Meet 4 Philly Companies Redefining Innovation

The University City Science Center has been fostering innovation from young entrepreneurs long before it was trendy and cool. After 52 years, they know a thing or two about taking a company from the concept stage to a serious player in their industry.

I recently visited UCSC where I spoke to four very different entrepreneurs who are doing some seriously cool stuff. Here’s what I learned: Read more »

Bob Moul Sells Artisan Mobile, Still Committed to Philly

Artisan Mobile is closing its Old City office after being sold to a Seattle tech company.

Artisan Mobile is closing its Old City office after being sold to a Seattle tech company.

It’s official, Bob Moul has sold Artisan Mobile, and the tech company is closing its Old City office that once housed 15 employees.

Artisan helps apps engage and monetize users through personalized marketing solutions. The company has been acquired by Tune, a Seattle-based third-party measurement company focused on acquiring app users. Although rumors had been persisting for a few weeks, the deal was officially announced at the Postback conference in Seattle on Thursday. Read more »

Most Co-Founder Marriages End in Divorce

(Bacho/Shutterstock)

(Bacho/Shutterstock)

Sometimes business divorces happen over office locations, sometimes things get tense when your frozen yogurt co-founder gets arrested for assault, and, sometimes co-founders split when one of them wins the lottery, even though most of you say you wouldn’t. It happens enough that co-founder speed-dating is a business.

Imagine this: It’s last call at the local pub, and you’ve spent the past hour talking about this great new business idea with Jolene on the barstool next to you. You keep working at it. The idea no longer fits on a cocktail napkin, but it’s also not ready for prime time. Congratulations — you are now business-married to Jolene for that idea. Read more »

BizFeed: Shark Tank Host Coming to Philly for Pitch Contest

Daymond John (Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com)

Daymond John (Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com)

1. Daymond John Coming to Philly

The News: Daymond John from ABC’s Shark Tank is coming to Philly for what else? A pitch contest where five entrepreneurs have a chance at winning $20,000.

The FUBU founder will participate in Miller Lite Tap the Future held on July 16 at World Café Live. The winning team gets a chance at $200,000. Unlike Shark Tank, Miller Lite doesn’t take an equity stake in the winning companies. Read more »

These Entrepreneurs Just Won $80,000

Kale, an app to help diabetes patients.

Kale, an app to help diabetes patients.

Tackling diabetes takes serious work. Simply monitoring blood sugar is just the beginning. So the folks at Benecure created Kale, a two-pronged system offering a patient-management portal for caregivers and an app for patients.

The Chicago-based company just won first prize in the PACT Healthcare App Challenge, taking home $30,000 in prize money. PACT (an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce) gave out a total of $80,000 to four companies on Monday. Read more »

Military Veterans Turned Entrepreneurs Have Space of Their Own in Philly

Dan Tobon, a veteran entrepreneur at the grand opening of The Bunker. (Comcast Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Dan Tobon, a veteran entrepreneur at the grand opening of The Bunker. (Comcast Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Dan Tobon sees plenty of similarities between his time in the Army and his new life as an entrepreneur. The founder of Starchup – basically a GrubHub for laundry and dry-cleaning — Tobon said both groups attract risk takers who think on their feet, solve abstract problems and have a unique ability to stay calm in stressful situations.

“Being an entrepreneur and being a veteran are very similar,” he said. “Everyone thinks it’s very cool, but would not do it themselves.” Read more »

BizFeed: Fortune’s No.1 Workplace for Millennials is a Chester Company You Probably Never Heard Of

Downtown Chester, Pa. on the Avenue of the States. (Wikimedia Commons)

Downtown Chester, Pa. on the Avenue of the States. (Wikimedia Commons)

The No. 1 Workplace for Millennials is based in Chester

The News: After surveying nearly 90,000 employees under 35 years old, Fortune and Great Place to Work have released its list of the Top Workplaces for Millennials. The No. 1 company (drumroll please) … Power Home Remodeling Group, an exterior home remodeling company based in Chester, Pa. Read more »

Can Philadelphia Be the Silicon Valley of Health Care Innovation?

Dan Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross

Dan Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross

Dan Hilferty has some lofty goals for Philadelphia. He thinks it can become “the Silicon Valley of health care innovation” because of it’s first-rate universities, hospitals and thriving tech and pharma communities.

And he would know. He’s the president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, a health insurance giant that’s investing millions in innovation to figure out new ways to drive up quality and drive down costs.

But can Philadelphia’s business leaders cut through the rhetoric and make it happen? IBC is certainly doing its part. Read more »

Why These Five Startups Are Staying in Philly

Rawpixel/Shutterstock

Rawpixel/Shutterstock

May used to be Philadelphia’s traditional month of congratulations and goodbyes. University grads accepted their diplomas, packed up, and left the cradle of liberty in search of their next adventure. But there’s a disruptive development stirring in our city, and not a moment too soon.

In fact, 60 percent of regional college students stay in the Philadelphia area after they graduate, more than even the great college town of Boston, according to Campus Philly research. Read more »

5 Things I Learned at the Philly New Technology Meetup

Sharing a launch at the Philly New Technology Meetup's College Demo Night.

Sharing a launch at the Philly New Technology Meetup’s College Demo Night.

As the founding editor of BizPhilly, I’m finding myself at more and more tech meetups. They’re generally a good time with food, beers and lots of smart young people. In fact, watching college entrepreneurs pitch businesses at last night’s Philly New Technology Meetup, I couldn’t help but feel like a slacker. Why didn’t I start a business in college? Was I too busy drinking beer and watching reruns of The Simpsons?

At the tech meetup last night at Quorum at the University City Science Center, nine college entrepreneurs delivered spitfire demos of their new products, many of which looked sleek, cool and scalable.

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