• What do we consider a ready pilot? 

The start-ups product or service should be ready to deploy within 90 days, with understanding of typical security, safety, and privacy requirements in a provider setting and have accounted for these in the completed design and development.  

  • We have not yet launched our health innovation. Are we still eligible? 

No, we are only accepting prototypes that are minimum viable prototypes (MVP).  

  • Can my company participate from outside the U.S.? 

Yes, we encourage people from anywhere in the world to participate. 

  • My innovation falls into more than one category. Do I have to pick only one or can I pick multiple categories? 

If your innovation meets the criteria for more than one track, please select at max two categories that it falls into. 

  • What if I cannot make the live virtual event? 

Unfortunately, you must have a team present and ready to pitch for the live event to be considered. 

  • How will we be notified if we are a semi-finalist/finalist or not? 

Start-ups that have been chosen to move forward will be notified by email, which they provided in their application.  

  • I’m having trouble submitting my form and slide deck/video, who can I reach out to? 

If you have any problems or questions, please send them to contact@bearinstitutepack.org

  • Can I make changes to my slide deck/video after submission if it’s before the final submission date? 

No, please carefully review your submission before submitting. All submissions are final once received.  


Pediatric Healthcare Providers and Pediatric Hospital Administrators

  • Is there a fee for a hospital's participation? 

No, there is no application fee for hospitals, but we do encourage you to get involved by becoming a coach, and/or becoming a cosponsor. 

  • Am I able to vote for multiple start-ups in one category? 

Yes, you will get to vote for two start-ups and student teams in each of the event’s four innovation tracks to be considered finalists. 

  • Do I have to submit a vote for every category?  

No, we ask that you only vote in your area of expertise.


  • Who can I reach out to if I’m interested in becoming a coach or co-sponsor?  

When you register there will be a place for you to indicate your interest in becoming more involved in the challenge. If you have already registered but are now interested, please email contact@bearinstitutepack.org.

  • Can I apply more than once? 

No, we ask that each pediatric healthcare provider or administrator only apply once to avoid any duplication.  

If you have any other questions, please send them to contact@bearinstitutepack.org