Women HealthTech Startup Challenge Europe 2019 in Paris
  • Paris

Launched in partnership with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Women Startup Challenge is on a mission to close the funding gap and shakeup a culture and economy that’s made it exceedingly difficult for women to launch startups and raise capital.

Healthtech startups across Europe, and those in the US who have a presence in Europe, with at least one woman cofounder can apply to this Startup Challenge. The 10 finalists will pitch our distinguished jury of investors on 7 October in Paris. The distinguished jury has included investors from Mozilla, GV (Google Ventures), Techstars, Illuminate Ventures, OneRagtime, and tech editors from the BBC, TNW, tech.eu, and more.

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On October 7, 2019, the Women Startup Challenge Europe HealthTech will showcase 10 of the best early-stage, women-led healthtech startups from across Europe, and those in the US with a presence in Europe. The program is cohosted by Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS and the Office of the Mayor of Paris.

The Women Startup Challenge Program will be held at City Hall in Paris, France. Prizes include $50,000 as an equity-free cash grant, one-on-one mentoring with investors, among other critical startup services.


The applicants must take note of the following few things.

  1. In order to qualify as an eligible startup, they cannot have raised more than €2.1M from combined sources.
  2. The startup must incorporate technology into the approach of the candidates’ product.
  3. All ideas must be original work or an improvement upon an existing idea without infringements.
  4. No applicant may reach out to judges, sponsors, and/or partners in advance of Women Startup Challenge Europe advocating for their startup. Anyone who does will be disqualified.

The deadline of submitting applications is August 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST. (The deadline given in the deadline section is UTC+0.)




  • The finalists will each receive a grand prize of $50,000 at Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
  • Funding, mentoring, and other resources are provided for women who are creating the most innovative tech companies to help scale their products.


  • The startup must be focused on healthtech.
  • The candidates’ tech venture must be at the prototype stage or have already launched. You cannot be in concept stage.
  • Applications must be submitted in English. All finalists pitches must be done in English.
  • The startup must incorporate technology into the approach of the candidates’ product, which allows the company to rapidly and massively scale in a manner that traditional, independent small businesses cannot.
  • Fast growing with degrees of innovation and technology.
  • Raised less than €2.1M from combined sources.
  • The applicant/applicants is/are a technical founder or have a technical cofounder.
  • This is a woman-led startup – defined as at least having at least one woman founder or cofounder on the team.
  • All ideas must be original work or an improvement upon an existing idea without infringements.
  • Rules:
  1. The startup must be located within Europe or based in the US with a presence in Europe.
  2. Agencies or consulting businesses are not eligible unless a product that fits the above criteria has been created.
  3. Prior Women Startup Challenge finalists are not eligible to apply unless they have a new startup and new product. Finalists from the Women Startup Challenge Podcast are, however, eligible to apply for the in-person pitch competition.
Eligible Regions: Europe, United States

Application Process

  1. All applications must be submitted in English, and all pitches must be conducted in English.
  2. Applications will be accepted from June 12, 2019 at 7AM PST until August 1, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.
  3. Applications will only be accepted online. Applicants are recommended use the given link below.

Application Deadline: August 2, 2019

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