Philly daily roundup: Women’s health startup wins pitch; $204M for internet access; ‘GamingWalls’ for sports venues

Plus, a new AI accountability podcast from a Wharton prof.


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Women’s health startup wins BioLabs investor day

For Mary Beth Cicero, being named winner of BioLabs’ second annual Investor Day felt like getting an Academy Award. Cicero is the cofounder and CEO of 3daughters, a women’s healthcare company developing a frameless, magnetic, non-hormonal IUD.

This is the second year BioLabs Philadelphia has hosted an Investor Day, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and more to learn about biotech activity in the region. After her experience at investor day, Cicero said she was more inclined to consider Philly as a future HQ for her company.

➡️ Read more about how BioLabs events bring the community together

This founder believes in seizing the moment

Kiante Bush is a founder, tech consulting manager and champion for HBCUs who was named’s 2023 Tech Community Leader of the Year in DC. He’s also the creator of Venture for T.H.E.M., an accelerator and resource for underrepresented founders focused on funding, mentorship and workshops.

Bush also developed the HBCUniverse Summit, which in February welcomed over 300 attendees. With so much going on his his professional life, Bush’s advice is to “fail fast and fail forward.”

➡️ Read more about Bush’s professional journey in Alanah’s article

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority scored $204 million in Broadband Infrastructure Program grants through the federal capital projects fund. Matched by $200 million in private investments, the funding will support 53 internet access and digital equity projects across the state. [City and State]

• Local AR tech firm MVP Interactive launched its platform to put advertising kiosks called GamingWalls in underutilized areas of entertainment and sports venues. [MVP Interactive/]

• Wharton Professor Kevin Warbach launched a new podcast called “The Road to Accountable AI,” where he’ll discuss risks and how to use it responsibly with industry experts. [Road to Accountable AI]

• Do you have a unique professional journey others could learn from? Apply to be profiled in our How I Got Here series. These article focus on professionals in the tech community who have an interesting story, are doing exceptional work or are passionate about supporting the next generation. [Google Forms/]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Coffee and Code at Philly is hosting its weekly meetup on Saturday April 20 at 1 p.m.  [More Details]

• The city’s Department of Commerce is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania to host its next Tech Talks event on April 24 at 6 p.m. This time the theme is “Bridging Academia and Innovation in Philly’s Tech Hub.” [Register Here]

• PACT is hosting its annual Phorum Technology Conference on April 30 at Live Casino and Hotel [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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