This year’s Kickoff will feature both a panel, and an interactive discussion and networking session. The panel will feature three incredible entrepreneurs: Alexandra Assouad, Elsie Amoako and Dr. Nardin Samuel. Join us virtually to learn about their journeys and experiences commercializing in the health care sector. We’ll dive into how they got started and answer questions from the audience!

All are welcome to joinstudents, faculty, alumni, founders, aspiring innovators & members of the H2i community!

What is FemSTEM?

Started in 2017, H2i’s FemSTEM program looks to inspire, engage, and celebrate women-identifying entrepreneurs.

Our goal at H2i is to grow the infrastructure, practice, and local culture to translate discoveries and ideas into problem solving designs, services and product. We do this through building connections, linking people with mentors, resources, researchers, key opinion leaders, and professionals to help them translate, defuse, and scale discoveries. 

With this simple but extraordinarily effective model, we’ve been able to support a record number of ventures commercializing their health innovations.

FemSTEM is our dedicated program focused on fostering an increasingly diverse and inclusive community. We are committed to supporting women and building valuable, diverse connections, uplifting women in STEM who are looking to create their own business. 

The FemSTEM event series runs between January and March each year with panels, fireside talks, and a pitch competition.

In 2021-22, based on consultation with women-identifying founders, H2i made its first move to expand FemSTEM to be a year-round program, with the introduction of FemSTEM Mentoring. If you’re an H2i founder interested in accessing this resource, email us at!