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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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From Turntables to Tactile: How Marc Coleman Designed a Career in Entrepreneurship

October 23, 2020

When he was a senior in high school, The Tactile Group president and CEO Marc Coleman seemed to have it all figured out. The Philadelphia native got an internship through Inroads that was carved out for aspiring minority engineers and wore a suit each day when he went to work for a company downtown. He […]

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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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How Philly Startup Leaders Turned a Tweet Into $450K for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

June 17, 2020

It started with an email, followed by a tweet, and led to almost half a million dollars in new grant funds for underrepresented entrepreneurs. On May 31, after protests against police brutality and systemic racism began spreading across the country, Philly Startup Leaders Executive Director Kiera Smalls sent an email to a list of roughly […]

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How Philly Startup Leaders Turned a Tweet Into $450K for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

June 16, 2020

It started with an email, followed by a tweet, and led to almost half a million dollars in new grant funds for underrepresented entrepreneurs. On May 31, after protests against police brutality and systemic racism began spreading across the country, Philly Startup Leaders Executive Director Kiera Smalls sent an email to a list of roughly […]

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Power Moves: An Entrepreneur Who’s Using Her Company-Building Skills to Become an Investor

May 21, 2020

Lawyer/educator/entrepreneur Emily Foote has found her next job title: investor. Foote went through an exit with her startup Practice, the Center City-based edtech startup, in 2017. While fundraising for the company’s Series A in 2016, she told Technical.ly she got familiar with a handful of folks in the investing world, including those over at Osage […]

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The Wistar Institute Signed the Lease for its 8,000-Square-Foot Discovery Center

April 2, 2020

Early-stage scientific discovery organization The Wistar Institute announced this week that it will open an 8,000-square-foot space at 3.0 University Place at 41st and Market streets to support collaboration among STEM researchers. The space, dubbed the Wistar Discovery Center, will be on the third floor of the building, and will maintain a long-term lease of […]

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Strength of Life Sciences Lifts Philly’s VC Ecosystem to Record Heights

February 18, 2020

At $2.5 billion invested across 225 venture financings for the year, Philly’s venture ecosystem closed out 2019 stronger than ever, helping to push the average disclosed round value to $11.2 million. Moreover, the region’s pharma & biotech sector commanded more than $1 billion in overall deal value in its own right last year for the […]

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