Innovators in the field of early childhood

GrowHub Challenges

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Calling all entrepreneurs!

Do you want to change the world? Start with early childhood! GrowHub is seeking to support you and your great idea! Come take part in our latest prize-winning challenge.

Early childhood populations (birth to age 7) are extremely vulnerable, even more so in times of crisis. The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted new challenges in the effort to promote health, education, development, and wellbeing for this sector. Emerging needs include new and innovative tools and mechanisms that can be implemented remotely, so that early childhood caregivers and professionals can ensure accurate and uninterrupted assistance, treatment and support of young children who are isolated or harder to reach because of crisis, geographical or social conditions.

Our first challenge launched in August 2020 was an amazing success!
Read more about the challenge and winners below.
We will be announcing a new challenge SOON!

The Five Finalists

First Place: Atypi Revital Elron Cuts, CEO; Omri Perez, CPO

An interactive tool for practicing social situations by means of Virtual Reality technology. The tool enables collection of data about the childג€™s behavior for the benefit of parents and therapists.

Second place: Anima Ben Zaneti, CEO & Founder

In collaboration with the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center (CATRC), Anima is developing an AI solution that identifies young victims of sexual abuse (children and adolescents) through their drawings.

Third Place: SensoRest Efrat Finkler

SensoRest uses advanced technology to help children, especially autistic children, cope with anxiety and stressful situations and reduce stress through touch.

CheckIn Chava Treitel – Pedagogy; Daniel Soloway, Technology.

CheckIn is an app that lets children do what they do best - play! At the same time, they explore mindfulness techniques, relax their minds and bodies, practice empathy, and cope with stress.

Ceno Itamar Or, CEO

Ceno, designed for parents or educators using the emergent curriculum approach, identifies and expands toddlersג€™ areas of interest. It can be used with toddlers aged 18 months and up, independent of their language skills.


Entrepreneurs can submit solution that meet the requirements of one or more challenges.


Challenge #1:

Remote identification of children with special needs:

Early identification of special needs among young children, arising from learning disabilities, speech or self-regulation impairments, sensory and attention deficit disorders, emotional and physical disabilities etc., is crucial to providing timely treatment and support so that children can grow and thrive.

The challenge: An idea, tool or technology for remote identification of special needs among early childhood populations.

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Challenge #2:

Remote treatment and reduction of stress among early childhood populations.

Israelis experience constant stress due to war and terror, economic and social difficulties, and lately, the threatening Covid-19 crisis. The effect on young children is disastrous: early life toxic stress leads to heart conditions, depression, substance use, and other serious problems in adulthood.

The challenge: An idea, tool or technology for remote treatment and reduction of stress among early childhood populations.

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Challenge #3:

Remote group interactions and activities for early childhood populations:

Social interaction, learning and other activities in a group setting are crucial to early childhood development. The existing remote tools for group interaction do not enable a quality experience or the critical group dynamics that help children evolve and thrive.

An idea, tool or technology that can be implemented remotely, and which provides early childhood populations with quality social interaction and learning opportunities in a group setting.

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Judging Panel

Prof. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

Director of the Educational Neuroimaging Center (ENIC), Technion

Professor Orit Hazzan

Former Dean of the Technion’s Faculty of Education in Science and Technology

Michal Zeevi-Bender


Alona Abt

Founder and Co-Owner & CEO at Hop! Media Group

Dr. Anat Bar

Director of Hapaot Center

Amir Nathan

CEO of Ashoka Israel

Orly Sorokin

IBM Alpha Zone Accelerator Manager

Noga Perry

Senior Hi-Tech Executive, Entrepreneur and Investor

Jonathan Friedman

Partner at LionBird VC

Ika Dekel

Biosense Webster, Inc.

Rinat Shafran

Director of Science & Community Division, Ministry of Science & Technology