Women Startup Challenge Europe HealthTech

Europe 2019  |  Finalists | Judges  |  Advisors  |  Mentors  |  Sponsors

Congratulations to Cyprio for winning the $50,000 grand prize!

Women Who Tech’s ninth Women Startup Challenge showcased 10 of the best early stage women-led healthtech startups from across Europe, and those in the U.S. with a presence in Europe. The event, which was held at Hôtel de Ville in Paris on October 7, 2019, was supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation–JLABS and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and was cohosted by the Office of the Mayor of Paris. Read the press release >>

Grand Prize


PathSpot won the Women Startup Challenge grand prize

Pitching Founder:
Noushin Dianat

Cyprio was awarded the grand prize of $50,000 for their “BioPearl technology,” a breakthrough in tissue engineering allowing the fabrication of 3D micro-tissues of human organs as a more representative and predictive research tool for drug efficacy and toxicity screening, fundamental research and, ultimately, in cell therapy.

Audience Choice Award


uFraction8 Founder Monika Tomecka

Pitching Founder:
Monika Tomecka

The JLABS Audience Choice Award went to Monika Tomecka, founder of uFraction8, a company that develops novel filters to help bio-manufacturers harvest cells with sustainable and scalable technology.

Meet the Finalists

  • Arthronica (London, England) – Letizia Gionfrida
  • Blazar (Paris, France) – Dora Sabino
  • Cardiomo (NYC, United States) – Ksenia Belkina
  • Cyprio (Paris, France) – Noushin Dianat
  • Eva (London, England) – Arfa Rehman
  • FORTË (NYC, United States) – Lauren Foundos
  • Luma Womb (Paris, France) – Loanna Haseltine
  • Meds²Go (Zuid Holland, Netherlands) – Carla van den Bos
  • uFraction8 (Falkirk, Scotland) – Monika Tomecka
  • Wellola (Dublin, Ireland) – Sonia Neary

Photos from the Event

Women Startup Challenge Europe HealthTech

Flickr album


  • Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris
  • Sarah Fisher, Senior Director of Global Markets and External Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices
  • Eamonn Carey, Managing Director of Techstars London
  • Anne Horgan, Partner, Advent France Biotechnology


About the Women Startup Challenge

Launched in partnership with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Women Startup Challenge is on a mission to close the funding gap and shake up a culture and economy that’s made it exceedingly difficult for women to launch startups and raise capital. We provide funding, mentoring, and other resources for women who are creating the most innovative tech companies to help scale their products.

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