6 Philadelphia Based Startups to Watch


Philly is truly on the rise when it comes to the startup scene and what better way to show that then to give you 6 Philadelphia Based Startups to Watch. This is a guest post by Ryan Currie of BizShark.com!

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Philly’s a city on the move which is why so many of the most interesting businesses in the City of Brotherly Love are startups. Lots of these businesses are run by young, entrepreneurial spirits and the startup scene in Philadelphia has never been hotter.

Here are six Philadelphia-based startups to watch over the coming year…you’ll be seeing more of them, to be sure.

Beyond is one of Philly’s hottest tech startups, rivaling LinkedIn in terms of utility and Monster.com in terms of breadth. The job site is different from others in the industry in that it sources opportunities from over 75 niches – from top-tier to creative – making it simpler to search for jobs in your preferred area of expertise. Not only that, but Philadelphia area businesses are flocking to the site to post their own positions.

Not only is Curalate one of Philly’s coolest companies, it’s one of the most innovative, too. Courting businesses that need a way to analyze data from the “visual” web (think Pinterest and Instagram), Curalate offers metrics for image marketing. The company is over 20 people strong and currently has offices in both NYC and off Locust Avenue.

Autism Expressed
Now here’s a startup with a mission. Philly-based Autism Expressed is a curriculum and technology provider for special needs students and teachers. The group has received dozens of national accolades from a nod in Inc. Magazine to a shout-out on TechCrunch and has received millions in VC funding over the last two years.

Real Food Works
Philadelphia isn’t exactly known for its healthy eating habits but perhaps that’s why Real Food Works is so successful. Founded by a local dietician and trainer, Real Food Works delivers, fresh meals twice a week – as well as individual weight management counseling. The company has been featured in dozens of local publications and maintains a focused effort to source only from local farmers and artisans.

Originally formed within the confines of Dreamit Ventures, Philly’s premiere startup accelerator, the SnipSnap app is averaging about 2,000,000 new downloads a year. It’s essential function is to take photos of coupons that are easy to lose track of but the simplicity of the technology and the app’s design is making it a hot ticket in the startup community. The app has gotten positive feedback from everyone from the Apple Store to MC Hammer.

Founded by Christopher Gray (who himself landed over $1.3 million in scholarship money), Scholly is an app designed for high school students seeking scholarships. It’s simple, clean, and growing every day. The app isn’t quite at “overnight success” stage yet but it’s poised for big growth in the coming years making it one of Philadelphia’s hottest startups to keep tabs on.

Who knew Philadelphia was such an incubator for incredible startup ideas? In fact, Philly has one of the most robust communities of startup nurturers as well as a host of educational institutions that offer programs for budding entrepreneurs. All in all, Philadelphia is a great place to launch a startup business.


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Ryan Currie is a product manager at BizShark.com, with 5 years experience in online marketing and product development.  In addition to web related businesses, he also enjoys the latest news and information on emerging technologies and open source projects.

Chris 'The Startup Superhero' Coleman is a young serial entrepreneur, speaker, motivator and author who believes that helping people to develop and form a positive self-image and outlook on life will help propel them to achieving their dreams and goals. As a young entrepreneur who is leading by example and looking to change the world, he seeks to help motivate others to go after their dreams and create the lifestyle they desire. He has been written about in multiple global publications and featured on various YouTube interviews and podcast and blog post. He has even written an Amazon Best Selling eBook. Learn More

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