March 4, 2021 | 7:30am-9am| 12pm-1pm | Virtual Conference 


Started in 2008, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital recognized the opportunity to create a formal program for improving pediatric care. With the intent of harboring innovation and developing employee ideas on improving pediatric care, the First Annual Pediatric Innovation Day was developed. This mission was further enhanced in 2013 with the generous support of the Belcher and Weir families to create the Belcher-Weir Families Pediatric Innovation Day.

Now in its 12th year and growing stronger every year, Pediatrics & Women’s Health Innovation Day has grown to include a keynote from a nationally renowned speaker, pitches from some of the most cutting edge startups, and recognition of the innovators within Pediatrics and Women’s Health that are committed to advancing patient care to new limits.

Morning Session |7:30-9am EST | Register Here

UH employees are invited to University Hospitals’ 12th Annual Pediatrics & Women’s Health Innovation Day. The morning and session will feature a keynote address by Omkar Kulkarni, MPHChief Innovation Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Managing Director of KidsX. The morning will also feature presentations of our Innovation Day award winners for projects that promise to transform the way we care for women and children in our community. 

Afternoon Session | 12pm-1pm EST | Register Here

Plug and Play and University Hospitals Ventures invite you to a conversation with Heather Ettinger, Founder and CEO of Luma Wealth, and Dr. Claudia Hoyen, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at University Hospitals. They will address the importance of women’s physical and financial wellness and the unique opportunities for women- and mother-led innovation. Stay tuned in to hear pitches from three startups using innovative technology to assist and support mothers. 


The top three submissions will receive $5,000 and resources to further develop, patent-protect, commercialize and implement their idea and the opportunity to present their idea at the 12th Annual Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Day on March 4th. Ideas can be submitted which are in any level of development, and do not need to be long, complex or fully matured. All submitted ideas will be reviewed by UH Ventures and our hospital leaders and the top ideas will be awarded with funds to help further advance the proposed idea.

The submission showcase is now closed. 


Omkar P. Kulkarni is the first chief innovation officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In his role, Kulkarni is responsible for fostering innovation across CHLA’s clinical and research enterprises – including launching an enterprise virtual care program, incubating and implementing new digital health tools and medical devices, and rallying communities inside and out of the hospital to solve problems in the field of pediatrics – all with the goal of enhancing the experience and outcomes for the children and families CHLA serves.  Mr. Kulkarni is also the Founder and Managing Director of KidsX, the first and only national pediatric digital health accelerator program.

Heather Ettinger is a partner and Director of Fairport Asset Management, LLC. Having joined Roulston & Co. in 1987, Heather has been with Fairport since its founding. Previously, she served as an Equity Trader for Jefferies and a Research Analyst for Bordier & Cie and Baring Brothers. Ms. Ettinger is a UH Director and serves on the Diamond Advisory Council. Heather remains an ardent supporter of her alma maters including Dartmouth College, where she earned a B.A., and Laurel School, where she served on the Board of Directors for 12 years. Additional board engagements include the Sisters of Charity Foundation. She is active with In Counsel with Women and the nationally recognized wealth management study group, Family Wealth Advisors Council. Heather also sits on the Board of The Private Trust Company and Asurint-One Source Technology.


Host: Brian Rothstein, Chief Medical Officer, UH Ventures, Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Morning Session

  • 7:30am – Welcome
  • 7:35am – 8:10am – Keynote Address: Omkar P. Kulkarni, Chief Innovation Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Managing Director, KidsX
  • 8:10am -9:00am – Idea Showcase Submission Presentations

Afternoon Session, co-hosted with Plug and Play Cleveland

  • 12:00pm – Welcome
  • 12:05pm – 12:35pm – Fireside Chat: Heather Ettinger, Founder and CEO of Luma Wealth, Claudia Hoyen, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
  • 12:35pm – 1:00pm – Startup Pitches

RiskLD provides increased access to obstetric guidelines in order to avoid poor outcomes and send more moms and babies home healthy and happy.

Renalis is a digital health company creating platforms to improve experiences and outcomes for people with pelvic health conditions

Ondecare provides on-demand, worry-free, and part-time in-home care for loved ones of all ages and needs – infant/childcare, special needs care, and eldercare.


Below are a few tools that the UH Ventures team created to help your innovation submission stand out from the rest. You can find all of our resources here.

  • UH Ventures Health Voyagers Podcast Series: 3 Tips for Making your Innovation Submission Stand Out. LISTEN
  • UH Ventures Innovation Handbooks: Sharing your Idea with UH Ventures. DOWNLOAD


Need help? Contact one of the following UH Ventures team members or our general email address at

Patricia Colella, UH Ventures

Matthew Zenker, Senior Portfolio Manager

University Hospital Ventures

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