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£100 Mln Female Centred Healthcare Fund

Goddess Gaia Ventures is a female founded venture capital firm. We are building a £100 Mln venture fund that will invest in tech, products and solutions that cater towards the service of women’s healthcare needs in Health, Wellness and Femtech. Our investments are aligned with creating a sustainable, healthy planet and society.

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About

We are three women and one man, from different backgrounds and ethnicities, united in a core set of values and mission to better the world.

 

Women’s centred healthcare has been totally under-served and under-represented to date, despite us accounting for 51 % of the population. There is a clear need to have a differentiated and specialised approach towards the healthcare needs for women.

 

Goddess Gaia Ventures is disrupting the $12 Trillion healthcare market (of which $1.1 Trillion Femtech market is completely under-served) by investing in female-centred healthcare tech, products, services and devices that improve women, female, and girl’s health and wellness. This includes innovations that solely affect women like the menopause and disproportionately affect women like autoimmune diseases and differently affect women like heart disease.

Through our pre-series A investments within Health, Wellness and FemTech categories, we invest in founders who want to build extraordinary companies that will be impactful and change the world.

We prioritise funding startups formed by under-represented and female founders.

 

We are always looking for the next big idea. Get in touch. We'd love to meet you.

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Team

PRIYA OBEROI-CATTAI

MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER

Angel Investor | Entrepreneur and Founder | Ex Lawyer | Working Mother | Cancer Survivor | Lover of R&B music | Crusader | Secret Gardener

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Priya’s impetus for forming GGVentures is to essentially to “pay it forward”. As a survivor of cancer Priya knows full well the importance of eating the right foods, a positive and constructive mindset and tailoring ones prognosis to ones’ epigentics and DNA. GG Ventures is a labour of love to empower, excite and enrich entrepreneurs to develop and bring to market relevant tech in the health and wellness space.

Priya is an entrepreneur, founder and a lawyer by training. Currently she is the MD of Oberoi Capital Partners, a regulated company she conceptualised in 2010 and built from the ground up using her own funds. She has built, managed and run the firm for over ten years, providing fund raising expertise, strategic advise and multi-channel scale-up positioning across different asset classes and distinct investment strategies. 

 

Priya graduated with a BA and MA from Oxford University attaining a  2.1 in Jurisprudence.

AYA SUZUKI, CFA

HEAD OF OPERATIONS, PARTNER

Waseda Alumni | Chartered Financial Analyst | Ex Capital Markets Banker | Cross Border Transactions | Business Development | Client Relationship Management | Sports Enthusiast  | Scuba Diver | Working Mother

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Aya passionately believes in mental and physical health of women and brings her enthusiasm into GG Ventures’ fast-moving growth journey. As an experienced banker, she not only has exceptional technical background, but also fully understands the importance of collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking, technology, mentorship and D&I, as well as holistic approaches to health in women’s lifecycle. With impeccable credentials, she has become an integral part of the team leading the full spectrum of GG Ventures’ fund operations.

Aya is a Debt Capital Markets professional with 12 years of deal execution, business development and client relationship management experience at UBS Investment Bank in London and Tokyo. She was most recently responsible for origination, distribution and execution of private placements for a broad range of institutional clients worldwide and has extensive experience delivering cross-border solutions for her clients. She is bilingual in English and Japanese.

Aya holds a BA in Economics from Waseda University, Japan.

ALEXANDRA LEMACON

SECTOR SPECIALIST, PARTNER

Stanford Alumni | Health & Life Sciences Expert | Ex-Strategy Consultant  |  Start-up coach | Human Centre Design | SaaS solutions | Working Mother | Global Citizen

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Alexandra brings a holistic view of the digital landscape and the innovation imperative in the Health and Life Science industry. With over 20 years of experience across research, implementation, strategy and innovation in both corporate and advisory roles, Alex likes to challenge the what, why and how of projects and ideas

Alexandra’s relevant experiences include helping FTSE 100 executives articulate the case for change and financial value of their digital transformation with Salesforce, as a Co-founder of the Customer Lab, as an advisor to health tech startups, as Head of Strategy and Innovation at Bupa and as a senior Engagement Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a Senior Chemist in various R&D labs including Arkema (formerly Atofina Chemicals).

