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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See the 5 winners of City of Philadelphia’s ‘Call for Ideas’ grants

March 20, 2014 | Technical.ly by Juliana Reyes

The second set of the city-backed StartupPHL ‘Call for Ideas’ grants focus on training and retaining talent in Philadelphia. The grants were created “to support the culture” of the Philly tech scene, said city Commerce Director Alan Greenberger in an interview last month.

Full disclosure, as listed below, Technical.ly applied for and, in partnership with another community group, received one of these grants. This reporter was not part of the process.

According to a release, the awardees, which were announced today at SevOne’s new Center City Office, include:

  • PennApps Fellows Internship Program: $2,500 per student participant to support a local program connecting student interns from across the nation to Philadelphia based companies for a 10-week internship during the summer of 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 for 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 universities and students. (Find coverage of the event that sparked this idea here)

*Full Disclosure: Technical.ly applied and won a Call for Ideas grant. This reporter was not part of that process.

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Apply for second round of city’s Startup PHL grants, with brain drain focus

November 15, 2013 | Technically Philly by Juliana Reyes

If you had $25,000, how would you fight brain drain in Philadelphia?

Now’s your chance to put that idea into action. The city is looking to fund projects that will connect students with the local startup scene as part of its second round of Startup PHL grants. It’ll accept other types of projects, according to a release, but will have an eye toward those that aim to keep students in the city by exposing them to the tech scene.

Apply here by Dec. 13.

The city will choose four to eight projects and award them grants of under $25,000. It’ll come from $500,000 that was dedicated to the Startup PHL “Call for Ideas” program.

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Nutter Announces Second Startup PHL Call for Ideas

Second Startup PHL Call for Ideas focuses on connections between Higher Education and Philadelphia’s tech community.

Philadelphia, November 14, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Startup PHL is now accepting applications for the second round of Call for Ideas, a grant program to fund innovative proposals that support Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem. Full application details are available here.

“Over the last year, the City has welcomed many growing companies to Philadelphia; Fiberlink, Bentley Systems, Brand.com, SevOne, Bulogics, and Real Food Works are just a few. Each company has cited a robust startup community and access to talent as key drivers in their decisions,” said Mayor Nutter. “To continue this momentum, we need to connect the talent from our top-ranked universities to the growing companies, which need a well-educated workforce to flourish.”

The Call for Ideas program provides small grants to organizations with ideas or initiatives that best meet the objectives of Startup PHL. These objectives are:

  • 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;
  • Continuing integration between Philadelphia’s higher education institutions, students and startup community; and
  • Creating an environment that attracts new entrepreneurs and encourages graduates from Philadelphia’s higher education institutions to remain in the city.

While all submissions are welcome, this second round of Call for Ideas is focused on creating more connections between students and the startup community that will ultimately lead to more people staying in Philadelphia after they graduate.

Creating better connections between Philadelphia’s university and startup communities is also a priority for Philly Startup Leaders, the largest and most active community of startup entrepreneurs in the Greater Philadelphia Region. The group recently convened a session between local startup leaders and the leaders of student-led entrepreneur groups.

“Not only are our members continually looking for top talent, but just as important is the infusion of energy that comes from student startups to the startup community. We want students to look at the resources that exist here and see Philadelphia as a place where their company can thrive. That’s why we’re working closely with student groups like nvigor, which is connecting students across schools,” said Philly Startup Leaders Board Chair Bob Moul.

Mayor Nutter launched the first Startup PHL Call for Ideas in October 2012 as part of the larger Startup PHL initiative. Six Call for Ideas grants were awarded in March 2013.

“In the past year, the City has worked closely with a number of organizations who are working to support the growth of startup companies and entrepreneurs across the city and across diverse industries,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger. “This program allows us to bolster the great work that is already happening here, which ultimately leads to more business and job creation 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. The program provided Philadelphia startups with talent while connecting college students to startups/mentors, increasing the likelihood that the students will stay in Philadelphia post-graduation.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 winning teams will participate in the Fels Institute Social Innovations Lab in 2014 to further develop their ideas.
  • 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 on-track to serve 200 students in 2013.
  • VentureF0rth was awarded $25,000 to create a “community commons” space at the existing VentureF0rth co-working facility that will provide an increased range of services to the startup community, including daytime programming, job training for individuals looking for work in the technology sector and an increase in the number of entry-level low-cost spots available to entrepreneurs.

Startup PHL also includes the Startup PHL Seed Fund, a $6 million seed stage investment fund, in which both the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and First Round Capital have invested $3 million. The Seed Fund announced its first investment in Real Food Works in October 2013; the company moved to Philadelphia because of the award.

