by PIDCphila
February 7, 2013

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StartupPHLLaunched in October of 2012, Startup PHL is a collaborative effort between PIDC and the Department of Commerce.  Its broad goals are to increase the availability of seed-stage capital in Philadelphia, accelerate the development of a supportive environment for our existing startup companies and entrepreneurs, and promote Philadelphia as a great place to launch and grow a business.  StartUp PHL is made up of two different initiatives:

  • The Startup PHL Seed Fund, a public/private venture fund to make seed-stage investments in Philadelphia-based tech startups.  PIDC will seed the fund with $3m to be matched and managed by a private investment firm that will make investments on behalf of the fund.  PIDC and the Department of Commerce plan to announce more details of the fund by the end of the first quarter.
  • Startup PHL Call for Ideas, awarding a series of grants averaging $25,000 to creative citizen and non-profit driven ideas that improve and grow the startup and early-stage economy in Philadelphia.


The first Call for Ideas received an overwhelming response with almost 120 organizations and individuals submitting creative, innovative ideas for how to support and strengthen Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community.  The selection committee is currently evaluating the finalist’s ideas, and will announce the winners this month.  The Call for Ideas finalists are below and complete descriptions of the ideas can be found at


Startup PHL anticipates future Calls for Ideas and encourages people and organizations to apply. Sign up for updates at or follow @startupphl on twitter for further updates, including what makes a successful application.


Top 20 Call for Idea Finalists


  • Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)The PACT Enterprise Hackathon
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of CommerceEntrepreneur’s Resource Directory
  • Seed PhillyStartup Data Collection Engine
  • Campus Philly and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP)Targeted Internship Matching Program
  • RJ Moore, RJ MetricsEntrepreneurship Podcast
  • The Franklin InstituteSTEM Opportunities at the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival
  • The Moore College of Art and DesignWomen’s Creative Entrepreneurial Launch
  • Slash 7 and Indy Hall Philadelphia Bootstraper Conference: BaconBizConf
  • GreenLight Fund, Scattergood Foundation, and Wharton Social Impact InitiativeCollaborative Work and Learning Space: The Exchange
  • The Enterprise CenterCenter for Culinary Enterprises Program
  • Philly Tech MeetupProgram Expansion
  • The University City Science CenterFormalize and Expand the Regional Affinity Incubation Network (RAIN)
  • Venture F0rthProgram and Facility Expansion: VentureF0rth Commons
  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital Technologies (PACT), Philly Startup LeadersThe Philadelphia Startup Information Web site
  • Technically Philly, the Knight Foundation, Delaware Valley GrantmakersSocial Entrepreneurship Asset Map
  • Philadelphia’s Coalition of Rising Education Leaders (PhillyCORE Leaders)Education Entrepreneur Support and Pitch Night
  • The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel UniversityOpen Source Legal Documents
  • Advancena, LLCLean Start-ups for the Minority Community Program
  • GoodCompany GroupProgram Expansion
  • Startup CorpHigh School Entrepreneur Program

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