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StartupPHL Call for Ideas Grant Awardees Announced

For Immediate Release: February 17, 2017

StartupPHL Call for Ideas Grant Awardees Announced

PHILADELPHIA – Today, Mayor Jim Kenney and the Department of Commerce announced the fifth round of StartupPHL Call for Ideas grantees. The Call for Ideas grant program funds innovative and exciting proposals that bolster Philadelphia’s continually expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem, while providing access and opportunities to all Philadelphians.

“The latest set of awardees represent a variety of industries – from tech to entertainment,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “These programs will also serve a number of populations, including young people, small business owners and immigrants. I am eager to see the impact of our latest Call for Ideas grants and the programs they support.”

The Call for Ideas program provides small grants to organizations with ideas or initiatives that best meet the objectives of StartupPHL, including: 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; and Deepening integration and coordination between city government, citizens, students, and the startup community.

“Call for Ideas is one of many ways we are fostering a positive reciprocal relationship between the City and Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs,” said Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment for the City of Philadelphia. “The awardees chosen in this round all have the potential to make an impact when it comes to encouraging entrepreneurship, growing Philadelphia’s economy, and ultimately reducing poverty.”

The latest round of StartupPHL Call for Ideas provides funding to six organizations, bringing the total number of programs supported by this initiative to twenty-six. The grants awarded this round include:

  • Coded by Kids ($16,500) – Coded by Kids will use the Call for Ideas grant to support the development and piloting of a data science curriculum for students at two recreation centers in Philadelphia. The data science curriculum will use publicly available Open Data sets to teach students how to extract, analyze and present data.
  • Destined to Achieve Successful Heights, Inc. ($22,975) – DASH will partner with PSTV (the Education channel for The School District of Philadelphia) to help students produce, write and record their own original music with Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers while learning the real world economics of the music industry.
  • Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation ($17,200) – The Free Library will utilize the grant to expand business support to four neighborhood Library locations serving low-income communities. Each location will pilot integrated services including free classes, a core collection and seed funding.
  • The Hacktory ($24,000) – The Hacktory will host a summer hardware bootcamp for professionals in the region to learn a foundation of technical, fabrication and design skills through hands-on projects and experimentation.
  • SecondMuse ($25,000) – SecondMuse will use their funds to research and better understand the needs and resources available to Philadelphia’s existing hardware startup and manufacturing communities. Based on the findings, SecondMuse plans to co-design an incubator for hardware.
  • Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians ($25,000) – The Welcoming Center plans to use its Call for Ideas grant to cultivate entrepreneurial leadership among first generation immigrant youth and provide assistance to immigrant-owned small businesses with technology.

StartupPHL is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). The StartupPHL initiative encompasses a range of programs including the Call for Ideas grants, PIDC’s StartupPHL Seed + Angel Fund, and several measures to enhance visibility and connectivity of the startup community. The initiative aims to make our city a more attractive environment to launch and grow a business by investing in entrepreneurs who bring energy, ideas and vitality to Philadelphia, as well as further enabling the existing entrepreneurial talent that resides in the city’s different neighborhoods to flourish.

All applications were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the City of Philadelphia, PIDC, and members of the entrepreneurial community. The first StartupPHL Call for Ideas was launched in October 2012 as part of the larger StartupPHL initiative. Twenty-six Call for Ideas grants have been awarded to date.

For more information on StartupPHL, visit: startupphl.com.

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StartupPHL is Heading to SXSW 2017

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017

Mayor Kenney and Amplify Philly Initiative

Announce Details of 2017 SXSW Participation

 

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will join a coalition of Philadelphia startups, corporations, musicians, and other partners in Austin, Texas  at the SXSW Interactive & Music Festival this March. The Amplify Philly initiative will promote Philadelphia as a hub for innovation, highlighting the companies, music, and technologies created here.

“I am excited the City will once again be part of Amplify Philly’s collaborative effort at SXSW,” said Mayor Kenney. “This initiative is proof of what can be accomplished through a successful public-private partnership. The investment being made by our corporate partners and anchor institutions shows a commitment to Philadelphia’s tech and entrepreneurial community. The City is thrilled to participate in one of the most influential tech conferences in the world, and I am personally looking forward to sharing with so many budding entrepreneurs why Philadelphia is the place to grow their business.”

