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We have 18 Amazing #YoungPhillyLeads Finalists. Meet them on October 5.

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 In partnership with Forbes Under 30 Summit, YIP will be highlighting the people, projects, and organizations whose ideas and work are remaking Philadelphia.

This coming Monday, October 5, #YoungPhillyLeads Awards will recognize the young Philadelphians that have taken their #whyilovephilly game to the next level. Those people will have the opportunity to share how they are shaping, creating, and supporting their communities.

We are pleased to announce the group of finalists who will be recognized during the awards program.

#YoungPhillyLeads Finalists


  • Isaiah Thomas, Dir. Community Affairs, Office of Controller
  • Julie Wertheimer, Deputy Dir. for Policy, Programs & Admin, City of Phila.
  • Kellan White, Community Engagement & Special Events Manager,  Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown


Start-Up / Entrepreneurial 




Civic Engagement 




Join us next Monday, October 5 at the #YoungPhillyLeads Awards to hear from all of the finalists above on how they are moving Philly forward.

All finalists will address the audience by giving a short pitch as to why they deserve to win their respective category.  Each audience member will be able to vote in a live text poll to choose the winner in each category.  You helped us nominate, so now is your chance to help us pick the winners!

Tickets are $30 per person, ticket price includes beer, wine, and refreshments.  Discounted 10-packs of tickets are available for $250. Get Your Ticket Today!

April 2nd | Posted In Entrepreneurship

Time to Geek Out: It’s Philly Tech Week

Pong from 2013 PTW

Pong at the Cira Center

Philly Tech Week starts this Friday, heralding a week jammed packed with hack-a-thons, talks, film screenings, networking events, workshops and more. There will be over 20 events on some of the days, which means there is some serious schedule manipulating to be done.

Befitting for such a stacked week, Philly Tech Week kicks off with “Arcade @ The Oval“, featuring Tetris on the Cira Center. There’ll also be a Yards beer tent, food trucks, live music, games from local developers and more to wet your geek appetite for the week to come. This is also one of the first events at The Oval this year, so it’s like two kickoffs for the price of one. And that price, by the way, is free.

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March 31st | Posted In Entrepreneurship

Curious About Coworking

Coworking has taken our city by storm.  Coworking differs from traditional “working” in that various individuals and organizations share the same work place. In addition to providing smaller and leaner organizations (and various sole proprietors) an affordable workspace, coworking, according to advocates, allows for the cross pollination of ideas.

I took the time to speak with founders and staff members of three successful coworking spaces to grab insight into this “movement” and see where Philadelphia stands. Each space made their presence known and are making an impact every hour of every day in this city and beyond.

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March 30th | Posted In Entrepreneurship

Fishtown’s Im-press-ive Publisher


We’ve been told that print is dead. Newspapers are in a panic, periodicals flounder, and ebooks are touted as “the future” of reading. However, in a nondescript space on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, The Head and the Hand Press is challenging that notion with an innovative model for what a publishing house can be.

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March 11th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

Fulfilling a #Dreamcup


It’s a classic question that has been used in a variety of situations, whether breaking the ice in a classroom, passing the time on a road trip, or filling the awkward silences of first dates: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

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February 12th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Philadelphia

To Attract Entrepreneurs to Philly, Just Make Philly More Attractive


As we all know, the millennials love Philly for its vibrancy, culture and nightlife.  But when asked whether they expected to live in Philadelphia in five to ten years, half said they would not, citing career reasons as the primary reason, along with concerns over schools and crime, for their potential departure.   While it’s not certain whether other cities have similar numbers of millennials expecting to move, or whether this differs from the expectations of previous generations, some reacted to this news with the sort of pre-emptive guilt trips that would make a Jewish mother proud.

But hold your kvetching: a new survey by Endeavor Insight suggests that Philly may be poised to attract and retain entrepreneurial millennials – and thus create new jobs, the exact thing the city needs to keep less-than-entrepreneurial millennials – simply because so many millennials (of all entrepreneurial persuasions) have moved to Philly, making it more vibrant and attractive to millennials.  What admittedly sounds like a tautology might actually be the beginning of a virtuous cycle.

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January 29th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

Coffee for a Cause


“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee, but an absolutely defining sense of self.”

I constantly have thought about this idea while in line at any coffee shop listening to orders ever since You’ve Got Mail (that early 90s movie featuring Tom Hanks, AOL, and Meg Ryan) came out on VHS: the idea that we identify and brand ourselves down to the very caffeinated beverages we consume and the places we purchase them from, drawing upon the brand’s identity and mission to make a statement about ourselves and what we care about in life.

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January 8th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

No Need To Wait – Advice for New Nonprofits

Seed Philly

Seed Philly

This article on about Seed Philly finally getting 501(c)(3) status got me thinking about some common misconceptions about nonprofits, 501(c)(3)s and other tax-exempt organizations. Specifically, this part: “[Seed Philly CEO Brad Denenberg said] that the IRS was not responsive when it came to figuring out when the organization could expect official nonprofit status. And without that certainty, it is very difficult to even begin seeking funders, Denenberg said”. It kills me that Denenberg had trouble finding funders, because, if you understand a little nonprofit tax law, there was absolutely no reason to wait.   Read more