A man with a cooking passion since childhood. High school friends who bonded over a chemistry project. A former EMT whose on-the-ground experience triggered a desire to figure out a better way to get patients to medical appointments.

They are among the Inquirer’s 2018 Stellar StartUps winners. From nearly 100 contenders, winners in nine categories were announced Thursday night at a gala at South Bowl Lounge N’ Lanes in Philadelphia. They were selected by a panel of judges with an expertise in entrepreneurship and start-ups, an increasingly important part of the region’s economy and driven by a range of founders, including students, millennials, and those who left the corporate world by choice or downsizing and are now pursuing a second act.

The contest is a months-long effort to spotlight the inventiveness and doggedness of the region’s start-up leaders.

Terrance C.Z. Egger, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, noted that it was the company’s third year to host the event that recognizes some of the outstanding entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region.

Congrats to our portfolio companies: 

Health Care: RoundTrip

Read the full article and list of winners here.

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