Mayor Nutter, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger Announce New Startup PHL Call for Ideas Awards

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Mayor visits Coded by Kids after-school program providing tech training to young people in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, May 7, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today a new round of Startup PHL Call for Ideas grants to organizations that provide programs and events to support entrepreneurship in Philadelphia.  The funding supports the goals of providing opportunities to young people in neighborhoods all across the city; increasing the diversity of Philadelphia’s technology sector; and fostering greater collaboration among universities and better connecting students to startups in Philadelphia.

“Through Startup PHL our goal is to create opportunities for all Philadelphians to participate in the new technology-driven economy,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Programs such as Coded by Kids, TechGirlz, and FirstHand are reaching into diverse communities throughout our city and providing the skills and confidence needed to work in the technology sector, or even to start a company.  This is all part of our commitment to establish Philadelphia as a thriving startup city with opportunities available to all.”

John Grady, President of PIDC, said, “We are proud partners in the StartUp PHL initiative.  PIDC is pleased to help support entrepreneurship in Philadelphia with this multifaceted initiative to increase the availability of capital and make Philadelphia an attractive place for entrepreneurs.”

The latest round of Startup PHL Call for Ideas grants provides funding to four organizations, bringing the total number of programs supported by this initiative to fourteen.  The programs funded in this round include:

  • University City Science Center FirstHand Program ($25,000) – a youth STEAM initiative serving Philadelphia youth from under-resourced schools and the teachers, professionals and families from their communities. The Startup PHL funding assists in lab equipment acquisition for the FirstHand Lab, a dedicated lab space for students.
  •  Drexel University, Regional University Business Plan Competition ($23,500) Startup PHL funding will help establish a multi-university business plan competition run by a new consortium of university-based entrepreneurship programs and incubators.  Drexel University’s Chuck Sacco, organizer of this initiative, commented, “A number of us at university-based entrepreneurship programs wanted to find new ways to have entrepreneurially-minded college students work across the region and build their networks at other universities and colleges and within the community.  A regional business plan competition will be a great way for that to occur”.
  • Coded by Kids Instructor Pipeline Project ($19,870) – Coded by Kids provides inner city children with free, engaging, challenging and creative tech education program. Startup PHL funding will establish an adult training program for instructors in the Coded by Kids workshops.
  • TechGirlz Entrepreneur Bootcamp in a Box ($10,000) – TechGirlz hold workshops and an annual entrepreneurial summer camp serving middle-school girls. Startup PHL funding will expand the existing and successful TechGirlz Summer Entrepreneur Bootcamp materials into sharable, lesson plan formats so other groups can teach the program.  TechGirlz founder Tracey Welson-Rossman commented, “This Tech Entrepreneur Camp is unique in this country and we are extremely happy to be partnering with the City to have more girls understand how they can participate in the tech and startup economy. Innovation is gender blind.”

Later today Mayor Nutter will visit the Coded by Kids after-school program at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center to see how this initiative is providing a coding-focused education program that would normally be out of reach for many Philadelphia residents and is preparing prepare both children and adults for careers in web development.

“Providing tech education opportunities to Philadelphia residents who have traditionally lacked access to these opportunities is critical to the social and economic success of our communities,” said Coded by Kids founder Sylvester Mobley.

Startup PHL is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, PIDC, and First Round Capital to provide funding for early-stage companies and to support programs that develop the startup community in Philadelphia.  Through Startup PHL Funds and co-investments from First Round Capital eight Philadelphia startups have received more than $1 million in combined seed stage or angel investment since October 2013, and through the Call For Ideas Grants fourteen organizations have received almost $300,000 in funding to support entrepreneurship programming.

“Philadelphia’s emergence as a hub for startups and technology companies is one of the most exciting trends for the future of this city,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.  “This Administration, through Startup PHL and a range of other initiatives, is proud to support the work of entrepreneurs across Philadelphia who are building companies, developing exciting new products, and providing innovative, challenging job opportunities for the growing number of people who want to live and work in our city.”

