Articles by Ali Kokot

12/08/11 1:19am

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.
12/04/11 10:27pm

$7.5 million Med School grant will go to breast cancer technology

The Perelman School of Medicine received $7.5 million last month to improve breast cancer screening techniques in the hopes of catching cancer earlier and with more accuracy.
11/17/11 10:41pm
Both Piper boutique owner Alessandra Coffenberg and Bonded BoutiqueCleaner owner HanNa Jung agreed that business has been good this fall.
11/14/11 11:36pm
Entrepreneurship is not just for Wharton kids. College freshman Monica Kwok is celebrating the continuing success of her one-month-old clothing line called Monumentality.
11/09/11 11:09pm
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.
11/08/11 12:41am
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.
10/31/11 10:02pm
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.
10/27/11 10:44pm
Despite University City’s thriving cosmopolitan image, three restaurant vacancies continue to haunt Penn’s campus — Marathon Grill, La Terrasse and Philly Diner.
10/19/11 11:31pm

Occupy movement may be relocated due to construction

Occupy Philadelphia’s tent village continues to grow outside City Hall, despite the city’s plans to begin construction of an ice skating rink in the lower plaza in mid-November. TOPICS: Occupy Philadelphia
10/18/11 9:50pm
Despite a successful run serving Penn students last semester, Kitchen at Penn closed shop May 1, unable to renew their lease for the coming semester.
10/16/11 9:53pm
After a decade at Penn, the Philly Diner at 39th and Walnut streets served its last batch of pancakes Sunday.
10/03/11 11:08pm
After four days of construction, Bonded on 37th and Spruce Streets reopened on Oct. 1 as Bonded BoutiqueCleaner, a combined dry cleaning and women’s clothing shop.
09/29/11 12:16am
Piper, a ‘trendy and affordable’ boutique, will open on 34th Street between Walnut and Sansom after the University’s Fall Break.
09/28/11 12:37am
The new store will feature a Ben & Jerry’s, a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory and Wholly Cow Chocolates, all behind one counter.
09/25/11 11:30pm
Known for “brunch all day” at its Italian Market and Fairmount locations, Sabrina’s Café has a new location on Drexel’s campus.
09/20/11 11:07pm

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.
09/15/11 11:52pm
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.
09/13/11 10:12pm

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
09/08/11 10:38pm

BoxMyDorm delays irk students

Despite some students’ reported horror stories, BoxMyDorm claimed that, for the most part, deliveries have run smoothly this September.
05/12/11 7:35pm

April sees slight rise in property crimes

Four more burglaries this April caused a spike in crimes against property compared to April of last year, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said.
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