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Sep. 17, 2012 9:00 am

Emerging Industry Incubators: Chamber hosts panel on new types of incubators

More than 100 people attended the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce‘s panel on “emerging industry incubators” on Friday, says Chamber spokeswoman Tara Manco. The panel, held at Macy’s in Center City, discussed the economic impact of these new kinds of workspaces and how they are attracting talent to the region. Here’s three points the panel […]

Left to right: moderator Tracey Matisak of WHYY, Chirantan Bhatt of TapCliq, Elissa Bloom of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Frank S. Keith of Burlington County College Incubators and Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital. Photo courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

More than 100 people attended the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce‘s panel on “emerging industry incubators” on Friday, says Chamber spokeswoman Tara Manco.

The panel, held at Macy’s in Center City, discussed the economic impact of these new kinds of workspaces and how they are attracting talent to the region.

Here’s three points the panel made, according to Manco:

  • It’s important to partner with local colleges and universities to find talent and additional support in the form of interns.
  • Our more than 25 regional incubators have helped retain entrepreneurs and build a larger entrepreneurial community.
  • We have to move capital into the city, closer to entrepreneurs, so they don’t get elsewhere to find it. First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman especially noted this. Last month, he announced that First Round Capital would relocate to Philadelphia from the suburbs.

The panel featured Chirantan Bhatt, CEO of TapCliq, which is currently in Interstate General Media’s Project Liberty Digital Incubator, Elissa Bloom, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, Frank S. Keith, Executive Director Emeritus of Burlington County College Incubators and Kopelman, managing director at First Round Capital.

Updated 12:29 p.m. to add more detail from Manco.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called β€œIt’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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