Mayor Kenney is joining other mayors from across the country for The United States Conference of Mayors track during opening weekend of the 2017 SXSW Interactive Festival. The mayoral track connects several of the nation’s forward-thinking mayors with top innovators in the technology, entrepreneurship, media, nonprofit, philanthropy and creative sectors. In addition to individual and group meetings with industry leaders, Mayor Kenney will also take part in a panel discussion focused on the economic, social and cultural impact of extreme immigration policy on cities like Philadelphia. The panel, Building Bridges When Others Want to Build Walls, takes place on Saturday, March 11. On Sunday, March 12, Mayor Kenney will attend the SXSW Tradeshow to visit the Amplify Philly activation. The Philadelphia Department of Commerce, through its StartupPHL platform, will attend the festival and exhibit as part of the Amplify Philly booth.

For the second consecutive year, Amplify Philly is coordinating Philadelphia’s presence at SXSW. The 2017 initiative, organized by Philly Startup Leaders and REC Philly, is made possible through the support of 15 sponsors, including: StartupPHL, Comcast, University City Science Center, Guru, Zivtech, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Chariot Solutions, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Visit Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brandywine Realty Trust, Safeguard Scientifics, and CoStar360. This year, 18 Philadelphia companies will be exhibiting at the SXSW Tradeshow as part of the Amplify Philly activation: BioRealize, Boost Linguistics, Chariot Solutions, Comcast, Cosy, Eventuosity, Iqinetics, Keriton, LIA Diagnostics, MLeads, Neuroflow, Oat Foundry, Oncora, ROAR for Good, SafeStamp, Social Ladder, Stratis, and Zivtech.

Amplify Philly will also promote Philadelphia to the SXSW audience through two additional activities – a happy hour event and concert. The happy hour and accompanying interactive event on Monday, March 13 will feature entertainment by Philadelphia music legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Invited guests will have the opportunity to network with Amplify Philly sponsors and participating companies. On Tuesday, March 14, the Amplify Philly Official Music Showcase will spotlight local talent, including: Bilal, DJ Aktive, Good Girl, The Districts, Son Little, The Dove & The Wolf, Julian King, and Queen of Jeans. The concert is open to all SXSW badge holders.

Additional details about the Amplify Philly initiative will be made available on AmplifyPhilly.com. Mayor Kenney’s public schedule will be released daily while he is in Austin.

 

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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 #50

Diversity in VC, Going Green and the Future of American Innovation

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This month, WeWork Philadelphia launches its Future of Philly series featuring local influencers from various industries. You can sign up now for the first panel: A Global Perspective For The Local Market. 

Your weekend reading is right here.

Small Venture Firm, Big Mission: Diversity

Charles Hudson is one of many diverse VCs shaking things up. Consider these other names to follow on social for a different perspective on funding, investments and the world in general: @stephpalmeri, @chamath and Philly’s own @williamcrowder.

Full Story, via USA Today

#2017Goals

By the end of this year, 100% of the electricity for LVMH facilities in France will be renewable. This is one of many ways the luxury company is making progress toward a greener future.

Get Other Details, via Harvard Business Review

The Future Of American Innovation

Can cities create innovation hubs that work for the entire economy? City planners across the country are trying to answer that question.

Find Out More, via Curbed

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.

StartupPHL Newsletter #48

Fresh Inspiration and Content for 2017

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Jim Kenney’s first year as Mayor of Philadelphia has been an eventful one. Read more about the progress that has been made, including some shout outs to the tech community, in the Administration’s First Year Report.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Must-Reads For Venture Investors

There are some clear standouts among the preferred blogs and newsletters of top VC investors. Find out what they’re skimming each morning, and add a few of these to your reading list!

Full List, via Ramen Profitable

Best Podcasts For Self-Improvement

Don’t have time to dedicate to journaling or reading self-help books? You can certainly find a way to fit podcasts into your routine — morning commute, background noise at the office, and in your earbuds at the gym are all options. Check out these suggestions.

Pick Up Some Wisdom, via The Wall Street Journal

Federal Resources Available

From Philly’s very own John Lee at Osage: A reminder that you should take advantage of the federal R&D tax credit — it could mean big savings for your company!

Details, via Medium

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.

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.