Women Who Tech transformed the Women Startup Challenge at Google to ensure everyone’s health and safety. In its place, they launched the Women Who Tech Startup Grants Program to continue funding game-changing, women-led tech startups virtually during this pandemic.
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 applicants 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.
- For the FemTech and HealthTech Grants Program, Women Who Tech will be awarding a $15,000 Innovation Grant and a $5,000 Impact Grant.
- A total of $20,000 USD equity-free grants will be awarded. One startup will receive a $15,000 Innovation Grant and another startup will receive a $5,000 Impact Grant. All of the finalists will receive fundraising and investing support, and more.
- Agencies or consulting businesses are not eligible unless you have created a product that fits all of the rules and criteria.
- You must be a women-led startup, defined as having at least one woman founder or co-founder on the team.
- This is a global grants challenge, and startups from anywhere in the world may apply. No country is exempt.
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.
For more information, visit https://womenwhotech.com/