Awkward Essentials Founder Frances Tang is solving problems endured by many but discussed by few. When she couldn’t find a reliable method for cleaning up after sex, she made one herself. The company’s Dripstick product is a soft sponge for quickly removing excess fluids from the vagina. Made of medical-grade material, it’s safe and easy to use. Tang has done more than create a cool and useful product. She’s helping normalize sexual expression and encouraging people to discuss their experiences.

“I sent a cold e-mail after I saw Unorthodox Ventures had invested in Tushy, another female-founded company. I heard back immediately, and that speed has been the constant. I’ve been working directly with people who have decades of experience, and all want me to succeed as much as I do.”
-Frances Tang, Founder

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