Meet FemTech Pioneer Debbie Dickinson with Co-Founder and Daughter Markea

Debbie Dickinson (right) and her daughter, Markea Dickinson, Co-Founders of Thermaband

Tell us a bit about your company

Thermaband’s mission is to reframe the reality of menopause for midlife women using temperature-regulating technology.

What inspired you to start your business / what opportunity in the market are you seeking to address?

Inspired by my own personal experience with debilitating hot flashes with few remedies and no tech solution designed by women for women. Recognized that I was not alone and was committed to modernize menopause through science, community and technology. Created wearable that provides a natural tech solution by harvesting the science of thermoregulation to achieve personal comfort.

What is it about your personal background, experience, or perspective that fuels your passion for this venture?

First generation college, graduate school, immigrant, with a deep belief in faith, family, education and limitless possibilities. Deeply committed to serving the underserved in all aspects of my life. This business ignites a determination to improve the lives of women by destigmatizing a natural season of life with open and honest dialogue, education, scientific insights, community and an unwavering desire to create the tech solution we desire and deserve.

What are one or two of the biggest wins or most encouraging experiences you’ve had so far?

My daughter/Co-Founder, Markea and I, designed and developed a wearable with scientists, engineers, physicians and a robust community of women, that provides thermal relief for hot flash sufferers, like myself, and others who are uncomfortably hot or cold.

Source: Thermaband
  • User insights are invaluable.
  • Staying connected and listening intently.
  • Build as leanly as possible and validate along the way (Lean Startup was invaluable).
  • Follow your heart and passion, even when others are not yet onboard.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • The only true failure is that which you were too afraid to pursue.

What is an obstacle that you are grappling with as you continue to build this venture?

Fundraising is challenging. Supply Chain constraints, although using strategies to mitigate effects.

What surprises have you encountered as an entrepreneur? Something out of left field?

Meaningful connections with other founders have been great. Love the entrepreneurial community! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I pursued entrepreneurship, but I enjoy the camaraderie.

How can the WAFFA community help you?

Highlighting our mission, traction, value proposition and passion is incredibly helpful. Thank you!

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