Eight Minority Owned/Led Pediatric Health Tech Startups Chosen to Participate in KidX Accelerator Class of 2022 | News – City of Glendale, CA (.gov)

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Eight Minority Owned/Led Pediatric Health Tech Startups Chosen to Participate in KidX Accelerator Class of 2022

Glendale, CA – The KidsX Pediatric Health Accelerator announced its next round of startups selected to participate in their 2022 cohort. The chosen companies are all women or minority-led/owned startups and were picked from a pool of over 150 applicants. The newly minted 2022 cohort is comprised of startups from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The applicants[MS1] [MS2]  represented a widely diverse group of healthcare innovators:

  • 57% of all applicants are women or minority-led/owned
  • 63% of interviewees are women or minority-led/owned
  • 68% of startups invited to Selection Day are women or minority-led/owned

Applicants underwent a rigorous vetting process that included a KidsX Selection Day, a live virtual pitch event for KidsX member organizations to meet and vote for startups that could best solve top problems they are currently facing.

The Accelerator’s unique “reverse-pitch model” allows for the selected company’s products and objectives to align with the needs and challenges of KidsX partner hospitals. KidsX hospitals collaborate to create a “wishlist,” a pre-selected and prioritized set of problems they wish to tackle using innovative digital solutions. The 2022 KidsX Wishlist was used to select the new cohort participants and included the following key issues:

  • Pediatric Mental Health & Behavioral Health
  • Care Coordination & Adherence
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Chronic Condition Management & Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Game Changing Tech

Since the inauguration of the accelerator in 2021, KidsX startups have launched more than 20 pilots, research studies, or enterprise wide rollouts at KidsX member organizations.

About KidsX
The KidsX pediatric health tech accelerator is funded by the City of Glendale as part of the City’s Tech Strategy. KidsX assembles top children’s hospitals and talented digital health companies to build, test and deploy software solutions to make pediatric care more effective, safe, efficient, and convenient for children and families. 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.

About Glendale’s Tech Strategy
The City of Glendale is committed cultivating an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region and supports business enterprises that improve the City’s economy. To that end, the City has implemented and facilitated a variety of efforts focused on the local start-up community. With the help of a $1 million grant from the State of California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Glendale launched two startup accelerators; the KidsX Pediatric Health Accelerator and Hero House Glendale.


Glendale is one of the largest cities in Los Angeles County, with a population of about 200,000. Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and a bustling downtown that is home to a number of corporate headquarters and tech giants, two first-class regional shopping malls, and a walkable Arts & Entertainment District with endless fine dining opportunities. Visit ChooseGlendaleCA.com for more information about Economic Development in Glendale or connect on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ChooseGlendale.

2022 Accelerator Cohort :

Astarte Medical: (Yardley, PA)
Astarte Medical is a clinical intelligence company providing digital solutions to support nutrition and feeding practices in the NICU.  NICUtrition® provides an intuitive presentation of feeding, nutrition, and growth-related data to the NICU care team to improve outcomes for preterm infants.

Cognita Labs: (Santa Ana, CA)
CapMedic Remote Patient Monitoring solution simplifies chronic lung disease management with its novel FDA-cleared smart inhaler that talks to patients in real-time for correct and regular inhaler use. The same device doubles as a spirometer to track lung function in 3 seconds with clinic-grade accuracy and the platform seamlessly combines multiple biomarkers to facilitate timely interventions.

Elemeno Health Inc.: (Oakland, CA)
Custom just-in-time training and support platform for frontline healthcare teams. Empower nurses with hyper-localized best practices, to drive quality, safety, and efficiency.

Floreo Inc.: (Washington D.C.)
Floreo’s vision is a world that is open and accessible for every neurodiverse person. Our mission is to create the first behavioral therapy metaverse, a virtual world that is safe for learners, equipping them with skills and tools they can apply in their everyday lives. We have developed a VR platform that teaches social, behavioral, communication, and life skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related diagnoses.

LovedBy/Nudg: (London, United Kingdom)
Nudg is a data-driven short-form content platform for children and adolescents managing a chronic condition.  Nudg connects easily to wearable devices like Dexcom’s Continuous Glucose Monitor and personalizes short bursts (nudges) of engaging educational content.

Rhaeos Inc: (Chicago, IL)
Rhaeos, Inc. is a VC-backed, clinical-stage medical device company developing FlowSense, platform technology, and a noninvasive wireless, wearable skin patch that can assess and monitor fluid flow peripherally throughout the body.

Semantic Health Inc.: (Toronto, Canada)
Semantic Health helps improve the efficiency and accuracy of manual, error-prone medical coding and auditing processes that rely on unstructured clinical documentation. Their software platform, the Semantic Auditor, uses proprietary artificial intelligence and deep learning to automate secondary reviews and prioritization of all coded and claims data with respect to the source clinical documentation.

Smileyscope: (New York, NY)
Smileyscope™ is a global pioneer in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) digital therapeutics. The company merges evidence-based medicine with state-of-the-art technology, providing ground-breaking digital treatments that help patients manage pain, anxiety, and mental health.


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