AMWA is hosting its first annual healthcare innovation startup competition, the AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge, a live event celebrating over 100 years of support for women physicians. Women-led start-ups receive less than 3% of VC funding. We encourage women DocPreneurs to share their innovations and compete for non-dilutive $10,000 in funding plus a one-year membership to healthcare start-up incubator.

Update Dec 8, 2022

Start-up Pitch Applications  – CLOSED

ABSTRACT DEADLINE extended to Feb 10, 2023 – AND Selection Criteria Expanded


If you are a woman innovator or entrepreneur in healthcare, this is your chance to submit early-stage ideas. The top five abstract finalists benefit from support in the AMWAxCel and Physician Innovation Network.

We know that it’s not easy to get noticed in the healthcare industry, so we want to do our part in helping you connect with other professionals who are doing incredible work!

If you have a vision for a new product or service that could transform the healthcare industry, let the world hear about it!

The innovation challenge is designed with two goals:

  1. To share concepts and ideas with a community of medical experts and investors and
  2. To participate in a showcase that highlights promising healthcare innovations within our DocPreneur community.

You May Submit:

  1. Innovation abstracts for poster presentation OPEN and Expanded to all Women HealthPreneurs
  2. Start-up pitch – CLOSED
  3. Both an Innovation abstract and a start-up pitch – CLOSED

Startup pitch competitors and poster abstract finalists will be selected by a panel of judges representing diverse stakeholders from a range of healthcare sectors.

Posters are able to display digitally and in onsite in Philadelphia during  the 2023 AMWA Annual meeting, with earmarked times for attendees to meet poster presenters in person.

Start-up Pitch Prize: $10,000 non-dilutive cash prize, plus a 1-year membership to healthcare start-up incubator.

Abstract Finalists Prize: Access to exclusive coaching opportunities, one-on-one mentorship from marketing, legal, venture capital investment, and other areas of expertise.

You’ll also be able to network with other innovators at AMWA’s annual meeting and learn about what other organizations are doing throughout the year through our online community.

AMWA is building a community of innovators who are bridging the gender gap in healthcare entrepreneurship.

Join us and be an AMWA catalyst for change.



1. Who can apply for the AMWA INNOVATION CHALLENGE?
Any woman physician who is a leader, founder or “idea person” of a healthcare startup.

2. If selected as a poster finalist, do I need to present my poster in person?
Yes. Poster presenters are asked to register for the AMWA Annual meeting and to be available on-site to accompany their abstract poster and/or pitch in person, March 24-26th, 2023.

3. If selected as one of the five start-up pitch finalists, do I need to pitch at the event in person?
Yes. Start-up pitch finalists are asked to register for the AMWA Annual meeting and to be available on-site to present their pitch in person, March 25th, 2023.

4. Where is the event held?
MARCH 23-26, 2023, AMWA Annual Meeting, Doubletree Center City, Philadelphia

5. Do I need to register for the meeting to apply?
No, one does not need to be registered for the meeting to apply for the abstract/pitch competition. There is a fee for the abstract application of $40. 

6. When are the finalists announced?
On December 15th, 2022, finalists for the pitch competition will be notified. Finalists for the abstract submissions will be announced in early 2023.