Alex holds a MSc in organic chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin and a MBA from Stanford University.

NATHAN MCNALLY

PARTNER

Angel Investor | Designer | Developer | Speaker | Advisor | Mentor | Founder of P4 Precision Medicine | Founder of The Cancer Tech Accelerator | Gamer | Tech Geek

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Nathan has worked and led multimillion-pound initiatives supporting tech entrepreneurs for the past 10 years. Nathan is currently Health & Life Science Director at Capital Enterprise and Co-Founder of P4 Precision Medicine Accelerator, creating a more coherent, connected pathway for AI enabled precision medicine companies by bringing together the key stakeholders and decision makers that will improve precision medicine adoption and more importantly improve patients’ lives.

Nathan holds a BA (Hons) in Design and Digital Animation from the University of West London

MARISSA K FAYER

US PARTNER

Boston University alumni | Entrepreneur | Angel and Impact Investor | HERhealthEQ Social-Impact CEO/Founder | Women’s Health CEO and Executive |TEDx Speaker | Engineer | US and Emerging Markets Company Builder | Medical Device and MedTech +20 years | Miller Center Fellow

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Marissa has spent the last 22 years growing Medical Device companies into world-class organizations with a distinct blend of Engineering, Operations, Quality, Product Development, and tactical skills. She is a strategic advisor and board member of several venture-backed private companies and has taken on executive leadership in several of the companies she has worked with. Marissa is a UCSC Miller Center Social Entrepreneur Fellow and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Medtech.

Marissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

KATHRIN FOLKENDT

SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE PARTNERS

Innovator in Women's Health at FemTech Insider- Founder and CEO | Co-Founder at PERLA Health | PCOS Awareness Advocate Women's Health Key Opinion Leader Ecosystem Builder

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Innovator in Women’s Health at FemTech Insider and PERLA Health

Kathrin Folkendt is the Founder & CEO of Femtech Insider, the globally leading platform for women’s health innovation and PERLA Health, a femtech company reinventing the PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) diagnostics and care experience.

Kathrin started her career in the tech industry at Intel and Hewlett-Packard leading the organizations’ marketing efforts in Europe. From there she went on to work with numerous startups and scale-ups like Prezi and Hearsay Systems across Europe, Asia and the United States. Since being diagnosed with PCOS and understanding first-hand how underserved, under-researched and underfunded the women’s health space is, Kathrin has dedicated her time and efforts to innovating the healthcare industry, working with stakeholders across the women’s health innovation ecosystem. Kathrin is a frequent speaker on femtech, PCOS women’s health and media innovation and an advisor to multiple women’s health funds, startups and research programs.

Kathrin holds a degree in communication from the University of Vienna

DR. STEPHANIE KUKU

SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE PARTNERS

UCL Alumni | Consultant in Clinical AI at WHO’s Dept. of Digital Health & Innovation | NHS Clinical Entrepreneur | Surgical Oncologist

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Dr Stephanie is a health technology advisor with expertise in digital health and artificial intelligence. She has over 15 years clinical and research experience and trained and worked in the NHS as a surgical oncologist specialising in women's cancers.

 

She  is a Senior advisor and consultant in Clinical AI at the World Health Organisation’s Department of Digital Health & Innovation.

 

Dr. Stephanie is a regular speaker on validation of health technology and has hosted a US podcast (HLTH) on themes around technology and the future of health. She has published work for the WHO and in academic journals including British Journal of Cancer, IJGC and BMJ.

 

She is also an avid angel investor and member of Alma Angels.

 

Dr. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB) from the University of Bristol and qualified as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from UCL for Clinical research in Oncology.

 

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