The UpPrize social innovation competition challenged Pittsburgh entrepreneurs to make the world a better place with the creation of new social tech tools. Conversant Labs landed first prize and $400,000 for further company development, and Marinus Analytics got second.
Oakland would like to congratulate PHRQL (Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life), a member of Revv Oakland, went home with the third place $20,000 prize. It is a software development firm that creates electronic health record systems for medical nutrition therapy coupled with shopper marketing and analytics capabilities. PHRQL teamed up with CHS (Community Human Services) to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs for at-risk populations by improving diet and nutrition through food access, technology, and coaching.
Another UpPrize finalist was PathVu, a University of Pittsburgh startup, that is committed to improving walkability along sidewalks. Their vision is for pedestrian pathways, sidewalks and trails to be completely walkable so that all people – of any ability – have full and safe access to every public and private pedestrian path.