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Oct. 24, 2013 10:30 am

Real Food Works gets $200k in first StartupPHL investment

Founded by Lucinda Duncalfe, who knows First Round's Josh Kopelman from their days at Infonautics and TurnTide, Real Food Works moved from Conshohocken to the outskirts of Chinatown this summer in part because of the Startup PHL's residency requirement, Duncalfe told us. Real Food Works plans to use the money for customer acquisition, she said.

Lucinda Duncalfe's Real Food Works is the first startup to receive investment from the city's $6 million seed fund.

The City of Philadelphia will take part in investing $200,000 in healthy meal startup Real Food Works as the first investment from its $6 million StartupPHL Seed Fund, the city announced today at a press conference with Mayor Michael Nutter and First Round Capital‘s Josh Kopelman, among others tech scene big wigs. The announcement comes seven months after the the fund launched, though city officials said that the decision was made this summer.

The fund is managed by First Round Capital, which invested $3 million in the fund to match the $3 million contributed by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the city’s economic development agency. It’s part of the Nutter administration’s push to support early-stage technology businesses staying and growing in Philadelphia.

Founded by Lucinda Duncalfe, who knows Kopelman from their days at Infonautics and TurnTide, Real Food Works moved from Conshohocken to the outskirts of Chinatown this summer in part because of the Startup PHL’s residency requirement, Duncalfe told us. Real Food Works plans to use the money for customer acquisition, she said.

Real Food Works has also received $175,000 from the state-run Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners. The startup has a staff of ten.

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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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