PhillyInc: Winning ideas and prizes

Posted: May 14, 2013

Raise Labs Inc., of San Francisco, last week climbed to the top of the 2013 Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition - one of several recent competitive business events.

Raise, which wants to change how college scholarships are distributed, won three $25,000 prizes: the Milken Family Foundation First Prize, the Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources, and the K12 Prize for Online Learning in Grades K-12. It's the latest win for Raise, which landed $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-based College Knowledge Challenge in January.

Boston-based Persistence Plus L.L.C. won two prizes totaling $40,000: the Milken foundation's second prize and the American Public University System Prize for Innovation in Online Education.

Homegrown Autism Expressed, begun by Philadelphia public school teacher Michele McKeone, was awarded the $20,000 Educational Services of America Prize for Innovation in the fields of special education and at-risk students.

BiblioNasium, of New York, and UpSkill Capital, of Boston, each received $10,000 prizes.

He's the Boss

Neighborhood Foods was the $125,000 grand-prize winner in the Be Your Own Boss Bowl, presented by the Temple University Fox School of Business. As The Inquirer's Diane Mastrull reported in April, Neighborhood Foods, led by business manager Dylan Baird, is a West Philadelphia cooperative that provides locally sourced food to farmers markets and restaurants.

Tic-Tac-Tech Awards

The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies gave its Enterprise Awards last week in the following categories: Life Sciences Start-up ( Trice Orthopedics Inc., of King of Prussia); Technology Start-up ( ThingWorx, of Exton); Emerging Life Sciences ( CD Diagnostics, of Wynnewood); Emerging Technology ( InstaMed, Center

City); CleanTech Company ( Holganix, Glen Mills); MedTech Leadership ( Secant Medical Inc., of Perkasie); Investment Deal of the Year ( Liquent Inc., of Horsham, which was acquired by Parexel International Corp. in December); IT Innovator Award of Excellence ( Relay Network, of Radnor); Technology CEO of the Year ( Tim Wallace of iPipeline, of Exton); Technology Company of the Year ( Quintiq Inc., of Radnor), and Legend Award ( David L. Cohen of Comcast Corp., Center City.)


Contact Mike Armstrong at 215-854-2980 or marmstrong@phillynews.com, or @PhillyInc on Twitter.

Read his blog, "PhillyInc," at www.inquirer.com/phillyinc.

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