Q: What is the Project Liberty Digital Incubator?
A: The Project Liberty Digital Incubator is a program that provides early stage companies with an opportunity to work from within PMN, one of the nation’s largest media companies and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.
Q: Where does the Project Liberty Digital Incubator program take place?
A: Located at PMN’s downtown headquarters at 8th and Market Street, the Incubator is within one of the tax-advantaged Keystone Innovation Zones, which offer tax incentives to qualifying companies in targeted life science and technology sectors.
Q: What are the benefits for companies who take part in the program?
A: Project Liberty offers startups the opportunity to build a relationship with PMN. Startups also receive mentoring and support from the program’s network of supporting partners and access to startup programs like Microsoft BizSpark and the Rackspace Startup Program.
Q: How does the application process work?
A: Applications are now open and will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by the Project Liberty selection committee to determine which startups are invited to interview and demonstrate their product or service.
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Q: What is the length of residency for start-up companies in the Incubator?
A: The length of a start-up company’s residency in the Project Liberty Digital Incubator is six months.
Q: What types of start-up companies are a good fit for Project Liberty?
A: We are interested in speaking with any startup, especially those focused on new publishing tools or models, community building/engagement, e-commerce (particularly solutions focused on SMBs), advertising or mobile. Alumni of the program includes notable Philadelphia area startups such as SETVI, SnipSnap, CloudMine, A View from My Seat, MilkCrate and ROAR for Good.
Q: What resources are provided to start-ups in the Incubator?
A: Office and work space is provided to selected start- up companies. Project Liberty provides its participants with numerous business resources, including Internet, phone, utilities (computers and printing accessibility), meeting rooms, kitchens and programming opportunities.
Q: Does Project liberty offer funding?
A: The Project Liberty Digital Incubator does not invest capital into the startup companies. However, participating companies may be eligible to access the capital, counsel and connections available through Ben Franklin.
Q: Does Project Liberty take equity in my company?
A: An equity investment is not a requirement for participation in the Project Liberty Digital Incubator, but may be negotiated during the incubation period as part of a business relationship between the start-up company and Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.