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Investors value student startup at $20M

Monica Kwok, who founded her own clothing line in the fall, will be launching a video game company called Playzon Interactive next year. Although she has not yet secured outside funding for the venture, she estimates the company may be worth around $20 million.

Freshman 15 weight gain a myth, study says

A study from Ohio State and Michigan-Dearborn universities has found that college freshmen do not gain 15 pounds. On average, women gain 3.1 pounds and men 3.5 pounds their first year of college.

Mom and pop shops stand strong on campus

Unlike chains that crowd campus, House of Our Own, The Last Word Bookshop, Penn Book Center, The Marvelous and Avril 50 were all created by a character with a unique vision. They continue to flourish even in the face of tough economic times by offering not only specialized products but also specialized knowledge.

New green space to decorate University City

Wednesday, the University City District will celebrate the opening of a new green space located just outside of 30th Street Station in an effort to welcome travelers to Philadelphia and provide a gathering place for the community.

Fresh Grocer wine kiosk closes

The Fresh Grocer wine kiosk closed yesterday following disputes between the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the machine’s supplier, Simple Brands L.L.C.

Penn Park marks eastern frontier

Bounded by the cement and steel of urban traffic ways, Penn Park — which opened to fireworks and celebration on Sept. 15 — marks a historical development in Penn’s eastward expansion.

Student start-ups look to DreamIt

DreamIt Ventures offers $5,000 to every new start-up they team up with, as well as an extra $5,000 per member. Additionally, DreamIt eliminates many of the hurdles that keep professionals from working on the “core” of their business

BoxMyDorm delays irk students

Despite some students’ reported horror stories, BoxMyDorm claimed that, for the most part, deliveries have run smoothly this September.

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