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Three startups get grants through Carlisle TechCelerator program

Three companies from the TechCelerator @ Carlisle — Local Quarterly, Global Abilities and TripDivvy — will receive a total of $10,000 in grant money.

Local Quarterly, a hyperlocal, quarterly glossy magazine based in Harrisburg, and Global Abilities, a company with a plan to make retail compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act easier, each received $4,000 after a presentation in front of three judges Thursday.
TripDivvy, a Web platform that makes it easier to rent vacation homes, received $2,000 from the judges. The businesses were the last three companies out of eight that started the TechCelerator @ Carlisle business program.
The eight-week boot camp helps budding companies realize whether their business ideas can be applied to the real world.
In the final, five-minute pitch presentation, the companies present their ideas to three judges from the local business and technology world, and the judges decide how to divide $10,000 in seed money.
Local Quarterly is the only company of the three already functioning. It publishes a 122-page glossy magazine each quarter that focuses on one city in America.
Global Abilities plans to set up in Philadelphia with a system that allows its team to assess a building’s ADA compliance within two hours, then further train employees on ADA compliance.
TripDivvy was the only company that said during its presentation that its goal is to be acquired after it becomes successful.
Another TechCelerator program running in Hershey ends its program in May, said Pam Martin, executive director of the TechCelerator. The program is run from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania headquarters in Carlisle.

Michael Sadowski

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