These Philly Healthtech startups landed spots in a new Google for Startups-backed accelerator for founders with disabilities


As of this week, DC-based nonprofit entrepreneurship 2Gether-International officially launched its very first tech-focused cohort for founders with disabilities, including two from Philly.

Through the 10-week Accelerator Program, which began earlier this month, attendees will be coached on startup best practices, including customer development, product marketing, and leadership. They will also have access to mentors from Google for startups. Additionally, each startup will compete in December for cohort seed funding.

2Gether has reportedly received over 200 applications for the cohort. To qualify, participants had to be a disabled founder working in the tech space, and their companies must be in the Series A or pre-income funding phase and have a well-defined business case or prototype.

Founder and CEO of 2Gether Diego Mariscal said the founders were selected because they are both leaders in their communities while highlighting disability as a “source of innovation, strength and creativity”. Getting one-on-one mentorship and a community of fellow startup executives, he said, is essential for success.

“It’s all about learning about their own development and in fact we’ve found it’s the number one thing that people find the most useful and useful,” said Mariscal. Technically in August. “Because you talk about challenging the stigma attached to disability. So it’s a really powerful element.

Here’s who from Philly landed a spot:

  • Kristy mccann, GoCoach – This RealLIST startups The 2020 winner is a consulting firm in training and professional retraining. The app relies on a network of clients and career coaches who work together to update people on current trends and skills in the workforce. The business is remote friendly, although McCann is local.
  • Adam david jones, Zeer – This personal security app uses AI to listen to a user’s password to contact law enforcement in an emergency. Jones co-founded the startup after his own experience as a victim of violent crime.

And here’s who else made the cut, across the United States as well as countries such as Belgium, Russia, the United Kingdom, and South Korea:

  • Hua Wang, Smart bridge, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Samantha scott, June Brain, Rockville, Maryland
  • Elizabeth tikoyan, Aid, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Gareth Walkom, With RV, Ghent
  • Michel zalle, Yellow bird, Phoenix
  • Saïda Florexil, Imanyco, West Palm Beach
  • Denis gontcharov, NOLI Music, Saint PETERSBOURG
  • Toshe Ayo-Ariyo, Uniclude, Los Angeles
  • Arianna Mallozzi, Puffin innovations, Boston
  • Vanessa gill, Social figure, Los Angeles
  • Sheryl Mattys, Go look for, Westfield, Indiana
  • Nicolas kelly, Sign-Speak, Rochester
  • Beth Kume-Holland, Quilting center, London
  • Kun Ho Kim, Door labs, Seoul


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