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Philly daily roundup: Toy clutter startup; Chamber of Commerce report; Induct EV research

Plus, the winners of the 2024 PACT Enterprise Awards.

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This startup helps families with toy clutter

Unless Kids allows people to purchase used toys for a discounted rate from its platform. When buyers finish with the toys, they simply return them to Unless Kids to be used by another family.

The company is a spinout from Circa Systems, which aims to reduce waste through systems that emphasize reusing products. The plan is to create multiple brand distinct platforms for different types of products such as Unless Kids for toys and future spinouts for clothes and sporting equipment.

➡️ Read more about Unless Kids’ pilot and its mission to reduce waste

Harness the power of real-time data

Confluent’s Data in Motion Tour, a FREE half-day event on June 5, is for anyone looking to experience firsthand the transformative impact of processing and analyzing data as it’s generated. Learn from Apache Kafka® experts, connect with like-minded professionals, and discover innovative tools and strategies to elevate your data game.

Hear how Penske Truck Leasing improved business outcomes with real-time event streaming. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn the velocity of your data into a strategic asset. Attend and network with local professionals, opening new doors to collaboration and innovation.

➡️ Join the Data in Motion Tour on June 5 in Philadelphia!

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia released a new report about the cell and gene therapy ecosystem in Philadelphia. The report found that almost 10% of the cell and gene therapy companies in the world are based in the region. [The Chamber/Technical.ly]

• The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies announced the winners of the 2024 PACT Enterprise Awards. [LinkedIn]

• Induct EV worked with Drexel University graduate engineering students on a research paper about next-generation high-powered, multi-level inverters for wireless energy transfer. [InductEV/Technical.ly]

• The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia accepting applications for its Equitable Growth Learning Exchange Conference in DC next month. [Economy League]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Venture Cafe’s Thursday Gathering is on May 23 at 4 p.m. [Register Here]

• Iffy Books is hosting an intermediate soldering session on May 23 at 6 p.m. [More Details]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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