StartupPHL Newsletter #38

Advice Bots, Space Startups, and Flying Cars

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Photo: This week’s Philly X Chile event highlighted three Chilean startups on an American tour. Learn more about the companies that showcased – Ki Teknology, EXE and Tecnova Global Solutions.

Your weekend reading is right here.

In search of biz & career advice? There’s a bot for that!

The Harvard Business Review has created a Slack bot to dish out advice, pulling from more than 200 HBR articles about best practices. Each piece of advice comes with a article and bullet list of do’s and don’ts.

More, via VentureBeat

EU’s new space strategy – public investment to stimulate space startups

The European Union’s executive commission unveiled a strategy aimed at building a sustainable space economy.

Details, via SpaceNews

Guess what Uber’s promising now: Flying Cars

Flying cars aren’t just for the Jetsons…Uber Elevate could be a thing within a decade.

Prepare for Take Off, via Wired

StartupPHL Call for Ideas Application is Live – Deadline is November 13

Do you or your organization have an idea that supports or enhances Philly’s entrepreneurial community? We want to know.

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2015 Call for Ideas Awardee Schoolyard Ventures provides students with entrepreneurial programming and micro-funding to start their own businesses. Find out how they used their Call for Ideas Grant.

Philadelphia Startup Weekend Returns, November 11th – 13th

You’ll have 54 hours to pitch an idea, create a team, build and test a working prototype. Prizes go to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

Get your tickets today! 


StartupPHL is the City of Philadelphia’s platform for supporting entrepreneurship and startup activity.

All events and applications noted in this newsletter are for informational purposes only and not an endorsement. We encourage readers to perform due diligence for any programs listed here.

Call for Ideas Recipient Spotlight: Schoolyard Ventures

The following post has been adapted from content provided by Rich Sedmak, Founder of Schoolyard Ventures.

What does it take to increase inclusivity and diversity in the PHL startup ecosystem? At Startup Corps and Schoolyard Ventures, we believe that developing a talent pipeline of traditionally under-served youth is necessary to leverage the talents of every Philadelphian. Over the last 3 years, over 400 high school students in Philadelphia have experienced launching their own companies and non-profits. With the help and support of funding from our StartupPHL Call for Ideas Grant, these students have had access not only to entrepreneurial programming and mentorship, but to micro-financing as well, to make their ideas a reality.

Through entrepreneurship programming, students in our city have received access to a supportive, entrepreneurial environment and culture that encourages taking calculated risks, in addition to a platform to access networks that they otherwise might not have access to. Via the micro-funding program, we’ve learned that as little as $250 can help a young person launch a business that could change their lives, as well as build skills and improve the lives of others in our city.

By developing talent among under-served populations and by providing students with access to networks, capital and knowledge not available in their schools, we’re hoping to provide every student in our city with the opportunity to participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The StartupPHL Call for Ideas program funds innovative and exciting proposals that support Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. You can apply for the fifth round of Call for Ideas online now.

StartupPHL Newsletter #37

Are you going to SXSW? Making great partnerships, and the Call for Ideas is open

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Photo: We had a great time hearing from the innovative startups in the Digital Health Accelerator Showcase at Science Center this past week! Learn more.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Will we see you in Austin?

There are still a billion ways you can be a part of the scrappy movement, led by Philly Startup Leaders, to promote Philadelphia at SXSW. Sponsorship spots are still available. And be sure to let us know you’re going!

What are you waiting for? via PhillyMag

No duh…establishing entrepreneurial ecosystems generates new businesses and jobs.

Communities across America are harnessing entrepreneurism to drive growth

More, via Entrepreneur

Could your next product launch come from a great partnership?

Managing multi-party innovation ecosystems

Get the lessons learned, via Harvard Business Review

Get free startup advice and services at JumpStart StartUp

Hurry, this popup only lasts October 25 – 29th.

Get there, via Technical.ly

Bonus: StartupPHL Call for Ideas Application is Live – Deadline is November 13

Do you or your organization have an idea that supports or enhances Philly’s entrepreneurial community? We want to know.

 


StartupPHL is the City of Philadelphia’s platform for supporting entrepreneurship and startup activity.

All events and applications noted in this newsletter are for informational purposes only and not an endorsement. We encourage readers to perform due diligence for any programs listed here.

StartupPHL Newsletter #36

Call for Ideas is open, finally a list that makes sense, and millennials in space

Photo: PTR Baler and Compactor. During last week’s Manufacturing Week events, we got a tour of spaces and met with manufacturers large and small to discuss the ways technology is advancing the industry.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Where to start your Tech Company

Philly is in the top 5!

Check it out, via Bloomberg

Millennials in Space

Remember that NASA guy with the mohawk (Bobak Ferdowski), yeah, meet the new American heroes fueling the new space boom.
Sweet, via wired

Straight up: Civic Tech Faces Uphill Battle

Civic Tech companies aim to make interacting with government less painful, but they face logistical hurdles.

Oy, via mattermark

Bonus: StartupPHL Call for Ideas Application is Live – Deadline is November 13

Do you or your organization have an idea that supports or enhances Philly’s entrepreneurial community? We want to know.

 


StartupPHL is the City of Philadelphia’s platform for supporting entrepreneurship and startup activity.

All events and applications noted in this newsletter are for informational purposes only and not an endorsement. We encourage readers to perform due diligence for any programs listed here.

StartupPHL’s Call for Ideas Program is Live!

Do you or your organization have an idea that supports or enhances Philly’s entrepreneurial community?

Startup PHL has launched its fifth Call for Ideas, a grant program to fund innovative and exciting proposals that support Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem. While all ideas are welcome, this fifth round of Call for Ideas seeks to fund programs that are promoting entrepreneurship while also:

  • Utilizing the open data sets the City of Philadelphia has published.
  • Using entrepreneurship as a tool to help reduce poverty.

The Call for Ideas program provides small grants to organizations with ideas or initiatives that best meet the objectives of Startup PHL:

  • Increasing business and job creation in Philadelphia;
  • Enhancing collaboration between organizations that support entrepreneurs;
  • Fostering networks and creating space for entrepreneurs to develop businesses and connect with mentors, advisors, talent and capital;
  • Deepening integration and coordination between city government, citizens, students, and the startup community.

Applications are due at 11:59 PM, on Sunday, November 13, 2016.  Apply here.

Any questions can be directed to Archna Sahay at: archna.sahay@phila.gov

The StartupPHL Call for Ideas is a Department of Commerce and PIDC program that provides grants for projects that support entrepreneurs and improve Philadelphia’s startup scene. Call for Ideas grants are NOT for funding a business startup costs. The Call for Ideas application period is now OPEN.