130 Women CEOs leading Global Health Tech Startups

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2023), we’re spotlighting the women who are leading the world’s most promising Health Tech Startups.

130 CEOs from our 2022 Global Health Tech 1000 are women. We're celebrating this inspirational cohort and hoping this spotlight inspires action and support for more women entrepreneurs around the world to lead us towards a happier and healthier future.

Every year, HolonIQ identifies the top 1000 Health Tech startups globally. Region by region, we map the most promising Health Tech startups, both early and late stage. In 2022, we announced the Africa Health Tech 50, Australia and New Zealand Health Tech 100, East Asia Health Tech 200, Europe Health Tech 200, South Asia Health Tech 100, LATAM Health Tech 50, Middle East and North Africa Health Tech 50, North America Health Tech 200 and Southeast Asia Health Tech 50. To be eligible, these companies must be startups (i.e. not acquired, controlled or listed), operating in the field of digital health, medtech, biotech or broadly health technology, and less than 10 years old.

We’re celebrating the women leading these incredible startups as CEOs or Co-CEOs, and the work they are doing to transform the global healthcare system. Through our work at HolonIQ (also co-founded and co-led by a woman CEO), we are determined to play our part in eliminating the gender gap in leadership, entrepreneurship and education.

Despite the progress made in parity for women, there’s still an enormous amount to be done. Our Global State of Women CEOs and Leadership deep dives into the numbers across different industries to highlight the areas making most progress and where much work is still to be done.

130 Women CEOs and Founders leading Global Health Tech Startups

The following amazing women have Founded or Lead the most promising Health Tech Startups globally. Building and running a startup is not for the faint hearted with an estimated 90% failure rate and research shows that barriers for women to start or lead a successful business are higher than normal. The women you see below have not only overcome significant odds but are focused on making a difference in the lives of millions of learners worldwide. Congratulations on your impact so far and we look forward to tracking your progress over the coming years.

If by chance we have missed a female CEO or Founder/Co-Founder who leads a Health Tech company selected in HolonIQ’s Global Health Tech 1000 Series, please contact us and we will update the list.

Rebecca Glover

CEO at ExSitu

Rebecca Love

CEO at Vira Health

Rebecca Saunderson

CEO at Consentic

Romi Gubes

CEO at Sensi.ai

Roni Sternberg

CEO at Lyra Health

Rosina Mazumder

CEO at Arogga

Sally Metelerkamp

CEO at Lived (Formerly known as Arli)

Samantha Lawson

CEO at Oxford VR

Samantha Truex

CEO at Upstream Bio

Sara Saeed Khurram

CEO at Sehat Kahani

Sarah Simmer

CEO at Found

Senping Cheng

CEO at Triastek

Seungeun Choi

CEO at S-Alpha Therapeutics

Shao-Lee Lin


Shashwata Narain

CEO and Co-Founder at Veera Health

Shilpa Raju

CEO at Truepill

Sigal Eli

CEO at Filterlex Medical

Silvia Pfeiffer

CEO at Coviu

Stephanie (Papes) Strong

CEO at Boulder Care

Stephanie Eltz

CEO and Co-Founder at Doctify

Su Xiao

CEO at Neurophth Therapeutics

Suzann O'Brien

CEO at MoMa Therapeutics

Sylvana Q. Sinha

CEO, Chair and Founder at Praava Health

Tamara Rajah

CEO at Live Better With

Tara Croft

CEO at Baymatob

Toyin Ajayi

Co-Founder and President at Cityblock

Umaima Ahmad

CEO at 52 North Health

Vivian Chu

CEO at Diligent Robotics

Yanni Lin

CEO at CureGenetics

Yu Zhao

CEO at SiBionics

Zeinab Ardeshir

Co-Founder and CEO at PillSorted

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