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PGH Startup Weekend: Amelia App for Women

Do you ever wonder what could be acheived in 54 hours? In 2016, Pittsburgh Startup Weekend Women’s Edition was hosted for the first time ever… and as a result, the winning team Go Jane Go’s Amelia App is now in the beta testing phase. Kate’s idea to create an app to connect women with other professionals in cities away from home was given a chance to develop when she and her sister Ellen attended Startup Weekend and met UX Designer Sanjana. Together they were able to create a solid foundation for their venture while not only winning the competion, but receiving resources to help them in their quest to develop it. These three individuals skills paired with the proper resources and enviroment accelorated the creation of a community womens app.

This year at Pittsburgh Startup Weekend, three of the top winning teams were comprised of some your own fellow GROVERS, with business ideas for Active Home, Chute and The Good Find… so be on the lookout for these potential businesses in the future!

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From Pic to Snap

Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are the two founders of one of the biggest social media networks, called Snapchat. Snapchat is used by one hundred fifty million users per day. Snapchat has a wide age demographic because it is popular among people who are school age, college age, and even young adults. Users make a username, which is how others see them, and add them. A relatively new feature Snapchat has added is the ‘Snapcode,’ which is a quicker way to add friends, rather than by username. Users can either screenshot their friend’s Snapcode and upload it into snapchat from their device’s camera roll, or they can take a picture of their friend’s Snapcode right on Snapchat, and their friend will be added. Once people add their friends, they’re all kept in a ‘friends list.’ Then, users take pictures of themselves (called selfies), scenery, or anything else they want, and send it to people on their friends list while adding a caption. The picture can be set to be shown for a certain amount of time, or until the receiver taps it off the screen. It is like texting, only with pictures each time, and there’s a catch; the pictures disappear forever either after it is clicked off the screen or the time runs out. This was a completely new and innovative way for communication. The ability to send pictures and videos, while still chatting with a person, was easier and more fun. Also, because the pictures disappear, it added more fun because people can send embarrassing “selfies” and not have to worry about them being seen by everyone. Snapchat also made connecting with people easier because it only requires an internet connection to be able to send pictures. There was a time when sending pictures through texts costed extra. With Snapchat, people could send pictures and messages as long as there was internet connection, and there’d be no extra charge. Spiegel and Murphy were very successful and innovative with their invention of Snapchat. It added a twist to texting and made communicating with friends easier and more fun. Even today, they are constantly adding new features to the network, such as the ability to add filters to the pictures, the ability to use the ‘discover’ page to read magazines and catch up on current events in the world, and make Snapchat Stories. Snapchat Stories are pictures or videos that people put on to their Snapchat and everybody the person is friends with can see it continuously for 24 hours before it disappears. Their new ideas and changes to Snapchat continue to make the network better, more exciting, and more appealing to users, all while still making communication easy.

From College Thoughts, To a Whole New World.

Mark Zuckerberg is the inventor of Facebook. Facebook is a social media platform used by over a billion people each day. People use the site to post statuses, pictures, links, and anything else they want. It can also be used for instant messaging other users, playing different games that are on the site, and for shopping. People make group pages where others can post items they want to sell, and now there is even a tab called “The Marketplace” where people post items for sale. Users shop the Marketplace, and the items that are shown are based on a certain mile radius from the shopper’s location. It makes buying and selling easier than sites like eBay because the items are close and easier to access. Mark Zuckerberg never dreamed Facebook would turn into what it has today. He originally started the idea for the website at Harvard University with his college roommates. It was intended to be a site for the university so people could search others who go to their school, find out who are in their major or classes, and, of course, make friends. After it took off at Harvard, it was opened up for use at other Ivy League schools. It continued to flourish until it expanded throughout the country and, eventually, the world. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and all of its ability has made a huge impact on the world. It gave people an entirely new way to communicate. People can communicate with people across the world, which was hard to do before because international calling and texting was difficult and expensive. It is available in about one hundred languages, which also helped to connect the world. People can connect and share pictures with all of their friends and family at once rather than having to send it to each individual person. It makes disclosing news faster and easier. Facebook definitely impacted the world and makes it feel a lot smaller since it is so easy to connect with others. Another trait that makes Facebook so influential is that it is constantly changing and being made better. The Facebook massages now have the capability to make phone and video calls to others on the site. Everything the user needs is accessible all within one site rather than having to use multiple apps and websites to send texts, make phone calls, and make video calls. Mark Zuckerberg is still heavily involved in his company and continues to strive to make it better. He is a true entrepreneur who is invested in, and is passionate about what he created and intended it to be.

