Philly daily roundup: Startups want office culture; New Venture Lab cohort; Penn Med’s new AI leader

Plus, Phenom's generative AI plans.


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Philly startups want to build culture in office

Nearly all the founders in attendance at a recent dinner to celebrate the 2024 RealLIST Startups in Philly said they plan to set up a physical workspace in Philly — if only a membership at a coworking space.

The reasoning was similar to the big corporations who have brought employees back to the office: the benefit of in-person interaction for culture building and collaboration.

➡️ Read more about why these founders want office space in Philly

Bronze Valley returns with 5 new startups

Birmingham-based venture capital firm Bronze Valley first brought its Venture Lab to Delaware last year, where it drew companies from across the Mid-Atlantic.

Founded by an Alabama investor who grew up in Wilmington, the accelerator aims to boost startups by underrepresented founders, is now back for its second cohort, all powered through a partnership with gener8tor, the national startup accelerator program.

➡️ Read more about the five companies in this new cohort

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Marylyn D. Ritchie was appointed as the first vice dean of of artificial intelligence and computing for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [Penn Medicine]

• Local HR tech company Phenom released a gen AI platform last year, and CEO Mahe Bayireddi is now pushing to see it become widespread in the HR industry. [Philly Biz Journal/]

• The City of Philadelphia released an update about its Clean Fleet Program, which aims to transition all 6,300 city vehicles to electric power. In 2023 the city reached almost 250 EVs; the report estimates 300 by the end of this year. [City of Philadelphia]

• Know a local tech leader who’s great at bringing people together and sharing tips and information? Nominate them to be a 2024 RealLIST Connectors honoree. Nominations are being accepted until April 12. [Google Forms]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Philadelphia dbt Meetup is hosting a networking event for data professionals on April 10 at 5:30 p.m.  [Details here]

• Philadelphia Business and Sales Professionals is hosting a networking event on April 10 at 6 p.m. [Details here]

• Silver Marketing Group is hosting a technology professionals networking happy hour on April 10 at 6 p.m. [Buy Tickets]

The spelling of Phenom CEO’s name has been corrected.

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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