Updated Oct 06, 2020CLOSED


As the world learns to live with the corona virus, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will offer a platform for women-led start-ups to advance both gender equity in health security and systems, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will identify innovative digital and AI solutions addressing health security during COVID-19 and future health emergencies with the potential to:

  • (a) increase the number of women as creators of digital health and AI solutions
  • (b) increase the number of women as leaders of digital health and AI companies and initiatives
  • (c) ensure that that digital health solutions enable health systems to meet the health needs of all genders
The winners of the challenge will be awarded $10,000 and the runners-up will receive $5,000 to develop their innovation further. Both the winner and the runner up will receive guidance from an innovation mentor. These mentors will be assigned by Women in Global Health.
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CLOSEDOct 23, 2020Deadline
$5,000 - $10,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasInfectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Gender Equity (Gender)


  • - Your start-up must be (co-)founded by a woman ✓
  • - Your start-up must be based in a low-middle income country, as defined by the World Bank ✓
  • - Definition and countries here: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
  • - Your start-up must have a health emergency-focus and your idea must support greater gender parity in global health security during COVID-19 and for future pandemic preparedness ✓
  • - Your idea must be a digital or AI innovation ✓
  • - A member of your team must be available to pitch during the finals in November 2020 ✓

In addition:

  • - You provide two professional references. References will only be contacted if you reach the final.
  • - Preference will be given to WGH Chapter members and partners, but anyone can apply.

Application Directions

Submit your application by filling out the google form, pasting your URL and uploading a 1-page proposal that details:

  • - Your idea for an innovation
  • - The perceived impact of your innovation
  • - Potential scalability of the innovation

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