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Impact Pediatric Health 2020

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Presenting Pediatric Hospitals

These institutions have been ranked as the top children’s hospitals in the US .


About Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Event

Formerly, the Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Competition, this pitch event will showcase life-saving innovations in pediatric care and provides one-to-one meetings early stage startups and pediatric hospitals and other partners and investors.

Startups will be selected using the following criteria :

EFFICACY- Company addresses an important problem or opportunity in pediatrics


MARKET- There is a market opportunity for this innovation


COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE- This innovation will be competitive in the current marketplace


BUSINESS MODEL- Business concept and revenue model are clearly articulated and meet customers’ needs; Company has a reasonable financial plan


TEAM- Existing and planned team can credibly implement the business plan


CUSTOMER ACQUISITION- Marketing and sales approaches are appropriate for acquiring customers

Startups who are invited to our Office Hours will receive :

One-on-one meetings with one or more of our pediatric hospitals and partners


Ten startups will also be invited to do a speed pitch at our panel sessions (and receive a day pass to attend that any SXSW session that day.


Impact Pediatric Health can offer presenting companies a steeply discounted rate for purchase of a full SXSW Interactive festival badge. Should presenting companies select the discounted additional badge, the one day pass will not be offered to the presenting company.


Airfare, hotel, and all other costs associated with participating in the event are at the presenters and their representatives own expense.


[Medical Device Companies only] In partnership with the Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (, annual pediatric medical device awards have been added to the Impact Pediatric Health Pitch competition. Up to $100,000 in awards are available to support the advancement and commercialization of novel pediatric medical devices. Eligible devices must be FDA-regulated medical devices with a pediatric indication (0 – 21 years of age).


Questions can be directed to Chester Koh, MD or Kara Toman, MPH, at

NOV 15  Applications period opens


DEC 28 Application deadline


JAN 17 Startups Notified and Invited


MAR 13 Office Hours (location will be sent to selected startups)


MAR 13 Impact Pediatric Health Reception


MAR 14

Innovations in Pediatric Health panel sessions

Med Device Prize winners announced

Location: The Line Hotel

[SXSW badge required]

Health Disparities and Equity

Disparities in health outcomes can be traced to systemic conditions that lead to poor health and barriers to quality health care based on poverty and discrimination.

We’re Seeking: Solutions that focus on marginalized demographic/geographic populations, address systemic barriers and opportunities (not just individual level interventions), and/or look upstream to the root causes of health inequities (e.g. housing/the physical environment, economic stability, education, nutrition and clean water, access to care and social supports/bias.)


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Childhood Obesity/Diabetes

Childhood obesity is an increasing public health issue. Childhood obesity predisposes to childhood-onset type 2 diabetes and adult obesity, which is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.

We’re Seeking: Solutions that: focus on marginalized demographic/geographic populations; address systemic barriers to quality care; look upstream to systemic risk conditions such as housing/the physical environment, economic stability, food/water access, education, access to care and social supports/discrimination.

Behavioral Health

Only 21% of children with a behavioral health disorder actually receive treatment. Across the United States there is a shortage of child mental health providers, leading to long wait times and delayed diagnoses. Earlier interventions and increased utilization of services can improve childhood development and outcomes.

We’re Seeking: Innovative solutions to address the behavioral health needs of children.

Access to Care

It can be difficult to get a new patient appointment in certain pediatric specialties. Improving a child’s access to the right care at the right time in the right place will improve their future outcomes.

We’re Seeking: Innovative solutions to maximize scheduling and create opportunities for patients for improved access to physicians and providers.

Opioid Use / Prevention of Abuse

It can be difficult for pediatric providers to provide appropriate pain medications in the right amount at the right time as well as to avoid the potential for future opioid abuse.

We’re Seeking: Innovative solutions to assist pediatric providers with the prescribing of pain medication for children.

Patient Safety

Healthcare organizations are focused on keeping their patients safe, preventing readmissions, and reducing hospital acquired infections.

We’re Seeking: Innovative solutions that leverage EHR/patient data to increase safety, identify risk factors, and prevent unintended injuries.

Population Health & Communication

Population management systematically addresses the preventive and chronic care needs of every patient while focusing on high-risk patients who generate the majority of health costs. Leveraging the latest technological solutions is the only way to feasibly implement and sustain population management efforts.

We’re Seeking: Solutions focused on addressing communication gaps for complex and chronic patients systemically to ensure the right care is delivered at the right place and at the right time.


Costs associated with prematurity exceed $30 billion annually. Prematurity, which effects approximately 1 in 9 US births, can cause long-term health problems throughout ones life. This can have long-lasting financial effects and can affect a person’s education and ability to work.

We’re Seeking: Innovations that help prevent preterm birth or solve some of the unique challenges of premature babies.

Remote Care

Remote patient monitoring uses digital technologies to collect medical and other forms of health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmit that information securely to health care providers in a different location for assessment and recommendations.

We’re Seeking: Virtual and remote care solutions that take into account the unique needs of pediatric patients and caregivers. 

Robotics / Minimally Invasive Surgery

Due to the size and nature of pediatric patients, challenges such as space, delicate tissue, and delicate systems present significant opportunities for robotic and surgical innovation. The challenges in minimally invasive pediatric and fetal surgery require new tools that feature novel ways to articulate or apply tension. Tools that solve pediatric problems often have secondary markets in the adult and elderly population.

We’re Seeking: Minimally invasive tools to navigate small and delicate spaces.


An official part of SXSW 2020

Valuing creativity, innovation and inspiration, SXSW showcases up-and-coming technologies and industry leaders. Impact Pediatric Health is an official part of the SXSW Startup Village programming.