15 under-the-radar fertility startups to watch, according to VCs

The fertility remedy market is predicted to be price $45bn globally by 2027 — almost double what it was in 2020 — as infertility charges rise and hopeful parents-to-be more and more flip to assisted copy to conceive.
But startups have been comparatively sluggish off the mark addressing the issue, and in Europe the fertility sector is but to see a serious tech success story hit the headlines. 
That might be about to change, nonetheless, and numerous European fertility startups are starting to get traction from traders. Just final month, London-based Numan accomplished its $60m Series B and compatriot Gaia raised $20m in a Series A.

So which early-stage startups within the nascent sector do VCs assume have a shiny future forward of them? We requested 5 traders in regards to the up-and-coming tech corporations they’ve received their eye on. The solely catch: they couldn’t nominate any from their portfolio.
Hana Besbes, funding supervisor at Heal Capital
Heal Capital is a healthtech-focused VC from Berlin. Besbes’s portfolio consists of: telehealth Avi Medical, skincare startup Formelskin and AI-driven affected person triage answer Infermedica.

Juno Bio 
Juno Bio helps girls take management of their vaginal microbiome well being with its proprietary check.
Vaginal well being circumstances related to a disrupted vaginal microbiome could cause every part from recurrent infections to infertility, and are massively under-researched. Juno Bio can turn out to be the info platform for vaginal microbiome well being, serving to uncover new biomarkers for measuring fertility well being and creating new therapies to protect fertility. 
Raised: UndisclosedFounded: 2018Last spherical: Aug. 2020Headquartered: London
The startup is a medical units platform that develops novel instruments to assist {couples} conceive at residence. It launched a conception cup which is a medical-grade, hormone-free conception help that will increase the prospect of being pregnant by up to 48%.

In nearly all of infertility circumstances at this time, sufferers go straight from the lighter-touch major and secondary care to the extremely invasive IVF house, leaving an entire hole within the fertility help journey. Fertilily can turn out to be the platform for non to minimally invasive at-home fertility help with out reaching the stage of the extremely invasive IVF, saving huge prices for each {couples} and insurance coverage corporations.
Raised: BootstrappedFounded: 2017Last spherical: N/AHeadquartered: Amsterdam
Wawa is a software program platform that collects real-world proof for infertility care, based mostly on the most important and most various dataset created by sufferers. The dataset seems to be at tons of of hundreds of affected person remedy cycles, signs, psychological well being and rather more to establish the patterns and supply medical determination help for improved outcomes.
The fertility sector has struggled to assemble, construction and make the most of the info accessible. By gathering and structuring infertility information, after which making use of machine studying to the most important infertility dataset, Wawa can turn out to be the working system for infertility care.
Raised: $475kFounded: 2020Last spherical: Oct. 2021Headquartered: Copenhagen
The SaaS startup seeks to enhance the success charge of assisted reproductive applied sciences, resembling in vitro fertilisation (IVF), by making use of AI to IVF imaging.
IVF entails cultivating embryos for up to 5 days within the lab earlier than transferring them to the affected person’s womb. It’s an costly process with poor outcomes — the typical success charge is beneath 30%. AI instruments can optimise determination making and shorten time-to-pregnancy and save embryologists’ time, making IVF extra inexpensive whereas enhancing outcomes. 
Raised: UndisclosedFounded: 2019Last spherical: Dec 2019Headquartered: Paris
Gynea is constructing a tech-enabled neo-clinic devoted to girls’s well being. It permits midwives, gynaecologists and common practitioners to work collectively to handle girls’s medical wants with a holistic and integrative method to help reproductive well being, together with fertility.
Gynea can turn out to be the Tia — a US-based femtech — of Europe, which could be very a lot wanted, to reimagine the care supply mannequin for girls and set a brand new customary for specialty care.
Raised: UndisclosedFounded: 2021Last spherical: N/AHeadquartered: Paris
Kevin Lösch, investor at Inventure
Inventure is an early-stage VC based mostly in Helsinki and Stockholm. Lösch’s portfolio consists of: AI-driven management coach app Bunch.ai, an undisclosed Nordic BNPL startup and an undisclosed Nordic logistics and mobility firm.