Mayor Nutter Announces Startup PHL Angel Fund Investment in Gencore Systems

Philadelphia, March 27, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Startup PHL Angel Fund has made a $100,000 investment in Gencore Systems, a software company based in Philadelphia founded by a computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The growth of a vibrant startup economy is one of the most exciting developments to take place in this city over recent years and my Administration is proud to do all we can to continue to promote Philadelphia as one of America’s top startup cities,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Through Startup PHL and a range of other initiatives we are providing the resources and support system to help exciting companies start, stay and grow in Philadelphia.  Thank you to our partners at PIDC and First Round Capital for making this work possible.”

Gencore Systems offers a non-intrusive, network-based application performance management solution that provides deep-insights into service delivery and user experience of cloud applications, and helps troubleshoot performance bottlenecks in a proactive manner. The Gencore solution is compatible with both private and public cloud setups, as well as data centers that deploy state-of-the-art Software-defined Networking (SDN) technologies. The company is a spinoff from the University of Pennsylvania, and has incorporated award-winning research into its products.

“We are excited to receive the Startup PHL investment, and plan to use the funding to continue product development, and enhance our product through our ongoing pilot deployments with customers,” said Gencore Systems founder Boon Thau Loo.  “Gencore Systems is delighted to be in Philadelphia. We have been able to benefit from a steady stream of engineering and business talent from local universities. Moreover, the community here is close-knit, and we have always been able to get advice from other entrepreneurs when approached. We look forward to growing the company here in this city.”

Startup PHL is an initiative between the City of Philadelphia, PIDC, and First Round Capital to support the growth of startups in Philadelphia.  The Startup PHL Seed Fund and Startup PHL Angel Fund are partnerships between PIDC and leading venture capital firm First Round Capital to make investments in Philadelphia-based startups.  Gencore Systems is the seventh company to receive an investment.

“We’re thrilled to be investing in a company with such deep roots in Philadelphia’s academic community, and are extremely excited to see what lies in store for Gencore,” said Josh Kopelman, Partner at First Round Capital.

The Startup PHL Call for Ideas is a grant program managed by the Department of Commerce providing grants to initiatives or organizations that are supporting startups and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia.  The program has provided ten grants to date investing $217,400 in Philadelphia’s startup community through a range of organizations such as Startup Corps, Philly Startup Leaders, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Campus Philly, and the Philly Dev Camp.  An announcement of additional grants is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Startup PHL visit www.startupphl.com.

Twenty Philadelphia-Based Life Science and IT Startups Awarded $1.7 Million in KIZ Tax Credits

January 15, 2015 | via PR Web, University City Science Center 

Twenty startup companies in University City and Center City received a collective $1.7 million in tax credits awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in 2014 as part of the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Tax Credit Program. All 20 companies are located in the University City Keystone Innovation Zone.

Pennsylvania’s Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit is a key component of the KIZ program. Up to $25 million of credits are available each year to eligible companies. Companies that do not have any tax liabilities can sell their tax credits themselves or secure a third-party, independent broker to sell the tax credit on their behalf.

Since 2006, over $6.2 million in KIZ Tax Credits have been awarded to 39 companies in the University City KIZ. “Securing non-dedicated funds through the sale of KIZ Tax Credits can be a major boost for early-stage companies operating in the life science and tech sectors” says Robert McGrath, Chair of the University City KIZ Executive Committee and Senior Associate Vice Provost at Drexel University. “The KIZ Tax Credit Program is incentive for companies to move into and stay in the City of Philadelphia and a major economic asset to our entrepreneurial community.”

