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The second annual Bear Institute Pediatric Accelerator Challenge for Kids (PACK) is inviting you to join us as we bring together entrepreneurs, pediatric healthcare providers and pediatric hospital administrators, and investors from around the country to close the immense innovation gap in children’s digital health.


Top pediatric healthcare start-ups and college student teams with innovations in the following areas of development: Early-stage Innovation, Concept Validation, Early Commercialization, Growth Trajectory and Student Track will showcase their solutions to pediatric hospitals and healthcare professionals around the country.

Start-ups will share their innovations and receive valuable feedback from expert judges to learn ways to enhance their solutions and associated value, all for a chance to win an on-site pilot at Children’s National among other prizes

Start-ups and college students interested in submitting an innovation for consideration in the challenge can use the Start-Up Registration and Student Team Registration. Pediatric healthcare providers and pediatric hospital administrators who would like to participate as judges for the challenge and have access to reviewing start-ups' submissions can use the Provider & Administrator Sign-Up.

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Fostering digital health innovation for children

Live-Virtual Event:
December 8, 2022

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Start-Up  Submission Categories

Early-Stage Innovation
"Even the biggest ideas start small"

Concept Validation
"Now it's time to test it"

Early Commercialization
"Countdown to launch"

Growth Trajectory
"The investment is growing"

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February 8, 2022: Provider & Administrator Registration Opens  

April 12, 2022: Start-Up/ Student Team Application Opens

September 21, 2022: Start-up/ Student Team Application Closes

October 5, 2022: Semi-Finalists Announced 

October 19, 2022: Provider & Administrator Voting Opens


November 2, 2022: Provider & Administrator Voting Closes 11:59pm EST

November 9, 2022: Finalists Announced 


December 8, 2022: Live-Virtual Event  


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