Social Impact

RealLIST Connectors 2021: Meet 20 People Changing Philadelphia’s Innovation Ecosystem for Good

May 25, 2021

In a time of distance and division, local innovators are working to bring people together for good. Last year, set out to create a comprehensive look at who’s connecting the Philly tech community, especially amid a pandemic and widespread societal inequities. RealLIST Connectors was born. The concept was this: If you’re brand new on […]

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Here’s How Many B Corps are Based in Philly Right Now

May 6, 2021

We live in a society where billionaires like Tesla founder Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates make daily headlines for the wealth they have accrued and the challenges their workers face on the job. If you’re not as plugged into the social entrepreneurship or impact investing movements, it can be […]

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Roundtrip and ACS Remove the Roadblock to Cancer Care

April 13, 2021

Roundtrip, the leading technology solution for patient transportation, announces the addition of the US’s largest health-focused charity, the American Cancer Society, as a partner. Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation […]

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Viewpoint: Refugee Women Like Me Will Help Lead America Out of the Recession

March 24, 2021

September 20, 1990 was a day which changed the trajectory of my life. I was 8 years old, huddled on the floor with my parents and five siblings in a bomb shelter in Kuwait. The ground was shaking from the nearby explosions. People around me were crying or praying. I’d never seen my parents look […]

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ROAR for Good Closed a Round of Funding as it Eyes Expansion Throughout the US

March 18, 2021

2020 was a crushing year for the hospitality industry. But ROAR for Good founder Yasmine Mustafa is keeping her eyes on encouraging recovery numbers as the company places its personal safety device technology in more hotels across the United States. The company just closed a round of growth capital and is planning to add to […]

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FemBeat: Lia Launches Its FDA-Approved, Flushable And Biodegradable Pregnancy Test On The Market

March 15, 2021

We’ve seen quite a lot of innovation in the feminine and intimate care space. From CBD-infused, organic tampons to vegan condoms, sustainability is at the core of women’s health startups. One product category that hasn’t seen much disruption, however, is the pregnancy test. According to diagnostics startup Lia, these plastic-made products create about two million […]

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Simply Good Jars Wins $500,000 on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Premiere

March 15, 2021

Simply Good Jars, the Philadelphia start-up that sells pre-made salads designed to stay fresh without preservatives, hasn’t yet made any money. And it had to overhaul its business model on the fly during the pandemic. But that didn’t prevent Philadelphia chef Jared Cannon from receiving a $500,000 investment from two Shark Tank TV show heavyweights: […]

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Six Years in the Making, Lia Diagnostics Introduces its Flushable and Discreet Home Pregnancy Test

March 12, 2021

Six years after the Philadelphia company’s founding, Lia Diagnostics is bringing to market on Thursday what it calls the first “earth-friendly” home pregnancy test. Founded by Bethany Edwards and Anna Couturier, Lia is looking to disrupt a market sector in the U.S. that has about 12 million unique purchasers every year with a product that […]

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The Philly Founder of This Healthy Meal Startup Will Appear on ‘Shark Tank’s’ Season 12 Premiere

March 3, 2021

“Shark Tank” fans, rejoice: We’ve got a Philly-based founder gracing your screens this Friday night at 8 p.m. during the show’s season 12 premiere. Chef Jared Cannon, founder of four-year-old healthy meal startup Simply Good Jars, will be vying for investments from sharks Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John. Cannon […]

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Roundtrip’s Vaccine Access Program Can Help Get People to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

March 1, 2021

Americans are in the midst of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Locally, there have been failures, such as Philly Fighting COVID, as well as signs of hope, like the work of the Black Doctors Consortium, which recently organized a 24-hour vaccination event event at the Liacouras Center. What has been less discussed is how people […]

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