Using open data to map more than 600,000 real estate locations across the city, FixList helps developers, lenders, nonprofits and institutions to find and evaluate properties and potential redevelopment opportunities. Founder Stacey Mosley, a former City of Philadelphia data scientist, hopes the subscription-based startup will help fight blight and vacancy.
Category: Startup of the Year
Startup of the Year honors a new locally-founded company that has the team and concept to challenge its industry nationally and beyond.
Nurses in neonatal intensive care units are tasked with tracking and managing pumped breast milk meant for premature babies—a critical job. Founded by Penn grad Vidur Bhatnagar and developed through DreamIt Health’s 2016 accelerator cohort, Keriton uses a suite of HIPAA-compliant apps to help automate in-hospital breast milk management, reducing human error and improving communication between hospitals and parents.
This digital health startup, founded by David Lindsay and Chris Berlind, is making it easier for radiation oncologists to reference historical records and predictive data patterns to personalize treatments for patients. Last year, Oncora Medical raised $1.2 million from their second seed funding and recently partnered with MD Anderson Cancer Center to build out their database.
A product design energy research and development firm, SPOR’s goal is to provide accessible, clean energy to those in need. SPOR’s successfully Kickstarted power bank contains a self-regenerating battery charger for USB devices. It can be charged by an outlet or passively via the sun. In June, the company hosted an open house to show visitors how they assemble their solar chargers by hand in West Philadelphia.
An artificial intelligence company and a member of 500 Startups’ 17th batch of graduates, Cosy (short for Cognitive Operational Systems) makes robots that navigate retail store floors and manage inventory through beacon-free technology in spaces without access to GPS. The startup is a spinoff of Penn’s GRASP Lab, and is cofounded by Jonas Cleveland and Kostas Daniilidis. In June 2016, COSY became one of the first three companies to be housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s new Pennovation Center.
A DreamIt Health company, BioBots makes 3D printers for living cells. Founded by a trio of Penn students, the BioBot 1 is a desktop printer that uses cells to build living tissue and organs and enables users to easily print high resolution biological structures. Biobots sells bioprinters and consumables, such as bioinks for tissue printing, to labs all over the world. After winning ‘Most Innovative’ at the 2015 SXSW and raising $1.25 million in venture capital last fall, BioBots is one of the city’s most hyped sciences startups.
Launched in October 2014, Billy Penn is a mobile-first news platform designed with millenials in mind. What makes this startup unique (besides the penchant for covering political debates with emojii or explaining local dynasties a la Game of Thrones) is the approach to civic engagement, targeting an audience that’s typically hard to reach.
With their innovative blend of original content with aggregated must-read links from around the local web, plus events and forums about town, Billy Penn is already forming a community in Philadelphia while making waves with journalism institutes across the country.
Scholly is a mobile and web app that gives high school students, current college students, and graduate students an easy to find scholarships to pay for college.
Scholly was recently featured on Shark Tank, where the company landed a deal with Daymond John and Lori Griener and also caused the biggest fight in Shark Tank history. Scholly has also been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Tech Crunch, Bloomberg Radio, BET, and more. Recently, the company partnered with White House’s My Brothers Keeper Initiative, providing Scholly to 275,000 students. Also, The City of Memphis bought Scholly for students in their city and the as well as The State of Montana purchased the app for high school seniors in the entire state. After Shark Tank, Scholly reached #1 in the IPhone and Android App Stores #1 for several weeks.
Founder Christopher Gray, a Drexel University senior and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, won $1.3 Million in scholarships to pay for college. Gray along with his co founders Nick Pirollo and Bryson Alef’s goal was to remove the hassle of scholarship searching for all seniors, current college students, and graduate students.
The Monkey & the Elephant
Philadelphia’s first stand-alone nonprofit cafe aims to be more than just a coffee shop: The Monkey & the Elephant equips former foster youth with the skills, job training, and social tools necessary to make the transition to self-sufficient adulthood. What began as coffee service pop-ups in the Italian Market, at Transfer Station and at Impact Hub, The Monkey & the Elephant launched into their first permanent location in Brewerytown in early 2015.
You can learn more about the café on their official website, or you can just go visit them at 2831 W. Girard St. They’ve open every day, doing good, from 7AM to 5PM.
The team at Artisan is trying to change the way businesses manage their mobile experiences. Backed by years of experience in app development and fresh off the opening of their new office in Old City, Artisan has created a Mobile Experience Management platform that aims to make long, slow app update and approval processes a thing of the past. Led by founder and veteran developer Scott Wasserman and CEO Bob Moul, Artisan has just closed a Series A round of $5.5 million to increase operations here in Philadelphia.