive Phase: Fertility Solutions/Egg Freezing, Reproductive health & Contraception, Menstrual HealthPregnancy: Pregnancy and nursing, Breastfeeding care

Perimenopause: Mental Health, Pelvic & Uterine Health CarePost Menopause: Menopause Care, Women’s Longevity Solutions

Our Sponsors

Prime Sponsor

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Group and Venture Capital teams help clients recognize, develop and realize innovative venture capital opportunities. Osler acts for more than 1,500 early, growth and late-stage ventures and venture investors across Canada, the United States and around the world. Osler is a leading law firm with a singular focus – your business.

National Partners

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Femtech Canada, operated by Innovation Factory, is a national network that connects Canadian femtech companies with resources and recognition. Through mentorship, advocacy and a growing online community, Femtech Canada inspires entrepreneurs to lead in women’s health innovation. The Femtech Canada network is intentional, intersectional, and inclusive and values technology that enriches the lives of the end-user.

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Innovation Factory is a not-for-profit business accelerator, serving as the catalyst for technology innovation in the greater Hamilton area since 2010. Innovation Factory provides business services, training, mentorship, and strategic connections to drive market adoption, leverage intellectual property, and increase revenues, investment, and jobs. Innovators can also access sector-specific resources including exclusive smart transportation test environments and data; and a formal life science and health innovation ecosystem.

Want to become a Sponsor?

We still have a few spots open.

Guest Juries.

Montreal

Regional Partners

Montreal

Ecosystem Partners

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Next AI is a world-class founder and venture development acceleration network for AI-enabled startups. Leveraging a renowned ecosystem of AI and business experts, Next AI provides support on both AI product development and market commercialization. Each year, Next AI identifies the top early-stage teams developing ambitious AI-powered solutions and provides them with the mentorship, education and network to have a global impact.

Centech is an ecosystem that propels technological innovation and entrepreneurship projects from science and engineering. Thanks to its Acceleration and Propulsion programs, Centech acts as a real instrument of growth, thus creating one of the largest concentrations of technology entrepreneurs in the start-up phase in Quebec and Canada.

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a nonprofit organization that delivers an objectives-based mentorship program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies. CDL-Montreal is geared towards founders innovating in the sectors of AI, Supply Chain and Blockchain/Web3.

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Located in the heart of Quebec’s AI ecosystem, Mila is a community of more than 1,000 researchers specializing in machine learning and dedicated to scientific excellence and innovation.

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Spring is where founders and investors come together for impact. Our community is a global incubator, accelerator and advisory firm - and a place where you can find inspiration, support and true belonging. From personalized mentorship and funding opportunities to lively discussions and thought-provoking events, we're here to help you scale solutions for a better future.

Guest Juries

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Annick Charbonneau

Accelia

Partner at Accelia, a $60M Fund investing in seed and early-stage innovative businesses and female-led technology startups.

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Marina Pavlovic-Rivas

Eli Health

Co-founder and CEO of Eli Health, the women's health company on a mission to improve lifelong health through continuous hormone monitoring.

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Katheleen Eva

StandUp Ventures

Associate at StandUp Ventures, a $55M seed-stage venture capital fund focused on investing in high-growth ventures with at least one female founder in a key leadership role.

Montreal
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Scott Loong

Panache Ventures

Partner at Panache Ventures, Canada's most active pre-seed and seed stage venture capital firm, currently investing out of our new $100M fund. Panache invests in Canada's most ambitious founders across all sectors. 

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Sara Couture

Osler

Associate at Osler, a legal firm that helps clients recognize, develop and realize innovative venture capital opportunities. Osler acts for more than 1,500 early, growth and late-stage ventures and venture investors across Canada, the United States and around the world. 

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Althea Wishloff

Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

 General Partner at Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, Canada's first Indigenous-led and -owned social finance intermediary.

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Rossana Alfaro Roman

Centech

Conseillère - Propulsion Program at Centechone of the largest concentrations of technology entrepreneurs in the start-up phase in Quebec and Canada.

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Amadea Camozzi

CDL-Montreal

Director at Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a nonprofit organization that delivers an objectives-based mentorship program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies. 

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Rachel Bartholomew

HyIvy

CEO & Founder of Hyivy, a partner for pelvic health journeys that offers holistic, patient-created, pelvic health rehabilitation for patients and clinicians. 

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Joumana Ghosn

Mila

Senior Director - Applied Machine Learning Research at Mila, a community of more than 1,000 researchers specializing in machine learning and dedicated to scientific excellence and innovation.

