Philly daily roundup: $3M HopSkip seed round; Inside Wistar labs; ZeroEyes raised $53M

Plus, Drexel University's president John Fry is expected to leave his role and become the 14th president of Temple University.


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Hospitality startup HopSkip raises $3M seed

Center City-based hospitality tech company HopSkip raised $3 million in a seed round. The company’s platform helps event planners book space at hotels.

During the pandemic and the shutdown of events, the company worked to maintain its relationship with the industry and its customers. Now, HopSkip is reaping the rewards of that with as a profitable company, cofounder and CEO Sean Whalin told

➡️ Read about what HopSkip plans to do with this funding.

Wistar Institute leads vaccine development

Amelia Escolano is working on a technique for an effective HIV vaccine. Avi Srivastava is researching computational biology in his hybrid lab. They’re both purposely doing that advanced medical research in Philadelphia.
The Wistar Institute is a private nonprofit biomedical research institution that is home to 40 labs working on various solutions, primarily around cancer and infectious diseases.

➡️ Read more about Escolano and Srivastava’s research.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Drexel University’s president John Fry is expected to leave his role and become the 14th president of Temple University. [Temple News]

• AI-based gun detection software company ZeroEyes raised $53 million. Last spring, the company raised $23 million. At the time, president and CEO Mike Lahiff told the company expected to double its revenue by the end of the year and again the following year. [Philly Biz Journal/]

• Mayor Cherelle Parker announced the city’s franchise renewal agreement with Verizon. Part of the agreement is that Verizon will install internet in 183 recreation centers across the city. [City of Philadelphia/]

• Intellectual property company and 2024 RealLIST Startup Big Idea launched Workspaces, an IP management platform. []

• Nominate a technologist for the 2024 RealLIST Engineers list by July 15. We want to hear about the best and brightest technologists Philly has to offer. []

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Philly Founder Night Out Welcome Wagon networking event is on July 3. [Details here]

• Philly Data Visualization’s July Meetup is on July 11. [Details here]

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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