About KidsX

KidsX is a global ecosystem of pediatric innovators, anchored by a consortium of children’s hospitals motivated to partner with early stage digital health companies to transform pediatric care.

Opening Doors to the Most Innovative Pediatric Hospitals

The KidsX accelerators and innovation programs support early stage digital health companies achieve product and business model validation in the pediatric market.

Given the access to the highly engaged hospitals in the KidsX network, companies are able to validate product/market fit in pediatrics quickly, saving valuable time and resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply for the 2023 KidsX Accelerator?

To create an application starting January 30, complete the following steps:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements to see if you can apply.
  2. If eligible, create an account on the application portal
  3. Once logged in, click “Post Application” to start and complete your KidsX application.
  4. Be sure to click “Save Draft” along the way to save any progress.
  5. Once all required fields are complete, click the blue “Post Application” button.
  6. You will receive a notification in your Ideawake account confirming your application submission.

You are able to submit applications online from January 30 through March 15 11:59pm PST. The KidsX team will review all applications and notify the companies in April. 

Does KidsX take any equity?

KidsX does not take any equity from participating companies for any of the accelerators or innovation programs. 

Can my company participate in any of the KidsX accelerators or innovation programs from anywhere in the world?

Yes! Building a company is challenging. We will support founders in any time zone and any continent so long as they are passionate and committed to improving pediatric healthcare delivery.

What is the ideal stage of KidsX Accelerator applicant?

We prefer early stage companies, especially seed stage companies with 12-18 months of runway. However, we also accept later stage companies who are interested in validating their products and/or business models in the pediatric market.

We require that companies have full-time founders and at least an MVP or functional product. We will not accept idea-stage companies. We expect that founders will be actively engaged in the activities of the Accelerator, typically 10-15 hours per week.

Companies do not need to be exclusively focused on pediatrics. However, they must have a deep desire to serve the pediatric market in some way.

What are the selection criteria?

KidsX member hospitals are all actively involved in interviewing and selecting the 8-12 companies that will participate in the accelerators and/or innovation programs.

KidsX focuses on selecting strong founders, especially those who are willing to learn, incorporate feedback and work collaboratively.

KidsX also evaluates the product, the technical team, the potential business model(s) and alignment with the 2023 focus areas:

  • Mental & Behavioral Health: Solutions could address resources for pediatric patients, tools and resources for treating providers, detection/screening/triage, at-home engagement/monitoring, automation and AI, and other areas
  • Staff Shortages and Education: Solutions could address staffing recruitment/retention, continuing education and competencies, relieving burnout, reducing workload, and other related areas for staff at pediatric organizations
  • Care Coordination: Solutions could address care coordination between specialists, between pediatric organizations, between providers and a pediatric patient’s support network, and coordination for patients transitioning out of pediatric care
  • Patient Experience: Solutions could address a pediatric organization’s digital front door, translation and education services, communication, or other aspects of pediatric patient experiences
  • Health Equity: Solutions could address bias within data, access to underserved individuals and/or communities, resources for staff, providers, pediatric patients, and/or families to increase equity, and other areas
Are demonstration projects guaranteed if my company is selected?

KidsX member hospitals participate in the KidsX accelerators and innovation programs with the desire to find a product that will help solve a strategically important problem for their hospital. However, pilots, trials, demonstration projects are not guaranteed for all participating companies. These projects are agreed upon during the accelerators, if the company and hospital mutually decide to work together. We ask that all companies joining the KidsX Accelerator cohorts offer a no-cost 90 day demonstration project to KidsX hospitals, as a mechanism to determine if there is an interest for a further commercial relationship.

What does a typical day during the KidsX Accelerators look like?

The multi-week accelerators is a blend of live and asynchronous activities. Founders can expect to participate in required events, workshops, mentorship sessions and office hours. In addition, a series of optional asynchronous content will also be made available companies. On average, founders can expect to spend 5-12 hours per week, engaging with KidsX Accelerator activities during the multi-week programs.

What is KidsX Demo Day?

The KidsX Demo Day, a celebration of the progress companies make throughout the the accelerators will have an audience of key pediatric and digital health leaders from the U.S., Europe, Israel, and Canada.

Will KidsX sign and NDA if my company applies to the accelerators or innovation programs?

No, we will not sign an NDA at this stage. We do commit to maintaining your application information confidential.