This cofounder shares why Philly is the 'awesomest' town to build a business - Philly


Jan. 6, 2017 11:23 am

This cofounder shares why Philly is the ‘awesomest’ town to build a business

Zivtech's founder Alex Urevick-Acklesberg gives his rundown of why Philly is the place to be for entrepreneurship.

Alex Urevick-Acklesberg's hometown.

(Photo by Flickr user Michael Righi, under a Creative Commons license)

The year had barely started when Alex Urevick-Acklesberg (better known on Twitter as @Alex UA) sat down to put together a rundown of his top 14 reasons why Philly is the best city to start a business in, by way of a Medium post titled “14 reasons why building a business in Philly is the awesomest.”

In the article, the Zivtech founder — who saw his company move into a 10,000-square-foot office in the heart of Center City — proclaimed his love for his home town as a “7th generation Philadelphian.”

“I hear a lot of people say negative things about building businesses in Philly, but by and large most of these critics aren’t from here and haven’t started or run a business,” the entrepreneur wrote on Monday. “But let me tell you: Philly is an amazing place to build a business, and [here] are 14 reasons that prove it beyond all reasonable doubt.”

While all the classic Philly tech perks made the rundown (cheap real estate, access to talent, strategic location and so on), Urevick-Acklesberg also gave some wonkier upsides a shoutout (like local tax credits by way of the Keystone Innovation Zones and access to loans from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).

(We specially liked No. 3, titled “Smarty-pants people”.)

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

  • Fred Phien

    Well heck yeah that massive city government and the super high taxes, sure it’s a no-brainer.

  • Great list. Agree!


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