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 #42

Kenney Talks Tech, London Tops the EDCi, and New Data on Immigrants & Entrepreneurship

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Democratizing #entrepreneurship at Benjamin’s Desk!  Village Capital was in Philadelphia last week hosting a healthcare forum at Benjamin’s Desk that also involved pitch mentor sessions. 

Your weekend reading is right here.

Mayor Kenney Talks Tech

In an Op-Ed for Philadelphia Magazine, Mayor Jim Kenney addresses the Philly tech scene and calls on entrepreneurs to think about what they can do to help move the city forward.
Read His Message Here, via Philadelphia Magazine

London Tops For FinTech & Other Cool Data Points

For the second year in a row, London has topped the European Digital City Index (EDCi), which ranks European cities by how well they support digital entrepreneurship, and how attractive they are to fintech founders and companies.
Learn More, via Business Insider

Immigrants & Entrepreneurship By The Numbers

A new study from the National Foundation for American Policy shows that 51% of billion-dollar startups in the U.S. were founded by immigrants.
Full Story, via The Wall Street Journal

StartupPHL Spotlight

Last week local leaders organized a workshop on the term sheet. The workshop grew from a handful of signups to over 100 registrants! A comprehensive write up on the event and lists of additional resources can be found on the PSL Listserv. Be sure to check it out!

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 #39

GEW Philly, Broadband Access and Machine Intelligence

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Photo: Congrats to Sidecar on the new digs! We had a blast at the ribbon cutting. @getsidecar

Your weekend reading is right here.

It’s National Entrepreneurship Month! 

Global Entrepreneurship Week takes places November 14-20, and Philly has some great events lined up.

Check It Out, via GEW Philly

Bringing Broadband to NY’s Public Housing

Queensbridge, the largest public housing development in North America, is the pilot site for the New York City Housing Authority’s municipal broadband project.

Details, via Wired

Machine Intelligence and the Workforce

With $5 billion in venture investment, machine intelligence is poised to change the workforce landscape…but how?

Find Out More, via Harvard Business Review

firsthandPrevious Call for Ideas Awardee FirstHand is inspiring Philly’s next generation of STEM professionals. Find out how they used their Call for Ideas Grant. 

StartupPHL Call for Ideas Application is Live – Deadline is November 13

Do you or your organization have an idea that supports or enhances Philly’s entrepreneurial community? We want to know.


StartupPHL is the City of Philadelphia’s platform for supporting entrepreneurship and startup activity.

All events and applications noted in this newsletter are for informational purposes only and not an endorsement. We encourage readers to perform due diligence for any programs listed here.