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DreamIt Ventures Kicks Off Its Program for Women

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This week, startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures kicked off its Winter 2015 class in Philadelphia and the first run of its accelerator for women, DreamIt Athena. Announced in November, DreamIt Athena is a special program for women-led startups. Companies selected join the regular DreamIt cohort and get access to the same resources – including $25,000 in… Read more »


Slyce Acquires Mobile Coupon App SnipSnap for $6.5M

Slyce Acquires SnipSnap

Today, the Toronto, Canada-based Slyce – the retail visual search platform empowering mobile apps such as Neiman Marcus’s image recognition shopping app –  has announced its acquisition of the Philadelphia, PA-based mobile couponing company SnipSnap. The acquisition is valued at $6.5 million and is a combination of both cash and stock. “SnipSnap and its four million users represent… Read more »


Less Pizza and Beer: Why We Need Accelerators for Women

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Are traditional accelerators too male-centric? On November 5, Philadelphia accelerator DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of its DreamIt Athena program for women. DreamIt Athena is actually an accelerator within an accelerator: women founders will go through the program alongside the regular cohort, but get extra resources and programming targeted at their particular challenges. DreamIt is… Read more »



DreamIt Launches a Startup Accelerator for Women

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Yesterday, DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of an accelerator for women founders called DreamIt Athena, which kicks off in Philadelphia next spring. DreamIt, which is ranked the #9 or #15 top startup accelerator depending whom you ask, believes they are the first top-tier accelerator to launch a program for women. “Access to a valuable network,… Read more »


Monica Lewinsky On Cyberbullying, But We’re All Responsible

Monica Lewinsky speaks at Forbes Under 30 Summit about Cyberbullying

With the rise of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Whisper, we’ve created more playgrounds for bullies to find and go after their victims. Today in Philadelphia Monica Lewinsky broke a decade of silence to share her latest mission, taking on cyberbullying. She explained during her talk at the Forbes Under 30 Summit: “It takes a… Read more »


Spor: Your Solar-Powered Phone Charger

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Charge your mobile phone (or any USB-powered device) with a solar panel – it’s an interesting and innovative concept that’s been turned into a device called Spor. Spor is a self-regenerating battery charger for USB devices, according to their site. The device is easy to use and offers access to a power source that fits… Read more »



Who is Philadelphia’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Listen up Philly, we want to know your city’s top startups! On October 9th, 2014, Tech Cocktail will showcase Philadelphia’s best startups during an event that includes startup pitches, cocktails, and great conversations with people from across Philadephia’s tech community. Our Tech Cocktail Mixer and Startup Showcase is a fun opportunity to hear about new startups and make important… Read more »


Patrick Fitzgerald: Entrepreneur Profile

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Patrick Fitzgerald wears many hats — he’s an entrepreneur, teaches entrepreneurship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the managing director at DreamIt Ventures Philly. “I have been an advisor on the side for a while at DreamIt,” says Fitzgerald. “When they asked me to get on board to run the… Read more »


DreamIt Ventures Opening Day: What You Missed

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Patrick Fitzgerald, Managing Director, said DreamIt Ventures Opening Day and the Welcome Reception of the accelerator were the best he had ever attended. “We have former mayors and super successful entrepreneurs in one space and in one building supporting new companies that have never even launched,” says Fitzgerald. “That marriage of expertise and fresh faces is something… Read more »


Excited Founders Meet Their Mentors at DreamIt Philly

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The DreamIt Ventures launch event to officially announce the new accelerator class was held last week, and I had the chance to visit their co-working space in Philly when it was time for the teams to get to work. The space had been decorated and the mentors prepared to dispense advice to the founders. From the framed “Hustle”… Read more »