Startup PHL Newsletter #52

City Employee Workspaces, The World’s Richest 8, Improving Globalization

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Innovation is for everyone.

Harold Epps and Dawn Summerville hearing from Microsoft about the transformative collaboration between MSFT and the City of Boston.
Check out what MSFT is up to in Philly at the new Reactor space in University City.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Being good does pay off…

The Better Business, Better World report shows how the Global Goals are a compelling growth strategy for business. Learn more about them.

 Better Business, Better World, via BSDC

Midsize Cities Are Entrepreneurship’s Real Test…

Midsize cities (.5 to 5 million) are where most people live, work and play and will continue to do so in the future. What does that mean for scaling up urban entrepreneurship?

Read about it, via Harvard Business Review

The 5 Ways You Can Build a Thriving Startup World in Your Community

Cities take time to become great, but one person or organization can be an inflection point. For entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley, here are 5 tips on how to ensure that your city is next in line!

See the list, via Entrepreneur

StartupPHL Spotlight

The eighth annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is now accepting applications. The application period closes Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 

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.

Startup PHL Newsletter #51

City Employee Workspaces, The World’s Richest 8, Improving Globalization

@PHLBizMCaffrey wrote up a lengthy, and diverse, piece on Women in Tech a few weeks back for PBJ. This past week, @TWelsonRossman organized a fete to celebrate the founders that were mentioned and get a little networking time in too!

Image courtesy of @TWelsonRossman (Instagram)

Your weekend reading is right here.

A Little Love for Our Wonderful City Employees

The Atlantic’s “Americans at Work” photo essay this week features photographs of the daily lives and spaces of workers in Philadelphia’s Municipal Offices, by photographer Ryan Collerd.

Americans at Work, via The Atlantic

Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

How concentrated has wealth become in the globalized modern world? Here’s one answer: Just eight of the richest people on earth own as much combined wealth as half the human race. Here are the eight, with their net worth as estimated by Forbes.

See the list, via The New York Times

Go East, Young Person

Ignoring the very real costs of trade and globalization is not only counterproductive but indefensible. Instead, the United States needs to move forward based on a new economic agenda, one that promotes inclusion and helps workers and communities caught in transition.

Read about it, via Harvard Business Review

StartupPHL Spotlight

@RakiaReynolds is doing big things on the national stage. Check her out on Queen Boss on @CentricTV dropping entrepreneurial knowledge to help African American women build and scale their businesses.

The eighth annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is now accepting applications. The application period closes Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 

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 #32

India, Magic Machines, and Good Vibes

Photo: We spent the day hanging at the White House learning about how to get important STEM education into the hands of all students. Check out the plan.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Thoughts from a Wharton Professor on one of the largest markets in the world

How India can become a new Silicon Valley.

Check it out, via World Economic Forum

Magic Machines

Deliberately blurring the boundaries between reality and VR, this magic machine tricks you into seeing any car it wants.
Get the story, via Wired Magazine

Are you giving off the right vibe?

The more you energize your coworkers, the better everyone performs.

Get the buzz, via Harvard Business Review

Being a Force for Change: a Women in Tech Roundtable

5:30, Wednesday, September 21
at Tonic Design

More tickets added! via Tonic Design Co.


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 #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.

Why my biotech company chose to expand in Philadelphia

July 25, 2016 | Philadelphia Business Journal by Mahesh Narayanan

Like gossip spilling through the halls of a high school cafeteria, word is out. At first it was the faint whispers, but it quickly amplified to boisterous chatter. Philadelphia has everything a new business needs to build, scale, and stay.

It’s why my company, ImMAGE Biotherapeutics, has decided to establish a presence in the country’s fifth largest city.

With close proximity to venture capital, strong ties to some of the best academic institutions in the world and a massive talent pool that continues to grow, Philadelphia has always had a noticeable potential, especially in the biotechnology industry.

Although we still have a small team, and operations are headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland for now, establishing a desk at the University City Science Center is an important strategic decision. Here were some of the key determining factors:

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City Council takes a stab at fixing procurement

It’s different than the Nutter administration’s FastFWD approach, but a new Bobby Henon proposal is meant to smooth over some of the same issues.

June 23, 2016 | Technical.ly by Roberto Torres

In 2014, the City of Philadelphia took a million dollars and devoted it to streamlining the procurement process. Why? Because how governments buy goods and services from the private sector can be clunky. …

Well, fast forward to now and city officials are taking another hack at procurement. And this time it’s City Council that’s getting wonky.

Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill last week that aims to help Philly small businesses.