Spotify – Daniel Ek

Spotify or Apple Music?

Answer: Spotify

Spotify has been around for many years, but it especially rose to dominance in the last few years. However, it hasn’t always been success and diamonds for the two Swedish founders and entrepreneurs, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.

Once upon a time (back in 2005), they were two guys fiddling and working on the development of Spotify from Ek’s apartment. It was so hot inside because of all the servers running– and the two founders were said that they were forced to sit around half-naked to avoid sweating to their death.

But let’s back up.

Daniel Ek has always had an unparalleled love for music… and technology. The young Swedish boy was without a biological father in his life and was given the chance to combine music and technology in his studies at secondary school. After completing IT college where he graduated with top grades, he landed a job at Europe’s largest advertisement company and rapidly became successful. At that age, 23, he was financially independent, owned a red Ferrari Modena, and owned a VIP card to the hottest clubs in Stockholm, Sweden. Source

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Garrett Gee: Lucky Hunch

Just before the Ipad 2 came out, a young university student named Garrett Gee had the hunch that there would be blog posts all over the web listing the top 10 apps for the new device. Garrett then came up with the idea that there should be much easier QR code software and apps to use with the new device. Because Garrett felt that he was on to something, he go to work immediately.Had to act quickly to be the first to implement his idea. After quickly getting an Ipad 2 into the hands of his ios developer, Garrett spent two sleepless nights developing his service before it was completed. He named his app Scan and recruited two fellow classmates to help develop the service further and it was finally launched in February of 2011. In the first year, Scan earned over 10 million downloads and made over 1.5 million dollars from venture capitalists such as Google Ventures.

In class we have talked about how many ideas originally stem from a lucky hunch like Garrett’s. When a hunch is taken seriously, it can lead to big ideas and successful accomplishments like the scan application. Hunches are able to develop by clashing with other people’s ideas and hunches. After getting the input of his two fellow classmates, Garrett’s hunch was improved and transformed into the extremely successful idea of Scan.

Diego De La Hoz: Wahi Ride

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Diego De La Hoz is a young entrepreneur who thought of a more efficient way to travel from city to city especially for college students. As a college student, Diego was aware of the high cost of gas required to  ride home. However, once he noticed that he was not the only one who faced this problem, he decided to come up with a solution.

Diego discovered the answer to this problem when he learned a key fact about many college students. He realized that students with cars tend to travel with empty seats while students without cars tend to use the bus which is expensive and time consuming.

In order to coordinate these two different groups of students to communicate, Diego created Wahi Ride. Wahi Ride is a social mobile app where college students can connect with each other, rideshare, and share the transportation cost.

Wahi Ride saves people money, helps students build relationships, and aids the environment. By splitting the cost of gas between multiple people, the app can greatly reduce the cost of gas for students. And while the app takes people to where they need to go, it also helps build relationships by providing a time for people to connect with each other. Also, the app greatly reduces gas emissions by encouraging students to use fewer cars when traveling from location to destination.

This app caught my attention because at my college, I do not have the luxury of driving to and from my house because I am currently not allowed to have a car on my campus. And even if my car was on campus, the price of gas required in order to journey home is incredibly expensive. And because finding a ride home from other people is often extremely hard, I would benefit greatly from this app which makes ride sharing convenient, efficient, and fun.


Josh Bruno is an inspiring entrepreneur because of his role as the co-founder of Hometeam,  app that pairs home health aides with seniors in need of care. When Josh’s  grandmother died, leaving his 93-year-old grandfather in need of care, Josh realized that in-home caregivers and nursing homes were all inefficient ways of taking care of his elderly grandfather.

So Josh created Hometeam. Hometeam is known today as the most reliable in-home care giving option for seniors and their families, giving a full healthcare team and a preprogrammed iPad to each customer in order to not only provide excellent senior care but also anticipate potential problems before they happen.

