Global Women’s HealthTech Awards

The Global Women’s HealthTech Awards, launched August 2021, is presented by CES and the World Bank Group.


Through the Global Women’s HealthTech Awards, we are calling on the tech community to help bridge the unmet needs in women’s health and safety in emerging markets.

Innovate. Engage. Empower.

The Global Tech Challenge is an opportunity to bring the voices of entrepreneurs from countries often underrepresented to the global tech stage.

Makhtar Diop
World Bank VP of Infrastructure

Awards Focus Areas

The Global Women’s HealthTech Awards will focus on innovative technologies across three key segments that can be deployed in emerging markets (i.e. Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Eastern Europe)

  • Reproductive health and pregnancy

  • General women’s and adolescent health 

  • Women's safety and security


About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group, one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, provides knowledge and financing to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.

Helping close the global digital divide, and making sure countries can take advantage of the opportunities created by disruptive technologies, is a key part of the World Bank Group's mission.

About the IFC

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works in more than 100 countries, using capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, IFC invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

Call for Applications

The call for applications will invite companies to apply under one of three categories:

  • Category A: Early stage companies that have a revenue of less than US$5 million.

  • Category B: Companies that have a revenue between US$5–25 million.

  • Open Category: Companies that have a revenue greater than US$25 million


Applicants will be evaluated by a jury of experts including veterans from the healthcare industry. The best applicants will be identified based on a rigorous and transparent selection process with a focus on team quality, needs addressed/value proposition, market size, differentiation, impact metrics and financial performance.   

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Awards Criteria

1. The submission must clearly demonstrate the unique health need/gap that the innovative solution addresses and its cultural appropriateness.

2. The solution must be digital first with the use of technology at its core in disrupting traditional healthcare and safety services.

3. The new technology should ideally create connectivity and interlinkages with or leverage existing health solutions, rather than be an isolated freestanding solution.

4. The solution should demonstrate its impact on gender equality and how the project will make healthcare and safety solutions more accessible and affordable for women in the emerging markets mentioned above.

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The top 20 applicants will be shortlisted by a screening committee comprising of industry experts including investment professionals and health industry experts from International Finance Corporation (IFC), The World Bank, and CES. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to present to a jury comprising of global healthcare industry experts including staff members from IFC, The World Bank, and CES. The final awardees will be selected by the jury and announced at CES 2022.

The applicants will evaluated based on a rigorous and transparent selection process with a focus on (i) quality of team, (ii) needs addressed/value proposition, (iii) addressable market size, (iv) differentiation of solution, (v) impact delivered and (vi) commercial traction and financial performance.

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We know technology improves lives and provides women with greater access to healthcare and quality of treatment around the world. We are excited to partner again with The World Bank Group and IFC to recognize the top innovations that are providing solutions and making a difference in the health and wellbeing of women.

Karen Chupka


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Have Questions?

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