Comcast acquires hometown partner OneTwoSee

Backed by local investors and founded by two Traffic.com alumni, OneTwoSee could be the perfect Philly tech story. Will others follow its playbook?

March 7, 2016 | Techncial.ly by Juliana Reyes

In the culmination of a nearly four-year relationship, Comcast has acquired sports media company OneTwoSee. It’s the company’s first acquisition of a Philly-based startup, according to a Comcast spokeswoman. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The relationship started in 2012, with Comcast Sports Network taking a chance on a young startup. CSN was OneTwoSee’s first customer, signing on to use OneTwoSee’s baseball stats app on several of its local websites. Just last summer, Comcast integrated OneTwoSee’s numerous sports apps into its X1 platform, starting with a National Football League app, then one for baseball, basketball, hockey. An Olympics app is still to come. That partnership with Comcast was the first time that users could interact with OneTwoSee’s apps on their TVs, and it was a big one: they reached millions of Comcast subscribers.

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Philly investors exit with IntegriChain sale to Silicon Valley private equity firm

The news comes a year after IntegriChain moved its headquarters into Center City.

March 2, 2016 | Technical.ly by Juliana Reyes

A year after moving into Center City from Princeton, healthcare data company IntegriChain is under new ownership.

Silicon Valley private equity firm Accel-KKR bought out IntegriChain’s existing investors, many of which were local, and now own a majority of the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Those East Coast investors were Mt. Laurel, N.J.-based NJTC Venture Fund, New York City-based Milestone Venture Partners, New York City-based Cross Atlantic Partners (not to be confused with the Radnor venture firm that sued Facebook and who has since shut down), and Princeton-based investor Jeff Steinberg’s Redwood Pharma Ventures, which led IntegriChain’s 2011 Series C.

This is Accel-KKR’s first Philadelphia deal, a spokeswoman said.

IntegriChain, which provides data services to pharma companies like Merck and Sanofi, moved into Center City, on the third floor of 8 Penn Center, to help its recruiting efforts. The company has grown from 55 employees to 75 since moving into Philly and plans to hire more — though the company declined to quantify its hiring goals. (They have three job openings listed right now.)

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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.

SEE THE AWARDEES

How Philly sees itself: Hub for health IT, civic hacking, tech diversity

Three areas where Philadelphia stands out.

January 13 | Technical.ly by Juliana Reyes

That’s when RoseAnn B. Rosenthal said it.

“I don’t want to be the Silicon Valley of anything,” said the longtime, esteemed CEO of state-backed investment firm Ben Franklin Technology Partners, sitting on a panel next to other healthcare and tech bigwigs who were part of the so-called Health Care Innovation Collaborative.

Ahh, shots fired.

Her comment was a clear, albeit playful, dig at Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty, seated just to the left of her, who has been known to say that Philadelphia should become the “Silicon Valley of health IT.”

Hilferty picked it up immediately, and with grace: “From now on,” he said, “I will never use the term ‘Silicon Valley of healthcare innovation.’”

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Sidecar raises $8 million Series B

A roster of local investors is backing the Center City ecommerce marketing company in a big way.

November 20, 2015 | Technical.ly by Juliana Reyes

Sidecar, the Center City ecommerce marketing company, raised an $8 million Series B from Boston-based venture capital firm Ascent Venture Partners and a whole slate of local investors.

It’s Ascent’s first investment in a Philly company, according to CEO Andre Golsorkhi’s blog post announcing the round.

For the people who say there’s no local venture dollars, check out this list of local investors who participated in the round, as per Golsorkhi’s blog post (we saw many of these investors at venture capital conference IMPACT).

Osage Venture Partners; Michael Rubin, former CEO of GSI Commerce; Sashi Reddi, former CEO and founder of AppLabs; Jonathan Brassington, CEO of LiquidHub; Paul Melchiorre, President of iPipeline; Michael Phelan, former CEO of SevOne; Scott Tarte, CEO of Sparks; Richard Vague, former CEO of Energy Plus and First USA; Tony Ibarguen, CEO of Quench; NextStage Capital; Robin Hood Ventures; Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Innovation Capital Advisors; and ARC Angel Fund.

