PennApps Fellows is looking for startups that need interns [Startup Roundup]

A Wharton startup raises $100,000, Scholly gets another national news hit and local entrepreneurs host a benefit for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


Wharton edtech startup Digipuppets raised $100,000, according to an SEC filing. The startup, which offers finger puppets that children can use with iPad books, was featured on The Today Show in February. It’s not clear if the startup remains in Philly (one cofounder‘s LinkedIn lists New York but other cofounders list Philadelphia), but we’ll update here when we hear back from the Digipuppets team.

New York City-based venture capital firm Union Square Ventures is moving away from investing in New York City startups, CB Insights reported. CB Insights noted Paoli search engine DuckDuckGo as an example of their outside-of-New-York investments.

Center City venture capital firm SeventySix Capital is an investor in CareCam Health Systems, a West Conshohocken startup that aims to prevent readmissions (reminds us of DreamIt Heath company Aircare).


DreamIt Philly applications are now open. Apply by July 11. And DreamIt Health applications are open until May 16.

Want to help train a budding software engineer and show them what the Philly tech scene is about? PennApps Fellows is bringing college engineers from around the country to Philly for paid internships. They’re looking for more startups to take on interns. Startups would have to pay interns. Read more here. (Act fast, they need to find placements by May 9th.)

Tell Comcast how you used technology to improve your business and you could win $5,000 and other prizes. Deadline is today!

Speaking of deadlines, the Economy League is hosting its annual Leadership Exchange and is looking for business, nonprofit and government leaders to travel to Boston for a trip “focused on innovation and economic reinvention.” Read more about the program here. Apply here by April 30 (today), midnight.


Christopher Gray, founder of scholarship finding app Scholly, was featured on Bloomberg Radio. The Drexel student, who will graduate next year, is one of the savviest college founders we’ve seen when it comes to getting national media hits.

Monetate, the Conshohocken ecommerce optimization company, was featured in Fortune with a headline: from two employees to 220 in six years.

Biomeme, the NextFab Studio-based mobile DNA test, was featured in MedCityNews.

RJMetrics, the Center City ecommerce analytics startup, is continuing to (cleverly) use its data skills to brand itself as data journalists. Their latest is an analysis of data to rank the “hottest startup cities.” Philly is at the bottom of the list — womp womp. See the analysis and sign up for their reports here.

Wearable tech startup Beacon and Lively got featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal.


Scott Bohrer and Manu Gambhir, cofounders of internet gaming company Thrive Gamingare sponsoring a benefit this Saturday to raise money for CureDuchenne. CureDuchenne is a nonprofit working toward a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that Gambhir’s son has. The event will also honor venture capitalist Wayne Kimmel and his wife, Kimberly KimmelGet tickets ($150) here.

Delphic Digital, the Manayunk digital agency, hired Josh Finkelstein as its new marketing director. Finkelstein previously worked at Berwyn-based DFC Global Corp.

The Dorm Room Fund, First Round Capital‘s student investment firm, added four new Penn students to its team. It’s the most it has added to the investment team since launching in the fall of 2012. Learn more about the students on the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Zonoff, the Malvern-based home automation startup, is now powering two more cameras that are offered through the Staples Connect home and office automation platform, according to a release. These cameras can be accessed and controlled by the Staples Connect mobile app and via web browser.

Former Cloudmine developer Derek Mansen is now working at Vistar Media, the advertising startup based in New York that has its engineering team in Rittenhouse Square.

From taco truck to startup: Peter Berman used to run a food truck called Coup de Taco before food trucks became ubiquitous in Philadelphia. He’s now one of visual analytics startup Curalate‘s newest brand strategists.


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Grace Dickinson, a spokeswoman for wellness startup Lifevest Health, dresses up to celebrate Ticketleap‘s launch with Lifevest Health. Ticketing startup Ticketleap is now participating in Lifevest Health’s wellness incentive program.

At Ticketleap, we try to create an environment where people can make healthy choices: we’re right by the [Schuylkill] river path, during lunch breaks we go play basketball, and we stock our kitchen with healthy snacks,” said Ticketleap spokeswoman Sarah Lang. Sometimes they even wear vegetable hats.

Ticketleap provides healthcare for its employees, Lang said. It pays half of their insurance costs.

The two companies also share an office at 2401 Walnut Street.

Companies: Beacon & Lively / Biomeme / LifeVest Health / Scholly / Delphic Digital / CloudMine / Curalate / Dorm Room Fund / DuckDuckGo / RJMetrics / SeventySix Capital / Ticketleap / Vistar Media / Zonoff

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