2019 Women Startup Challenge for Europe HealthTech

Deadline: August 1, 2019.

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. 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.



  • Your startup must be focused on healthtech.
  • Your tech venture must be at the prototype stage or have already launched. You cannot be in concept stage.
  • Your applications must be submitted in English. All finalists pitches must be done in English.
  • 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 and technology.
  • You’ve raised less than €2.1M from combined sources.
  • You are a technical founder or you have a technical cofounder. Note: If you are not a technical cofounder and you don’t have a technical cofounder, please email us and tell us more about your setup.
  • You are a woman-led startup – defined as at least having at least one woman founder or cofounder on the team
  • Your startup must be located within Europe or based in the US with a presence in Europe.
  • Agencies or consulting businesses are not eligible unless you have created a product that fits the above criteria.
  • 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.
  • All applications must be submitted in English, and all pitches must be conducted in English.



Prizes include $50,000 as an equity-free cash grant, one-on-one mentoring with investors, among other critical startup services.




Click here to apply

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