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What Does The Philly Tech Community Hope To See In 15 years? A Larger, More Inclusive And More Robust Ecosystem

February 13, 2024

Eight local leaders look back, and forward, in honor of Technical.ly’s 15th anniversary. What were you doing in 2009? That February, Chris Wink, Sean Blanda and Brian James Kirk launched a blog called Technical.ly Philly aiming to cover the growing technology ecosystem...

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Fast-Growing Swarthmore Fintech Raises $28M, Plans Hiring Spree

February 13, 2024

LoanStar Technologies, the rapidly growing Swarthmore fintech, has raised nearly $28 million to accelerate sales and expand headcount. The Series A was led by Connecticut-based Sageview Capital, with participation from Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ Go PA Fund. The $27.85 million infusion brings...

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OK2StandUP Inc Secures $150,000 Investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA

February 6, 2024

OK2StandUP, a cutting-edge healthcare technology startup dedicated to preventing falls among seniors, is thrilled to announce a strategic investment of $150,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania (CNP). In Pennsylvania alone, 71 older adults suffer serious...

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This New ‘Digital Bridge’ Could Cultivate A Thriving Impact Investing Ecosystem In Philadelphia

February 2, 2024

ImpactPHL’s OptImpact tool aims to connect accredited investors with investable opportunities for good. The devastating consequences of divestment, like deteriorating infrastructure, vacant lots, and vast expanses of food and green space deserts, are glaringly obvious in low-income areas of Philadelphia....

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The Philly Company That Makes Autonomous Farm Robots Just Raised $24M

January 11, 2024

Burro hopes to have 800 plant- and produce-hauling vehicles in operation by the end of the year. Philly’s small-but-growing robotics presence is attracting national attention, as evidenced by a big cash infusion for a company named after a hard-working beast...

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Philly Mapmaker Used By National Policymakers And Nonprofits Raises $3M To Expand Product And Staff

January 11, 2024

PolicyMap, which started as a spinoff of Reinvestment Fund, just got its first outside investors. A Philly mapping software company has plans to grow its team and share data in 2024, spurred along by new funding from local investors. PolicyMap closed...

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You Could Win $50,000 for your BIG IDEA!

January 10, 2024

Calling All Visionaries in Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, and Tioga Counties, PA! Let the BIG IDEA Contest turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.  Are you a trailblazing entrepreneur with a game-changing idea in the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest...

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Philadelphia Startup Burro Raises $24M With Plans To Expand Its Fleet Of Robots And Triple Revenue

January 10, 2024

Burro raised another $24 million from investors as it looks to grow revenue, hire additional employees and expand its fleet of agricultural robots. The Philadelphia startup’s Series B round was co-led by New York-based Catalyst Investors and Palo Alto-based Translink...

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Listen To These 21 Stories Of Philly Startup Founders And Execs

January 5, 2024

Founding Philly podcast host Zachary Brand looks back on a year of lessons-filled interviews. This year, Founding Philly published 21 podcast episodes featuring some of the most prominent founders and executives in the Philly startup community. We kicked off the year with...

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Judith Von Seldeneck’s Capital Fund To Award $2M To Local Women-Owned Businesses

January 5, 2024

A fund focused on investing in women-owned businesses and helmed by Diversified Search Group Founder and Chair Judith von Seldeneck is readying to invest $2 million locally through a forthcoming round of grants. Applications for the latest round of the JVS...

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