February 27, 2019


The nation’s leading pediatric hospitals hosting the annual Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition today announced the twelve startup company finalists who will compete on March 8. Impact Pediatric Health is a one-of-a-kind pitch competition held annually at SXSW dedicated to showcasing and supporting the best pediatric healthcare innovations.

The tech startups will be competing in the following categories: Digital Health, Medical Devices and Health Disparities and Equity. Winners will be selected across each category and all participants will benefit from the invaluable feedback from a host of industry experts serving as judges at the event, as well as the sponsoring children’s hospitals. Any Interactive or Platinum SXSW badge holder may attend the Friday, March 8 event from 11 am – 3 pm in the Startup Village at the Hilton Downtown Austin.

The twelve finalists include the following:

  • Smileyscope, Cambridge, MA, transforms scary pediatric procedures with virtual reality, @smileyscope
  • Bardy Diagnostics, Seattle, WA, digital health and remote cardiac patient monitoring innovation @bardydx
  • InfraScan, Philadelphia, PA, developed an easy to use, handheld brain scanner to identify brain bleeds
  • Prapela, Boston, MA, helps newborns breathe, relax and sleep with SVS – a breakthrough technology @Prapelainfo
  • Gravitas Medical, San Francisco, CA, developed a ‘smart’ nasogastric feeding system
  • PolyVascular, Houston, TX, created pediatric polymeric transcatheter pulmonary valves @PolyVascular
  • Vifant, LLC, Philadelphia, PA, vision screening test preverbal and nonverbal children
  • Sound Scouts, Sydney, Australia, provides accessible hearing checks for school-aged children @SoundScoutsGame
  • BabyNoggin, San Francisco, CA, whole child population platform to screen and test for developmental delays @BabyNogginApp
  • KinChip Systems, Perth, Australia, link health, education and social services for better care outcomes @KinChipSystems
  • Better Living Technologies, Austin, TX, hardware enabled software driving patient behavior changes and outcomes with data @BetterLivingPBC
  • Elemeno Health, Oakland, CA, B2B SaaS ‘virtual coach’ for frontline teams to improve quality and safety @elemenohealth

Impact Pediatric Health was created by seven leading U.S. Children’s Hospitals including 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.

SXSW is working with these leading pediatric hospitals on the event which is part of 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.

Additionally, the Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) is providing $100,000 in awards to pediatric device innovators to accelerate devices designed to improve the safety and delivery of pediatric care. Awardees in the Device category at the Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition at SXSW are eligible to receive up to $25,000 each to accelerate their development.

“At the Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium, we are always looking for the next cutting-edge breakthrough in the world of medical devices,” said Dr. Chester Koh, Professor of Urology, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN at Baylor College of Medicine and Pediatric Urologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. “Impact Pediatric Health’s reputation for bringing together the leaders in pediatric medical technology innovations makes it the perfect venue to help identify and accelerate the next generation of medical device companies impacting our youngest of patients.”

Impact Pediatric Health showcases technologies that will deliver solutions specifically created for young patients. The twelve finalist startup CEOs will have three minutes to pitch how their company is solving unique health care needs of children, from babies to teens. The stage presentation on Friday, March 8, 2019 will be followed by questions from the emcees and judges. The winners among the twelve 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 8 event.

This year’s event will be hosted by event emcee, Lisa Suennen, Managing Director Manatt Health and will feature judges representing each of the seven host pediatric hospitals as well as Molly McCarthy MBA, RN-BC National Director, US Provider Industry and Chief Nursing Officer Microsoft, Bonnie Clipper VP, Practice and Innovation American Nurses Association, Peggy Maguire President Cambia Health Foundation, Andrew El Bardissi Principal Deerfield Management and Stacy Feld Vice President, Consumer Venture Investments & External Innovation Johnson & Johnson.

Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) is a multi-institutional consortium that includes clinical, scientific, business, financial, regulatory, reimbursement, engineering, intellectual property, and academic partners in the Houston / Southwest U.S. region. The consortium received a five-year, $6.75 million FDA P50 Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) grant to support innovation, mentoring, and collaborations amongst pediatric clinicians and surgeons, engineers, industry, and other partners for pediatric device development. For more information visit http://swpdc.org

To learn more about Impact Pediatric Health, visit https://impactpediatric.health and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pediatricpitch/.

Impact Pediatric Health: Now in its fifth 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. Seven 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 https://impactpediatric.health