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PhillyMag’s pick for Best Entrepreneur [Links Roundup]

Plus: An energy company gets $260M in tax credits to open a facility in Camden, and Drexel's "Innovation Neighborhood" gets the Politico treatment.

Best of Philly 2014: The Best Philadelphians [PhillyMag]: Penn undergrad founder Dan Fine, who runs sunglasses retailer and Dorm Room Fund company Glass-U, was this year’s “Best Entrepreneur.” Archna Sahay, who organizes the women in tech event Female Founder Network, won “Best Connector.”

State of Young Philly – Request for Proposals [Young Involved Philadelphia]: The Young Involved Philadelphia crew is looking for more tech people to present at their State of Young Philly conference.

Phillyosophy Photo Contest [VisitPhilly]: Send in a photo and it could be on a VisitPhilly billboard.

Energy company gets $260M in tax credits to open Camden facility [Philadelphia Business Journal]Holtec, the energy company that is opening the Camden facility, is run by Krishna Singh, former co-owner of, the Inquirer and the Daily News, and the philanthropist who funded Penn’s new $92 million nanotech center.

Fight over ride sharing comes to Philadelphia [Philadelphia Inquirer]: “Following a foray into Pittsburgh, where [UberX and Lyft] were welcomed by the mayor and the county executive but banned by state regulators, Philadelphia is a likely target this year, industry insiders say.”

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down [CityLab]: CityLab features Philadelphia’s FastFWD public safety accelerator.

3 Ways Cities Can Grow Open Data Projects [GovTech]: “In his new role promoting open data — and based on his time in Philly — [Mark] Headd was asked where he thought San Jose and other cities benefitted most with open data. His answer touched on citizen transparency but ultimately underscored efficiency. […] ‘When you’re able to use data in the public realm it’s much more valuable internally,’ he said.”

West Philadelphia, Reborn and Razed [Politico]: “Looking to invent new job opportunities for his university’s neighbors, Fry has announced ambitious development projects aimed at making Drexel’s piece of the University City area of Philadelphia—which also includes the University of Pennsylvania, several major hospitals and the country’s oldest urban scientific research park—into what is being branded an ‘Innovation Neighborhood.’ Though that idea is still very much in the brochure stage, it has garnered national press for Fry and his vision to create a $2 billion center for high-tech entrepreneurial and educational partnerships just a short walk from an area better known for gangland shootings and drug deals.”

Coworking: Any old space won’t do [Philadelphia Business Journal]: “Either way, it’s proven true that spaces caught up in the hype of low-cost real estate are likely to struggle. A mission to stick bodies in chairs for a fee is no easy feat if that’s all that is being offered, many co-working thought leaders say.”

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