PIDC President John Grady said, “Real Food Works is a great demonstration of how the Startup PHL Seed Fund is increasing the availability of seed-stage capital to help make the City an attractive place for entrepreneurs. Call for Ideas is the perfect complement to the Seed Fund. Together they make Startup PHL a powerful program and Philadelphia an attractive and supportive environment to launch and grow a business.”

Full application details for the second Call for Ideas can be found at www.startupphl.com. Applications are due by December 13, 2013. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the City of Philadelphia, PIDC, and members of the entrepreneurial community.

Startup PHL:
Startup PHL is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). The Startup PHL Seed Fund is an effort by the City of Philadelphia and PIDC to increase the availability of investment capital for Philadelphia-based startups. The Startup PHL Call for Ideas is a grant program to support innovative proposals for ideas that support business creation and entrepreneurs of all stripes in Philadelphia. More information about the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce can be found at www.phila.gov/commerce.

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation:
Beginning in 1958 as a non-profit joint venture between the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PIDC is Philadelphia’s economic development corporation. In the past 55 years, PIDC has invested more than $11.4 billion in Philadelphia supporting $21 billion of total project costs. Currently managing a diverse loan portfolio in excess of $600 million, PIDC brings years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to structuring real estate and financing transactions that attract investment and create and retain jobs in the City of Philadelphia. PIDC has partnered with First Round Capital to create a $6 million public/private venture fund, the Startup PHL Seed Fund. Both PIDC and First Round Capital have invested $3 million and First Round Capital manages the fund increase the availability of investment capital for Philadelphia-based entrepreneurs.

Startup PHL-backed tech internships hope to fight brain drain

July 31, 2013 | Technically Philly by Juliana Reyes

Campus Philly’s research points to a link between internships and talent retention. According to a 2010 Campus Philly survey of 4,600 undergraduates, graduates and alumni, 70 percent of alumni who stayed in Philly for a year or more after graduation had a summer internship in Greater Philadelphia.

The answer to Philadelphia’s brain drain problem didn’t seem so complicated at Bliss on Broad Street, where Mayor Michael Nutter had lunch with eight students who were interning at local tech companies through a program funded by the Nutter administration’s StartupPHL program.

“What would make you leave Philadelphia?” asked Rob Weber, cofounder of AgileSwitch, one of the companies hosting the interns.

After a brief pause, the whole table — students from Penn, Haverford, Temple and Penn State — agreed: “If I couldn’t find a job.”

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First Startup PHL Call for Ideas Awards Announced

Philadelphia, March 19, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that six local organizations will receive Startup PHL grants from the City of Philadelphia for programs or services that support the entrepreneurial community in Philadelphia.  The Startup PHL ‘Call for Ideas’ received more than 115 submissions, which were reviewed by City officials, PIDC, and representatives of the entrepreneurial and startup community. The grant winners are the following:

  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners/Campus Philly – $25,000 to create a Targeted Internship Matching Program to place Philadelphia-area college and university students at BFTP portfolio companies in Philadelphia this summer. The goals of the program are to provide Philadelphia startups with talent and to connect college students to startups/mentors, increasing the likelihood that they stay in Philadelphia post-graduation.  Matching funding will be provided by the companies hosting interns.
  • The Enterprise Center, Center for Culinary Enterprises, Philly Food Innovation Program – $15,000 to support the development of a workshop series for 25 early to middle stage food entrepreneurs to help accelerate their businesses.
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce – $18,400 to develop an online Entrepreneur’s Resource Directory, working with Select Greater Philadelphia, PACT and the Philadelphia startup community.  The Directory will provide a centralized location for entrepreneurs to find information on funding sources, professional and technical expertise, specialized facilities and professional services.  Matching funding will be provided by a corporate sponsor or the Chamber.
  • PhillyCORE Leaders – $15,000 to support the Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education (SEED) program, which includes a pitch event for education entrepreneurs to compete for funding.  The winning teams will then participate in the Fels Institute Social Innovations Lab to further develop their ideas.  Matching funding will be provided by corporate sponsorship.
  • Startup Corps – $20,000 to support the expansion of the high school entrepreneur program that provides programming to a diverse range of teenagers looking to develop entrepreneurial skills and build businesses.  In 2013 Startup Corps plans to expand the number of students served by 50% and develop new partnerships with organizations that support entrepreneurs.  Matching funding will be provided by private sponsorship.
  • VentureF0rth – $25,000 to create a ‘community commons’ space at the existing VentureF0rth co-working facility that will provide an increased range of services to the startup community, including daytime programming, job training for individuals looking for work in the technology sector, and an increase in the number of entry-level low-cost spots available to entrepreneurs.

Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, said, “The overwhelming response to the ‘Call for Ideas’ is further evidence of the strength of Philadelphia’s startup and entrepreneurial community and one of the many reasons why the Nutter Administration is committed to supporting business creation in Philadelphia.  Increasingly Philadelphia is becoming a place of choice for businesses to start, stay and grow and the Startup PHL initiative is just one more tool we have to help make that happen.”

