Philly daily roundup: Philly’s top innovation leaders; City buildings go solar; PTW kicks off on Friday

Plus, expert advice in software development.

A panel at the 2024 Total Impact Summit hosted by ImpactPHL (Sarah Huffman/

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20 connectors you’ll want to know in Philly

This is the fifth edition of’s annual RealLIST Connectors feature, which recognizes the most connected and community-oriented people in the region’s ecosystem.

This year’s list spotlights 20 people who are connected, influential and give back to the Philly tech and startup scene. Our honorees range from STEM educators, to members of the life sciences community, to advocates for workforce development, and much more.

➡️ Meet the 2024 class of RealLIST Connectors in Philly

Expert advice in software development

When you need a digital platform, and you need it right now — but also done right — that’s where Arcweb Technologies shines. The software consulting company prides itself on meeting clients where they are, with a team versed in web, API and mobile application development.

The firm’s focus today is on forming long term partnerships with health and wellness companies, leveraging decades of experience to solve pressing software product challenges and develop the right-fit strategy in terms of specific technologies, cloud architectures or integrations.

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News Incubator: What else to know today

• Center City District released its State of Center City 2024 report. The report found that workers who live in the suburbs were less likely to return to the office. 70% of non-resident workers returned to work in Center City by the end of 2023. [CCD/Threads]

•  The City of Philadelphia completed the Adams Solar Project, a 70-megawatt solar facility that will help power Philadelphia’s municipal buildings. The completion of this project means municipal buildings will use 30% renewable energy, working towards the City’s goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030. [City of Philadelphia]

• Invent Analytics, which uses data and AI to support retail companies, raised a $17 million Series B, less than two years after raising its Series A funding round. The company doubled its revenue in 2023. [Philly Biz Journal/]

• Check out the events on this year’s Philly Tech Week calendar! The festivities officially kick off on Friday with the PTW24 Kickoff Event hosted by 1Philadelphia at uCity Square. [PTW]

• The Wildcat Workshop, an elementary school makerspace at South Philly’s Marian Anderson School, shared highlights from the school year so far including a science fair and a robotics competition win. [Wildcat Workshop]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Stop by Venture Cafe at the University City Science Center on May 2 at 4 p.m. [Register Here]

• AI Philly is hosting a AI Help Desk meetup on Monday May 6 at 5:30 p.m. [More Details]

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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