Startup of the Year honors a new local business doing exciting things in Philly while making waves across the country.

The Nominees

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Woman for woman, month for month. Germantown native Molly Hayward’s social-good business, Cora, delivers healthy, organic menstrual management products to women monthly by mail. But the startup goes beyond just being a subscription box service. For every monthly order Cora ships, they provide a month’s worth of sustainable sanitary pads to a girl in a developing country. In addition to helping young women, the startup seeks to create local, sustainable jobs.

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<h2>Coded by Kids</h2>

Coded by Kids

Founded by Sylvester Mobley, an Iraq war veteran, Coded by Kids was created to teach “underserved urban youth website development skills and other basic digital literacy.” The organization gives children a safe and supportive learning environment where they can learn coding basics, real world development skills, and preparation for successful careers in the tech industry through internships and college prep.

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<h2>Analog Watch Company</h2>

Analog Watch Company

A local independent business creating beautiful, simple watches inspired by the natural world. And the watches are made of wood and are 80% biodegradable in recyclable packaging. For every single watch the team sells, they plant a tree.

Previous Winners

The first and only online learning platform for teaching adolescents with autism to use digital and social media, Autism Expressed launched last year.

Created by Michele McKeone, a one woman army determined to make a difference, the startup received funding this year and was involved in the Philadelphia Science Festival, teaming up with award winning design studio Cipher Prime.