Philly Startup Guide


A Guide to Tech and Entrepreneurship in the City of Brotherly Love 


Philadelphia is a thriving big city (the 5th largest in the US) and also the 4th most walkable city in the country. We love parks (top ten park cities in the world), bikes (most bikeable downtown), and are just a breezy Amtrak ride away from NYC and DC. Philly is also super affordable, it was named one of the top 5 most affordable housing markets for millenials.

PS: the city does not mess around when it comes to beer and coffee. The city's offerings range from pop-up beer gardens (check out why we love them so much here) to incredible hometown coffee places with nitro cold brew and draft lattes. If you're here in the summer, be sure to check out Center City Sips, a Wednesday city-wide happy hour that runs all summer long. Favorite bars and coffee shops of the tech community include: Saxbys, Menagerie, HubBub, La Colombe, Joe Coffee, Reanimator, Square One, National Mechanics, Good Dog,Ladder 15, City Tap House, South Philly Tap Room, and Sidecar.


It is the community and people and organizations within it that generate a thriving, supportive and sustainable startup ecosystem. This section consists of organizations, educational programs, accelerators, nonprofits, etc. that support entrepreneurs and the businesses they are building.


Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs
Bunker Labs
CEO Council for Growth ("Greater Than")
Code for Philly
Coded by Kids
PSL's Founded in Philly
Hopeworks N' Camden

Innovation Center @3401
PACT (Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies)
Philadelphia Area New Media Association
Philly New Tech
Tech Sistas
Philly Tech Week

Quorum - University City Science Center
Sixers Innovation Lab
The Uncommon Individual Foundation
University City Science Center
Venture for America
Wharton Entrepreneurship - Venture Initiation Program

 Ecosystem Builders 

 Investors and Funding

Philadelphia's venture capital scene has a diverse set of funds at all stages of investment.

Service Providers

Entrepreneurs need great service providers- development and design firms, engineering firms etc. to make their companies successful. The needs and budgets of startups are unique, and these Philly area service providers often work with the entrepreneurial community.

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