40 Minute Mentor

April 26, 2023

Putting Women In Control Of Their Reproductive Health with Alice Pelton, Founder of The Lowdown

“Hiring the wrong people teaches you more about your culture than hiring the right people…”

Did you know a third of women in the UK do not have easy access to contraception?

And 80% of those who are using contraception have reported side effects…

Following her own experience of having devastating side effects of being put on the wrong contraception, today’s 40 Minute Mentor, Alice Pelton, decided to take matters  into her own hands. 

That’s why she started The Lowdown – the UK’s leading sexual and reproductive health platform, used by over 2 million women. Featured in the likes of Grazia and The Times, The Lowdown is a contraception review, advice and prescriptions platform, on a mission to change women’s health. 

In today’s episode, Alice shares candid insights into her own contraception journey and being a female Founder, including: 

➡️ Her 10-year journey to find the right contraception [05:00] 

➡️ The historical ‘un-sexy’ part of medicine and building the Lowdown [08:59] 

➡️ Challenges of being a solo female Founder [10:30] 

➡️ What nobody teaches you about fundraising [11:48] 

➡️ Working with Angels vs VCs [16:18] 

➡️ More about our sponsors, Alchemist [18:10] 

➡️ Misconceptions about investors [19:20] 

➡️ Building communities [22:11] 

➡️ Learnings from hiring mistakes [25:23]  

➡️ What she looks for when hiring for The Lowdown [27:53] 

➡️ Navigating the ‘chat’ around contraception with children [32:33] 

Helpful links:

➡️ More about Alice: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alice-pelton/ 

➡️ Check out The Lowdown: https://thelowdown.com/ 

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