Entrepreneurs and children have something in common: they find solutions that change what we define as possible.

Innovators for Children is a collaborative effort between Impact Hub Bucharest, Impact Hub Basel and Fondation Botnar supporting early-stage innovations focusing on improving the health and well-being of children and young people in Romania. By providing training, mentoring, funding and connections into local and international entrepreneurial communities, the program accelerates impactful and innovative solutions that help change the future for children.

Third Edition Application Phase

The program is currently accepting applications for the 3rd edition.  For further information and to apply, please see the Innovators for Children website (in Romanian).

Creative & innovative solutions

Currently in its second edition, Innovators for Children seeks early-stage, Romanian startups with a working prototype or that have been commercially in the market for less than a year. Aiming to deliver impact at scale the program focuses in particular on technological innovations, high-leverage products or services, and systemic solutions.

Two-phased Incubation Approach

Each edition of the program consists of two incubation phases. The first is an early incubation and validation phase lasting 3 months, consisting of training, mentoring, workshops, feedback sessions and connections into local and international entrepreneurial communities. 10-12 teams take part in phase one, which culminates in an assessment day and public pitching event.  A panel of judges then select 3-5 winning teams to proceed to the second phase – 6 months of in-depth incubation – and receive a share of EUR 100’000 in funding.

The 11 selected startups for the second edition (2020-2021)

The winning teams, selected to receive funding and in-depth incubation (phase two)

The second edition winners after the public pitch event on 15.09.2020

AutismON – A platform which makes previously offline-only therapies for autistic children and adolescents available online.

Brio – Aptitude tests which help children and adolescents prepare for and improve their performance in exams, regardless of their current educational environment.

Emoface – Interactive avatars to help autistic children and adolescents recognise and learn emotions and develop social skills.

#KIDoc – An app to help parents and caregivers improve care for children and adolescents with chronic conditions, initially focusing on epilepsy.

Peditel – A child-focused telemedicine solution aiming to improve access to healthcare.

The Runners Up (phase one)

ARici – Augmented Reality (AR) learning aids for primary school children.

JSKids – A web and mobile game for children and adolescents to develop web programming skills (JavaScript).

Parentool – Curated content, advice, and tools to help with child health and development.

REThink – A therapeutic game to help children and adolescents overcome anxiety and depression.

Tactile Images – A virtual assistant helping blind children and adolescents use tactile boards to learn and integrate socially.

Univrse – Bringing the school curriculum to life with immersive and interactive Virtual Reality classrooms.

What participants get

Total funding of up to EUR 100’000


International Market trip to Basel


Mentoring and training


Regular advice & feedback rounds by health experts


Access to the Impact Hub community


Development & additional sources of funding opportunities


Any questions or ideas? Email [email protected] or call +41 76 500 40 53

Executing Partners

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