Hospitals, Startups

Sesame Street’s new venture arm will judge startups at SXSW pediatric pitching event

The collaboration with Impact Pediatric pitching event at SXSW is Sesame Ventures’ first announced healthcare collaboration.

12th annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala  in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

12th annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Sesame Street recently launched a venture investment arm working with early stage investment firm Collaborative Fund. Children’s health is one area of interest for Sesame Ventures, along with startups developing technology focused on education. In its first announced healthcare collaboration, Sesame Ventures will have a judge participate in the Impact Pediatric Health Pitch event at SXSW Interactive next month, according to a press statement.

Will Fowler, vice president of strategic planning for Sesame Workshop, will be part of a panel of judges for the event.

He’ll join a group representing Children’s Hospitals including:

  • Dr. Kevin Maher, the director of Cardiac Intensive Care and co-director of the Center for Pediatric Innovation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta;
  • Jessica Rousset, director of the Center for Innovation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles;
  • Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson,  executive director of digital health at Seattle Children’s Hospital; and
  • Dr. James Wall, assistant professor of Pediatric Surgery and Bioengineering at Stanford Children Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Among the criteria for the event are technologies that fall into these areas:

  • Patient safety, population health and management, prematurity, remote care, or hospital to home transitions;
  • Precision Medicine, specifically genomics; and
  • Med Tech, specifically robotics or minimally invasive surgery, 3D printing or artificial intelligence.

The deadline for applications to pitch has been extended to February 15.