Project Liberty Digital Incubator Expanding, Accepting Applications

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania will use $345,000 from Knight Foundation to improve incubator and build investment opportunities

Project Liberty now accepting applications from startup and established digital media companies, due noon on August 30, 2013

Philadelphia – Project Liberty Digital Incubator, located in the heart of the nation’s fourth largest media market, will expand its program with $345,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

A project of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Project Liberty launched in 2011 to build a community of startups in Philadelphia and foster newsroom innovation. Since then, Ben Franklin has supported eight startups along with Interstate General Media LLC (IGM,) publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

Project Liberty was the first incubator in the nation to reside within a traditional media company, a model now followed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other media outlets.

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Nutter admininstration using paid tech internships in battle against brain drain

August 8 | Newsworks by Zach Seward

The mayor of Philadelphia treated 10 college kids to lunch this week.

The occasion was a city-sponsored internship program that’s part of Mayor Michael Nutter’s StartUp PHL initiative.

Here’s why: Three years ago Campus Philly did a big survey [PDF].

The nonprofit tapped hundreds of local students and recent alumni and found that one thing worked really well at fighting brain drain: If you had an off-campus, paid internship in the area, you were much more likely to stick around…

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Inside Wharton’s new summer incubator space for MBA-led startups

The incubator, said Zach Simkin, was “born out of total need.” Simkin helps organize Penn’s Founder’s Club, a university-wide club that supports student entrepreneurs. He and co-organizer Carlos Vega kept hearing about MBAs who were struggling to find office space for the summer, Simkin said.

August 6, 2013 | Technically Philly by Juliana Reyes

If Wharton‘s MBA program is producing nearly three times the amount of entrepreneurs as it did five years ago, where are all these startup founders holding court?

They now have their own incubator in Center City West, for the summer, at least.

In January, Wharton opened a space at 2401 Walnut Street for its MBAs to use for study sessions, club meetings and conferences. Later that spring, Wharton heard from two students that what MBAs really needed was office space. So Wharton opened up the 2401 Walnut space’s many offices, free of charge, to its student entrepreneurs. As of last week, sixteen startups called the spot home. (And don’t forget that Ticketleap and Curalate are headquartered in the same highrise.)…

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Old City Gets a Farmer’s Market

August 5, 2013 | Philadelphia Business Journal by Jeff Blumenthal

North 3rd Street has attracted so many technology businesses that workers have dubbed it N3rd — pronounced “nerd’ — Street. It has grown so much in recent years that East Falls-based East River Bank opened a branch on North 3rd Street last fall to cater to those businesses.

And starting Tuesday, the techies and their Old City neighbors are getting a farmer’s market. The N3RD Street Farmers Market will run every Tuesday from 2 pm to 7 pm on Church Street between American and 2nd streets in front of Christ Church.

The market was started by Christ Church and co-working space provider Indy Hall…

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