Project Liberty is back! The incubator that once housed companies like VUID, ROAR and SocialLadder is now accepting applicants. The deadline to apply is February 10th.
Once again, Ben Franklin is working alongside the Philadelphia Media Network. PMN, the parent company to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com, will provide space for the selected startups. The incubator is seeking tech companies that can offer products to support PMN’s efficiency and connect with communities and subscribers.
“Project Liberty aims to provide startups with a supportive environment that will assist in making their vision and hard work a reality,” said RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, President and CEO of Ben Franklin. “Alongside Philadelphia Media Network, we want to help nurture the next generation of Philadelphia businesses, while also learning from the innovative culture of entrepreneurs and startups.”
“The Philadelphia Media Network is pleased to welcome another group of startups to our home and to our mission,” said Terry Egger, PMN’s publisher and CEO. “We are especially excited about young companies that address the opportunities to create, distribute, and monetize independent local journalism in the digital age. Both our business and our times demand it.”
Josh David, CEO of mobile sales platform SETVI, was a 2014 incubator entrant. David attributes the program as being key to the company’s growth at that early stage.
“When we started at Project Liberty, we were a fledgling startup,” David said. “The program provided us with an opportunity to deploy an early version of our product into a real world environment and get feedback from a potential customer and users.”
Project Liberty does not invest capital into the startup companies. However, startups are eligible to access capital, counsel and connections available through Ben Franklin. That indeed happens, with companies like SnipSnap, Cloudmine and Milkcrate as prime examples.
ImpactPHL’s Cory Donovan is managing Project Liberty.
Read the full article at Technically Philly.