Eligible companies can access up to $100,000 in tradable credits each year, and many of the awardees will invest those funds in new employees while others will purchase equipment to further develop and commercialize products and technologies. As awardee Robert Moore, Co-founder and CEO of RJMetrics, put it, “Jobs, jobs, jobs! We will use the KIZ Tax Credit to help fund our aggressive team growth. We grew from 40 to 90 people in 2014 and are planning for further growth in 2015.” …

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Mayor Nutter Announces StartupPHL Investments, Creation of New StartupPHL Angel Fund, and Opens Latest ‘Call for Ideas’

Philadelphia, November 12, 2014 – Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a range of investments in Philadelphia’s startups and entrepreneurs through Startup PHL, an initiative of the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, PIDC, and First Round Capital to provide funding for early-stage companies and to support programs that develop the startup community in Philadelphia. The Startup PHL initiative encompasses a range of programs including the Call For Ideas, Startup PHL Funds, and the University City Science Center QED program. Through Startup PHL Funds and co-investments from First Round Capital six Philadelphia startups have received more than $1 million in combined seed or angel investment since October 2013, and through the Call For Ideas Grants ten organizations have received more than $200,000 in funding to support entrepreneurship programming.

“For Philadelphia to continue to grow we must be a city that welcomes exciting, innovative companies and the type of talented workforce that wants to work for those companies,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Through Startup PHL our goal is to send the message that Philadelphia is one of America’s great startup cities and that we are committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in our city.”

In October 2012 the City of Philadelphia, PIDC and First Round Capital announced the creation of the Startup PHL Seed Fund to invest in fast-growing startups in Philadelphia.  Today, First Round Capital and PIDC announced a combined $400,000 seed investment in Velano Vascular, an innovative medical device company, which has pioneered a needle-free method for drawing blood from hospitalized patients.  The company was recently recognized by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC and received a $50,000 prize for innovation in pediatric surgical care.

In addition to Velano Vascular, the Startup PHL Seed Fund has funded two other companies to date, including healthy meal delivery company Real Food Works, announced last year, and a third Philadelphia startup, which is not yet public. Also last year, PIDC made a $750,000 investment in the DreamIT Ventures program to support follow-on funding rounds of those companies participating in DreamIt Ventures’ highly successful accelerator programs.

Mayor Nutter also announced that PIDC and Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital have created the Startup PHL Angel Fund, which increases the range of Philadelphia funding options available to city’s earliest-stage startups.  Making investments from $25,000 to $100,000, the StartUp PHL Angel Fund co-invests alongside angel investors to help very early-stage companies build a minimum viable product or validate key assumptions.

“We are thrilled to contribute to the growing resources available to the Philadelphia community of entrepreneurs through the Startup PHL Seed and Angel Funds,” said Josh Kopelman, the founder of First Round Capital.  “PIDC has been a terrific partner in this endeavor, and we look forward to working with them and Mayor Nutter’s Administration to attract and support the next generation of Philly founders.”

Josh Kopelman and John Grady, President of PIDC, will announce the first three Startup PHL Angel Fund investments of $100,000 at an event this evening organized by Philly Startup Leaders, Technically Philly and Startup PHL to build connections between Philadelphia startups and young people studying in the city.

Squareknot is a way for people to create beautiful step-by-step guides. Users can collaborate on guides by branching off in separate directions to demonstrate their unique way of doing the same thing. By organizing steps and guides the same way that Google Maps might organize multiple routes, and combining that with the crowdsourcing philosophies of Wikipedia, Squareknot will become the de facto destination site for how to do things online.  Founder Jason Rappaport said, “When we were deciding where to put Squareknot, Philadelphia was a very clear choice for us. It’s turned out to be one of the smartest decisions we’ve ever made. Philly has proven itself to be one of the most supportive cities in the country. We feel like we can do something good and make a dent here.”

Tesorio enables companies to self-finance their daily operations, streamlining early payments on invoices so suppliers get paid early and buyers optimize returns on cash.  Carlos Vega, founder of Tesorio said, “Philly has a tight-knit and unassuming tech community that has been helpful at every step. Corporations and potential clients are always ready to talk. Investors and lawyers are accessible and generous with advice. Veteran entrepreneurs are collaborative and truly want to see you succeed. The strength of this network and abundance of talent from local universities drove us to choose Philly for Tesorio.”

