Philadelphia is known for it's fine dining, cheese steaks and the Liberty Bell but recently has been developing start-ups through the support of DreamIt Ventures, a local summer incubator program. DreamIt Ventures had their second demo day on August 14th and ten new start-ups were unveiled. Like many incubators the second year's class of startups seems to be slightly improved than the previous year.
Notehall is an online marketplace that allows college students to buy and sell lecture notes and study guide materials to fellow classmates helping them get an edge in their specific classes and best prepare for exams.
OurShelf is a social cataloging site that generates personalization information, enabling users to lend, manage their belongings and find the items they need faster and cheaper.
Parse.ly is a tool that understands users unique interests to filter and prioritize content from thousands of news and blog sources across the web.
Postling is a tool that helps small businesses face the daunting task of social media marketing. Postling lets users publish content simultaneously to the major social media platforms, including blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.
SeatGeek is a web application that forecasts sports and concert ticket prices on the secondary market, analogous to what Farecast (now Bing Travel) does for the airline ticket market.
Straight Up English is an innovative English language learning software-as-a-service company. Straight Up English solves the most persistent speech challenges for non-native speakers of English, helping them improve comprehension and production in areas such as word stress, intonation and pronunciation.
FanGamb is a new online game for sports fans that creates a competition between friends to see who the best sports bettor is. FanGamb was created by Three Screen Games a company looking to create games that converge on the PC, Mobile and TV.
Trendsta is a marketing platform that puts products in the hands of the most influential teens on the web.
Jobaphiles.com is an online marketplace where employers can auction their part-time jobs and one-time gigs. .
Kidzillions is an online allowance and chore management system that lets kids spend and save online.
Check out the DreamIt Ventures 2009 class in the video (below) and let me know your favorite DreamIt start-up.
DreamIt 2009 from WizeHive on Vimeo.