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PHLSW participants form teams on Friday night after voting for the best pitches.
Photo by Laurie Satran from The Art of Breaking Bread

Wow. The PHLSW organizing team is STILL recovering from the whirlwind that was Philadelphia Startup Weekend. After a weekend of customer validation, brainstorming, and business planning (accompanied by delicious tea and food) we were exhausted!

Organizer Matthew Grande and Facilitator Nate Allen hanging out at the registration table. Thanks for the photo Laurie Satran from The Art of Breaking Bread!
Organizer Matthew Grande and Facilitator Nate Allen hanging out at the registration table.
Thanks for the photo Laurie Satran from The Art of Breaking Bread!

Our organizers (most of which were first-time organizers) – Matthew Grande, Alisha Neva (that’s me), Bill Hargenrader, Jon Wagner, Liz Brown, and Tracy Katz came together to rock a successful weekend. And thanks to our facilitator, Nate Allen, the weekend went off without (okay, practically without) a hitch.

On Sunday evening we had 13 (!!!) teams present their amazing businesses after spending the weekend with coaches and mentors – Jon Wagner, Ravi Bala, Matthew Grande, Bill Hargenrader, Daniele Hargenrader, Tracy Welson-Rossman and Chris Baglieri.

Forager, one of our 13 final teams, working on their final presentation.  Thanks for the photo Laurie Satran of The Art of Breaking Bread
Forager, one of our 13 final teams, working on their final presentation.
Thanks for the photo Laurie Satran of The Art of Breaking Bread

Our judges – Chuck Sacco, Mike Krupit, and Dave Clarke – then selected 3 top teams – it was such a hard decision that we ended up with 1 first place team and 2 second place teams.

First Place

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Screen shots of the ShouldI? app provided by Katy Lee.

The first place winner – shouldI – is an app to help people make decisions in real-time. Users post a question – such as “Should I eat turkey on Thanksgiving from McDonalds?” and other users get to vote yes or no. It’s that simple. And it’s beautiful. This can help you from deciding where to buy your socks to who to manage your financial portfolio. And the judges saw this beauty in action…and loved it.

The ShouldI? team glowing in their success!  Thanks for the photo Laurie Satran of The Art of Breaking Bread!
The ShouldI? team glowing in their success!
Thanks for the photo Laurie Satran of The Art of Breaking Bread!

The shouldI team received a membership at ic3401, free classes at Girl Develop It Philly, a web design and dev evaluation from WebJunto, the first company profile on started.in Philadelphia, and a bonus prize from Chris Baglieri – who offered to aid in the development in the app.

Runners-up and other teams

Our runners-up were StockJock and metoo.

The other teams are all featured on the f6s website including Food Connect – a startup that helps to donate food from catered events to those in need which they started doing at PHLSW.

Thank You

For such a great weekend filled with inspiration and butt kicking to all of the organizers, sponsors, coaches, judges, and of course participants!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event – stay tuned for details or sign up for our mailing list to get details in your inbox (we promise not to spam you – nobody likes spam…except maybe these people).

Alisha Neva