A multi-event series, our FemSTEM program looks to inspire, engage, and celebrate women entrepreneurs.

Our goal at H2i is to grow the infrastructure, practice, and local culture to translate discoveries and ideas into problem solving designs, services and product. We do this through building connections, linking people with mentors, resources, researchers, key opinion leaders, and professionals to help them translate, defuse, and scale discoveries. 

With this simple but extraordinarily effective model, we’ve been able to support a record number of ventures commercializing their health innovations.

FemSTEM is our dedicated program focused on fostering an increasingly diverse and inclusive community. We are committed to supporting women and building valuable, diverse connections, uplifting women in STEM who are looking to create their own business. 

FemSTEM runs between January and March each year with panels, fireside talks, and a pitch competition. Stay tuned for information regarding registration for FemSTEM 2023!

Missed our 2022 FemSTEM event series? Check out the series recap article here!

Applications for FemSTEM 2022 are now closed. Stay tuned for more information regarding FemSTEM 2023 in the coming months!

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)

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

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

Kick Off & Fireside Panel:

Wednesday January 12th 3:30 – 5:00 PM  

Fireside Talks:

Wednesday February 2th 4:00 – 5:00 pm 

Wednesday February 16th 4:00 – 5:00 pm 

Wednesday March 9th 4:00 – 5:00 pm (join us as part of UTE’s EntWeek) 

Pitch Event :

Thursday March 24th 3:00 – 5:00 PM