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These 18 early-stage ventures made it into Philly Startup Leaders’ new accelerators

The founders will participate in the Cannabiz accelerator, for businesses working in the cannabis industry, or the Ethical Entrepreneurship accelerator, for businesses with a social, environmental or economic mission.

Cannabis. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Philly Startup Leaders has picked the early-stage ventures for its new industry-specific accelerators.

From March through May, these founders will participate in the Cannabiz accelerator, for businesses working in the cannabis industry, or the Ethical Entrepreneurship accelerator, for businesses with a social, environmental or economic mission. For the cannabis program, especially, the goal is to lower the barrier of entry for those traditionally left out of the lucrative and fast-growing industry.

With programming starting this month, the entrepreneurship-minded org announced the 18 early-stage companies picked to participate in the inaugural cohorts.


  • Tsehaitu Abye, Black Dragon Breakfast Club
  • Tauhid Chappell, Philadelphia CannaBusiness Association
  • Mina Sabri, Skunk City
  • Julia Loni Turner, NEKKTAR
  • Adrian Dean II, Folia
  • Jacqui Bauer, Joint Joint
  • Ryan McKinley, The Herbal Rubik’s Cube
  • Calan Wilson, 69&Sunny
  • Drew Jordan, Cannister
  • John Lawrence (biz name TBD)

Ethical Entrepreneurship:

  • Dyshaun Hines, METRODAO
  • Sudipti Attri, AlgaSci
  • Scott Kirker, Grativerse
  • Virginia Nguyen, Xí Xọn
  • Jeannie Stith, Color Guru
  • Evan Harden, National Bar League
  • Monique Curry-Mims, Empact Data Solutions
  • Danielle Lawless, Urban Curb Appeal

Programming runs over 10 weeks, until May, when the founders will have a chance to present at PSL’s Entrepreneur Expo on May 11. The founders will also present to investors and other community members during the accelerators’ Lightning Pitch Night on April 12.

In the fall, PSL also plans to launch two more brand-new accelerators focusing on consumer packaged goods and supply chain.

Companies: Philly Startup Leaders
People: Dyshaun Hines

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