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News Briefs: Sept. 28: Yumble Raises $8.5 Million, HollyWeed Signs Letter Of Intent


Yumble Closes Round of Series A

Yumble announced it has closed Series A funding led by Sonoma Brands, along with Danone Manifesto Ventures (the New York-based venture arm of Danone), Wharton Professor Martin Lautman, RiverPark Ventures, Launch Capital, and Apple Core filling the deck. To date, the skyrocketing home-delivery kids’ food brand has raised $8.5 million. By shipping kid-friendly lunches, dinners, and snacks straight to homes each week, Yumble takes stress off parents’ plates and gives them back time in their day.

“As a mom, I know we’re solving a truly painful problem for parents: wanting to put healthy and tasty food in front of our kids but having no time to actually do it,” said Founder Joanna Parker. “So, it’s no surprise to me that parents are finding value in our service. What’s surprised me so far is how big of an impact we’ve had in just one year and with only a team of seven people! It’s exciting to imagine what we’ll be able to accomplish with these new resources and partners.”

Maven Raises $27 Million in Series B

Maven, a digital health company focused on bringing women and families better access to healthcare, today announced $27 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital and Oak HC/FT with participation from existing investors Spring Mountain Capital, 14W, and Female Founders Fund. The new round of financing brings the company’s total funding to $42 million and will help Maven enhance its flagship product, Maven’s Family Benefits platform, which supports working mothers and new parents with everything from fertility through return-to-work care. The company also announced today that it has expanded its return-to-work care products with the introduction of a breastmilk shipping service. The new service, combined with the existing Maven healthcare platform, will provide more working mothers and parents with the support they need to return to work comfortably and successfully.

“In a system that desperately needs reform, focusing on the core patient—women—and starting with the core experience of millennials starting families, is critical,” said Kate Ryder, CEO and founder of Maven. “This is the beginning of long-overdue change in our healthcare system, and in society at large. At Maven, we’re just getting started.”


Letter of Intent

Renee Gagnon, founder and CEO of HollyWeed North Cannabis INC., is pleased to announce that the company has signed a letter of intent dated Sept. 10, 2018, to acquire Women Grow, LLC, a global company that provides connections, education and empowerment for aspiring and current cannabis entrepreneurs and business executives.

In making the announcement, Renee Gagnon, founder and CEO of HollyWeed North stated, “For almost four years, it has been my pleasure to share in the phenomenon that is Women Grow. Women are the cornerstone of the cannabis industry and it is HollyWeed North’s goal to ensure that women succeed and thrive in this exciting emerging industry.”

Founded in 2014 in Denver, Colo., Women Grow has had over 50,000 individuals across the U.S. and Canada attend its monthly Signature Networking Events and annual Leadership Summit, with an overall reach of over a half of million followers. Currently, Women Grow operates in 17 markets and continues to expand.


CLICK Workspace

Catherine Iannucci takes over as Member Advocate at CLICK Workspace a coworking space in downtown Northampton, Mass.. Iannucci, an Emerson College graduate and a native of Plymouth, Mass., moved to Northampton this summer. She has worked at nonprofit organizations since her senior year at College and comes to CLICK with hopes to play an active role in her new community. CLICK Workspace brings entrepreneurs, small businesses, remote workers, and creative professionals under one roof.

New President

Judith Harrison, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick, has been appointed as 2018-2019 President for New York Women in Communications, the leading professional organization for women in the communications industry. Judith’s goals as President for the upcoming year include the below:

  • Increasing diversity and inclusion for the 2,000-plus member organization
  • Working with the board of directors to reach all segments of the rapidly changing marketing communications business
  • Providing important programming for women at any stage of their career, by offering professional education, engaging panel discussions, networking opportunities and mentoring

Judith’s presidency became effective Sept. 1 and she will serve until Aug. 31, 2019.


Woman of the Year

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), has elected Leslie Levy August as OWIT “Woman of the Year.” The award will be conferred on Oct. 26 at the OWIT International 18th Annual Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The international award recognizes outstanding contributions to the status of women within international business and the global trade community. Leslie Levy August, Chief Operating Officer of boomerang carnets and Director of boomerang carnets U.K., will receive the award for outstanding contribution to the status of women in international business and trade as the result of her corporate and non-profit efforts. She has served on an OWIT Chapter Board of Directors, Women in International Trade Northern California (WIT-NC), for seven years including three years as President. Additionally, she has impacted women in international trade by modeling the values of collaboration, integrity, responsibility, respect, diversity, empowerment, learning and compassion in her corporate role.

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