StartupPHL Newsletter #47

2016 Highlights, Podcasts, Space Photos and More

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Looking back on memorable moments of 2016, the annual Philly Geek Awards takes top billing for us at StartupPHL. PGA is the rare Philly event that authentically captures the essence of what makes Philly, Philly: A true celebration of collaboration, love, diversity and these crazy cats! Photo By: Clever Girl Photography

Check Out StartupPHL’s Favorite Things From 2016

Your weekend reading is right here.

Podcasts For 2017

As we consider resolutions for the new year, one might be to consume content from more diverse channels. To get you started, try these exceptional women-hosted podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Full List, via Entrepreneur

Mobile Tech In India

Gain insight into one of the world’s largest markets as you plan your global domination strategy for 2017.

Details, via Harvard Business Review

Eye Candy From The Sky

Take a break from contemplating your existence, the year that was, and what lies ahead for 2017, by scrolling through these stunning space photos.

Images, via Wired

StartupPHL Spotlight

Delivery of medical care with the patient in mind — technology at its best. Lariq Byrd‘s life changed forever in 2015, when he was hit by two stray bullets and left without feeling in most of his body. Today, he is working with students from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Philadelphia University at the Comcast Collaboration Studio to develop custom technology.

MUSE Consulting is the consulting arm of Wharton’s premier undergraduate marketing club. They provide market research, strategy, competitive analysis, detailed marketing plans and other related consulting services for both large companies and startups around Philadelphia. The firm is looking for interested companies in need of services for the spring semester. Projects will start in January. Please contact Lacey Chaum or Richie Lou if you’re interested.

We want to shine a light on awesome things happening in the local community. Have something to share? Email us or tell us on social.


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 Favorite Things From 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the past year and highlight our favorite moments .

  1. SXSW/SXSW Eco: We were excited to take part in SXSW as a community this year, and it was an honor when StartupPHL was invited back for Eco in October to speak about Smart Cities. We look forward to returning to Austin in 2017 — this time with Mayor Kenney, who will be attending SXSW as part of a US Conference of Mayors delegation!
  2. Mayor Kenney’s Op-Ed: This fall, Mayor Kenney shared his thoughts on the influential role of tech, entrepreneurship and startups in solidifying Philadelphia as an innovation city.
  3. Post a Pilot: A new project launched earlier this year as part of StartupPHL’s site relaunch, Post a Pilot aims to connect startups with anchor institutions in the City. The idea behind the program is that more than capital, what a startup really needs is customers! We are happy to report Post a Pilot was a success for our first anchor institution — PGW. Stay tuned for more developments from this program in 2017.
  4. U.S. Chamber Ranking: Philly came in 8th with our first appearance in this ranking (produced by 1776 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) of cities and their readiness to take advantage of the digital economy. We ranked in the Top 10, ahead of D.C. and New York City. Many more accolades ahead in 2017 for our beloved city!
  5. The General Fabulousness of Our Community: The folks here at StartupPHL are consistently impressed with the tenacity, dedication, diversity and commitment of the tech community in Philadelphia. None of the highlights mentioned above would be possible without the amazing people we get to work with daily. It is a privilege to rep our community throughout the country and world. We are humbled to serve you and call you our friends. We love you Philly tech, and we look forward to another year of championing your successes! Thanks for all you do!

StartupPHL Newsletter #46

Collision Density, Cognitive Bias and Diversity

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Call for Ideas grantee TinyWPA’s Instagram game is strong! Check them out: @tinywpa

Your weekend reading is right here.

Collision Density In The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

How often are you going to run into someone with whom you can do something creative or interesting? Increasingly, we are seeing more innovation and entrepreneurship happening in dynamic, diverse urban areas as opposed to suburban tech parks.

Details, via Fast Co Exist

Cognitive Bias & Venture Capital

The argument can be made that venture capitalists are particularly susceptible to cognitive biases.

Find Out Why, via startups.co

The Importance Of A Diverse & Inclusive Tech Community

OpenView takes an honest look at their own progress toward increasing diversity and explains why inclusion is more important than ever in the tech community.

Learn More, via OpenView

StartupPHL Spotlight

MUSE Consulting is the consulting arm of Wharton’s premier undergraduate marketing club. They provide market research, strategy, competitive analysis, detailed marketing plans and other related consulting services for both large companies and startups around Philadelphia. The firm is looking for interested companies in need of services for the spring semester. Projects will start in January. Please contact Lacey Chaum or Richie Lou if you’re interested.

We want to shine a light on awesome things happening in the local community. Have something to share? Email us or tell us on social.


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 #45

SXSW News, Fighting Small Battles, and an Opportunity from Microsoft Reactor

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Guess who’s going to SXSW 2017?!? We’re happy to announce that Mayor Kenney is heading to Austin with us this year! Get the deets

Your weekend reading is right here.