Gaia is a London-based startup specializing in de-risking the entire IVF fertility remedy with tailor-made merchandise resembling cost plans or personalised insurance coverage. But, what’s much more thrilling about Gaia is the tech — it gives a predictive algorithm that may work out a success-rate in all probability for sufferers. 
I’m significantly enthusiastic about Gaia as a result of it’s bridging the care hole between those that would possibly wrestle to afford fertility remedy and others that may, enabling higher entry.
Raised: €23mFounded: 2019Last spherical: 2022Headquartered: London
Tilly is a Stockholm-based digital fertility firm revolutionising fertility well being by information and personalisation. There’s a niche between the precise affected person wants and the dearth of obtainable help, and Tilly’s platform solves this by giving its customers personalised help all through the entire fertility journey, with a transparent concentrate on lowering stress.
Raised: UndisclosedFounded: 2019Last spherical: 2021Headquartered: Stockholm
Katie Palencsar, world head of enterprise studio at Anthemis 
Anthemis is a worldwide funding and advisory firm, specializing in fintech, enterprise software program and healthtech. Palencsar’s portfolio consists of: fintechs Addition Wealth and Nivelo and home market DwellWell.

Grip Fertility
The Dutch startup gives at-home testing kits to give girls details about their fertility. A stable workforce with medical backgrounds, they’ve quickly grown and expanded their providing into the UK, and their inclusion of insights resembling egg depend is a differentiated method to most at-home check kits.
Raised: UndisclosedFounded: 2020Last spherical: Seed, Jun 2020Headquartered: Amsterdam
Fertifa is a platform that gives worker fertility advantages — like fertility testing, family-planning and direct entry to medical consultants — to companies, serving to them to entice and retain expertise. The European fertility advantages panorama remains to be fairly nascent and staff are demanding extra of their employers, making a case for them to provide advantages resembling fertility companies.
Raised: £1mFounded: 2019Last spherical: Seed, Nov 2020Headquartered: London
Gemma Bloemen, principal at Creandum
Creandum is an early-stage VC based mostly in Stockholm. Bloeman is Creandum’s London-based principal, and whereas her first investments for the agency haven’t but been introduced but, her angel portfolio consists of: healthtech Aura Fertility, contraception evaluate platform The Lowdown and bladder care startup Jude.

Hertility Health 
The startup is constructing a clinically led reproductive well being and fertility clinic, beginning with enabling girls to perceive their hormones and reproductive well being by blood checks. It’s additionally received wider ambitions to help ladies and men all through their reproductive journey. 
Hertility’s medical care pathways are fastidiously designed and executed and these, mixed with the broader imaginative and prescient of the corporate, are what units them aside. 
Raised: £1mFounded: 2019Last spherical: Seed, Nov 2020Headquartered: London
Oviavo is a seed-stage startup that gives a household planning and fertility worker profit service to corporations. Issues round fertility and household planning have an awesome influence on folks’s psychological state and good recommendation may be expensive and exhausting to get. 
Raised: BootstrappedFounded: 2019Last spherical: N/AHeadquartered: Berlin
Andrej Steinberg, principal at Calm/Storm Ventures
Calm/Storm Ventures is an early-stage VC based mostly in Vienna. Steinberg’s portfolio consists of: healthtech Bea Fertility, sexual wellness platform Lvndr and contraception evaluate startup The Lowdown.

AiVF has developed a SaaS platform that serves as an working system for fertility clinics. It makes use of synthetic intelligence and pc imaginative and prescient to decide if an embryo is genetically appropriate for switch, avoiding an invasive biopsy. It makes the IVF course of extra environment friendly and extra inexpensive.
Raised: UndisclosedFounded: 2018Last spherical: Seed, Jun 2018Headquartered: Tel Aviv
(*15*) Health
(*15*) Health is growing an at residence testing package for STDs that doesn’t want to be shipped to a lab to get outcomes. It is certainly one of only some testing corporations whose UX doesn’t undergo from the friction of sending a check to an outdoor lab. STDs are one of many drivers of infertility and catching them early helps keep away from fertility points.
Raised: $2.7mFounded: 2020Last spherical: Seed, Oct 2021Headquartered: Renens, Switzerland
Syrona Health 
Syrona Health is a digital gynaecology clinic that gives consultations and testing throughout a variety of circumstances together with fertility and endometriosis. This full-stack method makes a whole lot of sense, contemplating the prevalence of comorbidities. The answer is bought as an worker profit to companies, serving to to deal with variety and inclusion points on the office.
Raised: £560kFounded: 2018Last spherical: Sep. 2020Headquartered: London
GeminiLab is a service for at-home sperm testing, freezing and blood testing for males. It additionally gives telemedicine and way of life suggestions to increase males’s fertility well being. The purpose is to be a single platform for males to perceive, enhance and shield their fertility well being. We just like the concentrate on the often-overlooked male facet of the fertility equation and see a transparent want available in the market for such a product in Europe.
Raised: $150kFounded: 2020Last spherical: Seed, Oct 2020Headquartered: Turkey
Kai Nicol-Schwarz is a reporter at Sifted. He covers healthtech and group journalism, and tweets from @NicolSchwarzOkay.


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