VeryApt combines user reviews with big data analytics to deliver intelligent, personalized apartment recommendations.  Founder Ashrit Kamireddi explained his choice to locate in Philadelphia.  “When it came to choosing the long term headquarters for VeryApt, our primary focus was picking a city where we could hire high quality talent.  Philadelphia was the obvious choice because of its amazing universities, rapidly growing millennial population, and affordability. We have also been incredibly impressed by Mayor Nutter’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and we’re really excited to be part of Philly’s entrepreneurial revolution!”

“Together the Startup PHL Seed and Angel Funds provide much needed early stage capital to help make Philadelphia an attractive place for entrepreneurs,” said John Grady, President of PIDC. “PIDC is committed to driving growth throughout the city and our Startup PHL initiative is a great way to help support the growth for this important sector of Philadelphia’s economy. We are proud to partner with First Round Capital and Josh Kopelman to create these funds and invest in these terrific businesses to launch and grow here in Philadelphia.”

Finally Mayor Nutter announced that the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department is now accepting applications for the third round of Startup PHL Call for Ideas, a program providing grants to initiatives or organizations that are supporting startups and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia.  The program has provided ten grants to date investing $217,400 in Philadelphia’s startup community through a range of organizations such as Startup Corps, Philly Startup Leaders, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Campus Philly, and the Philly Dev Camp.  The closing date for applications for the third Call for Ideas is Friday January 2, 2015.  Further information, along with details of previous investments and how to apply, can be found at www.startupphl.com.

“Supporting startups and entrepreneurs across Philadelphia through programs such as Startup PHL is one of our top priorities and we’re seeing real success from these efforts,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.  “Businesses from across the region, country and around the world are giving Philadelphia a second look as a place to locate due to our talented workforce, our livable downtown, the strong network to plug into, and the ease of doing business in our city.  It is thanks to partners such as PIDC and First Round Capital that the case for moving a business to Philadelphia is an increasingly convincing case to make.”

The growth of Philadelphia as a startup hub is an exciting trend for the future of the city.  From major corporations such as Comcast and Independence Blue Cross investing in innovation to the continued growth of grassroots efforts such as Philly Startup Leaders, N3RD Street, and Philly Tech Week, recent years have seen an increase in the level of activity supporting startups.  Companies such as RJ Metrics, Cloudmine, and Leadnomics have raised venture capital and moved into larger office space while businesses such as SevOne, Think Brownstone, and Eastern Standard have established Philadelphia offices.

Mayor Nutter Welcomes Think Brownstone to Philadelphia

Latest suburban company to open a Philadelphia ‘gateway’ office

Philadelphia, July 10, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Think Brownstone, a Conshohocken-based user experience and design agency, opened the company’s new Philadelphia office at the historic Packard Grande Building in Center City.  Founded in 2007 by Carl White and Brian McIntire, Think Brownstone employs 50 people, including at least 15 who will work in the Philadelphia office, with the potential to expand.   Think Brownstone is the latest in a long line of companies to open a Philadelphia ‘gateway’ office in order to attract the talented workforce that wants to live and work in the city.  Other companies that have recently opened ‘gateway’ offices include Bentley Systems, Fiberlink, SevOne, and Eisner Amper.

“Think Brownstone’s decision to open an office in Philadelphia is the latest demonstration that Philadelphia is a great place to start and grow a technology company,” said Mayor Nutter. “Through initiatives like Startup PHL, my Administration, together with our partner PIDC, continues to do all we can to make Philadelphia a more business-friendly place and put this city on the map as one of America’s most diverse, dynamic and exciting places to build a company.”

Think Brownstone is a user experience and design agency that works with global clients, such as ING, The Hay Group, and Comcast, to improve their digital products. The company uses extensive research and discovery methods to produce user-centered software, including business applications, websites, and data visualization and analytic tools.

“When we originally pictured Think Brownstone, it was going to be in an historic building in the City of Philadelphia,” said Carl White, co-founder and CEO. “Even though we established our first studio in Conshohocken, we are thrilled to see that original vision come to life in our second studio at 15th and Sansom Streets. We are looking forward to being closer to our Philadelphia clients, being more convenient to the extensive pool of talented Philadelphia designers and developers, and taking advantage of all of the business services the city has to offer.”

