Here are the winning ideas from College Pitch Philly

The first region-wide business plan competition for college entrepreneurs showcased custom nail polish, a helpful VR app and on-campus food delivery.

February 29, 2016 | by Rob Torres

An on-campus food delivery app, a custom-color nail polish creator, a virtual reality speech feedback application and a technique to produce high-quality fish food were among the winning pitches at the first edition of College Pitch Philly, an event put together by the Philadelphia Regional Entrepreneurship Education Consortium and StartupPHL.

On Feb. 24, at the University City Science Center’s Quorum space, over 30 teams from 11 higher-ed centers battled out their best ideas before a panel of experts. A total of $15,500 in prizes were awarded to four student teams from Drexel University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.


TechGirlz goes global

Volunteers in Paraguay, Ukraine and Canada are spreading the TechGirlz curriculum via the nonprofit’s open-source TechShopz in a Box program.

February 23. 2016 | by Rob Torres

Since 2013, TechGirlz has been empowering women in tech by getting a head start on things.

The Philly-based nonprofit has taught 3,000 middle-school-age girls how to build websites, record podcasts and embrace digital entrepreneurship.

However, over the past two months, the wealth of knowledge has gone beyond the local scene and spread to Paraguay, Ukraine and Canada — where 61 girls were given workshops from the group’s TechShopz in a Box program.


These Six Startups are getting $50k Each, Without losing any Equity

February 8, 2016 | OpenAccessPHL by Yuriy Porytko

Imagine enrolling your ill pet in a clinical trial – for free. Or getting treatment for a chronic wound without going to the doctor’s office. These technologies are among those being developed by the six promising startup companies that have been accepted into the second class of the University City Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator (DHA).

The awardees were selected from a pool of 69 applicants via a multi-stage process which emphasized inclusion of women and minority entrepreneurs.