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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Do I Start a Business or Get a Job? Sage Advice from Stephen Tang

Stephen Tang, CEO of the University City Science Center.

Stephen Tang, CEO of the University City Science Center.

Excited about Philly’s innovation boom over the last five or 10 years? Well the University City Science Center has been funding entrepreneurs and advancing innovation for 52 years.

Under the same roof on 37th and Market Streets, there are scientists working on treatments for Ebola, blood sensors to detect heart attacks and cancer, and beer tests to prevent spoilage. It’s a place where early-stage companies can get free space, free coffee, free wifi, and connect with other entrepreneurs and startups. It’s also happens to be the oldest and largest urban research park in the country.

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Shark Tank Deal Falls Through

Beatrice Fischel-Bock, Madeline Fraser and Elizabeth Grover of ZOOM Interiors.

Beatrice Fischel-Bock, Madeline Fraser and Elizabeth Grover of ZOOM Interiors. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

If you watched Shark Tank on Friday, you might have seen Philly-based ZOOM Interiors strike a deal with Barbara Corcoran.

After other sharks like Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner passed on spending $100,000 for a 20 percent equity stake in the tech-meets-design business, a visibly uncertain Corcoran offered $100,000 for 33 percent — and they struck a deal.

Yay! Cue the hugs and the happy Shark Tank theme music…

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Philly Interior Designers Ready for “Shark Tank Bump”

Beatrice Fischel-Bock (left), Madeline Fraser, and Elizabeth Grover about to enter the Shark Tank.  (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

Beatrice Fischel-Bock (left), Madeline Fraser, and Elizabeth Grover about to enter the Shark Tank. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

Hiring an interior decorator seems like something only available to the extremely wealthy. If you have a mansion or killer apartment, you can probably afford to have a professional pick out your sofas, coffee tables, pillows and lamps.

If you’re like the rest of us, you’re stuck doing the best you can to make things match. In fact, I saw this trend first hand. My parents used to own a retail drapery, window treatment and wallpaper store from the 1980s to early 2000s and worked frequently with designers. (If you remember Dana Interiors on Old York Road in Jenkintown, you’re instantly in my cool list.)

But two-year-old ZOOM Interiors offers a new approach: Design your living room, dining room or bedroom online and have designers pick out the sizes and styles. You send in photos, measurements and answer a few style-preference questions — they send you conceptual photos and a shopping list with links.

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