Supporting entrepreneurs and startup companies in Philadelphia and attracting an educated talented workforce is a major priority for the Nutter Administration. Since the launch of Startup PHL the City has awarded more $210,000 across ten Startup PHL Call for Ideas grants. The latest round focused on attracting and retaining talent; recipients include organizations such as Penn Apps Fellows, Philly Startup Leaders and Technically Philly, NextFab, Zivtech, and the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. In addition, PIDC has also made investments in the Science Center’s QED program and in DreamIt Ventures, which established its global headquarters at 3401 Market Street on Drexel University’s campus.

“Companies large and small are increasingly moving to Philadelphia because they have access to an incredible talented workforce, high quality of life, and a growing support system for entrepreneurs” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “This is a very exciting and promising development for the future of our city’s tech ecosystem.”

For more information about Startup PHL please visit www.startupphl.com. For more information about Think Brownstone please visit www.thinkbrownstone.com

Mayor Nutter Appoints New Chief Data Officer

Philadelphia, July 2, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Tim Wisniewski has been appointed Chief Data Officer (CDO) for the City of Philadelphia under the Office of Innovation and Technology.  In this role, Wisniewski will coordinate departmental efforts to enhance open government and civic engagement by publishing government data online and will act as the public liaison between data users and data providers.  Additionally, he will oversee the management of the City’s web portfolio, application development and civic technology, including redesigning Phila.Gov as a platform for connecting the general public to open data.

“The Chief Data Officer position plays a key role in our Administration’s efforts to be more transparent, efficient and effective by facilitating information sharing between the City and its residents and between departments,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Tim has a technology and community building background and he has been keenly focused on civic engagement and that clearly makes him a standout choice.  Tim’s appointment will strengthen the City’s commitment to open data and refocus the Administration’s strategy.  I am looking forward to the good work Tim will do with our Open Data policy.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Nutter, Deputy Mayor Greenberger Open New Offices for Tech Companies in Philadelphia

Arcweb, OneTwoSee & Medical Guardian move into new, larger space 

Philadelphia, June 13, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, participated in a series of events today to highlight the growing strength of the startup and technology community in Philadelphia.  Three fast-growing technology companies – Arcweb, OneTwoSee and Medical Guardian – officially opened new or expanded office space to accommodate rapid growth and new employees.  Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Greenberger also visited PeopleLinx to participate in a ‘fireside chat’ with founder Patrick Baynes and their employees.

“Philadelphia is increasingly on the map as one of America’s great startup cities thanks to our incredibly talented workforce, low-cost of doing business, and a strong entrepreneurial community that supports the growth of early-stage companies,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Companies like Arcweb, OneTwoSee, Medical Guardian and PeopleLinx are emblematic of a broader pattern of exciting startups starting, staying and growing in Philadelphia.”

The Nutter Administration, in partnership with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and startups in Philadelphia.  Through a range of initiatives, such as Startup PHL and efforts by the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Adel Ebeid, to streamline contracting procedures to enable startups to participate in City business the public sector in Philadelphia has partnered with the private sector to increase the resources and opportunities available to startups.

“The emergence of Philadelphia as a startup hub is very encouraging for the future of our city,” said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger.  “A talented workforce increasingly wants to live in an urban environment, enjoy a high quality of life, and work for exciting and innovative companies.  Philadelphia has all of these assets and that’s one reason why our population is on the way up and our unemployment rate is on the way down.”

Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Greenberger made four stops in two hours to demonstrate the City of Philadelphia’s support for fast-growing companies in the city.  In recent months Mayor Nutter has participated in events to highlight startup success stories such as Artisan Mobile, Curalate, RJ Metrics, RealFoodWorks, and SevOne.  The four companies that were part of today’s tour include:

Arcweb

Founded in 2011, Arcweb recently moved out of Indy Hall into new space at 234 Market Street in order to accommodate an employee count which recently grew to more than 20 people.  The company builds software solutions that primarily service the financial and healthcare markets.  Arcweb was founded by Chris Cera, local entrepreneur and one of the original co-founders of Philly Startup Leaders.  “The Mayor’s continued support of the technology and startup communities is admirable, and has been a catalyst of the growth we have seen,” said Cera.  “It’s exciting to be a member of the community, and very easy to be inspired by many of the people that have grown here in recent years.”

