"It should be easier to plan when to have kids"
Grip was started by Noor (31, medical doctor), Ling (33, product manager), and Anne Marie (32, investor).
We believe it should be possible for you to make choices based on information about your body, rather than national averages. Google just isn’t good enough. We launched in the Netherlands in April 2020, grew faster than we could have possibly imagined, so then launched in the UK in 2021.
We built Grip because we wanted to understand our bodies better. Now you can, too.
“I gave birth to a beautiful boy in October, but getting pregnant was harder than expected, and even as a doctor there was no support or information.”
Dr. Noor Teulings
Co-founder, medical doctor
Dr. Noor Teulings received her Medicine Doctoral from Utrecht University and her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (2020). Her research focuses on the adaptation of the cardiovascular system to pregnancy and how this might differ between women with a healthy weight and women who are obese. She has been awarded grants from the Dutch and British Heart Foundation for her research. She works for the NHS.
Dr. Teulings has a strong interest in Women’s health. She completed her medical residency at UMC Utrecht hospital, focusing on OBGYN and fetal physiology. She's currently on maternity leave, and misses clinical work already. She's planning on some day becoming a gynaecologist.
“I'm not sure I want to have kids, but I'm worried I'm going to wait too long and miss out.”
Anne Marie Droste
Anne Marie is a co-founder and CEO at Grip. She was the third employee and later a partner at venture capital fund Entrepreneur First, where she helped build over 200 startups, now worth over $2 billion dollars. She ran expansion and opened EF offices in Singapore, Berlin, Hong Kong, Paris, and Bangalore.
She finished three degrees: a master's degree at the University of Cambridge, and two undergrads at Utrecht University. She once wrote a thesis about the thermodynamics in windmills and ran a travel agency to North Korea.
After her first Grip test, Anne Marie got her IUD removed. She's now obsessed with tracking her moods and cycle.
“I want to have children, but being single makes that goal seem far away. I ideally want to build Grip first, anyway.”
Ling is a co-founder and CPO at Grip. Prior to co-founding Grip, Ling was the Head of Asia Product at TransferWise. She has spent her time across North America, Asia, and Europe. She was the Chief of staff for OnePlus and Head of Risk Product of Groupon China, launching and expanding their markets globally. Ling also spent time at Amazon, improving its merchant platform.
Ling holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Science/Bachelor of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Ling froze her eggs in December 2020, and feels pretty good about being proactive.
Our medical board
Medical doctor from Utrecht University with a Ph.D. on Cardiovascular Maternal Health at the University of Cambridge (2021). She has been awarded grants from the Dutch and British Heart Foundation for her research.
Clinical doctor, counselling psychologist and lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University London. Held NHS psychologist roles and has been in practice for over 13 years.
Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Works clinically in Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology and is one of the world’s most prominent researchers on male contraceptives.
Our medical doctors
An MD from London with an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. Has a background in Emergency Medicine and is a resident MD in Family Medicine.
An MD from University of Pavia (Collegio Ghislieri). An honorary doctor at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH), working on her PhD at University College London.
An MD from Utrecht University, currently living in Boston, the USA. Has clinical experience in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Vascular Anomalies.
An MD from Amsterdam, working on her PhD in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Auckland. Has clinical experience in sexual health.
An MD resident doctor in Medical Genetics at the University of Turin. Previously worked at the Basel University Hospital in the field of Prenatal Medicine.