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Philadelphia Businesses Commit to Invest in Black and Brown-Owned Companies

April 26, 2021

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia announced Tuesday the creation of the Diverse Procurement Collaborative to increase opportunities for small, Black and brown-owned businesses by partnering with buyers to establish procurement goals and strategies. The Diverse Procurement Collaborative is part of the Chamber’s Recharge & Recover PHL initiative, a coalition to devise, present and […]

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These Philadelphia Organizations Are Teaming Up To Build A Pipeline Of BIPOC Tech Founders

April 22, 2021

The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and Ben Franklin Technology Partners are teaming up with Coded By Kids to make Mentor Connect, a program that matches founders with experts, more diverse. They say it’s the first of its kind in the city. In a city whose tech sector is steeped with racial and […]

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Coded by Kids is Bringing an Inclusive Lens to the Mentor Connect Founders Program

April 6, 2021

Mentorship is widely noted as one way to boost underrepresented entrepreneurs. So as part of the Department of Commerce’s PHL: Most Diverse Tech Hub initiative, Philly nonprofit Coded by Kids is partnering with two orgs on their longstanding program to get young business talent connected to mentors. Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the Philadelphia Alliance […]

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VC trends: Why Philly’s Deal Flow Bounced Back Quickly in 2020

March 3, 2021

While 2020 was a disruptive year for just about every market and industry imaginable, startups and venture capitalists found their footing in the latter half of the year. It’s a somewhat surprising trend outlined in PACT’s 2020 Venture Report which uses PitchBook data to analyze how Philadelphia fared amid the pandemic. We saw similar trends […]

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RealLIST Engineers 2020: Meet 21 Influential Technologists Building a Better Philadelphia

November 18, 2020

This year has presented plenty of problems for us both as people and as professionals. We’ve watched a global pandemic change so much about how we navigate our personal and work lives, and a social and racial justice movement bring to light the many flaws in our existing systems. It’s upended how and where we […]

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Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Tech Investments in Southeastern Pennsylvania

October 27, 2020

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) announced that $1 million has been awarded to the Global Opportunity Philadelphia Fund to invest in early stage technology companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Global Opportunity Philadelphia Fund was formed by Ben Franklin Technology Partners […]

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The Pandemic Helped Fuel Philly’s Already Growing Life Sciences Sector, CBRE Report Shows

October 22, 2020

While the world watched the science industry research and battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia region slid into a higher ranking on the top U.S. life sciences market, a report by real estate firm CBRE shows. The region placed eighth among the country’s top life sciences clusters in 2019, and this year, it rose to […]

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Pennsylvania’s Black Tech Entrepreneurs Forge A Path

October 15, 2020

Black leaders and entrepreneurs in technology aren’t new to the scene. Think of inventors like Dr. Mark Dean, who contributed numerous key patents for the development of the personal PC during his time with IBM, or Annie J. Easley, who developed software for NASA’s Centaur rocket stage. Both Dean and Easley had to navigate more […]

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Philadelphia is the Top Emerging Startup Ecosystem in the U.S., Report Says

July 10, 2020

Philadelphia is the top emerging startup ecosystem in the United States, according to a new report from startup research firm Startup Genome. The list of the top 100 emerging startup ecosystems in the world was released as part of Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report released Thursday. Unlike its rankings focused on the top ecosystems […]

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That Was Fast: Philly Startup Leaders Now Has up to $550K Committed to Fund Underrepresented Founders

June 17, 2020

As protests against systemic racism took over every state in the country, and in cities across the world in the last few weeks, talks of how race and diversity is handled within the tech community highlighted the fact that there’s often fewer funding opportunities for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s not a new issue to […]

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