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Best cities for female founders? Forbes names Philly number 9 (cities like Dallas, Tex., New York City and Washington, D.C. topped the list). According to Forbes, Philly has more than 153,000 women-owned firms with revenues surpassing $28.6 million.
GIVE A GLANCE
Another Philly startup got a mention in TechCrunch this week: Wizehive. The cloud-based business app startup demoed at the Dublin Web Summit, along with nearly 100 other startups, according to TechCrunch. Wizehive has also been growing its team, according to a release, and is still hiring.
PitchSwap, an event where people exchange business ideas and pitch them for one another, has expanded to San Francisco with Philly-founded startup LaunchRock hosting the event. The competition is a pet project of Startup Weekend co-organizer and local entrepreneur Brad Oyler.
Don’t miss our update on political startup ElectNext, which has opened offices in New York City and San Francisco as well as launched a new local politics effort in Philly. Check out Flying Kite and IEEE Spectrum for more on ElectNext.
Kwelia, the real estate data startup that recently completed a stint at the Startup Chile accelerator, gets another mention in national press — this time, in CNN, in a story about Chile being the Silicon Valley of South America. The team’s logo also got an honorable mention in the 2011 Brand New Awards in the “logo animation” category (though all the winning logos are behind a paywall).
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
Speaking of medical appointment startups, ZocDoc, the New York City-based online doctor’s appointment aggregator that launched in Philly last year, now lets you fill in medical forms before appointments, according to a release.
Alphabuyer, the group-buying service for utilities, announced a partnership with Mark Group, a local “home energy-efficiency solutions company,” to help consumers save on their utility bills, according to a release.
Yorn, a real-time customer survey platform, launched a new version of its product. Read more details in the user’s guide [pdf].
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