Join Amplify Philly at SXSW

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia will have an organized presence at SXSW. As part of the effort, Amplify Philly is distributing grants to local startups to cover 50 percent of costs for a booth at the trade show. There’s still room for three more companies, so email Yuval Yarden ASAP if you’re interested.

Small Battles = Big Wins

Growth doesn’t come from targets set on high, but instead is the result of lessons learned directly from customers and the front line. Micro battles – discrete, narrowly defined, customer-focused initiatives pursued by small cross-functional teams – force everyone to meet a narrow goal.

Learn More, via Harvard Business Review

Solving Tough Problems With Tech

Technology is a powerful tool that can be leveraged to solve some of our most pressing issues and help bring communities together.

Thoughts from a VC Founder & CEO, via The Information

Innovation Clusters Beyond California

An oldie but a goodie…and even more relevant today. Marc Andreessen on  why we should stop trying to copy Silicon Valley.

Get the Story, via Politico

Open Call From Microsoft Reactor Philadelphia

If you have a startup or growth stage company in Philadelphia that’s focusing on B2B Enterprise Software, B2C Software, AI and Machine Learning, Gaming, or Internet of Things, the Reactor: Better Faster Stronger program is looking for you. The program will offer access to mentorship, pitch competitions, advisement on products from a technology standpoint, and other resources.

Send an overview of your company to ReactorBFSPHL@outlook.com and be sure to include:

  • Premise Statement: What are you addressing, What is the problem you are solving
  • Solution: What is the need you fulfill with your business
  • Mission Statement: Why you exist, What do you do
  • Proof: How you’re doing this
  • Team: Who you are
  • Team Lead: Contact information, email address and phone number

StartupPHL Spotlight

MUSE Consulting is the consulting arm of Wharton’s premier undergraduate marketing club. They provide market research, strategy, competitive analysis, detailed marketing plans and other related consulting services for both large companies and startups around Philadelphia. The firm is looking for interested companies in need of services for the spring semester. Projects will start in January. Please contact Lacey Chaum or Richie Lou if you’re interested.

We want to shine a light on awesome things happening in the local community. Have something to share? Email us or tell us on social.


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 #44

Inbound Networking, Life Hacks Using Physics, and The Future of Finance

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This week Mayor Kenney spoke at Philly Startup Leaders’ Founder Factory kickoff event: #DiversityDinner16Check out Technical.ly’s recap. Photos via @TechnicallyPHL & @FabiolaCineas.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Networking With Other Successful People

Cultivating a strong network is one of the best investments you can make, but as you progress in your career it can become increasingly difficult to connect with other professionals. Harvard Business Review explores the idea of “inbound networking” – finding ways to attract prominent individuals to you.

3 Strategies, via Harvard Business Review

Tis The Season For Bad Weather & Automobile Snafus

The winter months tend to bring sleet, snow and other unpleasant weather. Since these conditions increase the chances of cars ending up in ditches, we want you to be prepared! Learn how to pull a car from a ditch using nothing but rope, a tree and the laws of physics.

Details, via Wired

How AI Is Impacting Financial Institutions

AI is bringing innovation to the financial services field, but the changes to regulation and ethics that come with this are still being worked out. What will the future of finance and wealth look like with the increasing influence of AI?

Learn More, via TechCrunch

StartupPHL Spotlight

We want to shine a light on awesome things happening in the local community. Have something to share? Email us or tell us on social.


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 #43

State of Startups, White House Summit and A FinTech Tale

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This week Mayor Kenney helped launch the Vault – the new innovation space at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson. You can find more info about the innovative design medicine program online

Your weekend reading is right here.

State Of Startups 2016

Our friends at First Round Capital explore what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Hear what 700+ Founders have to say.

See the Results, via First Round Capital

White House Teams Up With Stanford & Tech Leaders

The White House partnered with Stanford University and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to co-host the Summit on Poverty and Opportunity. The two-day event focused on using technology and innovation to address issues like poverty, inequality, and economic immobility.

Details, via BuzzFeed

Seeds Of A FinTech Startup

A story about FinTech, launching at any age, and knowing your market. Like, REALLY knowing your market.

Learn More, via The New York Times

StartupPHL Spotlight

PACT just wrapped up its annual IMPACT Capital Conference. Mayor Kenney opened the event and had some nice things to say about entrepreneurship and Philly’s tech industry.

If you weren’t able to make it this year, head over to the site to see who was there, find out what companies presented, and take a look back at over 20 years of the conference!

We want to shine a light on awesome things happening in the local community. Have something to share? Email us or tell us on social.


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.