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 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.

StartupPHL Newsletter #44

Inbound Networking, Life Hacks Using Physics, and The Future of Finance

diversitydinner

This week Mayor Kenney spoke at Philly Startup Leaders’ Founder Factory kickoff event: #DiversityDinner16Check out Technical.ly’s recap. Photos via @TechnicallyPHL & @FabiolaCineas.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Networking With Other Successful People

Cultivating a strong network is one of the best investments you can make, but as you progress in your career it can become increasingly difficult to connect with other professionals. Harvard Business Review explores the idea of “inbound networking” – finding ways to attract prominent individuals to you.

3 Strategies, via Harvard Business Review

Tis The Season For Bad Weather & Automobile Snafus

The winter months tend to bring sleet, snow and other unpleasant weather. Since these conditions increase the chances of cars ending up in ditches, we want you to be prepared! Learn how to pull a car from a ditch using nothing but rope, a tree and the laws of physics.

Details, via Wired

How AI Is Impacting Financial Institutions

AI is bringing innovation to the financial services field, but the changes to regulation and ethics that come with this are still being worked out. What will the future of finance and wealth look like with the increasing influence of AI?

Learn More, via TechCrunch

StartupPHL Spotlight

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

villagecapital

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.

Call for Ideas Recipient Spotlight: TechGirlz

The following post has been adapted from content provided by Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder of TechGirlz. 

TechGirlz has been fortunate enough to receive two grants from the Call for Ideas from StartupPHL. The grants have allowed us to beta test and iterate on ideas that have allowed us to expand the reach of how we inspire middles school girls to be part of the innovation economy.

The first grant allowed us to put our undocumented and unorganized tech summer entrepreneur camp into an documented and organized fashion. Why is this important? For TechGirlz, it allows us to have more than the person who created the course to teach. It also allows us to feel confident about these courses to be used by others. They are now part of our TechShopz library. Since we have had success with this camp, we are working to have other groups utilize the materials to teach more girls about how they can be part of the tech startup economy.

The second grant allowed us to beta test a program to encourage more volunteers who are not tech professionals, but have tech skills – high school and college students. The school/student program allows us to partner with these secondary schools who are teaching tech courses and have their students, under the guidance of their teacher, instruct middles school girls. We spent the year putting the program together, creating relationships with schools and finally, beta tested the idea in March with Philadelphia Academies at Roxborough. Besides the obvious benefits to the middle school girls, there were some discoveries we made about the young adults. First, they were able to practice their new skills by teaching, they learned organizational and leadership skills and they were great role models for the younger kids. The outcome, we are currently working with 10 local schools to have TechShopz in the next school year. We will be tracking how many of these new instructors become instructors outside of their school environments and also how many of the middle school girls decide to take the tech classes at the high school level.

The StartupPHL Call for Ideas program funds innovative and exciting proposals that support Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. You can apply for the fifth round of Call for Ideas online now.

StartupPHL Newsletter #40

Clusters, Nostalgia and a Moon Landing

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We were honored to be on a panel of judges at Jefferson University’s Healthcare Hackathon last weekend. Amazing ideas and teams! Learn more: @healthhackphl. Photo via @rschwartz001.

Your weekend reading is right here.

Community Matters When Building a Company

Clusters are the new garage. World Economic Forum lays out why clusters, not the mythical garage, help accelerate innovation around the globe.

Learn More, via World Economic Forum

Nintendo is Bringing the Nostalgia this Holiday Season

Throwback! Because who doesn’t miss staying up all Christmas night trying to save Princess Peach?

Deets, via Wired

TeamIndus Making Moves Toward a Moon Landing

The only Indian entrant into the Google Lunar X-Prize is working towards being the first private company to land on the moon.

Read About Their Progress, via TechCrunch

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Previous Call for Ideas Awardee TechGirlz is helping to reduce the gender gap in tech. Find out how they used their Call for Ideas Grant. Photo via TechGirlz

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.

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.

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