Impact Pediatric Health, the SXSW Interactive pediatric healthcare innovation pitch competition, today announced that Sesame Ventures is on board as one of the judges for the 10-company competition. Additionally, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Seattle Children's Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health have joined the four founding hospitals, Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Texas, to help put on the March 14, 2016 event. All eight hospitals will also be judges, and have contributed to a $50,000 prize for the winner. The deadline for startups to apply is Monday, February 15, 2016. For more information or to apply to present, go to http://impactpediatrichealth.com/
Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia came together to create Impact Pediatric Health, a one-of-a-kind pitch competition to help showcase, and support, the best pediatric healthcare innovations. SXSW Interactive is working with the founding hospitals on this event which is part of Startup Village, http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/startup-village, at the Hilton Downtown Austin.
Recently, other top pediatric organizations including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Seattle Children's Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health have joined the effort to put on this event and will also have representatives from each hospital serving as judges, including:
- Kevin Maher, MD, director, Cardiac Intensive Care, co-Director, Center for Pediatric Innovation, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
- Jessica Rousset, director of the Center for Innovation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, executive director, Digital Health, Seattle Children's Hospital
- James Wall, MD, assistant professor of Pediatric Surgery and Bioengineering at Stanford Children Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Sesame Ventures, a new initiative of the 45+ year old Sesame Workshop, is on board to serve as one of the judges for Impact Pediatric Health. Since its founding in 1969, Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop) has been a creative workshop for kid-focused advancement. By partnering with the best and brightest in developing technologies, Sesame Ventures seeks to break new ground in the education, health and social welfare for kids. By partnering with mission-aligned companies, Sesame Workshop can greatly expand its impact and global reach. Will Fowler, Vice President, Strategic Planning, of Sesame Workshop will be part of the team of judges.
Companies interested in being considered as one of the ten 2016 finalists may submit an application on http://impactpediatrichealth.com/ anytime from now through Monday, February 15, 2016. Startups – both digital health and medical device – focused on the pediatric market are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates for the Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition are companies focused in the areas of:
- Health and Wellness, specifically patient safety, population health and management, prematurity, remote care, or hospital to home transitions
- Precision Medicine, specifically genomics,
- Med Tech, specifically robotics or minimally invasive surgery, 3D printing or artificial intelligence.
Impact Pediatric Health showcases technologies that promise to deliver solutions specifically created for young patients. Startup CEOs have three minutes to pitch how their company is solving unique healthcare needs of children, from babies to teens. The Monday, March 14 stage presentation is followed by questions from the emcee and judges. A winner from among the 10 finalists will be announced at the end of the event and will receive a set of prizes. All participating companies will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the presenting pediatric hospitals. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge to attend this March 14 event.
This event is possible thanks to the four founding hospitals and the four additional supporting hospitals announced today, as well as organizations like HopeLab, PediaWorks, and REDI Cincinnati that helps support growing biohealth companies in Greater Cincinnati.
For more information or to apply to present, go to http://impactpediatrichealth.com/
About Impact Pediatric Health:
Now in its second year, Impact Pediatric Health is a one-of-a-kind pitch competition held annually at SXSW Interactive that is dedicated to showcasing and supporting the best pediatric healthcare innovations. Four of the largest and top ranked (according to US News and World Report) children’s hospitals in the U.S. came together to create Impact Pediatric Health. Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia collaborate to help next generation pediatric healthcare companies, especially those focused on digital health and medical devices, accelerate their businesses. For more information see http://impactpediatrichealth.com/ or follow us on twitter @pediatricpitch
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