16 Feb Heritage Spirits Distillery, JobHops, Nurse Recommended Enrolled Into Virtual Incubator
The Netrepid Virtual Incubator was established in January with the mission to enroll three innovative startups founded in Pennsylvania each month into a 12-month business consulting program while also providing technology platforms for each startup valued at up to $6,000 per year.
The early stage startups enrolled into the virtual incubator this month include:
- Heritage Spirits Distillery of Litiz, PA – a whiskey distillery dedicated to historical preservation of colonial distilling technologies and raising awareness of Lancaster County as the birthplace of American whiskey.
- JobHops of Lancaster, PA – a professional services, employment listing, and staffing solution website for the craft brewing industry, which employs an estimated 112,000 people with projections to double by 2018.
- Nurse Recommended of Mechanicsburg, PA – a physician recommendation website where nurses provide the reviews – not patients – allowing for unbiased ratings of doctors by those who work side-by-side with them every day.
“This state’s innovative, entrepreneurial spirit is quickly becoming more than just a ‘best kept secret’,” said Sam Coyl, President/CEO of Netrepid. “These startups are using technology platforms in a unique way to educate, inspire, and make the lives of consumers better. We look forward to helping them grow as we continue to accelerate the growth of this startup-friendly ecosystem.”
Last month, the virtual incubator’s board of advisors – 8 Central PA executives with ties to PA’s tech sector – reviewed 10 applications from startups interested in being a part of the program’s inaugural enrollment. Following the application period, selected startups were asked to conduct a presentation. Following the completion of the presentations and a round of questioning, three startups were selected for enrollment.
In following months, new and recurring applicants will be regularly reviewed, invited to present, and enrolled into the program in a similar manner.
Applications are now being accepted for February and March 2014 enrollment.