The City of Philadelphia and PIDC expressed their gratitude to the following people for their support and assistance: Andrea Allon (Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and PIDC Board Member), David Brussin (Monetate), M. Therese Flaherty (Wharton Small Business Development Center), Steve Goodman (Morgan Lewis), Apu Gupta (Curalate), Sam Landman (Comcast Ventures), Bob Moul (Artisan Mobile and Philly Startup Leaders), and Richard Vague (Gabriel Investments).

Startup PHL Announces Call for Ideas Finalists

The first Call for Ideas received an overwhelming response with almost 120 organizations and individuals submitting creative, innovative ideas for how to support and strengthen Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community.  The selection committee is currently evaluating the finalist’s ideas, and will announce the winners this month.

Startup PHL anticipates future Calls for Ideas and encourage people and organizations to apply. Sign up for updates or follow @startupphl on twitter for further information, including what makes a successful application.

In no particular order…

Top 20 Call for Idea Finalists:

 

Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) – The PACT Enterprise Hackathon

The PACT Enterprise Hackathon will provide an opportunity for technology entrepreneurs to develop solutions that address specific needs posed by any one of several enterprise participants across the healthcare, financial services, infrastructure and government sectors. Hackathon participants in the government sector will work with the City of Philadelphia to address specific technological problems.

 

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce – Entrepreneur’s Resource Directory

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will develop and maintain an on-line, searchable, sortable, linked Entrepreneur’s Resource Directory, replacing and improving out-of-date and unsearchable resources that currently exist. The Directory will provide a centralized site to find information on funding sources, professional and technical expertise, specialized facilities and professional services within the region.

 

Seed Philly – Startup Data Collection Engine

Seed Philly is creating a vetted directory and data collection engine of members of the startup community. By capturing relevant information related to a startup’s daily activities, we intend to create a blueprint for more efficient growth in Philadelphia.  Data collected includes the software and hardware products used by each startup, vendor relationships, and details about different growth milestones.  The data can be used to create a baseline for entrepreneurs to benchmark their growth, make faster decisions, and ultimately grow more efficiently.

 

Campus Philly and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP) – Targeted Internship Matching Program

The Targeted Internship Matching Program will place students at Philadelphia area colleges and universities at BFTP/SEP portfolio companies based in Philadelphia. The goal of the internship program is twofold: 1) provide Philadelphia start-ups with immediate help on current projects and a talent pipeline they can hire in the future; and 2) connect college students to start-ups as employers and mentors, thereby keeping college students in Philadelphia in the future after they graduate.

 

RJ Moore, RJ Metrics – Entrepreneurship Podcast

We invite interested listeners across the country to join us for a weekly podcast about everything entrepreneurship. Produced in collaboration with Philadelphia media outlets, startup organizations, and universities, our project reinforces Philly as a prominent and dynamic part of the national startup ecosystem. This entertaining podcast fosters collaboration among local organizations and universities, creates an audio archive of educational content for entrepreneurs, and places a sustained spotlight on Philadelphia as a center for thought leadership.

 

The Franklin Institute – STEM Opportunities at the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival

Young people need to learn what it takes to turn a great idea into a business opportunity. Startups and entrepreneurs need the chance to showcase their products and ideas. This project will: underwrite the presence of up to 15 STEM-related startup companies or entrepreneurs at the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival; produce events for students to learn about entrepreneurship; create opportunities for companies to present their ideas to industry leaders.

 

The Moore College of Art and Design – Women’s Creative Entrepreneurial Launch

Moore College of Art & Design, the only women’s art and design college in the US, will create the Women’s Creative Entrepreneurial Launch to promote entrepreneurship among women, retain college graduates in Philadelphia, and build on Philadelphia’s assets as a center of design and creative innovation. Tailored specifically to art and design-related businesses, the Women’s Creative Entrepreneurial Launch will link recent Moore alumnae who are entrepreneurs and small business owners to mentoring, networking, educational opportunities, co-working sites, StartUp fellowships, micro-loans and access to capital.

 

Slash 7 and Indy Hall – Philadelphia Bootstraper Conference: BaconBizConf

BaconBizConf: The only conference exclusively for bootstrappers who’ve chosen the awesome yet thorny path of selling software, ebooks, videos, training resources, and tools. While most startup conferences feature a lot of soft-touch stories and venture capital advice, BaconBizConf is relentlessly focused on helping you create, market, and support a product your customers will love. Speakers will include industry stars such as Patrick McKenzie (“The Bingo Card Guy”).

