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Resource Roundup: Apps are open for 2021’s Pennovation Accelerator for ecotech startups

Plus, two events for boosting your tech career or woman-founded business.

Pennovation Accelerator 2020's overall winners, Headway cofounders (L to R) Alex Qian Wan, Laura Ceccacci, Jonah Arnheim, Julia Lin. (Courtesy photo)

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Environment-minded entrepreneurs, take note: Applications are open — but closing soon — for the Pennovation Center’s annual Pennovation Accelerator.

Summer 2021 companies should aim to “create products or technologies that have a positive impact on the environment” and work in a related field such as agtech, cleantech, waste reduction, smart cities and the like.

Over six weeks, up to 10 founders selected for the biz-boosting program will benefit from mentorship, pitch practice and peer support to further develop their business strategies. At the end of the program, one company will win six months of Pennovation Center desk membership, a marketing and accounting package, a spot in the PCI Ventures@Pennovation Center Showcase and a $5,000 cash prize.

Last July, medtech company Headway was the overall winner at 2020 Pennovation Accelerator’s pitch day.

This year’s program will be conducted virtually until further notice. Apply here by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.

Events for future technologists and women entrepreneurs

Two upcoming events aim to shed light on local tech training opportunities, and offer networking and mentorship to women founders.

On Wednesday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m., Future Works Alliance PHL’s first Got Tech Training? event features Tech Impact Executive Director Patrick Callihan, LaunchCode Interim VP of Impact Jessi Wilcox and Resilient Coders Director of Community Engagement Stephanie Castaños. They’ll discuss what their programs have to offer to prospective Philadelphia technologists.

Free coding bootcamps LaunchCode and Resilient Coders announced their respective entrances to Philadelphia in February and December; Tech Impact is a longstanding tech skills training nonprofit. Sandie Mack Behrens, senior manager for Accenture’s Business Agility Practice, is set to keynote, covering her path to tech leadership.

And Comcast NBCUniversal’s Female Founders & Funders meetup series will host a Community Connections & Office Hours event on Friday, May 28, at 9:30 a.m. Robin Hood Ventures Executive Director Ellen Weber will host this month and is available to give advice to burgeoning entrepreneurs.


And check out these programs from previous Resource Roundups that are still open:

Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 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.
Companies: Pennovation Center

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