Applications are now open for the
2022 FemSTEM Pitch Competition!

Each year, H2i holds the FemSTEM Pitch Competition as the culminating event of the FemSTEM event series. The pitch competition, judged by a panel of industry experts and key opinion leaders, gives up-and-coming healthcare innovators the opportunity to present their idea to the public and the chance to win funding and in-kind services to scale their project. With FemSTEM’s mandate to inspire, engage, and celebrate women entrepreneurs, this final event spotlights and accelerates the work of the next generation of women entrepreneurs in the healthcare sector.

This year’s FemSTEM Pitch Event will take place Thursday March 24th 2022 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, and will be hosted virtually. (Registration to watch the pitch event coming soon!)

Applications for companies interested in pitching are due by end-of-day January 23rd 2022.

The FemSTEM Pitch Competition is made possible by the generous support of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and the Temerty Foundation.

Awards:

Winner: $15,000 cash prize and $5,000 in-kind legal services from Cassels
1st runner up: $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 in-kind legal services from Cassels
2nd runner up: $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 in-kind legal services from Cassels

Eligibility for Pitch Competition:

Please read the following eligibility criteria carefully. Only ventures that meet all of the below criteria will be considered for the competition. Ventures must:

  • Be innovating within the health space
  • Have at least one co-founder or long-term team member who self-identifies as a woman
  • Have at least one co-founder/team member who is a current University of Toronto student (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Have a pitch presenter available who self-identifies as a woman
  • Have had at least one team member attend at least two FemSTEM events (Kick Off, Fireside Chats). Registration for these events can be found on our Events page.

We encourage all interested ventures to join the H2i community as client companies to access the wealth of mentorship resources we offer.

Mentorship

Pitch finalists will have access to 1 hour of mentorship time from the H2i core team.

How to apply:

To apply, please complete the form below. As part of the form you will be asked to upload a Team Composition document–you can download this for completion by clicking here.

Applications are due by end-of-day January 23rd, 2022.

FemSTEM 2022 Pitch Competition Application
Completing this form registers you as an applicant for the Pitch Competition. Information collected in this form is requested to give the H2i team an idea of where you are at and so we know where to start in supporting your venture project. If you cannot answer some of the questions at this time, this be perfectly normal if you are the early ideation phase. It is, however, important that you register your project with us so that we can track your progress and get you the resources that you need.

Eligibility

The FemSTEM Pitch Competition is open for teams with woman-identifying entrepreneurs who are innovating within the health space. Please ensure you have reviewed the full eligibility criteria on the pitch application webpage.

Application

Team Information

Please upload your completed Team Composition below.
Maximum upload size: 8.39MB

Project Description

Please describe your project below. Keep in mind these 10 key questions: What is the Problem you are solving? What is the size of your Market? Who is part of your Team and what do they bring? What is your Technology and Solution? Who are your Customers and what is your Revenue model? How will you go to Market? Who is your Competition? What is your Value Proposition? What is your Financial plan? What are your key Milestones?