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How to build a digital health company: learnings from female founders

Only 6% of funded digital health companies have a female founder. #wecandobetter Last week we released our State of Women in Healthcare report and today we’re hosting our sixth XX in Health Retreat with 200 women across the industry. To celebrate the occasion, we wanted to share wisdom from our own incredible female founders on what they’ve learned working in the trenches building digital health companies.

How to build a digital health company: learnings from female founders

Only 6% of funded digital health companies have a female founder. #wecandobetter Last week we released our State of Women in Healthcare report and today we’re hosting our sixth XX in Health Retreat with 200 women across the industry. To celebrate the occasion, we wanted to share wisdom from our own incredible female founders on what they’ve learned working in the trenches building digital health companies.

Featured 3/23/15

The State of Women in Healthcare: An Update

Women make up only 6% of digital health CEOs funded in the last four years. We surveyed over 400 women in the industry to better understand the sentiment around gender discrimination. 96% of the women we surveyed believe gender discrimination still exists. And almost half of them cited gender as one of the biggest hurdles they’ve faced professionally.

Featured 3/23/15

The State of Women in Healthcare: An Update

Women make up only 6% of digital health CEOs funded in the last four years. We surveyed over 400 women in the industry to better understand the sentiment around gender discrimination. 96% of the women we surveyed believe gender discrimination still exists. And almost half of them cited gender as one of the biggest hurdles they’ve faced professionally.

Other 12/2/14

Healthcare conferences still a sad place for diversity

A snapshot of the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, October 29th, 2014, where only 20% of speakers were female Last year, Rock Health took the first look  at gender diversity on the stages of a dozen high-profile healthcare conferences. We knew from experience that women were largely confined to the attendee list at these events, and we were appalled when our research  confirmed that only a quarter of speakers in 2013 were women. We launched the XX Speaker Project as part of our larger XX in Health initiative to promote and support female leaders in healthcare. Opening up a dialogue about this imbalance, our goal was to make tangible changes and improve the numbers in 2014. First, we called it out. Making these numbers transparent helps conference organizers, attendees, and the public at large realize there’s a problem. (You can view the data here).

Other 12/2/14

Healthcare conferences still a sad place for diversity

A snapshot of the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, October 29th, 2014, where only 20% of speakers were female Last year, Rock Health took the first look  at gender diversity on the stages of a dozen high-profile healthcare conferences. We knew from experience that women were largely confined to the attendee list at these events, and we were appalled when our research  confirmed that only a quarter of speakers in 2013 were women. We launched the XX Speaker Project as part of our larger XX in Health initiative to promote and support female leaders in healthcare. Opening up a dialogue about this imbalance, our goal was to make tangible changes and improve the numbers in 2014. First, we called it out. Making these numbers transparent helps conference organizers, attendees, and the public at large realize there’s a problem. (You can view the data here).

Rock Health entrepreneur breakdown: female founders

I thought it would be a good time to look into (and publish) data on entrepreneur demographics at Rock Health. The data is interesting. I’ll spread this over a few posts, today’s post will focus on gender. Looking at the active Rock Health startups, 30% of our portfolio companies have a female founder. My initial thought was “we need to do better,” so I decided to also look at the application data to get an idea of the supply with which we’re working. In 2013, to my surprise, exactly 30% of the companies that applied to Rock Health had at least one female founder. 19% had a mix of male and female founders, 11% were all female founders, and 70% were all male founders. All applicants are treated equally when applying to Rock Health. We look at the experience and capabilities of the founding team, along with the sustainability and scalability of the business. We’d love to see more diverse applicants, and have invested quite a bit into supporting women in particular (via our XX in Health initiative). I think one of the best ways to encourage more women to join us at Rock Health is to show off the…

Rock Health entrepreneur breakdown: female founders

I thought it would be a good time to look into (and publish) data on entrepreneur demographics at Rock Health. The data is interesting. I’ll spread this over a few posts, today’s post will focus on gender. Looking at the active Rock Health startups, 30% of our portfolio companies have a female founder. My initial thought was “we need to do better,” so I decided to also look at the application data to get an idea of the supply with which we’re working. In 2013, to my surprise, exactly 30% of the companies that applied to Rock Health had at least one female founder. 19% had a mix of male and female founders, 11% were all female founders, and 70% were all male founders. All applicants are treated equally when applying to Rock Health. We look at the experience and capabilities of the founding team, along with the sustainability and scalability of the business. We’d love to see more diverse applicants, and have invested quite a bit into supporting women in particular (via our XX in Health initiative). I think one of the best ways to encourage more women to join us at Rock Health is to show off the…

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