Top 15 Tech Startups from Philadelphia You Need to Know About in 2017

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Philadelphia’s tech startup scene is making waves both nationally and globally—with entrepreneurs from leading academic institutions such as Drexel University, Temple University, and University of Pennsylvania producing exciting and innovative offerings every year, the city is fast becoming a world-renowned hub of tech startup activity.Local annual events such as Philly Tech Week and related Entrepreneur Expo ensure a constant influx of tech innovation and creative impetus in Pennsylvania’s largest city. The following are the top 15 tech startups from Philadelphia you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.

15. VitalTrax


VitalTrax is the developer of Wing—a cloud-based/mobile engagement platform for helping patients locate and participate in clinical trials. The solution allows users to view real-time study data via compelling dashboard analytics, as well as receive clinic visit reminders, access their own diary schedule, and more.

14. XEED


XEED has developed a motion tracking wearable for helping people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Doctors and physical therapists can in turn use data collected by the device in for designing treatment regimes or monitoring progress.

13. Boost Linguistics


Boost Linguistics’ advanced machine learning platform for writing marketing content helps teams increase audience engagement by improving language in print/articles/blogs. The startup is a production of Drexel University’s Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.

12. Skyless Game Studios


Another Drexel-affiliated startup, Skyless Game Studios works with social, educational, and philanthropic experts to develop titles for the greater good. The team specializes in interactive, engaging video games on a variety of platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS X, web browsers, and video game consoles.

11. Pad Porter


Pad Porter’s online platform provides services and coordination tools for assisting users during their relocation efforts. The solution connects users requiring moving help with personal assistants for a variety of tasks: transferring cable service to the new home, setting up internet service, scheduling cleaners, and more.

10. RoundTrip


Roundtrip’s platform is a patient transportation and care coordination solution that offers non-emergency medical transportation services. The mobile and web-based offering is used by case managers, unit secretaries, social workers, nurses, and other healthcare-related transport requestors.

9. Fishbox


Fishbox’s founder started this Fishtown-based tech venture as a result of his own personal online ordering debacles involving missed packages and lost orders. The company’s after-hours delivery services give online shoppers peace of mind when placing orders with their favorite online retailers.

8. Kickup


Founded by former teachers, Kickup is an edtech startup that helps schools and districts measure their educators’ professional learning experiences and resources for improvement. The company serves over 1,000 schools both in the U.S and abroad.

7. Borderwise


Borderwise streamlines the immigration process via its simple, affordable, and secure interface for applying for a U.S. citizenship or green card. A guided, step-by-step application process and review mechanism powered by in-network lawyers ensure that applications are complete and accurate.

6. Orai


Orai’s aims to improve users’ speech content and delivery with its public speaking and sales pitch analysis software. With one tap, the app enables speakers to practice their speech while it analyzes everything said; automatically-generated insights and tips ensure the best presentation delivery.

5. Stitch


Stitch is a fully-managed extract, transform and load (ETL) service that allows developers to provision data within minutes, rather than weeks. The solution connects to all data sources and streams data efficiently for optimal data warehousing efforts.

4. Lia Diagnostics


Lia Diagnostics develops a discrete and eco-friendly pregnancy test that is flushable, plastic-free, and biodegradable. Though currently in stealth mode, the company has been covered extensively by media outlets such as Fast Company and Philadelphia Magazine.



Short for “Cognitive Operational Systems”, COSY develops AI-driven backend technologies for managing retail store floors/inventory and ensuring planogram and promotional compliance. Other use cases include audio-based navigation aids for the blind, mobile drones guidance/navigation, and more.

2. uTu


uTu has developed a conversant platform for multi-channel bot-analytics, data management, and dialog sponsorship. Currently in beta, the solution works out-of-the-box with Facebook, Slack, Amazon Alexa, and SMS, to name a few.

1. Blackfynn


Blackfynn’s data platform aims to improve therapeutics and clinical care for patients with neurologic diseases. The company recently partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to share data and accelerate discovery/treatment of brain cancer and other neurologic diseases.

As these 15 tech startups serve to illustrate, Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in IT and healthcare innovation is being carried forth by a new generation of digital entrepreneurs. Be sure to keep them in your sights in 2017 and beyond.



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