PSL Accelerator startups: Where are they now?

Updates on six Philly startups worth watching.

Members of the 2017 PSL Accelerator cohort.

(Courtesy photo)

This is a guest post by Philly Startup Leaders staffer Lindsay Tsai.

From a pool of over 35 companies, seven companies were selected to be a part of the 2017 PSL Accelerator back in January.

They participated in a 12-week program, hearing from local experts such as Stitch’s Jake Stein and Guru’s Mitch Stewart to past Accelerator alumni such as Return Logic’s Peter Sobatta and Jamie Muir.

If our 2017 accelerator cohort taught us anything, it’s that the Philly tech scene is full of fresh ideas, high-achieving teams and incredible mentors. I

t’s been a little over two months since our demo day at Seer’s incredible event space, so we wanted to share an update on the 2017 accelerator cohort.

Here is the latest and greatest from Philly’s up-and-coming startups:


Borderwise cofounders James Pittman and Jeremy Peskin. (Courtesy photo)

Borderwise cofounders James Pittman and Jeremy Peskin. (Courtesy photo)

Borderwise welcomed another full-stack developer (Alejandro Escobar) and QA analyst (Ayushi Modi) to its growing team. In addition, the immigration-services company released a flurry of new features. Among them, green card holders can now apply for citizenship through Borderwise and immigration lawyers that subscribe to Borderwise Pro can prepare almost every type of immigration case — from employment visas to asylum applications. (Read more on what the company is all about in this profile from December 2016, before Borderwise was tapped for the accelerator.) Stay tuned for the Borderwise Ambassadors Program, through which Borderwise will donate 10 percent of their fees to participating charities.

Canary Compliance

Members of the Canary team. (Courtesy photo)

Members of the Canary team. (Courtesy photo)

In April and May, Canary Compliance achieved two of the goals outlined at the Demo Day, adding technical talent and a customer success lead (Joe Vega in the customer success role, Director of Engineering Max Pollack and Chief Architect John Ryder). Another Demo Day goal was recently achieved, too, as an existing customer gave verbal commitment to add 500 additional sites to the Canary platform (Canary goes gas station environmental compliance). Furthermore, new pilot programs are rolling out in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Oregon in June — at customers representing over 2,000 sites. With an internal technical team, development is continuing at a rapid pace, with new features and functionality rolling out each week.

College Money Search

The College Money Search site. (Screenshot)

The College Money Search site. (Screenshot)

College Money Search continues to grow its online community, educating families about financial aid and ways to pay for college. Its Facebook group has grown at a steady clip, almost doubling in members in just a month. In recognition of its community mission and leadership, College Money Search was invited to participate in Facebook’s first Communities Summit, bringing together leaders growing meaningful online communities. Also, Debbie Schwartz, College Money Search’s founder, was quoted in a New York Times article on recent practices colleges are implementing to attract students after the official May 1 decision deadline.


Orai went big at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Orai went big at TechCrunch Disrupt. (Courtesy image)

The Orai team talks the talk and walks the walk. This pitch-perfecting app aims to help users nail their speeches through analysis of tone, speed, filler words, etc. The company’s founders must also be users: Since Demo Day, the Drexel duo came in second place at the U.S. finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seattle and are slotted to compete at the world finals next month. They’ve also secured a pilot with large pharmaceutical company for Orai’s enterprise sales platform, hoping that a B2B product will increase the effectiveness of sales training.

Pad Porter

A Pad Porter mockup.

A Pad Porter mockup. (Courtesy image)

Summer is almost here, which means students are moving out and new grads are flooding to the city. This is great news for Pad Porter, the one-stop shop for moving and new home setup, with its expanded offerings for apartment buildings and new product offerings for individual clients, including furniture packages and housewarming gifts.


A big partnership. (Courtesy image)

A big partnership. (Courtesy image)

Roundtrip, the non-emergency medical transportation company, has been on the move. The company is excited to announce a nationwide partnership with Lyft. Care managers will now be able to order Lyft rides with just a push of a button. This complements Roundtrip’s services as a comprehensive transportation solution for hospitals and health plans. The company’s value proposition: We can move any non-emergency patient at any time, from Lyft rides to ambulances.

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