OneTwoSee

OneTwoSee is a fast-growing, Philadelphia-based interactive TV application startup that sits at the intersection of digital media, sports and technology.  It has more than doubled in size since November 2013 and is on track to have more than 20 employees by Fall 2014.  OneTwoSee recently closed a $1.3 million round of fundraising and moved out of Seed Philly to take its own office space at 1650 Arch Street.

Medical Guardian

Medical Guardian was founded in 2005 by local entrepreneur Geoff Gross and has since grown to approximately 100 employees servicing more than 200,000 clients.  Medical Guardian provides an affordable and reliable medical alert service to all those who wish to live an independent life, regardless of their limitations.  The company moved into 12,800 square feet of space at 1818 Market Street in April 2013 and in June 2014 increased the size of its space to 22,600 square feet.

PeopleLinx

PeopleLinx was founded in 2009 by Patrick Baynes and Nathan Egan to help companies improve their workforce’s use of social networks boosting sales and market reach.  They currently employ 25 people and have more than 50 clients.  Mayor Nutter participated in a ‘fireside chat’ with PeopleLinx employees where he shared his own background and talked about his support for the tech community, taking questions from employees.

Vistar Media: why this NYC adtech startup’s tech team is based in Philly

May 7, 2014 | Technically Philly by Juliana Reyes

The beginning of a startup is “a huge software problem,” as the cofounders of venture-backed adtech startup Vistar Media put it.

That’s why Mark Chadwick and Michael Provenzano wanted to hire engineers in a city they were comfortable in. That city was Philadelphia. It was the place they learned the ropes of running a startup, while working at Invite Media, the Center City online advertising company that sold to Google in 2010 for $81 million.

Today, Vistar Media’s six-person engineering team is based in Rittenhouse Square, while the rest of their team (eight staffers) is based in New York City. They’re currently hiring in both cities.

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Mayor Nutter Opens New Office for Fast Growing Tech Firm SevOne; Announces Latest Startup PHL Call for Ideas Winners

Philadelphia, March20, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and SevOne officially opened the company’s new Philadelphia office at the Land Title Building. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, with 270 total employees, SevOne opened an office in Philadelphia in March 2013 with just 12 software developers. With 30 employees currently and plans to employ 50 in Philadelphia by the end of the year, the company has quickly outgrown its first office. Mayor Nutter also announced the winners of the second Startup PHL Call for Ideas awards to support entrepreneurs and improve student engagement with Philadelphia’s tech community.

“SevOne’s Philadelphia presence is further evidence that our City has the talent that growing companies need for success. Philadelphia continues to develop into one of America’s most diverse, dynamic and exciting places to build a technology company,” said Mayor Nutter. “Initiatives like the Startup PHL Call for Ideas, which fosters talent and better connects that talent to thriving companies like SevOne, demonstrate our support for entrepreneurs every step of the way.”

SevOne provides some of the world’s largest companies, including Comcast, Verizon, and Morgan Stanley, a patented performance monitoring, management, and reporting platform to detect and avoid poor network performance. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Forbes Magazine named SevOne one of America’s Most Promising Companies. In 2013, the company announced a $150 million dollar investment from Bain Capital.

“As a result of SevOne’s accelerated growth, which saw headcount double to 270 employees in the past year alone, it was imperative that we open a larger office in Philadelphia to meet our constantly evolving needs,” explained Jack Sweeney, CEO of SevOne. “We couldn’t be more pleased to remain here in Philadelphia, a vibrant, first-rate city with a motivated and technology-savvy workforce.”

Mayor Nutter also announced the second Startup PHL Call for Idea award winners. The Startup PHL Call for Ideas is a program that provides grants for projects that support entrepreneurs and improves Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem. This second Call for Ideas focuses on student engagement with Philadelphia’s tech community.

