Impact Pediatric Health opens 2017 apps; announces Dr. Daniel Kraft of Singularity University, Exponential Medicine as co-emcee of 3rd SXSW startup pitch competition


AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 30, 2016 – Eight leading pediatric health care institutions hosting the annual Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition today announced that applications are now open for interested companies. Startups focused on pediatric digital health or medical device innovations are invited to submit their information to http://impactpediatrichealth.com/ by Jan. 20, 2017. From the applications, 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their business at SXSW, Monday, March 13, 2017. Impact Pediatric Health also announced its co-emcee for the 2017 event, Daniel Kraft, MD, Singularity University and Exponential Medicine. For more information about this Interactive pediatric health care innovation pitch competition, visit http://impactpediatrichealth.com/.

Eight leading U.S. children’s hospitals – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Seattle Children's Hospital, Stanford Children’s Health and Texas Children's Hospital – came together to create Impact Pediatric Health, a one-of-a-kind pitch competition to help showcase, and support, the best pediatric health care innovations. These children’s hospitals lead the U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

SXSW is working with these leading pediatric hospitals on the event which is part of Startup Village, http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/startup-village, at the Hilton Downtown Austin. In its first year, 2015, Mark Cuban emceed and was one of the judges who selected CareAline as the best of 10 finalists. Last year featured Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman and CEO of Revolution, as co-emcee, along with Dr. Jordan Shlain. The emcees, and other judges, selected Cohero Health as the winner. Cohero Health is focused on improving respiratory care for kids, especially those with asthma.

“In its first two years as part of the March activities in Austin, Impact Pediatric Health has earned a reputation for bringing together the leaders of pediatric medical technology innovations of today and those shaping the future,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer. “In a rare alignment, eight hospitals are collaborating to support, encourage and foster innovation for pediatric solutions. It is great to see the best pediatric health care and research institutions helping next generation companies accelerate their businesses. Initiatives like this will help ensure our youngest patients always get the very best care possible.”

Impact Pediatric Health is proud today to announce Daniel Kraft, MD, is on board as co-emcee of the 2017 event. Kraft is a well-regarded physician scientist who is Chair for Medicine at Singularity University, as well as Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine. Kraft will be one of the event judges, along with others including: 

·         Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

·         Molly K. McCarthy RN, MBA, Chief Nursing Strategist at Microsoft

Other judges and experts involved in the event will be announced shortly.

Companies interested in being selected as one of the ten 2017 finalists may submit an application on http://impactpediatrichealth.com/anytime from now through Jan. 20, 2017. Startups – both in 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, 3-D printing or artificial intelligence

Impact Pediatric Health showcases technologies that will deliver solutions specifically created for young patients. Startup CEOs have three minutes to pitch how their company is solving unique health care needs of children, from babies to teens. The stage presentation on Monday, March 13, 2017, will be followed by questions from the emcees and judges. A winner among the 10 finalists will be announced at the end of the event. All participating companies will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the presenting pediatric hospitals. You must have a SXSW Interactive or Platinum badge to attend this March 13 event.

For more information or to apply to pitch, go to http://impactpediatrichealth.com/.

About Impact Pediatric Health: 

Now in its third year, Impact Pediatric Health hosts a one-of-a-kind pitch competition held annually at SXSW dedicated to showcasing and supporting the best pediatric healthcare innovations. Eight 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. These leading hospitals 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/

About SXSW 

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. The Health Track at SXSW focuses on innovations that build and support the ecosystem of patients, providers, payers, policy makers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors to improve outcomes in health and healthcare. SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.

SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, M

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children’s Pediatrics; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.