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Inara Lalani

FemTherapeutics

Co-founder & CEO of FemTherapeutics, the world’s first customizable gynecological prosthetic tailored to your unique anatomy.

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Charlotte Borgognoni

Inovia

Associate at Inovia, a venture capital firm that partners with founders to build impactful and enduring global companies. The team leverages an operator-led mindset to provide founders with multi-stage support, mentorship, and access to a worldwide network. Inovia manages over US$2.2B with operations in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Bay Area, and London. 

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Ziyi Shi

Real Ventures

VP Legal and D&I Lead at Real Ventures, an early-stage VC firm based in Montreal and Toronto. Since 2007, Real has played in influential role in shaping the Canadian startup ecosystem. Real has been a long-time proponent of women in tech and leadership positions. Its most recent FemTech investment was Eli Health, which came through the Real Ventures-Techstars AI partnership in 2019.

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Annick-Isabelle Marcoux

LangLeven

Founder and Managing Partner at LangLeven, a private investment firm specializing in Seed and Series A Sports & Wellness Technologies, and Longevity companies. Some of LangLeven’s portfolio companies like PelviPower and Rya Health cater to Women and promote Women's health.

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Parambir Bhangu

Organon

Executive Director, External Innovation & Emerging Science at Organon, a global healthcare company with a focus on women’s health and a portfolio of therapies and products in women’s health, biosimilars, and established brands, across a wide array of conditions and diseases. In Women’s Health, we are building a pipeline and portfolio of products focused on addressing unmet health needs, including in contraception, fertility, maternal and peripartum conditions, and conditions unique to or predominant in women.

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Lyne Landry

AgeTech Capital

Partner at AgeTech Capital, a Canadian firm with a global mandate. We are a purpose-driven private market investment firm accelerating innovative & affordable technology solutions for the future of a healthier, wealthier & fulfilling aging.

Toronto

Ecosystem Partners

MaRS Discovery District in Toronto is one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs.

MaRS supports promising high-growth companies to scale their businesses globally, while tackling key societal challenges in areas such as Health, Cleantech, Finance, Transportation, AI, and others. In addition to helping start-ups launch, grow and scale, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, commercialization of discoveries, and driving ideas to impact.

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Spring is where founders and investors come together for impact. Our community is a global incubator, accelerator and advisory firm - and a place where you can find inspiration, support and true belonging. From personalized mentorship and funding opportunities to lively discussions and thought-provoking events, we're here to help you scale solutions for a better future.

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Next AI is a world-class founder and venture development acceleration network for AI-enabled startups. Leveraging a renowned ecosystem of AI and business experts, Next AI provides support on both AI product development and market commercialization. Each year, Next AI identifies the top early-stage teams developing ambitious AI-powered solutions and provides them with the mentorship, education and network to have a global impact.

Guest Juries

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Michelle McBane

StandUp Ventures

 Partner at StandUp Ventures, a $55M seed-stage venture capital fund focused on investing in high-growth ventures with at least one female founder in a key leadership role.

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Sarah Willson

Panache Ventures

 Associate at Panache Ventures, Canada's most active pre-seed and seed stage venture capital firm, currently investing out of our new $100M fund. Panache invests in Canada's most ambitious founders across all sectors. 

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Jordana Corber-Tovel

Osler

Associate at Osler, a legal firm that helps clients recognize, develop and realize innovative venture capital opportunities. Osler acts for more than 1,500 early, growth and late-stage ventures and venture investors across Canada, the United States and around the world. 

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Kristen Perry

Spring Investing Collective

Managing Director at Spring Investing Collective, which provides the deal flow, community, and resources investors need to start contributing towards entrepreneurial solutions and scale up their impact-focused investment portfolio.

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Rachel Bartholomew

HyIvy

CEO & Founder of Hyivy, a partner for pelvic health journeys that offers holistic, patient-created, pelvic health rehabilitation for patients and clinicians. 

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Danielle Graham

The Firehood

Co-Founder of The Firehood,  a movement focused on increasing the participation, leadership and prosperity of women in technology, and GP of Phoenix Fire, an angel fund investing in women entrepreneurs across Canada.

Toronto
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Gabi Paccininni

Inovia

Analyst at Inovia, a venture capital firm that partners with founders to build impactful and enduring global companies. The team leverages an operator-led mindset to provide founders with multi-stage support, mentorship, and access to a worldwide network. Inovia manages over US$2.2B with operations in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Bay Area, and London. 

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Jeremy Grushcow

Juniper Genomics