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Technically Philly was able to stop in to see half of DreamIt Ventures‘ kick off weekend at the University City Science Center last Friday where local media, entrepreneurs and participating companies got a chance to network and prepare for the incubator’s third class. It was the first time that the participating companies were able to see the space and meet one another. New this year is Brooklyn-based edication investor Startl’s involvement. The group partnered with DreamIt to incubate five of Dreamit’s 15 participating companies.
In opening remarks, co-founder Mike Levinson said that DreamIt received over 350 applications and the tech world considers DreamIt as “one of the top three incubators in the country.”
The event was rounded out by Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Alan Greenberger bragging about Philly, Science Center CEO Steve Tang welcoming the businesses to the space and Click Equations CEO Lucinda Holt discussing the difference between CEOs and Founders.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been busy in recent weeks. The southeast group invested $800,000 in five (mostly pharma) companies last month, but then shelled out $2 million for eight more recently. The group also released its annual report and the finalists for the New Energy Idea Contest and plans to announce a winner June 17th.
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Safeguard Scientifics annoucned its Q1 earnings this week. The company said earnings were $85.3 million, up 46% from $58.4 million during the same period of 2009. The company’s earnings, however, dipped from last year mostly due to the “impairment of the carrying value of interest in Tengion.” The company’s stock took a dip on the news.
First Round Capital and Genacast Ventures have both invested in Demdex‘s Series A round. The company is looking to build a database that aggregates behavioral targeting data. Genacast is run in partnership with Comcast, and as Comcast adds to its media holdings, it’s easy to see the cable giant using the behavioral data for programming and advertising purposes.
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First Round Capital has taken part in the $7.5 million Series A round for Swipely. The service, which makes credit card purchases social, saw its main competitor, Blippy, get into a bit of trouble last week when some of its users’ credit card numbers appeared in Google results.
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