Although this idea is hard to grasp for most young people, Josh understood the hardships of looking for a safe and reliable way for an older relative to be taken care of in their old age. Instead of accepting defeat when the nursing homes and in-home care givers were sub par to his expectations, Josh decided to create a more efficient method for people to search for reliable care giving options.

I personally liked this idea a lot because I have seen the lifeless state that many nursing homes are in and I have had a relative that had to go through the experience of living in a nursing home. From my experience with nursing homes, I have been disappointed in the quality of care they supply to elderly people and I am happy that someone has finally come up with a solution to this problem.

Feeling lost? This young entrepreneur found a solution!

Four years ago, the then 19 year old Benjamin Marasco received some of the worst news possible… “You have Cancer.”

Being diagnosed and fighting cancer is hard enough of a battle leaving you to feel lost in life… but when Ben went to various hospitals to receive treatment, he time and time again would get lost on his way to appointments. This consistent confusion made him feel unseen, unimportant and just another number… not to mention being regularly late to his appointments. But Ben asked himself if their might be a different way to go about navigating hospitals. A way to get to appointments on time, take the stress out of navigating hospitals and focus on the patients and their families. This is why Ben founded Pathpoint Health…

Pathpoint is an app recently launched at Washington Hospital available on the Apple Store and Google Play. It allows users to input their destination in the hospital and gives them step by step guided instructions to get to their destinations on time! Using IPS (Indoor Positioning System) to guide users, Pathpoint solves the traditional problems of hospital visits while providing a new experience to patients. The startup projects to expand to providing its services to multiple other hospitals in the near future.

Entrepreneurs like Ben demonstrate key characteristics that make them successful. Determination and Drive are essential as seen with his successful rise against cancer and graduating with the award of Senior Man of the Year from Grove City College just this past spring as well as in his business venture. Other important skills include communication, teamwork and innovation. His promising company is one that inspires me to create a business founded on one of my passions to help others, as I hope it does for you too. Ben is innovating the healthcare field with a new way we interact with hospitals, a new way to give direction to those who are feeling lost in mind, body and soul. A new vision for hospitals everywhere..






While visiting Praxis Academy, I had the opportunity to connect with Kenton Jarvie; the founder of Gomae. He told me that after working in a vegan restaurant called Chau Veggie Express and conversing with the customers there, he discovered that many people face the challenge of finding good vegan restaurants where they can eat socially.

After hearing the same complaint from a great majority of customers, Kenton discovered the market need for a medium which could allow people to easily and quickly find vegan restaurants. As a result, Kenton created the app Gomae. Gomae is an app that allows you to browse, review, and rate restaurants with vegan menu items. You can scroll through feed to discover new vegan restaurants, look at the app’s map to find nearby vegan options, and search the name of a restaurant in order to discover what vegan menu foods it might have to offer. And after you have visited a particular recommended restaurant, you can rate the restaurant in order to signal your opinions to the vegan community.

What I like about this company is that it fills the gap that vegans have begged someone to fill. I also think that this app could be useful for people who want to live out a healthy lifestyle, even if they do not identify as vegans. Because I see our culture shifting toward more healthy life choices, I believe this app is filling a gap that many people beyond the vegan community are demanding. Although this company is still in the process of expanding to various regions, I am very enthusiastic about this company.


Tumblr: Made by a Millennial, for Millennials.

David Karp, at age 27, created Tumblr. This site is famous among youth who use the blogging platform daily. The site is normally used for sharing art and images, but it also acts well for short form blogging and sharing ideas. Many artists have gotten their start from using Karp’s technology in graphic design, modeling, poetry, or even music. Tumblr appeals to many millennials who feel outside of the mainstream. Tumblr’s focus is on aesthetics, fan groups, and art collaboration. In 2007, when others his age were studying for midterms and living on dorm food, David Karp was busy launching Tumblr, an easy-to-use blogging platform that now hosts 17.5 million blogs and receives about 1.5 billion page views per week. The company has also attracted some $40 million in venture funding ( Tumblr has been used to change many people’s lives, and is a perfect illustration of right brain thinking that has made monumental success.