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. 

StartupPHL Newsletter #34

CNBC gets it, Smart Cities, and White House Women

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Photo: Throwback to that one time. Rise of the Rest is back on the road. Check out where they are headed this year!

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CNBC Paid Us a Visit to Highlight Philly’s Startup Scene

The City of Brotherly Love is home to a ton of thriving startups, and CNBC took notice! ROAR, BioBots, and RevZilla are featured. Plus, StartupPHL gets kudos!

Check it out, via CNBC

Philadelphia Participating in Smart Cities Initiative from White House

The Obama Administration is expanding the Smart Cities initiative with over $80 million in new Federal investments and double the number of participating cities.
Learn more, via WhiteHouse.gov

White House Women Now in the Room Where It Happens

Some of Obama’s top female staffers have adopted a strategy called “amplification” to make sure their voices are heard.

See how WH women are making power moves, via The Washington Post

Bonus

We’re on the road this week bragging about the Philly Tech Scene. Follow along on social media #StartupChamps


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 #33

Black and Latina founders, City Survey, & Design thinking 

Photo: #LondonIsOpen Enjoyed hearing from our friends in London about plans for the tech ecosystem post Brexit. Mayor of London seeking New York City-style power over taxes and public services.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Looking for Black and Latina Women Founders? We Found Them…

The BIG Accelerator Program, the first accelerator program for Black and Latina women founders of high growth companies, spills stats about their applicants.

Learn More, via Medium

Survey Says…

Mayor Kenney and the City of Philadelphia are looking for your opinion in the 2016 Philadelphia Resident Survey.
Get the story, via Philly.com

Design Your Life

Design thinking applied to…you.

Find Fulfillment, via The New York Times


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.

Philly, It’s Time for SXSW 2017

September 19, 2016 | PhillyMag by Fabiola Cineas

Though South by Southwest 2017 is a few months from now, some Philadelphians are already making an effort to draw the city’s attention to the global destination festival and conference.

Back in March, an estimated 300 Philadelphians—artists, technologists and supporters—made their way to Austin for the annual conference that brings together some of the world’s top innovators and creatives. This year marked the city’s largest concerted effort to elevate Philadelphia on the national platform, and organizers David Silver of REC Philly and Yuval Yarden of Philly Startup Leaders, want to make Philadelphia’s 2017 showing, from March 10th to 19th, even greater.

“SXSW is the leading conference in the country around innovation and technology,” said Silver, “When you think about where and when in the country do thousands of tastemakers and influencers, venture capitalists and business people come together, SXSW is what comes to a lot of people’s minds.”

Get the full story, and how you can get involved.

StartupPHL Newsletter #31

Economists working it, a free Stanford digital photo class, and the KIZ deadline

Views from Billy Penn's Who's Next: Communications bash last week. Check out the latest and the entire series.

Views from Billy Penn’s Who’s Next: Communications bash last week. Check out the latest and the entire series.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Tech industry hiring in-house economists to explain consumer behavior.

Goodbye, Ivory Tower. Hello, Silicon Valley Candy Store.

Check it out, via The NYTimes

Addressing hunger with a pay-what-you-can café in Philly

When EAT Café opens its doors, owner Jones-Craven hopes that everyone will feel comfortable at the table.

Get the story, via The Atlantic CityLab

Back to School

Learn digital photography with this free online course from a Stanford Professor.

New skills after the jump, via DIY Photographer

KIZ applications due September 15

If you’re located in the KIZ, less than 8-years old, and focused on tech or life-sciences, you may be eligible for up to $100,000 annually from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Get the details, via the DCED

Need more info on KIZ’s? Check out our post with maps of Philly’s KIZs.


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.

Vote for these 10 Philly panels up for a spot at SXSW

Some of Philly’s best-known tech faces are headed to Austin — with your vote, that is.

August 16, 2016 | Technical.ly, guest post with Shoshanna Israel

The SXSW PanelPicker is out, and by our count there are — at least — 10 Philly tech panels in the running to land a spot in the festival, which will take place March 10-19 in Austin, Texas.

You may remember the article we posted a couple of months ago, inviting the Philly tech community to submit panel ideas for SXSW. We’re really excited that so many of you are interested in speaking at the conference and hope you’ll be part of the Philly delegation that travels to Austin next spring. At Philly Startup Leaders, we believe it’s important that we have Philadelphians willing to tell the city’s story and help brand it as a hub for innovation and technology.

