When you are talking sustenance, the combination of education and a hot meal is just about ideal. Philasoup
, along with Springboard Collaborative
, won top prize at Philly SEED
, a new crowdfunded gathering specifically for educational entrepreneurs in the style of PhillyStake
Philasoup's top spot in the Emerging Entrepreneurs category garnered $5,000. Springboard Collaborative, won the Expanding/Established Entrepreneurs category, receiving a bundle of pro-bono services. Funds were collected via ticket sales, as well as from a Knight Foundation grant.
The two winners were chosen from an original 41 applicants and 12 finalists, which included ApprenNet
, The School Collective
, Yes! for Schools Philly
, and Investing in Ourselves
. Educational entrepreneurs are hot right now; last month's Philly Tech Meetup
focused on the same topic
The awards ceremony took place at WHYY
on Wednesday, March 28 to a packed house of nearly 200 people, a number of whom were also members of Young Involved Philly
, which has a great track record of getting people out to events. Councilman Bill Green was on hand as co-host, as were several Philadelphia philanthropists.
Rachel Meadows, who works for Councilman Bill Green event organizer for Philly SEED, a member of PhillyCORE Leaders
, says she hopes the event will be take place at least annually, if not more frequently. "There's an audience for these type of events. I think people have realized that bureaucratic change is difficult, so perhaps bottom-up entrepreneurial efforts are more effective."
Kristen Forbriger, the Communications Manager for the Philadelphia School Partnership
, looked around at the young, engaged crowd and remarked, "This represents a lot of energy in the city. There are a lot of tough problems to solve and a lot of people wanting to solve those problems."
The winner, Philasoup, will use its award to host a monthly microgrant dinner where educators connect and fund projects to benefit Philadelphia students, regardless of institution.
: Rachel Meadows, Kristen Forbinger, Philly SEED
: Sue Spolan