FemTech and HealthTech Grants Program
Submission Deadline07/22/2021
Description

How Does the Women Startup Grants Program Work?

Tech startups play a pivotal role in the future of this world by driving innovative solutions forward. Women Who Tech has launched the FemTech + HealthTech Grant to fund women-led ventures focused on solving the biggest health problems facing this world. 

Founders will apply to the Women Who Tech Startup Grants Program, and all eligible applications (SEE CRITERIA AND RULES BELOW) will be reviewed by a panel of jurors. Five finalists will be selected to participate in Women Who Tech's FemTech + HealthTech cohort comprised of a virtual pitch coaching series and investor pitch. Women Who Tech will award two equity-free grants: one Innovation Grant of $15,000 and one Impact Grant of $5,000. The W Fund, SteelSky Ventures, Citrine Angels, and others will also be evaluating each startup in the cohort for further investment.

REMINDER: Read all criteria and rules below before beginning your application.

Please review all FAQ before emailing the Women Who Tech team with questions.

Criteria for Applicants

  • Your startup must fit within FemTech, HealthTech, or BioTech verticals. FemTech is defined as technology relating to women's health. BioTech is defined as the technology of living systems to produce a product or service.
     
  • Your product must be in beta or already launched to the public. You may not apply if you are in the concept stage or in the prototype phase.
    Note: Beta means your product is released and deployed to select users for initial testing to collect real-time feedback.
     
  • You cannot have raised more than $7M USD from combined sources.
  • Your startup must incorporate technology into the approach of your product, which allows the company to rapidly and massively scale in a manner that traditional, independent small businesses cannot. Please note that using tech (i.e. hosting a blog, selling products on your website, or using social media in your marketing) does not qualify as using tech to scale on a mass level nationally and globally.
     
  • Fast growing with degrees of innovation.
     
  • All ideas must be original work or an improvement upon an existing idea without infringements.
     
  • You must be a woman-led startup, defined as having at least one woman founder or cofounder on the team.
    Note: Women Who Tech uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, and we welcome transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify as gender-nonconforming, female, and/or woman. People who identify within gender identities associated within the male and/or man spectrums are asked not to apply to uplift space and access for people of genders that are historically oppressed and underfunded.

Rules for Applicants

  • Your startup can be based anywhere in the world. No region is exempt.
     
  • Agencies or consulting businesses are not eligible unless you have created a product that fits the above criteria.
     
  • Nonprofits are eligible to apply as long as you meet all of the criteria and rules.
     
  • The (co)founder applying for the grant must be a woman.
    Note: Women Who Tech uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, and we welcome transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify as gender-nonconforming, female, and/or woman. People who identify within gender identities associated within the male and/or man spectrums are asked not to apply to uplift space and access for people of genders that are historically oppressed and underfunded.
     
  • All applications must be submitted in English, and all pitches must be given in English.
     
  • Applications will be accepted from June 22, 2021 until July 22, 2021 at 11:59pm PDT. You may submit your application at any point during that time period. No late applications will be accepted.
     
  • Applications will only be accepted online through the application portal on Reviewr.com.
     
  • No applicant may reach out to judges, sponsors, and/or partners in advance of the grant process advocating for their startup. Anyone who does will be disqualified. If you have any conflicts of interest, please reach out to the Women Who Tech team at info@womenwhotech.com prior to submitting your application.
     
  • Startups who have been awarded a grant through the Women Who Tech Startup Grants Program may not re-apply. Finalists who were not awarded a grant, and finalists of previous Women Startup Challenges are eligible to apply.
     
  • Women Who Tech reserves the right to select and reject grant applicants at any time.
     
  • All grant finalists are required to virtually participate in the Women Who Tech Startup Grants Program which includes our pitch series to VCs.


Prizes

Women Who Tech will award two equity-free grants: An Innovation Grant of $15,000 USD, and an Impact Grant of $5,000 USD. Finalists will also receive one on one pitch coaching, mentorship, and investor introductions. The W Fund, SteelSky Ventures, Citrine Angels, HearstLabs, and others will also be evaluating each startup in the cohort for further investment.

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