AMWA’s Healthcare Innovation Challenge celebrates over 100 years of support for women physicians.

Congratulations to winner of AMWA’s first Healthcare Innovation Challenge –

Dr. Paula Jaye Doyle, founder of EndoGlow

Grand prize of $10,000, a one-year membership in start-up incubator and an AMWAxCEL Fellowship!

Learn more about Dr. Paula Jaye Doyle

Vision for AMWA Innovation Challenge

The AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge aims to increase participation and leadership of women in healthcare innovation by providing a venue for women physicians and other women entrepreneurs in healthcare to share their work with each other and our broader membership. By sharing case studies, know-how, actual collaboration opportunities – and mentoring and other support for a select few – we hope to further the efforts of our finalists and to create interest and engagement to expand innovation know-how and entrepreneurialism among our members and women in medicine at all stages of their careers. 


The AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge is a collaborative effort involving R&D and start-up experts and funding providers. We thank our 2023 sponsors whose partnership has made this program possible:, the premier healthcare incubator and innovation hub; World Business Chicago, the city of Chicago’s public-private economic development agency; and iBIO, the state trade association that represents biosciences jobs in Illinois. Thanks, as well, to Cooley LLP, for sponsoring an innovation community gathering in Chicago in February that featured innovation leaders and spotlighted some of the challenges and opportunities for women in healthcare today. [Read About Chicago Innovation Event]

2023 Program

The 2023 AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge includes two tracks for women-led healthcare ventures to showcase their work: Start-up Pitch Competition and Innovation Posters.

Start-up Pitch Competition 

The Start-up Pitch Competition was open to women physicians who are leaders or principals in a healthcare-related start-up company. Submissions were evaluated based on innovation, impact, feasibility, and scalability. Five finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges during the AMWA Annual Meeting.  More about 2023 Judges.

The Start-up Pitch Competition, taking place Saturday, March 25 from 1-3 pm ET will be judged by  healthcare and biotech industry leaders who will provide some insights and feedback as part of their judging process. The selected Start-up Pitch winner will receive the prize of $10,000 cash, a one-year membership in start-up incubator and an AMWAxCEL Fellowship, which offers additional expert support for their start-up endeavors.

Innovation Posters

The Innovation Posters track allows women-led healthcare ventures to share posters and two-minute video presentations describing their healthcare start-up or healthcare innovation projects. Posters and video presentations will be available starting Saturday March 25th at 8 am ET.  Three Innovation Poster presenters will be selected to receive the AMWAxCEL Fellowship.

Join the AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge Initiative

We invite the healthcare innovation community and interested AMWA members to join AMWA’s Healthcare Innovation Initiative, which has many aspects and offers multiple opportunities for engagement.

Ways to Engage:

  • Become a subject matter expert coach or advisor
  • Join AMWA’s Healthcare Innovation Committee
  • Sponsor elements of our program 
  • Help us present Innovation-related programming 

For more information, email AMWA Innovation Challenge Chair Dima Elissa, MBA: