Innovators in the field of early childhood

GrowHub Challenge

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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.

Challenges

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

#1

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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#2

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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#3

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

Advisory3
Prof. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

Director of the Educational Neuroimaging Center (ENIC), Technion

Advisory2
Professor Orit Hazzan

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

Advisory8
Michal Zeevi-Bender

Entrepreneur

Advisory1
Alona Abt

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

Advisory9
Dr. Anat Bar

Director of Hapaot Center

Advisory10
Amir Nathan

CEO of Ashoka Israel

Advisory18
Orly Sorokin

IBM Alpha Zone Accelerator Manager

Advisory34
Noga Perry

Senior Hi-Tech Executive, Entrepreneur and Investor

Advisory35
Jonathan Friedman

Partner at LionBird VC

Advisory36
Ika Dekel

Biosense Webster, Inc.

Advisory37
Rinat Shafran

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