The 2023 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.

Above: Presenters at the Women’s Health Tech Innovators Showcase held on June 3rd, 2021.

February 10th, 2023: 1-5:30pm EST

The fifth annual HITLAB Women’s Health Tech Initiative Challenge will be taking place on February 10th, 2023 where FemTech innovators will pitch their disruptive healthcare solutions virtually.

The WHTC began in 2018, focusing on emerging technology applications and systems that improve medical care and the provision of healthcare among women worldwide, an industry slated to reach $50B by 2025.

We will be announcing our 8 finalists for the pitch day competition shortly!

Join us at Pitch Day to see the selected finalists pitch live, and network with industry leads representing the entire digital health ecosystem. The event will feature Panel Discussions, Innovator Pitches, and a surprise Keynote Speaker!

Master of Ceremonies: Susan Solinsky, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer, Ellipsis Health

Nikolia Kanaris, Lead coordinator, Women’s Health Tech Initiative, HITLAB

FULL Application

Applications Closed

Stay tuned for the announcement of our winners at the January 20, 2023 exclusive networking event.

Susan Solinsky, Director HITLAB Women’s Health Tech / Co-Founder Ellipsis Health 

Nikolia Kanaris, Lead Coordinator, HITLAB Women’s Health Tech  

The changing landscape of women’s health globally

Moderator:  Zsia Rosmarin, Partner, Withum 

Marija Butkovic, Founder & CEO, Women of Wearables 

Brittany Barreto, Founder, FemTechFocus  

Why every leader should have a mentor and be a mentee – a frank discussion about the circle of support in women’s health

Moderator: Anna Zornosa, EIR, National Institutes of Health  

Janna Guinen, Executive Director, HLTH Foundation / Program Lead, CSweetener 

Sharon Knight, Venture Partner, JAZZ Venture Partners 

Brian Kalis, Managing Director, Accenture Health 

Erika Seth Davies, CEO, Rhia Ventures  


Courtney Leimkuhler, Founding Partner, Springbank Collective 

Katie Drasser, CEO, 

Perry Clarkson, Principal, SJF Ventures  

Elizabeth Bailey, Managing Director, RH Capital  





Driving the Women’s Health Revolution 

Delphine O’Rourke, Partner, Goodwin  

Dr. Sandy Milligan, Head of Research and Development, Organon

Athelo Health


MOMentum Park

Project Baala 

The importance of the mind and body connection in women’s health  

Moderator:  Nina Roth, Director, Ellipsis Health 

Solome Tibebu, Founder & CEO, Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech / Venture Partner, GreyMatter 

Dr. Bradley Karlin, VP & Executive Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Highmark Health  

Dr. Victor Carrion, Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford University Early Life Stress and Resilience Program  

Dr. Roopan Gill, CEO & Co-Founder, Vitala Global Foundation

Non Profit (2nd place)Niko Kanaris, HITLAB 

Non Profit (1st place) – Marija Butkovic, Founder & CEO, Women of Wearables  


Pre Seed (2nd place) – Brett Meeks, Vice President, Horizon Government Affairs


Pre Seed (1st place)Niko Kanaris, HITLAB 


Seed Withum (2nd place) Katie Chefalas, Manager Femtech, Withum 


Seed Goodwin (1st Place) Lily Wound, Partner, Goodwin


Series A Goodwin (2nd place) Kris Brown, Partner, Goodwin 


Series A Goodwin (1st place) Kris Brown, Partner, Goodwin  

Audience Choice Award Silicon Valley Bank (1st place) Nuzi Barkatally, VP Startup Bank / Life Sciences & Healthcare, Silicon Valley Bank  

Lata Setty, Founding LP, How Women Invest  


Michele Colucci, CEO, DigitalDx Ventures 


Mia Ji Xin Farnham, Investment Associate, SteelSky  


Kris Brown, Partner, Goodwin Law 


Jessica Karr, Founding General Partner, Coyote Ventures  


Prativa Joshi, Associate, Highmark Ventures  


Victoria Lezzi, Women’s Health and Wellness Co Team Lead, Withum 


Mitzi Krockover, Managing Director, Golden Seeds  


Marija Butkovic, Founder & CEO, Women of Wearables 


Anja Streicher, CMO, Women of Wearables  


Stasia Ombremesky, Managing Director, RH Capital  


Beth Polish, President, The Critical Junctures Group 


Ruby Gadelrab, CEO & Founder, MDisrupt 


Anna Zornosa, EIR National Institutes of Health / LP, Bread and Butter 


Katie Collins, Vice President, G2G Consulting  


Jacqueline Berris, Vice President, Kayne Anderson Capital   


Joy Rios, Founder & CEO, HIT Like a Girl Podcast  


Samir Batra, Managing Partner, Health Innovation Pitch 



 Finalist Sponsored Rooms  


Non profit Room: Project Baala and MOMentum Park 


Pre Seed Room: FemTherapeutics and Athelo Health  


Seed Room: LunaJoy and Malama Health 


Series A Room: BabyLiveAdvice and Hera Diagnostics 

2023 Women’s Health Tech Challenge Prizes

Series A Prizes

Series Pre-Seed Prizes

Audience Choice Award

Series Seed Prizes

Non-Profit / Charitable Organization Prizes

Schedule of Events

December 18, 2022

Applications Close

January 20, 2023

Exclusive Networking Event / Finalist Announcement

January 26, 2023

Finalist Symposium Elevator Pitch

February 10, 2023

Challenge Day

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Executive Committee

Prize Sponsors

Judging Criteria

Applications will be judged based on the following items:

  • Impact
  • Differentiation
  • Scalability
  • Technical feasibility
  • Economic feasibility
  • Team,
  • Quality of Work


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 Charitable organizations. If you have questions about your eligibility status, please review the Rules and Regulations or contact us at

No, the Challenge Day on February 10, 2023 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 January 20, 2023 via press release, and newsletter.

Thank you for your submission to the 2022 HITLAB Women’s Health Tech Challenge!

The application period will close on Wednesday, December 14th. Please check your inbox in late January for an announcement about the selection of Finalists