PSL's Accelerator pairs 11 new startups with established entrepeneurs - Technical.ly Philly

Business

Jan. 13, 2014 10:30 am

PSL’s Accelerator pairs 11 new startups with established entrepeneurs

Adam Kearney and Kert Heinecke started the program because it was something they wish existed when they first arrived in Philly. There was lots of interest from the startup community, with 40 startups applying to be part of the inaugural class and about 15 entrepreneurs who signed up to be mentors, Kearney said.
The Philly Startup Leaders Accelerator kicked off inside SEER Interactive’s Search Church with each startup giving its elevator pitch.

The Philly Startup Leaders Accelerator kicked off inside SEER Interactive's Search Church with each startup giving its elevator pitch.

(Photo by Juliana Reyes)

In two years, Ted Mann grew his mobile couponing app SnipSnap to two million users. The cofounders of CollectedIt!, a new online marketplace for collectibles, hope Mann can show them the ropes.

For the next three months, Mann will act as a mentor to the team behind CollectedIt! as part of the inaugural class of the Philly Startup Leaders Accelerator. Run by entrepreneurs Kert Heinecke and Adam Kearney, the accelerator pairs 11 very early-stage startups with more established founders and will hold regular programming on different topics.

It’ll also emphasize meeting as a group, as the participants did last night at the kickoff, because “our peers will always be our greatest mentors,” Kearney said, quoting DuckDuckGo founder Gabe Weinberg.

Rick Nucci, recently-appointed president of Philly Startup Leaders and also a mentor in the program, has said that mentorship is one of his priorities for his two-year term.

Kearney and Heinecke started the program because it was something they wish existed when they first arrived in Philly, said Kearney, who’s working on a startup called Saunter that he describes as “Yelp for the arts.” There was lots of interest from the startup community, with 40 startups applying to be part of the inaugural class and about 15 entrepreneurs who signed up to be mentors, Kearney said.

The founders, who each pitched to the group during the program kickoff at SEER Interactive‘s Northern Liberties “Search Church” headquarters Thursday evening, are a diverse group when it comes to age and experience: there’s at least one Drexel undergraduate, others with little startup experience looking to leave their day jobs in the financial industry and one tech scene veteran (James Bright of CollectedIt!) who cut his teeth at early local tech companies like VerticalNet and Reality Online.

Advertisement

When it comes to gender or race, the group of nearly 20 founders is not diverse, at least on the face of things, with only one woman cofounder present at the event.

During the kickoff event, both mentors and mentees asked questions and offered feedback on each pitch. It felt a little bit like a startup demo night but with a smaller, more curated crowd that cared about helping each presenting startup.

Find a list of the 12 mentors below.

-30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

Money Moves: These 5 Philly-area companies just raised millions in VC funding

DC-based Black Girl Ventures is launching a chapter in Philadelphia

The power of the technical mentor

SPONSORED

Philly

7 biz resources we learned about at Super Meetup Philly 2019

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Senior Software Engineer

Apply Now

Chesterrbrook, PA

Deacom

Software Quality Analyst

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Inspire

Manager, People Operations

Apply Now

Three-year-old pumping bra startup Lilu is shipping its first orders

Data analytics startup Crossbeam just raised a $12.5M series A

Haircare startup NaturAll Club is getting ‘a blank canvas’ in Bok building

SPONSORED

Philly

Paid family leave adds to the perks at Chariot Solutions

Philadelphia, PA - Center City

Odessa

Sr. Project Manager

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Sr. Software Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Front End Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!