Join us for the Fall 2021 HITLAB Women’s Health Tech Challenge

8 founders of companies at all stages of development will pitch their companies before our panel of esteemed judges.

November 12th

Apply to the 2021 Women’s Health Tech Challenge
  • Applicants will have exposure to key players and supporters of women’s health innovation.
  • A chance to tell their story in front of a community rallying for women’s health.​
  • All applicants will be included in an invite-only networking event with industry leaders, investors and former finalists and winners on October 29th.
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We’d love to hear from you. Applications are accepted now from pre-seed, seed, series A, and Non profit companies serving women’s health until Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

View Contest Rules & Regulations

2021 Women’s Health Tech Challenge Prizes

Series A Prizes

Pre-Seed Round Prizes

Non-Profit / Non-Governmental Organization Prizes

Seed Round Prizes

VC Prizes and Opportunities

Schedule of Events

September 30th

Applications Close

  • Applicants must submit both parts of the application.

October 29th

Exclusive Networking

  • Invitation-only for founders who apply to the challenge.
  • Our 8 finalists will be announced during the event.

November 8-11th

Bootcamp Week

  • All finalists will participate in this prep week.
  • Professional mentors will help to refine the presentations.

November 12th

Challenge Day

  • Our 8 chosen finalists will pitch their solutions live.
  • Prizes will be chosen by our live panel of judges.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Executive Committee

Program Sponsor

Prize Sponsors

Judging Criteria

Applications will be judged based on the following items:

  • Impact: Will the innovation make an impact on a large population/large number of lives touched or a particularly strong impact on a smaller population?
  • Differentiation: Does the startup create competitive processes, products, and/or ideas compared to what is currently available?
  • Scalability: Does the company meet criteria that show it's capable of scaling to meet full value potential?
  • Technical feasibility: Does the startup have a product market fit and adequate resources for standing up the product in the market?
  • Economic feasibility: Do they have a clear business case articulated and an ability to raise and sustain funding?
  • Team: Does the startup have harmony and track record between its founding and management team?
  • Quality of Work: Is the pitch and value proposition clear and well-articulated?

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is no application fee.

Finalists will give 2-minute pitches, with 3 minutes for questions from Challenge Judges.

We have Prizes available for companies in Seed, Pre-Seed, and Series A funding stages, as well as Prizes for Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and companies which meet the criteria for the Venture Capital Bonus Awards. If you have questions about your eligibility status, please review the Rules and Regulations (*insert link) or contact us at womenshealth@hitlab.org.

No, the Challenge Day on November 12, 2021 will be held entirely virtually. You will not be required to attend in-person. You or someone from your team will be required to attend the Challenge virtually to complete your pitch, and finalists will be invited to complete a mentorship bootcamp the week prior to the challenge, which will also take place virtually.

Finalists will be announced on October 29th via press release, and newsletter.