Bringing science, community, and technology together for greater impact.

Connecticut Children’s Center for Innovation is dedicated to improving child health beyond imagination. Our pediatric innovation ecosystem includes: 3,000 pediatric team member innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, established companies, legislative officials along with community and corporate partners. Together, we foster, validate and improve care we bring to children. Our partnerships are created to clinically validate and co-develop innovations that improve child health in Connecticut and beyond. 

Nationally Recognized Innovations

Great ideas happen when there’s recognition of a pain point or inefficiency impacting patient experience, research or clinical care. The Center for Innovation will serve as a pediatric hub to encourage transfer of knowledge and products through education, resources and services.  We provide the tools needed to help our team members’ and partners’ ideas – of how to improve care, develop technology and decrease cost – become a reality for the benefit of pediatric patients across the world.

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Help Me Grow National Center

Our Help Me Grow National Center coordinates efforts in 28 states to implement the Help Me Grow early childhood system model to ensure children reach their full potential. The National Center provides support to affiliates that work to identify developmental and behavioral concerns in at-risk children and connect them to existing services that can intervene as early as possible. The National Center’s goal is to expand the model to all 50 states.

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Care Coordination Collaborative Model

Our Care Coordination Collaborative Model improves efficiency and effectiveness of care coordination services. This model allows care coordinators from different sectors to work together to increase understanding of available supports and decrease duplication of services provided to families.

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Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering for Premature Lung Disease

Christine Finck, MD, FACS is pioneering innovation in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. One area of focus is Premature Lung Disease. Many neonates born prematurely are not able to exchange oxygen because their lungs are underdeveloped. These patients commonly are placed on ventilators, which can be damaging over long periods of time. Therefore, many of these children endure a lifetime of respiratory illness. Her team is working to generate a patient-specific stem cell therapy that could improve respiratory health for these patients for the rest of their lives.

Collaboration is Key to Success

Our Center for Innovation creates opportunities for co-development of products and services for the front lines of clinical care. We support a culture of innovation to pioneer advancements that benefit pediatric patients across the world. We aim to establish partnerships with external entrepreneurs and established companies to co-develop successful, multi-beneficial ventures. 


  • Does this Investment align with the Mission of Connecticut Children's?
  • Does this Investment align with Health Compass 2027, and the strategic plans of the health system?


  • BUSINESS DESCRIPTION: This clearly conveys the business idea. It includes a detailed reason for the launch as well as a detailed description of the service / the product offered. It describes the company's vision, mission, focus, and value proposition.   
  • INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: This identifies the industry size, segments, maturity, trends, and outlook; it details the possibilities, threats, and potential barriers to entry. It provides a comprehensive competitive analysis. It defines the target market and consumer demographics. It also provides the competitive and unique advantages. 
  • MANAGEMENT PLAN & TEAM: This defines the form of business ownership and provides the reasoning of  the chosen form. It also provides an organizational chart with members' names, roles, and qualifications. It defines the additional stakeholders and solicited professional services. 


  • MARKETING: This clearly conveys the overall marketing strategy and provides the budget. It also provides the plans for the following areas: pricing, distribution, promotion, advertising, media, PR, sales, and sales management. 
  • OPERATIONAL: This outlines and addresses any human resources, facilities, and technology infrastructure needs. It identifies all logistic and distribution needs. It also provides implementation timetables and progress monitoring processes. 
  • FINANCIAL: This includes a comprehensive start-up cost report. It also identifies possible sources of initial financing. It provides the sales forecasts, income projections, pro forma financial statements, break-even analysis, and capital budget. 


  • NEAR TERM: There is strong potential for a short-term (1-5 year) return on investment.
  • LONG TERM: There is strong potential for a long-term (5-10 year) return on investment.

Get Started Today.

  1. Submit your application in the green box below.
  2. Receive a phase 2 application to help us take a deeper dive into your goals and ideas. 
  3. Connecticut Children's Center for Innovation Advisory Committee will review and score your proposal for further consideration. 

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Are you interested in working with us? Follow the link below to get started.

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Bringing Bright Minds Together

The Center for Innovation encourages development of new technologies and products through partnership, collaboration, and invention. We proudly stand by our partners at Trinity College, University of Connecticut, Accelerator for Biosciences in CT, and Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBC).


Ideas no longer beyond imagination.