Accelerators / Entrepreneurs / Startups

Kicking around a biz idea? Philly Startup Leaders’ idea-stage accelerator is taking apps now

The program's second cohort will welcome 20 entrepreneurs in early 2021.

Philly Startup Leaders' 2019 accelerator cohort. (Courtesy photo)

Entrepreneurship organization and community Philly Startup Leaders is accepting applications for the second cohort of its idea-stage accelerator.

The 2019-rebranded programming, now called Founded in Philly, encompasses two accelerators: one for idea stage entrepreneurs and a second for more established, early-stage companies. The former, dubbed Series I, will welcome 20 entrepreneurs for virtual programing early next year.

Check out the participants of the first cohort, which kicked off early this year (and moved to virtual participation midway because of, you know, the pandemic).

The program aims to “teach new founders the mindset, skills, and endurance needed to pursue entrepreneurship and build a sustainable company.” It will focus on founder development, mentorship and navigating the startup community here in Philly.

The program will close with participation at PSL’s Entrepreneur Expo during 2021 Philly Tech Week. Participation includes a $250 fee, and Tuesday evening sessions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in February through May of 2021. Applications are open through Nov. 20.

And a lil’ Power Moves mention: PSL is still on the hunt for a director, after former leader Kiera Smalls left her post this summer.

Looking for more growth as an entrepreneur or technologists? Apps are also open for University City Science Center’s Launch Lane Digital Health accelerator and its two-week STEM training bootcamp, BULB: Building and Understanding Lab Basics. And we rounded up 12 Philly bootcamps, orgs and resources for anyone looking to sharpen their coding skills.

Companies: Philly Startup Leaders

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