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Impact Pediatric Health SXSW Conference startup pitch competition announces participants

Impact Pediatric Health SXSW Conference startup pitch competition announces participants

Leading U.S. Children’s Hospitals – Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Seattle, Stanford & Texas – to host 4th annual event highlighting best pediatric digital health and medical device innovations at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas – March 9, 2018 – Impact Pediatric Health hosts an interactive pediatric health care innovation pitch competition at SXSW and is announcing the 10 finalists selected to pitch their pediatric technologies at SXSW Conference on March 9, 2018. Participating companies compete in digital, devices and global areas of need for pediatric technologies.  

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 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. SXSW Conference is working with the leading pediatric hospitals on this event which is part of Startup Village,, at the Hilton Downtown Austin.   




  • BABYBEmedical: Family-centered neonatal care through clinically tested touch telepresence
  • Green Sun Medical: Tech-enabled dynamic scoliosis brace
  • NAVi MedTech: Improves the way vascular access procedures are performed in critically-ill newborns.
  • NFANT Labs: Helps preterm infants struggling with feeding navigate home from the hospital through objective data and predictive analytics.


  • CancerAid: An app that empowers cancer patients and their caregivers.
  • Open Health Network: On a mission to transform health care by enabling health care organizations to help patients manage their health via smart, maintainable mobile health offerings and share their data in a secure and controlled way.
  • Tueo Health, Inc.: An asthma management service built on passive sensing and targeted coaching


  • GoCheck Kids: Disruptively-priced and FDA-cleared screener that detects vision disorders early, when they can be treated, and enables pediatricians to meet their Academy’s guidelines.
  • mOm Incubators: An incubator built for low resource environments to help give 1 million babies who might die from being born prematurely every single year a chance.
  • Tasso Inc.: HemoLink is a virtually painless device that uses microfluidic technology and allows patients to collect their own blood sample—enough blood to allow third-party labs to run a broad range of diagnostic tests.


  • Globin Medical: Portable, solar-powered oxygen concentrator
  • Nicolette: Empowerment applications for patients fighting acute health battles.
  • PolyVascular: A polymeric transcatheter valves for children with congenital heart disease.


Robin Farmanfarmaian, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Invicta Medical & Actavalon

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, CEO, Concerted Care Group


Participating Judges


Judges will include representatives from each of the pediatric hospitals, as well as subject matter experts:

Patrick Wayte, SVP, Center for Health, Technology, and Innovation, American Heart Association

Bill Chambers, SVP of Extramural Research, American Cancer Society

Dave Chan, Vice President, Strategy & Ventures, Sesame Workshop

Andrew ElBardissi, Principal, Deerfield Management

Eric Frans, Vice President, Vision Partners, World Vision Canada

Iana Dimkova, Director, Healthcare Investing, GE Ventures

Stephen Michener, Head of Strategy, Partnering and Operations, Novartis Oncology US


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 Friday, March 9, stage presentation is followed by questions from the emcees and judges. Winners in each category 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 9 event.

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About Impact Pediatric Health:

Now in its fourth year, Impact Pediatric Health hosts a one-of-a-kind pitch competition held annually at SXSW Conference dedicated to showcasing and supporting the best pediatric health care innovations. Several of the nation’s largest and top ranked (according to U.S. News & World Report) children’s hospitals came together to create Impact Pediatric Health. These leading hospitals collaborate to help next generation pediatric health care companies, especially those focused on digital health and medical devices, accelerate their businesses. For more information visit

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. SXSW 2018 will take place March 9-18, 2018.

SXSW 2018 is sponsored by Capital One, Mercedes-Benz, Bud Light, and The Austin Chronicle.

Contact: Eddie Gonzalez-Novoa, for Impact Pediatric Health

[email protected]

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