SWPDC 2021 Pediatric Device Prizes @SXSW

Deadline: 5:00 PM February 26th, 2021

For the past few years, SWPDC has sponsored pediatric device prizes concurrent to the SXSW Conference & Festivals to encourage the development and commercialization of pediatric medical devices. For 2021, up to two (2) $25,000 prizes will be revealed at the SXSW virtual pediatric event. 

Click here to access the application: Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied!

Applications are now closed. The initial application consists of a short questionnaire, itemized budget (up to $25,000 max), and an optional 1 – 2 minute video pitch. We strongly encourage applicants to create a short video to add context to their project. Further information may be requested by the SWPDC staff.

The application Deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT 

Companies will be judged using the following criteria: 

ELIGIBILITY: Companies must be developing or intend to develop FDA-regulated medical devices with a pediatric indication (0-21 years of age) 

EFFICACY: Company addresses an important problem or opportunity in pediatrics  

MARKET: There is a market opportunity for this innovation  

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: This innovation will be competitive in the current marketplace  

BUSINESS MODEL: Business concept and revenue model are clearly articulated and meet customers’ needs; Company has a reasonable financial plan   

TEAM: Existing and planned team can credibly implement the business plan  

CUSTOMER ACQUISITION: Marketing and sales approaches are appropriate for acquiring customers  

The Southwest national Pediatric Device innovation Consortium (SWPDC) is one of five U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) P50 grant-supported pediatric device consortia. SWPDC is a “free no-strings-attached” virtual accelerator that supports pediatric device innovators nationwide with product, technology and business acceleration services throughout the pediatric device life cycle from idea to commercial/clinical launch.   

The SWPDC Prize is intended to enable pediatric device projects at all stages to progress toward commercialization and clinical implementation.  SWPDC hopes this prize supports innovation for the pediatric patient population and encourages entrepreneurs to think of how their existing products might improve clinical outcomes for pediatric needs. 

Questions can be directed to Chester Koh, MD or Kara Toman, MPH, at SouthwestPDC@BCM.edu

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