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News Briefs: Blume raises $3.3 Million Seed Round, New Scholarship Launches For Girls



Blume, the brand dedicated to educating young women and creating safe and sustainable period products, recently announced a $3.3 million Series Seed funding round. The round is led by Grace Chou and Victoria Treyger, partners at Felicis Ventures, with participation from Victress Capital. Other notable investor participants include Panache & Eric Reis, author of the Lean Startup.


Westlake Village BioPartners

Forbes announced that Westlake Village BioPartners founding Managing Director Beth Seidenberg, MD, has been ranked 59 on the annual Midas List of the world’s top 100 technology venture capitalists.

Seidenberg’s notable deal was Tesaro, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing cancer medicines. While a managing partner at Kleiner Perkins, Seidenberg was an early investor in Teraso and played a hands-on role building the company. In January, GlaxoSmithKline completed its acquisition of Tesaro for $5.1 billion.

Dr. Beth Seidenberg
Dr. Beth Seidenberg

“Bringing transformative technologies and new medicines to patients who really need them has always been a passion for me,” Seidenberg said. “I look forward to continuing to build cutting-edge life sciences companies through our new firm, Westlake Village BioPartners.”



Gilt, the insider style destination for coveted designer flash sales, is partnering with celebrity stylist-turned-designer and entrepreneur Rachel Zoe on two special curations. Exclusive online boutiques will feature Zoe’s favorite handpicked fashion trends for women and men, home décor, as well as a second edition of gift recommendations to celebrate Mother’s Day.

“Rachel Zoe is a style icon; her fashion sensibility, love of glamour and own designs resonate with the Gilt member,” said Lisa Rhodes, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Gilt Groupe. “With her stylist eye, Rachel is the perfect partner to curate the most exciting trends of the season. The result is a series of boutiques that showcases Rachel’s passion for luxury and the thrill of a great find that is the Gilt experience.”


 Athleta announced today the launch of Wellness Collective, a new take on wellness experiences created in partnership with Well+Good. Wellness Collective will bring together female thought leaders and innovators in four key elements of holistic wellness that fuel overall health and athleticism: mind and body; self-care; finance and career; and community. With monthly events at Athleta stores across the country and custom digital content, Wellness Collective will make holistic wellness more accessible and actionable than ever.

“Connecting women and girls through a healthy active lifestyle to learn, grow and inspire each other is at the heart of our mission of empowering them to reach their limitless potential,” said Nancy Green, President and CEO of Athleta. “As active women and athletes ourselves, we know women are looking for a central resource to unlock information about the physical, emotional, and mental elements that build a strong foundation for their active lifestyle and athletic journey. Wellness Collective is that one resource that can truly be disruptive by combining the power of on-and-offline communities to reach women everywhere.”

Dr. Tiffany Brown Scholarship

Tiffany Brown Designs and Tribute Contracting LLC are pleased to announce the Dr. Tiffany Brown Scholarship. The Dr. Tiffany Brown scholarship is designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The scholarship has a particular focus on female students with an interest in entrepreneurship.

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