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Nov. 16, 2012 10:00 am

‘We want the next company that’s born here to mature here:’ PIDC Senior Vice President Sam Rhoads on city’s StartupPHL Fund

During Tuesday’s information session on the city’s StartupPHL matching seed stage investment initiative, Sam Rhoads made one thing very clear: the city does not want the tech startups that get funded by the proposed $6 million city-backed fund to move to the suburbs — or anywhere, for that matter — once they receive investment. “We […]

Sam Rhoads (standing, left), who handles PIDC's finances, and David Langlieb (standing, right), who will be handling the StartupPHL RFP for PIDC spoke to a crowd of representatives from local venture capital firms about StartupPHL.

During Tuesday’s information session on the city’s StartupPHL matching seed stage investment initiative, Sam Rhoads made one thing very clear: the city does not want the tech startups that get funded by the proposed $6 million city-backed fund to move to the suburbs — or anywhere, for that matter — once they receive investment.

“We want the next company that’s born here to mature here,” said Rhoads, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation‘s (PIDC) Senior Vice President of Finance. (On the other hand, the venture capital firm that handles the fund does not have to be within city limits.)

Find the RFP here.

StartupPHL is an effort to combat the epidemic of startups leaving the city, Rhoads said to more than a dozen representatives mostly from local venture capital firms, including DreamIt Ventures, Artists & Instigators, MentorTechVentures and First Round Capital.

PIDC, which will contribute up to $3 million to the StartupPHL fund, aims to have chosen the firm that’s handling the fund by early 2013, Rhoads said.

Find the rest of our coverage on StartupPHL here.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’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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