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#BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge

#BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge

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Women Global Health with the support of the Novartis Foundation is hosting a digital innovation challenge, #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation, and AI Challenge. As the world learns to live with the coronavirus, 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:

  • Increase the number of women as creators of digital health and AI solutions.
  • Also, increase the number of women as leaders of digital health and AI companies and initiatives.
  • Furthermore, ensure that that digital health solutions enable health systems to meet the health needs of all genders.


  • The winners of the challenge will receive funding of $10,000 to develop their innovation.
  • The runners-up will also receive $5,000 for the same purpose.
  • In addition to that, both the winner and the runner up will receive guidance from an innovation mentor.
  • Furthermore, these mentors will be assigned by Women in Global Health.


The startup must

  • Be founded/co-founded by a woman.
  • Be in a low-middle income country, as defined by the World Bank. Definition and countries here
  • 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.
  • Must be or have ideas about a digital or AI innovation.
  • Must have a member of your team available to pitch during the finals in November 2020.

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Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline23 October,2020
Open toWomen
OrganizerWGH/Novartis Foundation



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