2014 Call for Ideas Grant Awards:

PennApps Fellows Internship Program – $25,000 to fund 10 internships in a local program connecting student interns from across the nation to Philadelphia based companies for a 10-week internship during the summer 2014.

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator – $25,000 to create a series of monthly seminars, panels and interactive workshops focused on the business of fashion for the design community.

Zivtech Developer Boot Camp – $24,000 to teach a six-week developer bootcamp to a class of 30 participants.

NextFab Fellows Coop Program – $25,000 to support four co-op fellowships. Students will receive training and materials while gaining experience working with NextFab companies who struggle to find talent.

Technical.ly / Philly Startup Leaders – $25,000 to create and execute a series of eight workshops to better connect the PHL tech community to students and universities.

Mayor Nutter also thanked the following people for their support and assistance: M. Therese Flaherty (Wharton Small Business Development Center), Apu Gupta (Curalate), Wil Reynolds and Crystal O’Neill (Seer Interactive), Steve Goodman (Morgan Lewis), and Richard Vague (Gabriel Investments).

“Companies continually tell us that a talented workforce is one of the most important factors to their growth,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “Connecting Philadelphia’s world-class universities and students to our burgeoning tech community is a necessary component to not only retain students past graduation, but to also maintain the momentum we see with companies like SevOne expanding in Philadelphia.”

2013 Call for Ideas Grantee Update:

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/Campus Philly received $25,000 to create a Targeted Internship Matching Program and placed 10 Philadelphia-area university students at BFTP portfolio companies in Philadelphia in the summer of 2013. One student, Adam Fender, continues to work with his placement company, Agile Switch. “I’ve learned a ridiculous amount in the last 7 months and I have really enjoyed the work. It is also very clear to me that I do not want to leave Philadelphia after graduation. I know that was something that this program hoped to accomplish and it certainly has done that,” said Fender.

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce received $18,400 to develop an online Entrepreneur’s Resource Directory. The directory provides a centralized online resource for entrepreneurs to find information on funding sources, professional and technical expertise, specialized facilities and professional services. The Directory can be found at http://erd.gpcc.com/

The Enterprise Center, Center for Culinary Enterprises, Philly Food Innovation Program received $15,000 to develop a technical workshop series for early to middle-stage food entrepreneurs. Topics included culinary math, food safety and labeling, and hospitality law. These workshops, which occurred in the summer 2013, were filmed and will be posted to The Enterprise Center website as well as available publically. A preview video is available at http://theenterprisecenter.com/philly-food-innovation-program/

PhillyCORE Leaders received $15,000 to support the Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education (SEED) program, which included a pitch event for education entrepreneurs to compete for funding held in October 2013. The nonprofit 12+ received a $5,000 grant to open a college prep center at Penn Treaty High School. Teacher Trey Smith received a $2,500 grant to launch the Philadelphia Engineering/Math Challenge. To develop their ideas further, both winning teams currently attend the Fels Institute Social Innovations Lab.

Startup Corps received $20,000 to support the expansion of a high school entrepreneur program that provides programming to a diverse range of teenagers looking to develop entrepreneurial skills and build businesses. Startup Corps is currently accepting applications for its spring afterschool program serving students aged 13-18. http://www.startupcorps.org/#programs

For more information about SevOne visit www.SevOne.com.

City to bankroll internships, workshops to boost Philly tech scene

March 20th, 2014 | WHYY Newsworks by Zack Seward

The city of Philadelphia is bankrolling tech internships and workshops, using a series of grants to local firms.

“What we wanted to do was really look carefully at the integration of students and universities with the startup community,” said Alan Greenberger, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for economic development.

The five grants total $124,000. It’s the second round of grants to flow from the mayor’s $500,000 Startup PHL Call for Ideas fund.

City officials say the program is meant to both boost local startups and retain young tech talent with the lure of paid gigs. Greenberger says the renewed focus on college-age workers drew from experience with a similar program funded by the first round of Startup PHL grants.

Two outside observers say this influx of funding is likely to be a worthwhile investment…

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