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ROAR for Good makes Entrepreneur’s top wearables list

The University City-based company is gearing up for the release of its Athena “high-tech rape whistle.”

June 9, 2016 | Technical.ly by Roberto Torres

ROAR for Good, that wearable tech company we’ve been telling you about, just made Entrepreneur’s Top 10 in Wearable Wellness list.

After raising a $150,000 seed round last year, the company is gearing up for the release of its Athena product, a “high-tech rape whistle” that emits an alarm and alerts loved ones by text message at the touch of a button.

An Indiegogo campaign that closed last November raised an additional $300,000 toward the development of the product.

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Here are 4 steps to getting more Philly speakers at SXSW

Philly Startup Leaders’ Shoshanna Israel asks the Austin tech conference’s director, Hugh Forrester, for some advice.

May 26, 2016 | Technical.ly by Shoshanna Israel

Philly made a killer first impression at South by Southwest in 2016.

Our delegation of startups, universities and large companies helped bring recognition to our burgeoning entrepreneurial scene and larger business community. SXSW is an excellent platform to share your organization or business’ story and help to #AmplifyPhilly as a hub for technology and innovation. Speaking at SXSW is also a great way to bring attention to your business or organization and to elevate your profile as a thought leader in an area that interests you.

Ofo Ezeugwu of Whose Your Landlord, who spoke at SXSW in 2016, emphasized the value of the conference’s platform.

“Speaking at SXSW means increased validation,” he said. “The opportunity to speak, on behalf of your company and a city much larger than yourself, is one of the ultimate nods of recognition.”

Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg of Zivtech, who also spoke at last year’s conference, emphasized the business ramifications of the SXSW platform.

“Gaining access to the SXSW audience has been invaluable to Zivtech’s business growth,” he said.

Getting an opportunity to speak has some great perks, too. It enables speakers to stay in the SXSW hotel and get a free badge to the Interactive portion of the conference.

So how do you become a speaker? Philly Startup Leaders got on the phone with Hugh Forrester, head of SXSW Interactive, and asked him what it takes to make a great panel application.

1. Choose the right format

SXSW organizers have a strong preference for solo talks, as opposed to panels and debates, which tend to stay surface level and devolve without the assistance of a skilled moderator.

Organizers also encourage those wishing to be chosen to designate their talk “advanced,” which tends to be more popular with attendees looking for a more in-depth look at a particular topic (think: more than could be found with just a cursory Google search). Presentations that tend to be instructional or educational rather than merely entertaining have the best success.

More information about formatting and skill level designations can be found throughout the FAQ, and speakers are strongly encouraged to read this information thoroughly before applying.

2. Keep your talk topical and specific

Speakers should address trends in technology and really drill down to a distinct topic. Talks should be relevant and specific.

“‘How Free Downloads Hurt Radiohead’ would work better than the more general ‘Free Downloads and the Future of Music,’” Forrester said. While the former is more detailed, and therefore more engaging to an audience, it still addresses many of the same big ideas as the latter. Successful topics will be specific, but their underlying themes should relate to larger trends in technology and business.

3. Stay abreast of deadlines

Talks must be submitted several months in advance of the SXSW conference. These deadlines can sneak up on you, and since no late entries are accepted, those who wish to speak should begin to prepare their presentations as soon as possible.

With that said, talks that come in earlier (before the deadline) don’t get preferential treatment, so applicants are encouraged to use all of the time they have to prepare and proofread (there are more typo-laden applications than you’d think). This year, applications open on June 28, 2016, and the window typically closes at the end of July. Conference registration opens opens on Aug. 1, 2016 and SXSW 2017 kicks off March 10-19, 2017.

4. Choose a killer title

While the 50-character, eight-word limit on the title may tempt you to think of the title as an afterthought, a great title is essential to capturing the vote of the staff and the public, which count for a combined 70 percent of your chance of being picked. While pithy or clever titles may seem like a great way to grab attention, SXSW staff encourages speakers to avoid that route, and instead choose detailed, relevant titles that accurately describe your event. Great titles should be brief and descriptive, not punny.

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Speakers should also note that, in addition to the interactive track (the business and tech portion of the conference), SXSW offers a speaking platform in other parts of the conference, such as education, film and music. More information about these opportunities can be found in the links below.

Make sure Philly gets heard and check out the application at the links below. We’ll see you in Austin at #SXSW2017.

If you have any questions, feel free to follow up with Yuval Yarden at Yuval@phillystartupleaders.org or Dave Silver at dave@recphilly.com, who are heading up the SXSW Philly initiative or check out the SXSW PanelPicker FAQs.

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