Scholly founder Christopher Gray ‘on the Brink of Making It Big’? [Startup Roundup]

Plus: A Phoenixville health IT startup raises $855,000 and Wil Reynolds joins the board of Philly Startup Leaders.

Christopher Gray, Scholly cofounder and Drexel student, secured $1.3 million in scholarships during his college search. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Gray)

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Healthjump, a Phoenixville-based medical communications startup, raised $855,000, according to an SEC filing.



After we reported on the lack of diversity at PACT’s IMPACT conference, the PACT board created a committee on diversity and inclusion, PACT CEO Dean Miller told us this week.

SEER Interactive founder Wil Reynolds joined the board of Philly Startup Leaders, according to a release.


Francisco Gutierrez, the local point person for, the immigration advocacy group from Silicon Valley, has left the organization, we learned via email. The organization had just started hosting local events. It’s also the second local staffer that has left the organization in the last three months. Patricia Lee,’s former Northeast regional coordinator who covered Philly, left in August.

City of Philadelphia data scientist Stacey Mosley is now the city’s data services manager.

We reported on PointRoll’s layoffs late last month. The company is now hiring a bunch of software engineers. Here’s the job posting.

On that note, several companies got in touch with us after they read our story on Monetate’s layoffs. The companies (Jarvus, WizeHive, Club OS) wanted to send the message that they’re hiring.

A new fitness app called Athlee will launch in Philly next year, Flying Kite reported. “We’re like a fusion of Instagram and a really well laid out fitness map,” said Malvern-based founder Matt Madonna.



Christopher Gray, the Drexel undergrad founder of scholarship mobile app Scholly, was named on BET’s list of “Young Men on the Brink of Making It Big.” Gray just won Drexel’s annual incubator competition and will pitch on ABC’s “Shark Tank” later this season. He’s already kind of making it big.

Here’s how much coworking space Benjamin’s Desk spent on making its office “smart,” as profiled in an Inc. story. Other Philly startups get a shout, too, including Internet of Things company Zonoff and search engine DuckDuckGo.

WeHUB Messenger, the messaging app founded by a Wharton MBA, got featured in the Daily News.

Student reward startup Kudzoo also got featured in the Daily News.

Companies: WeHUB Messenger / 76 Forward / DuckDuckGo / Monetate / PACT / Philly Startup Leaders / PointRoll / SEER Interactive / Zonoff

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