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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Joins ic@3401 and Drexel to Boost Startup Resources in University City

November 19, 2015 | Drexel Now

A number of developments in University City’s startup ecosystem are aligning—all to the benefit of Philadelphia’s burgeoning community of entrepreneurs. Drexel University and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania are teaming up to create a $10 million early stage seed fund that will support spin-off companies from the University. Concurrent with the launch of the new fund, Ben Franklin will join Drexel and University City Science Center’s efforts to strengthen the offerings for members at the Innovation Center @3401 (ic@3401). And the technology and healthcare growth capital provider, Safeguard Scientifics, is also joining ic@3401 in a high-level capacity.

“Ben Franklin has a strong track record of seeding and growing successful companies,” said Ben Franklin President and CEO, RoseAnn B. Rosenthal. “Linking our capabilities with Drexel and the ic@3401 community gives entrepreneurs fantastic new opportunities to leverage each organization’s unique assets, while strengthening the region’s robust engine for innovation.”

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Safeguard Scientifics a Founding Contributor to AWE Ventures

October 7, 2015 | sep.benfranklin.org blog

Safeguard Scientifics, one of the region’s premier providers of capital and operational expertise to emerging and growth-stage healthcare and technology enterprises, has signed on as a Founding Contributor to AWE Ventures – Powered by Ben Franklin.

Says Safeguard Scientifics President and CEO Stephen Zarrilli, “Safeguard is aligned with Ben Franklin’s mission of diversifying the growth of technology and investment activity in our region and beyond. This partnership with the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs is a great initiative both to educate potential new investors of the possibilities within early stage investments, and help women founders access new capital. We’re excited to help our region lead the progress that our world needs.”

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OneTwoSee raises $1.2 million from local investors

October 5, 2015 | Technical.ly Philly by Juliana Reyes

Sports-watching app company OneTwoSee raised $1.2 million in a debt round, cofounder Chris Reynolds confirmed to us.

The raise comes 18 months after the Center City startup’s last round, a $1.3 million equity round.

This latest round was backed by previous investors, including lead investor MissionOG, based in Center City, and local angel group Robin Hood Ventures, Reynolds said. The company employs 15 and is looking to hire five more right now.

When asked why the company went with a debt round this time, Reynolds wrote, “We won’t get into the details, but everyone is very pleased with the way the financing turned out.”

The company had a big win earlier this summer when it launched its baseball app with Comcast’s X1 platform, reaching millions of subscribers.

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Mayor Nutter Announces Startup PHL Investment in Scholly

Education startup the 9th Philly company to receive investment

PRESS RELEASE Philadelphia – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Startup PHL Angel Fund has made a $100,000 investment in Scholly, a Philadelphia startup which has developed an app that gives students a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. Scholly also recently won the Rise of the Rest pitch competition securing a $100,000 investment from AOL founder Steve Case on his visit to Philadelphia earlier this week.

“My Administration has worked diligently to build on this city’s history of innovation by providing the support and programming needed by young companies to grow and prosper in Philadelphia,” Said Mayor Nutter. “More companies are choosing not just to launch in the City of Philadelphia but to stay and grow their businesses here as well. Talent is also staying and finding opportunities for themselves in the vibrant startup economy in Philadelphia. My Administration is proud to do all we can to continue to promote Philadelphia as one of America’s top startup cities. Thank you to our partners at PIDC and First Round Capital for making this work possible.”

Scholly has partnered with the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to provide the app to 275k students across America each year. The app has also been endorsed by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundations and the Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation. In less than two years, Scholly has helped students raise at least $20 million in scholarship funds.

