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Project Liberty Digital Incubator

The Project Liberty Digital Incubator helps stimulate the growth of digital media start-ups & established companies in the Philadelphia region.

Project Liberty provides early stage companies with an opportunity to work from within one of the nation’s largest media companies, Interstate General Media (IGM) (parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia SportsWeek, & Philly.com).

Project Liberty is funded by a grant from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, operated by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA, and hosted at Interstate General Media’s headquarters in downtown Philadelphia.

The Project Liberty Incubator offers:

  • Free office space, Internet, phone and other utilities, meeting spaces, and administrative support.
  • Relationships – The incubator is at the center of Interstate General Media’s new headquarters. With that kind of access, you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships with employees of one the largest media companies in the country.
  • Mentoring and strategic business counseling from Project Liberty’s supporting partners and their network of business advisors.
  • More support – Project Liberty employs Drexel co-op students to provide support at no cost to the start-ups.
  • Visibilty – Via our network of partners, Project Liberty can help make introductions to investors and the media industry.
  • Free software, support, and services from startup support programs like Microsoft BizSpark and Rackspace Startup Program.

Contact us to learn more about Project Liberty.

“Versa’s partnership with Philly.com, established during our time at Project Liberty, has been invaluable throughout our journey and long after the conclusion of the program. There is no question that that early market validation and access to customer feedback, for us, has been game-changing.”

- Keya Dennenbaum, CEO, Versa (Formerly ElectNext)

“Being a part of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator has presented us with great opportunities that have helped us form key partnerships, meet potential investors, and open doors that, otherwise, might not have been available to us.”

- Anthony Ortiz, CEO, Fitly

“Our Project Liberty experience allowed us to test some of core hypotheses and explore whether working with a a major media brand would benefit our company.”

- Harshil Parikh, CEO, TuvaLabs

“We were able to successfully deploy an early version of our product and receive valuable feedback from Interstate General Media, a core customer in our target market. That kind of real-world learning is invaluable for a startup.”

- Chirantan Bhatt, CEO, tapCLIQ

“Rent is expensive to a startup, so we appreciate the opportunity to share their office space. The facilities and the people are top notch! As the host of Project Liberty, Interstate General Media has been very accommodating and helpful.”

- Kevin Brophy, CEO, VUID

“We have learned so much during our time at Project Liberty. The people from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Interstate General Media have been very generous with their time and expertise. We are now in a much better position than before we entered the program.”

- Frank Panko, CEO, A View From My Seat



Chris Hughes

In 2012, Faceboook co-founder Chris Hughes payed a visit to Project Liberty. Also in the picture (left to right) are Drexel co-ops Christian Benincasa, Dang Nguyen, and Timoteo Meson, James Sisneros (Zaahah), Chirantan Bhatt (tapCLIQ), Chris Hughes, Uyen Tieu (Rumble), and Cory Donovan (Project Liberty).
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