Archive for the ‘Philadelphia’ Category

NPR’s Marketplace: Shop and charge: stores offer cellphone charging

April 3, 2014

NPR’s Marketplace looks at whether Wharton alum Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot actually translates to more sales for brick-and-mortar shops. MORE

Axis Philly: Innovation, Inc.

March 31, 2014

“He took a place that was just a bunch of laboratories and some office buildings, and made it a vibrant centerpiece of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

That’s Steve Goodman W’62,L’65, longtime Morgan Lewis startup lawyer and WE board member, talking about Steve Tang WG’92, and all he’s done to transform the University City Science Center. MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: Startup PHL awards five Philadelphia groups Call for Ideas grants

March 31, 2014

Fabio Fleitas ENG’16, Sean Lynch, and Ascanio Guarini just got a $25K grant from Startup PHL to help fund their PennApps Fellows Internship Program. They’re going to bring college students from around the country to Philly to intern at local startups. MORE

Technically Philly: ChargeItSpot to offer charging stations in 20 Urban Outfitters stores

March 11, 2014
Wharton grad Doug Baldasare’s ChargeItSpot is gong into 20 Urban Outfitters in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and 5 Sports Authorities later this month. Now you know where to go to charge your phone while shopping. MORE

Technically Philly: These 6 winning Penn mobile apps will be built by software companies

December 12, 2013
There were supposed to be only 5 winners of the AppItUP Challenge, but the ideas for mobile apps were too good. Of the nearly 200 mobile app ideas submitted by Penn students, 6 will be turned into actual prototypes by software development companies. MORE

Philadelphia Magazine: A Shoe-In Success: Stuart Weitzman

October 30, 2013
50 years after graduating from Wharton, Stuart Weitzman W’63 brings his fabulous shoes to downtown Philly with a new boutique. MORE Jeff Gelles: Penn Medicine embraces app for addressing complaints – See more at:

October 8, 2013
Yorn (Your Opinion, Right Now), founded by Rick Rasansky W’83, lets care providers know, right now, what you think of the care they’re providing. And now it’s on at the University of Pennsylvania Health System: MORE

Philadelphia Magazine: Josh Kopelman Best Start-Up Instigator

August 16, 2013

The Philadelphia Magazine’s infamous Best-Of lists are out, and Josh Kopelman W’93 got tapped as 2013’s Best Start-Up Instigator.


Also covered in Technically Philly here


Entrepreneur: Students Funding Students: A Look at Campus-Based Investment Funds

July 11, 2013

Derek Kleinow (WG’13) talks about what the Dorm Room Fund team looks for when evaluating applications from student-founded ventures. MORE

Philadelphia Inquirer: Phila. start-up scores with a photo tech turn

July 11, 2013

“The story of Curalate – built on a new search tool for images – is fascinating in itself, both for what it says about creativity and determination and as a window onto the rise of what’s known as ‘the visual Web.'” MORE

Inc: Josh Kopelman on Funding the Next Wave of Start-Ups

July 10, 2013

“With his Dorm Room Fund, the serial entrepreneur is putting more cash in the hands of college start-ups–and that’s a good thing.” MORE

Saving with 6abc: Kembrel – Made in the U.S.A.

July 10, 2013

“Stephan Jacob (G’11/WG’11), the owner of Kembrel at 1822 Chestnut Street, selects each piece of merchandise. They must be unique, niche and locally manufactured.” MORE

The Next Web: You’re a VC with a blog? That’s cute. First Round debuts a full-blown publication for startups

July 1, 2013

The tagline for the new knowledge hub reads “Actionable insights for technology entrepreneurs”. MORE

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

June 28, 2013

Four Wharton/Penn alums named 2013 Regional Award Winners, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – FULL LIST HERE

  • Chris and Natasha Ashton (both WG’03), Petplan
  • Apu Gupta (WG’05), Curalate
  • Samuel Whitaker (C’02/CGS’04), Greenphire

Philadelphia Daily News: Springboard takes a big leap

June 19, 2013

“Springboard Collaborative is gearing up to bring its summer-reading model to four district schools in North Philadelphia that will serve 480 mostly K-3 pupils, at least half of whom will be arriving from three recently closed district schools.” MORE

Flying Kite Media: Springboard Collaborative expands its innovative summer reading program

June 12, 2013

“Now entering its third year, Springboard Collaborative (an alum of our Venture Initiation Program) has secured a vendor agreement with the Philadelphia School District, expanding their reach from a couple hundred kids to over 900 students at eight schools.” MORE

Techincally Philly: Real Food Works moves from West Conshohocken to Center City

June 10, 2013

“Real Food Works [founded by Lucinda Duncalfe C’85/WG’91] now has more than 100 customers in the region and has delivered close to 15,000 meals. It has about 15 local restaurant partners and plans to ramp up its Center City restaurant partnerships now that it’s in the area.” MORE A chance to make money even when the charge is free

June 10, 2013

Venture Initiation Program alum Doug Baldasare (WG’12) “hopes to place 76 kiosks in the region by year’s end – enough to ensure that people are never more than two blocks from a free power source.” MORE

Business Insider: This Philly Startup Wants To Transform The Way Brands Use Pinterest And Instagram

June 7, 2013

Apu Gupta (WG’05) talks about the winding path that brought him to found Curalate, a company providing analytics for Pinterest and Instagram images. MORE Bella Vista man ‘aims to squeeze’

May 31, 2013

Liberty Bellows, founded by Michael Bulboff (G’07/GRW’12), is a one-stop shop for accordion purchasing, renting, repairing and learning. Bruce Springsteen’s accordionist, Charles Giordano, is a customer! MORE Fresh Thinking for City Schools

May 29, 2013

An “encouraging step was taken when the SRC [School Reform Commission] green-lighted a four-school, 480-student pilot program. The Springboard Collaborative is an innovative summer-reading curriculum, the brainchild of 24-year-old Alejandro Gac-Artigas [Venture Initiation Program alum and Master of Education degree holder from the University of Pennsylvania].” MORE She’s using healthy food in a convenient way to change people’s lives

May 23, 2013

Lucinda Duncalfe (C’85/WG’91) shares her “chocolate-peanut butter moment” when she realized that the excess capacity of restaurants could be used to make it easier for people to eat healthy foods. MORE

Region’s Business: Penn Inspires Creative Thinking Through Business Competitions

May 20, 2013

Region’s Business – Philadelphia highlights Wharton Entrepreneurship programs for “inspiring creative thinking”. MORE

Coverage of 2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize winner Zenkars

April 29, 2013

Zenkars, founded by Jim Chabas (WG’13) and Venkat Jonnala (WG’13), is an online retailer of used cars. For the consumer, Zenkars sells the best-priced used cars online with a peaceful buying experience.  The company removes middlemen and gets cars directly from commercial sellers – bypassing auto auctions, wholesalers and dealers. For the corporate seller, Zenkars offers the first direct to consumer remarketing channel.

Zenkars is the winner of the 2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize. The WBPC Venture Finals event and Zenkars’ win has been featured in India West, the New York Times You’re the Boss blog, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Times of India, Knowledge@Wharton, Penn News, Silicon India, Technically Philly and ClearAdmit.

EWEEK: Philadelphia Telehealth Service 1DocWay Aids Psychiatric Patients

April 10, 2013

“1DocWay’s [founded by Samir Malik C’08/W’08/GEN’13/WG’13] telehealth service focuses on telepsychiatry and has given a boost to health care IT in the Philadelphia area.” MORE