The first 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 focused on rare disease, patient education, remote patient monitoring, and telehealth to 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 cash prizes totaling over $100,000 and an on-site pilot at Children’s National

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.


Fostering digital health innovation for children

August 26, 2021

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Start-Up  Submission Categories

Rare Disease

"Finding Everything Faster"

Patient Education

"Teaching for Understanding"

Remote Patient Monitoring

"Enabling Real-time Continuous Care"


"Bring Us Closer Together"

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March 22, 2021: Provider & Administrator Registration Opens  

May 11, 2021: Start-Up/ Student Team Application Open

June 25, 2021: Start-Up Application Process Closes 11:59pm EST

July 2, 2021: Student Team Application Process Closes 11:59pm EST(rolling applications)

July 2, 2021: Semi-Finalists Announced 

July 12, 2021: Provider & Administrator Voting  Opens  

August 9, 2021: Provider & Administrator Voting Closes 11:59pm EST

August 12, 2021: Finalists Announced 


August 26, 2021: Live Virtual Event  


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