Enabling the fight against Zika with technology and equity crowdfunding

Fundraising is one of the biggest challenges for tech4dev start-ups, and especially for hardware led social ventures. The emerging practice equity crowdfunding is best known for its capability to scale and bring products to market. Could equity crowdfunding be a tool for supporting tech4dev start-ups? Certainly!

Join this webinar to learn how Maternova – a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to accelerating the deployment of life-saving maternal and newborn health innovations – leveraged equity crowdfunding to fund development of a vector control technology solution in response to the threat of the Zika virus in 2016. In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about vector control technologies and Maternova’s novel “fashion” application of nanotechnology to fight Zika in pregnant women
  • Get insights about equity crowdfunding using the investment platform Republic
  • See context via pilot studies that took place in El Salvador


Meg Wirth specializes in innovative approaches to maternal, newborn, child and reproductive health/. She founded the social enterprise, Maternova Inc., with Allyson Cote. Maternova is the trusted e-commerce platform for proven technologies that save mothers and newborns. Prior to Maternova, Meg advised a socially conscious venture capital fund on its global health strategy. She has also worked for The Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations Millennium Project and is published in the field of maternal health policy and innovation

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