Philly daily roundup: A better coffee supply chain; Philly Tech Week returns; Apply to Pennovation Accelerator

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How CoffeePLUG uses tech to support farmers

Win Win Coffee’s Nikisha Bailey and Matthew Nam created the tech platform CoffeePLUG to connect farmers directly to buyers and help solve a disparity: Beans are sourced from mostly Black and brown countries, Nam noted, but you often don’t see those people represented in the full supply chain.

“We want to be able to somewhat reclaim coffee,” Nam said on Speaking. On the WURD Radio show, he and Bailey discussed their mission to create transparency in the coffee sourcing process.

➡️ Check out the radio segment and learn more about CoffeePLUG’s mission

Philly Tech Week is back May 3-11

Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast returns for its 14th year, bringing together technology, innovation, and community in a weeklong celebration. 1Philadelphia is excited to join in hosting this annual event, one of the country’s longest-running innovation festivals.

Featured events include the Kickoff block party, Wired Differently 1PHL Meetup, NET/WORK Tech Jobs Fair, PTW Tech Town Hall, and the Developers Conference, Builders Conference and Signature Event, as well as many events organized by the Philly tech community. Join us throughout the week to network, innovate, and celebrate our vibrant tech ecosystem. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a budding entrepreneur, or simply curious about the future of tech, there’s something for everyone.

➡️ Don’t miss out — get your PTW24 tickets now!

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The City of Philadelphia is partnering with local company On the Goga to offer city employees the online wellness tool. The platform provides info and classes around lifestyle wellbeing like nutrition, exercise and meditation [City of Philadelphia/On the Goga]

• is accepting applications for its annual PitchHER competition for women and nonbinary founders at this fall’s Grace Hopper Celebration. This year the competition is being hosted in partnership with Philly Startup Leaders. The application deadline is April 12. [AnitaB/]

• The Pennovation Accelerator is accepting applications for its 2024 cohort. The accelerator is six-week program with educational sessions, access to a mentor and networking opportunities. It ends with a pitch day on July 24. [Pennovation]

• 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

• Attend Venture Cafe on Thursday April 11 for “Founders’ Financial Playbook: The Top 3 Finance Metrics You Need to Know” [Register here]

• Philly JS Club is hosting its April meetup on April 11 at 6 p.m. [Register here]

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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