See who’s winning Spotlight’s $10K ‘Internet Games’ [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Beacon & Lively gets mentioned in the New York Times.

The UMB spinout is one of 50 companies who will present in San Francisco this week as part of MedTech Innovator's programming.

A Baltimore medical device company is among startups participating in an accelerator focused on medical technology who will present in San Francisco this week. CoapTech, which makes a device to allow for feeding tube placement outside of operating room settings, is one of 50 companies that will participate in MedTech Innovator's accelerator. The Los Angeles-based program is designed to provide access to resources that can help move the comp received over 800 applications. One of a group of medical device companies growing alongside the city's healthcare institutions, CoapTech was founded by Dr. Steven Tropello, an emergency medical physician at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Howard Carolan, who is the company's CEO. Seeing patients wait for days to have a feeding tube placed, Tropello invented a system which allows ultrasound to be used for procedures in hollow organs of the body. In May, Baltimore reported that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its device. The cofounders also said the startup moved into space for medical device startups in Port Covington at the Launchport in City Garage. According to a news release, MedTech Innovator's programming includes a summit that starts June 19 in San Francisco. The event brings the startups together with corporate partners, investors and representatives from government agencies. At that event, 50 companies then present at a showcase on June 21. Throughout the program, companies take part in three competitions, including a September event in Boston that marks the conclusion. Over the four months, twenty-five of the companies take part in a virtual accelerator program, in which they're matched with senior industry leaders to receive mentorship and support. “We take great pride in bringing the world’s best medtech ecosystem together with standout entrepreneurs to provide them with the resources and connections needed to bring their transformative technologies to patients,” Paul Grand, CEO of MedTech Innovator, said in a statement.

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VUID, the makers of the Spotlight app that gives cash prizes to users who get the most likes, are running a clever marketing campaign inspired by “The Hunger Games.” It’s called the Internet Games and $10,000 is at stake. Each week until the end of December, half the competitors get eliminated and each week, the top three users with the most likes get to remove or award 250 likes to any competing user.

Transportation app Uber is letting users donate $5 through their app to No Kid Hungry, an anti-hunger campaign. On Thursday, the company is also delivering lunch from Top Chef restaurant Sbraga. Proceeds from “UberLUNCH” will go to No Kid Hungry. Will that bring the company some good will amid their PR mess?

Brett Harned, the guy behind Happy Cog’s national digital project manager conference, will no longer be a full-time Happy Cog employee, he announced on his blog. He’ll do freelance digital project strategy and focus on running 2015’s Digital Project Manager Summit.

Kinglet, the Baltimore-based marketplace for desks in offices, raised $500,000 to expand to Philly and Washington, D.C., our sister site Baltimore reported. The business is similar to the now-defunct Philly startup OpenDesks. OpenDesks was run by Chris DiFonzo, who’s now in New York City working at McAfee.


The Aster Center, a Delaware-based company focused on eating disorder treatment, is applying to DreamIt Athena, DreamIt Ventures’ women entrepreneurship program, our sister site Delaware reported.

The first Philly Startup Leaders Bootcamp, an education series on how to launch a startup, is now over. Eighteen people completed the bootcamp, according to Neeraj Bagga on the PSL listserv. Watch all the videos from speakers like AboutOne’s Joanne Lang and Arcweb’s Chris Cera and see the curriculum here.

The bootcamp was meant to prep for the PSL Accelerator, which aims to help startups grow. Apply by Dec. 31 here.



All the DreamIt Ventures Philly startups that demoed on Demo Day last week mentioned raising rounds between $500,000 – $1.5 million, except for Ishqr, SpotIt BuyIt and Pico. For more DreamIt Philly coverage, check out our sister site Delaware who recapped the demos of Nfoshare and Cnverg, both startups with ties to Delaware and our story on how more DreamIt startups are choosing to stay in Philadelphia.



Beacon & Lively, a wearable tech startup, got featured in the New York Times in a story about the rise of wearable tech companies. The company is also pitching at New York’s FashInvest fashion tech conference today.

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