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News Briefs: Joonko Raises $2.4 Million, Kensho Closes Pre-Seed Round And Write Her Future Institute Launches


Joonko Diversity, Inc. announced it has secured $2.4M in a seed round led by the Alabama Futures Fund.

Joonko Raises $2.4 Million

Joonko Diversity, Inc. announced it has secured $2.4M in a seed round led by the Alabama Futures Fund.

Founded in 2016, Joonko allows organizations to effortlessly make intentional improvements toward achieving diversity, inclusion and belonging. Joonko provides recruiters in any organization an automatic tool to help them objectively, and passively, source the most qualified applicants among diverse candidates, enabling talent acquisition teams to tap into new active candidate sources, reducing the hiring cycle by 17%. 

Joonko’s unique and transparent dashboard-free engine is already matching 100+ hires every month. Joonko syncs seamlessly with an organization’s Applicant Tracking System, automatically connecting it to the largest pool in the U.S. of over 12,000 active, qualified, and diverse candidates. 

Kenshō Closes Pre-Seed Funding

Kenshō, the first personalized research-backed holistic health discovery platform, today announced that it has closed pre-seed funding co-led by Female Founders Fund and Crosscut Ventures, placing it in the company of Rent The Runway, Billie, and Zola. Bo Shao’s $100 million Evolve Foundation that invests exclusively in companies poised to decrease human suffering also participated in the round.

The company was born out of Kenshō CEO & Co-founder Krista Berlincourt’s own frustrations navigating holistic health after she left her last company, Simple, a fintech pioneer, to heal the adrenal failure that left her hospitalized. Two years later, Berlincourt met Danny Steiner, a health industry veteran, who developed and launched Brami, a breakout superfood company product backed by Lerer Hippeau and Accel Partners. The two initially bonded over their mutual interest in behavioral science, then discovered a shared mission to help people get better by making holistic health more accessible.

Today the two are solving for holistic health’s provider curation and consumer trust challenges with a personalized discovery platform that leverages in-depth scientific research to customize provider recommendations based on a wide range of considerations, including a user’s symptoms, goals, lifestyle, and preferences.

Phantasma Labs Wins At She Loves tech

Phantasma Labs, a platform to help self-driving systems predict and understand human behavior using virtual stimulation, emerged as winner of the She Loves Tech 2019 competition. Maria Meier, cofounder and CTO of Phantasma Labs said, “It feels powerful to be around so many inspiring women entrepreneurs, especially in our field which needs more. We are really grateful to She Loves Tech for providing a platform to meet outstanding founders and gain exposure to top investors and mentors.” 

The winning team will also receive a cash prize of $15,000 from Teja Ventures, She Loves Tech’s official venture partner and Asia’s first gender lens VC fund. 

Fiera Capital launches its first ever cohort for The A Effect’s “Défi 100 jours” (CNW Group/Fiera Capital Corporation)


Défi 100 jours

Fiera Capital Corporation, a leading independent investment management firm, recently announced the launch of Fiera Capital’s first cohort of The A Effect‘s “Défi 100 jours”. This initiative supports Fiera Capital’s commitment to creating and fostering an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone can reach their full potential.

The A Effect has been offering the “Défi 100 jours” since 2015. Through a unique journey for professional development that includes workshops, rewarding encounters with inspiring leaders, web conferences and an exclusive learning platform, The A Effect helps support women’s ambition and propel their professional engagement.

“Fiera Capital is pleased to partner with The A Effect by offering a cohort of professional and ambitious women the chance to participate in the “Défi 100 jours”, helping them to better communicate their ambition, boost their confidence and their influence, encourage them to take risks and, more importantly, to develop their networks” said Monique Leroux, Strategic Advisor and Member of the Strategic Development Committee at Fiera Capital.

The official launch of Fiera Capital’s first cohort took place at the Firm’s new global headquarters in Montreal. 

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