If you aren’t planning on traveling to SXSW with us, you can still help us Amplify Philly. The SXSW PanelPicker, the platform that allows the public to vote for the topics they want to hear about at the conference, is now open. A bunch of Philly speakers submitted proposals and you can help propel them to Austin.

1. The Lifecycle of Engagement of Girls in Tech
Panelist: Tracey Welson-Rossman
Vote

2. React Animations – Practically Applied
Panelist: Mitchell Stewart
Vote

3. My Ten Favorite Startup Mistakes
Panelist: Rick Nucci
Vote

4. The Power & Potential of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Panelist: Stephen Tang
Vote

5. Shape Your City’s Innovation Community
Panelist: Christopher Wink, Niles Heron, Danielle Cohn, Apu Gupta
Vote

6. New Technology and Protecting US Data
Panelist: Lauren Ancona, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Elizabeth Pemmerl, Jake Williams
Vote

7. React: JavaScript to Engage Your Web Visitors
Panelist: Ken Rimple
Vote

8. Hands-on Bluetooth Low Energy Workshop
Panelist: Don Coleman
Vote

9. 7 Lessons from the Future of Content
Panelist: David Thomas
Vote

10. Why Healthcare Needs Better Design to Innovate?
Panelist: Bon Ku
Vote

To vote for someone on SXSW PanelPicker, you have to create an account, visit the links above and click “thumbs up” in the top left corner of your screen to vote. Feel free to comment with a note of support or use the social media buttons on the left hand side of your screen to share the links of the panel ideas you really like.

See you in Austin!

Original Sauce

These Startups Won Awards for Best Workplace Culture, Civic Savvy and More

This year’s Philly Startup Leaders’ Summer BBQ was action-packed, with more than 400 attendees. The group also announced its launch of the Philly Tech Guide.

August 13, 2016 | PhillyMag by Fabiola Cineas

Standouts in the startup community had reason to rejoice on Thursday evening. At Philly Startup Leaders’ annual Summer BBQ at The Piazza at Schmidt’s, the organization doled out awards to members of the community.

But leaders weren’t recognized for traditional markers of success. Instead, they took home gold medallions — shinier and twice the size of Olympics gold medals — for quirkier, more comical accomplishments.

“The Emerging Politician” award presented by UKTI went to Curalate for their civic pride. According to PSL, the company is closely tied to the local government — the CEO, Apu Gupta, wrote an open letter to Mayor Jim Kenney, and it hired Luke Butler, former Mayor Michael Nutter’s special assistant. The company was also named the official tech partner of the DNC. Curalate beat out Azavea and Skyless Gaming for the prize. …

Get the whole scoop.

City Hall is looking for ways the Internet of Things can improve city life

Philadelphia city government is launching a “Smart City Challenge” and issuing a call for ideas. Apply by Aug. 12.

July 18, 2016 | Technical.ly by Roberto Torres

Just the other day, at a press conference announcing Curalate as an official technology provider for the Democratic National Convention, Mayor Jim Kenney said he was glad to see the DNC take advantage of Philly’s tech resources.

Now city government is looking to harness some of that tech energy through the Smart City Challenge, an open call for ideas from citizens and experts on how the city can improve services and operations through tech. At this stage, the city is looking for ideas on how to leverage city assets — think streetlight poles and cell towers — through that elusive idea that is the internet of things (IoT).

City officials said in a press release that they hope to hear from technologists, telecommunications specialists, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally.

“We know the people of this city — in the neighborhoods and in the private sector — are steeped in great ideas, and this is an effort to tap into that wealth of creative thinking,” said Chief Administrative Officer Rebecca Rhynhart, who is overseeing the challenge. “Whatever your background, if you have an innovative idea on new uses for city assets, we want to hear from you.”

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Amplify Philly: SXSW Edition

In 2016 Philadelphia had its first formal presence at SXSW. Led by Philly Startup Leaders and a cadre of community leaders.

We’re planning 2017 already, starting with getting the word out about how to become a speaker at SXSW.

Check out the video with highlights from the SXSW Interactive tradeshow floor and an all-Philly lineup concert.