The local entrepreneurial initiative known as Startup PHL
has announced the 2014 winners of its second Call for Ideas grant round. This particular round focused specifically on the matter of student engagement with Philadelphia’s tech community.
Five micro-grants have been awarded to local internship programs, business incubators and boot camps that plan to hold seminars, workshops and various other programs aimed at area students.
Here is a complete list of the winners and their ideas:
PennApps Fellows Internship Program
received up to $25,000 to fund 10 internships. The program will connect student interns from across the nation to Philadelphia-based companies for a 10-week internship during summer 2014.
Philadelphia Fashion Incubator
$25,000 to create a series of monthly seminars, panels and interactive workshops focused on the business of fashion.
Zivtech Developer Boot Camp
$24,000 to support a six-week developer bootcamp for a class of 30 participants.
NextFab Fellows Co-op Program
received $25,000 to support four co-op fellowships. Students will receive training and materials while gaining experience working with NextFab companies in need of talent.
Technical.ly and Philly Startup Leaders
were awarded $25,000 to create and execute a series of eight workshops to better connect the PHL tech community to students and universities.
The $500,000 Call for Ideas grant program -- one of two initial measures supported by Startup PHL -- was specifically designed to fund innovative projects that support Philadelphia entrepreneurs and startups, regardless of which industries they work in.
According to Rebecca Lopez Kriss, a Department of Commerce entrepreneurial investment manager, Startup PHL has plans to announce two more rounds of Call for Ideas. One of those will likely happen later this year.
If you or your organization is hoping to claim one of the micro-grants, take heed: "Essentially, we're looking for ideas that will improve the startup community in either growing companies or improving talent," says Lopez Kriss. "Or maybe create some sort of network that helps people work better together."
For more information about the specific ideas Startup PHL is hoping to fund in the future and the collaboration they hope to encourage between entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, visit their FAQ page
Source: Rebecca Lopez Kriss, Philadelphia Department of Commerce
Writer: Dan Eldridge