KidsX Accelerator

Opening Doors to the Most Innovative Pediatric Hospitals

The KidsX Accelerator supports early stage digital health companies to 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.

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Benefits to Participating in the KidsX Accelerator

Product/Market Fit

During this 13-week program, entrepreneurs work closely and collaboratively with decision-makers and digital health leaders at the most innovative children’s hospitals to determine how their product best delivers value in the pediatric market.

Demonstration Project

KidsX hospitals identify and select Accelerator companies that are building products that are solving problems that are important to them. Companies work with KidsX hospitals throughout the program with the hopes of structuring a demonstration project.

A Guide Through the Hospital Maze

Each KidsX hospital has identified champions who have committed to guiding companies through the complex maze of committee approvals, technology reviews, and contracting processes. The champions and entrepreneurs work together towards efficiently launching demonstration projects.

Mentorship & Learning

KidsX enables entrepreneurs to meet and learn from experts in pediatrics, healthcare technology, healthcare investing, health policy, regulatory affairs, and much more. These leaders provide valuable 1:1 mentorship to companies throughout the program. Others host workshops and office hours.

Product Feedback from Parents & Kids

KidsX offers companies the ability to obtain user feedback from parents and children. This iterative feedback can be valuable for product development and ensuring the ultimate success of the product when deployed.

About KidsX

KidsX is a global ecosystem of pediatric innovators, anchored by a consortium of over 40 children’s hospitals from North America, Europe, Australia, and Israel motivated to partner with early stage digital health companies to transform pediatric care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does KidsX take any equity?

KidsX does not take any equity from participating companies. The program does offer tremendous value to companies. KidsX asks that participating companies offer a 90-day demonstration project to KidsX hospitals at no cost.

Can my company participate 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 a 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 Accelerator.

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 problems on the KidsX Wish List.

Are demonstration projects guaranteed if my company is selected?

KidsX member hospitals participate 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 Accelerator, if the company and hospital mutually decide to work together. We ask that all KidsX companies 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 Accelerator look like?

The 13-week accelerator 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 10-15 hours per week, engaging with KidsX Accelerator activities during the 13-week program.

What is KidsX Demo Day?

The KidsX Demo Day, a celebration of the progress companies make throughout the Accelerator, will have an audience of key pediatric and digital health leaders from the U.S., U.K., and Australia.

Will KidsX sign an NDA if my company applies?

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

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