PSLU Accelerator: It's all about the relationships - Philly


PSLU Accelerator: It’s all about the relationships

Philly Startup Leaders has selected six startups for its latest accelerator class. The free program pairs new ventures with established founders in a bid to strengthen the Philadelphia startup community.

Members of the 2015 PSLU Accelerator with Philly Startup Leaders mentors.

(Photo by Yuval Yarden)

This is a guest post by Yuval Yarden, a member of the Philly Startup Leaders membership team.

We started the PSLU Accelerator with a clear mission in mind: To help Philly startups grow by helping them access the resources in our community.

Two of our companies learned about our program through previous engagement in the community. Andrew Nakkache, CEO of Habitat said, “We found out about the accelerator through Start. Stay. Grow. We’re building Habitat in Philly, for Philly, and couldn’t be happier to have the Philadelphia entrepreneurship community invest in our team and our dream.”

As every successful startup leader learns from experience, a network of relationships is the key to moving the idea from concept to company.

Our recipe for success: Social Capital

Everything we do is “by the community, for the community.” Financial capital is one necessary element of launching a business, but it is not the only ingredient for success.

PSL-U provides the social capital needed to cultivate an idea and transform it into a reality. “We recently raised capital, so keeping the equity while getting some top quality advice is really appealing for us based on where we are right now,” Matt Carey, CEO of Abaris, said. “All of the mentors in PSL-U are founders who are actively working on building their own businesses. As a founder, I’ve found it most helpful to be around people who are a couple steps ahead of me in building their businesses.”

Here’s how it works

We reviewed over 50 applications this year, and we chose the top six startups for our second accelerator class. Each company is paired with the CEO a successful Philly startup who can provide practical advice and help them make the connections they need to scale. PSL-U takes no fee and gains no equity from the companies in the accelerator. Our mission is simply to help companies accelerate great ideas into fundable ventures.

Here are the startups:

Metrics and sales analysis for Paypal



An app that provides students with a secure marketplace to buy and sell local goods and services


Make the process of buying an annuity informative, simple and unbiased

  • Team: Matt CareyAdam ColomboNimish Shukla
  • Mentor: Guru founder Rick Nucci


A fast and simple way to  find a replacement staffer for a work shift

  • Team: Ann LeeCharlie BowdenErnest BarerNeeraj Bagga
  • Mentor: Arcweb CEO Chris Cera


Helping hospitals learn from patient narratives to improve care and maximize reimbursements


Smack Innovations
A smartphone controller within a steering wheel cover

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