Scholly was recently on Shark Tank and was chosen as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top College Start Ups. The company has won UnderArmour’s Cupid’s Cup Competition as well as Drexel’s Incubator competition and was chosen as one of Philly’s Coolest Start Ups of 2013. Founder Christopher Gray, a recent graduate from Drexel and an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015 for Philadelphia, along with his co-founders Bryson Alef and Nick Pirollo launched the app in May 2013

“Startup PHL is a great opportunity for us and really shows that Philadelphia is growing as a startup ecosystem,” said Scholly founder Christopher Gray. “We are excited to make Philadelphia our home, create more jobs, and be a part of what will be one of the next hubs of entrepreneurship.”

Startup PHL is an initiative between the City of Philadelphia, PIDC, and First Round Capital to support the growth of startups in Philadelphia. The Startup PHL Seed Fund and Startup PHL Angel Fund are partnerships between PIDC and leading venture capital firm First Round Capital to make investments in Philadelphia-based startups. Scholly is the ninth company to receive an investment with $1,149,997 invested in Philly startups since 2013.

“I’ve known Chris since his days as a student investor with our Dorm Room Fund. He and his team at Scholly have accomplished an incredible amount in a very short period of time, and I’m thrilled to continue to work closely with them through Startup PHL.” said Josh Kopelman, Partner at First Round Capital.

“The success of the Startup PHL Initiative continues to showcase Philadelphia as a top competitor in the startup community,” said John Grady, President of PIDC. “PIDC is committed to investing in businesses like Scholly that not only serve Philadelphia’s economy but supports priorities like education. We are proud to partner with First Round Capital and look forward to supporting the next inventive entrepreneur.”

Startup PHL also provides grant funding through its Call for Ideas program. This grant program managed by the Department of Commerce provides grants to initiatives or organizations that are supporting startups and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia. The program has awarded over $300,000 in grants to date to support Philadelphia’s startup community through a range of organizations such as Startup Corps, Philly Startup Leaders, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Campus Philly, Techgirlz and Coded by Kids. The next round of Call for Ideas grants will be made next week.

“Over the last few years Philadelphia’s profile as a city from which to launch and grow exciting, innovative companies has grown tremendously and the success of firms like Scholly is testament to that progress,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “Philadelphia has become a city of choice for startups and for larger firms looking to acquire some of the top talent in the nation and I am proud of what we have been able to do to support the growth of this community.”

Application Deadline for DreamIT Health Philadelphia 2015 is May 1

DreamIt Health Philadelphia 2015, running June 26th thru Oct 16th, is looking for startup teams who are fanatical about solving significant healthcare problems by combining relentless business execution, software or hardware, and inspired design.

DreamIt provides

  • seed capital (up to $300k per team)
  • access (customers, partners, investors, KOLs, SMEs)
  • coaching (from been-there-before, successful entrepreneurs)
  • freebies (legal, accounting, space, AWS, etc)
  • tools/techniques/best practices

The program is an unrivaled opportunity to work closely with Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross who have committed to provide access to and partnership with clinicians, executives, and industry leaders for designing, testing, launching, and deploying your solution at scale. Teams also benefit from speakers, office hours and content designed around healthcare-specific challenges such as navigating regulatory and reimbursement hurdles.

DreamIt Health alumni include Biomeme, Tissue Analytics, BioBots, and Haystack.

More info and applications at www.dreamithealth.com. Applications are due May 1st!

About DreamIt Ventures
We uniquely combine a startup accelerator program and an early-stage seed fund to help exceptional entrepreneurs build thriving, fundable companies. Our managing directors all have deep startup operating experience that we bring to bear in stacking the deck in favor of our portfolio companies. We’ve worked with 195 startups across all sectors and which today are valued at nearly a billion dollars. Over the course of a given DreamIt accelerator, participating teams identify and eliminate risks, build out their products, focus on customer acquisition and establish paths to building sustainable revenues. Beyond the program, DreamIt Ventures remains an active and committed investor in our alums helping wherever we can over the entire lifecycle of their companies.