Skip to main content

Women Startup Challenge
FemTech + HealthTech Grant

Congrats Huma.AI + Sign-Speak
July 2021
The Innovation Grant was awarded to Huma.AI for harnessing AI to bring life-saving drugs to market faster by automating healthcare and decoding big data.

The Impact Grant was awarded to Sign-Speak for enabling deaf and hard of hearing communities to interact in a hearing world through its real-time AI sign language software.

About the Grants Program

Applications for Women Who Tech's FemTech and HealthTech Grants Program was open to women-led startups globally, and closed July 22, 2021. We awarded $20K in equity free grants. The $15,000 Innovation Grant was awarded to Huma.AI, and the $5,000 Impact Grant was awarded to Sign-Speak.

How it works? Eligible startups must have completed the Grants Application by July 22, 2021. Our investor jury reviewed applications, and selected the top 5 startups to participate in our 6-week virtual program. We work with the startups to hone their fundraising pitch and provide them with investor introductions. At the conclusion of the program, the startups will each pitch to a panel of investors, and $20,000 in equity-free grants will be awarded.

In addition to the grants, W Fund, SteelSky Ventures, HearstLab, Citrine Angels, and other funds will also be evaluating all finalists for further investment. We’ve selected these funds to partner with because they have a strong track record of putting their money where their mouth is and investing in several women founders.

Please review the FAQ here before emailing with any questions.


Innovation Grant
Pitch Coaching
Impact Grant

Women Startup Challenge FemTech + HealthTech Grant Finalists

Lana Feng of Huma.AI
Lana Feng
Yami Payano of Sign Speak
Yamillet Payano
Michelle Egger of BIOMILQ
Michelle Egger
Mariane Melo of Dem Dx
Dem Dx
Mariane Melo
Kiran Roest of Vital Signs Solutions
Kiran Roest

Meet the Jury

Ida Tin headshot
Ida Tin
Co-founder and Chairwoman, Clue