Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GoodCompany Group chooses 13 startups for latest summer boot camp

The nonprofit organization announced the firms who will participate in its fourth program aimed at entrepreneurs focused on on significant social issues.

GoodCompany Group chooses 13 startups for latest summer boot camp

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GoodCompany Group, which runs a free business incubator/boot camp, has announced the latest group of start-ups who will participate in its fourth summer program.

Here are the 13 firms:

  • Counterflow RO, which is developing a new reverse-osmosis membrane that can be used in the semiconductor, pharmaceuticals, food processing and municipal drinking water sectors.
  • Desmo, of Sweden, which has developed an online donations widget to make sure that nonprofit organizations receive all that is promised.
  • Edibikes, which was started by two engineering graduates of Northwestern who have developed a line of commuter bicycles.
  • High Hopes, which is a spin-off of Clarifi, the nonprofit financial literacy group formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley, that will use online technology to help high school students plan for a postsecondary education with the least amount of debt.
  • NovaThermal Energy, which is developing a geothermal technology for landlords that is designed to save 30 percent to 60 percent in building heating and cooling costs.
  • PaperWool, which is developing a line of “eco-home furnishings.”
  • PhilanTech, of Washington, D.C., which is trying to reducing the transaction costs of grants administration, which consumes 13 percent of every dollar, or $6 billion annually.
  • pledge4good, the People’s Choice Award winner in the Wharton Business Plan Competittion in 2011 which has built an online platform that aims to make donating casual, recurring and social. (Read a Q&A by Fast Company with the co-founder here.)
  • psGive, which uses game strategies to encourage consumers to support brands that consequently support charities.
  • Regalii, which has built a free platform to replace remittances used by migrant workers with gift cards for the supermarkets and other stores in Latin America where their families shop.
  • StartSomeGood, also from Washington, D.C., which is developing a platform to help social entrepreneurs raise start-up funds, like Kickstarter does for the arts.
  • TuvaLabs, which intends to help teachers offer interactive math learning units for their students.
  • Wash Cycle Laundry, which provides commercial linen rental and personal laundry service in Center City and University City and makes its deliveries using bicycles. (See a story by The Inquirer's Diane Mastrull on the firm here.)
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