Advancing women's health in the global healthcare market

The Women’s Health Tech Challenge invites innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups to propose novel solutions to fulfill the unmet needs of women of all nationalities.

Purchasing Power

90% of women are the primary healthcare decision makers in their households*

Growing Market

Femtech is projected to grow to $50 billion by 2025*

“Merck Global Health Innovation Fund is excited to partner with HITLAB to build an innovative, disruptive healthcare ecosystem around the wellbeing of women. By sponsoring the 2020 HITLAB Women’s Health Tech Challenge, our collective goal is to support solutions that empower women to take charge of their health, make informed choices, and access higher standards of care.”

WHT Challenges

Each quarter, we hold a challenge calling on innovators to create unique, impactful, digital health solutions to the most pressing problems facing women in today’s world. 

Our last challenge, held on November 19, 2020 drew over 41 applicants and a record audience of over 400 people. We can’t wait for what’s next for Women’s Health.

Our Sponsors

Our Knowledge Partners

Our Program Leaders

Susan Solinsky

Nina Roth
Lead Coordinator

Our Impact Partners

Fall 2020 Challenge Judges

Nadine Afari
Advisory Board Member

Maria Velissaris
Founding Partner

Ambreen Molitor
Senior Director, Digital Products Lab

Lily Wound

Delphine O’Rourke

Casey Santiago
Managing Director, Consumer Healthcare

Fall 2020 Challenge Prizes & Opportunities

We’re looking for innovators and digital health startups who are addressing unmet needs in Women’s Health. FemTech innovators, from all around the world, will be considered for the opportunity to pitch in front of health-tech investors, and ultimately for the chance to win $10,000 (prize details below).

Only Five Finalists will be selected to present their disruptive health solutions on Pitch Day – a HITLAB virtual event on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, November 19th.

  • Grand Prize—$10,000.00 U.S. dollars from Goodwin
  • 2nd Place—Up to $20,000.00 U.S. dollars worth of in-kind legal services from Goodwin
  • 3rd Place—Health Innovation Alliance Award

    – 1-year membership to Health Innovation Alliance

    – Up to $15,000 U.S. dollars of in-kind services including direct government affairs consulting and strategic counsel from Horizon Government Affairs

  • 4th Place—NIHUB Women’s Health Tech Innovation Award 

    – 1-year premium membership in Nursing Innovation Hub

    – Up to 10 hours of in-kind services of strategy, design, or consulting valued at $5,000 U.S. dollars

  • 5th Place—Women’s Health Tech Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award 

    – Media exposure package valued at a maximum value of $1,000.00 U.S. dollars provided by Women of Wearables

Bonus Prizes and Opportunities
  1. Rhia Ventures Award—$5,000.00 from Rhia Ventures for a companies with innovations in maternal health care or contraception that are addressing the needs of underserved communities (women of color, Medicaid, low-income women).
  2. Digital Dx Ventures Award $2,500.00 for Best Digital Health Diagnostic Innovation from Digital Dx Ventures
Fall 2020 Call for Applications is now closed. We will be launching another challenge this Fall.

Spring 2020 Challenge

Congratulations to our winners! Our four finalists presented thought provoking and impactful digital health solutions during our Spring Challenge virtual event.

Spring 2020 Judges

Sari Kaganoff
Associate Partner McKinsey & Company

Vanessa Liu
VP, SAP.iO Foundries North America SAP

Ali Spiro
Managing Director, HealthTech RG+A

Lauren Thaman
Director of Communications P&G Ventures P&G

Maria Velissaris
Founding Partner SteelSky Ventures

Prem Tumkosit
Managing Director Merck Global Health Innovation Fund

“Femtech has been noted for 2018 as one of the hottest areas to be in. It’s known to be a $50 billion industry by 2025 and is going to impact 50 percent of the population.”

Our Ambassadors

Dipty Desai
Head of West Coast Division

Amy West
Sr. Director, Patient Experience & Digital Health Innovation

Effie E.
Director, Strategy & Business Development

Gati Dharani
Director, Innovation Lab

Jill Angelo

Jill Parker
Senior Development Advisor

Christina Vanvuren
Founder & CEO

Kristopher Brown

Chrysanthi Kefala-Dori
Chief Technology Officer

Deb Smolensky

Rashmi Kilam
Founder & Managing Director

Carli Sapir
Founder & CEO

Teo Tijerina
Founder & CEO

Nathalie Feldman
Founder & CEO

Uche Udekwe
Founder & CEO

Rohit Joshi
Product Designer

Arun Agarwal
Former Social Innovator

Johnson Hor
Director of Unimaginable Heuristics

Saoimanu D. Sope
Master of Public Health Candidate

Andrea Ippolito
Former VA Innovators Network Director

Uche Udekwe
Sreya Parakala Accenture Student Empowerment Fellow

Ryan Splitler Ph.D
Deputy Director, PHIND

Ella Berlyand
Former VP, Enterprise Business Owner

Sari Kaganoff
General Manager, Consulting

Dr Mabel Yen Ngoc Nguyen

Julie Abrams

Sasha Cahill

Candice Smith
Founder & CEO

Rachel Trobman
Co-Founder & CEO

Jedidah Karanja

SIman Abuzeid

Izza Hehre
Founder & CEO

Serena Editoiu

Nina Joshi
Consulting & Innovation Design

Nina Keshavarzi
Former Senior Project Planner

Erin Sharoni