 

GreenLight Fund, Scattergood Foundation, and Wharton Social Impact Initiative – Collaborative Work and Learning Space: The Exchange

The Exchange brings together entrepreneurship, capital, and capacity building support under one roof to support high performing and high potential nonprofit and social innovations. The Exchange is a collaborative work space and community of practice shared by philanthropic organizations, emerging nonprofit and social ventures, evaluators and service providers. In addition to space, the exchange will provide workshops, access to shared services and technology, networking, and partnership building opportunities.

 

The Enterprise Center – Center for Culinary Enterprises Program

The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation supports Philadelphia’s food entrepreneurs. Using state-of-the-art, shared-use commercial kitchen space at The Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises in West Philadelphia, startup entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to develop new and innovative local food products and bring those products to market.

 

Philly Tech MeetupProgram Expansion

Philly Tech Meetup is the connective glue of the local innovation ecosystem, and convenes technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader community regularly to learn and share. We want to advance entrepreneurship and innovation in Philadelphia, and will 1) develop enriching programs and content, 2) engage more participation and collaboration from stakeholders in the ecosystem, and 3) use our big microphone wisely to benefit the overall community.

 

The University City Science Center – Formalize and Expand the Regional Affinity Incubation Network (RAIN)

RAIN brings together the regional network of 50-plus research parks, business incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and support organizations, in order to encourage the sharing of information, capabilities and opportunities. By leveraging, and better connecting, the programs and facilities that support Philadelphia entrepreneurs, RAIN will coalesce, extend and invigorate Philadelphia’s startup community, leading to more ideas developed, more companies formed, and ultimately more jobs created.

 

Venture F0rth – Program and Facility Expansion: VentureF0rth Commons

Increasingly less of Venturef0rth’s space has been available to support educational programming and community events such as Startup Weekend, DreamIt Ventures, Meetups, and its own series of speakers. Modest modifications to the campus will enable an expansion of the tech, design and entrepreneurship events that have become a centerpiece of the region’s tech ecosystem. The Venturef0rth Commons will support round-the-clock events and programming for the community alongside our shared workspace, providing the flexibility required to better share experiences and teach critical skills to those growing the region’s tech economy.

 

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital Technologies (PACT), Philly Startup Leaders – The Philadelphia Startup Information Web site

The Philadelphia Startup Information Web site will be an interactive, Web-based data collection and display tool that will be integrated into regional organization sites. The site will highlight and market the diversity, range and impact of Philadelphia area start-up companies by showing: key start-up leaders and connectors, start-up related non-profit and member organizations, and the impact and history of start-ups in Philadelphia.

 

Technically Philly, the Knight Foundation, Delaware Valley Grantmakers – Social Entrepreneurship Asset Map

Technically Philly will lead a reporting and mapping asset analysis project to highlight the existing pipeline for mission-focused social entrepreneurship in the region. The mapping platform and identified community of social enterprise will serve as a tool for individuals and organizations to better understand the mission-minded entrepreneurship landscape in the region, as well as a basis for the local Knight chapter, in partnership with DVG and Technically Philly, to develop a fund dedicated to this focused slice of Philadelphia entrepreneurship.

 

Philadelphia’s Coalition of Rising Education Leaders (PhillyCORE Leaders) – Education Entrepreneur Support and Pitch Night

PhillyCORE Leaders we will host SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education), a crowd-sourced pitch night for education entrepreneurs to compete for funding and present their ideas before an engaged audience. Over the course of the year, we will also provide access to ongoing social entrepreneurship training and create an online portal for education entrepreneurs to share resources.

 

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University – Open Source Legal Documents

The Drexel Entrepreneurial Law Clinic supports Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing free legal services to startups. With input from the leading startup lawyers in the region, we will partially “productize” our core services by creating an open source set of customizable organizational documents with instructions for use by entrepreneurs.

 

Advancena, LLC – Lean Start-ups for the Minority Community Program

“Lean Start-ups for the Minority Community” is a six-week, intensive workshop specifically designed to empower members of the minority community to build successful business ventures using the principles of the Lean Start-up methodology. Students will hear from a variety of industry experts and engage in practical, hand-on activities, while collaborating with one another to methodically build their entrepreneurial visions into viable economic opportunities.

 

GoodCompany Group –Program Expansion

In order to increase the number of social venture startups in Philadelphia, GoodCompany Group will launch a series of community engagement initiatives to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem for civic and social enterprise startups in Philadelphia such as: GoodCompany Alumni Network; PHL Civic Innovators Council; and an Ecosystem Opportunity Survey.

 

Startup Corps – High School Entrepreneur Program

Startup Corps helps teens learn to create value for themselves, others and the world through entrepreneurship. The program provides classes, mentorship, and micro-capital to help Philadelphia’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders launch businesses and non-profits.