2019 marks the 6th year of the PSL Accelerator; a program that equips early stage startups with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve long term success.
This 12 week program includes educational workshops; mentorship; and a dedicated effort to connect new founders to the powerful and generous startup ecosystem Philadelphia has to offer.
Over these past few months, we (the 12 companies, the mentors, our guest speakers and session leaders, and the PSL staff) have been on the rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship together.
The founders have attended weekly sessions covering content on business model refinement, storytelling, target market & customer discovery, financial projections, and fundraising; to name a few. They have been inundated with information, and received a wide variety of advice. They have grasped every opportunity to take this advice and their learnings and apply it to their businesses; all while seeking additional knowledge and feedback.
They’ve made decisions that not only affect their own futures but their families’ futures.
Some have balanced full-time jobs; some have left stable jobs to pursue entrepreneurship full time.
They have encouraged each other, challenged one another, but most of all they have inspired each other and everyone around them. We are incredibly proud of their progress and accomplishments during this time, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.
PSL Pitch Night, the culminating, celebratory event that gave each startup the opportunity to pitch their business to 250+ community supporters; marks only the beginning.
None of this would have been possible without the support of the PSL Network. PSL is a small but mighty team, that relies heavily on the strength and quality of our network in order to achieve our mission.
We want to thank everyone who has dedicated their time to this year’s program.
Beginning with PSL’s board of directors who early on in this process gave their time to meet with these founders; Offering candid advice and words of encouragement invaluable to our new-to-the-scene entrepreneurs.
Then came our mentors. Who were carefully paired with each company and dove right into the trenches with the founders, pulling from their own entrepreneurial experiences, and tapping into their own networks to help in any way possible.
Our weekly workshops were held at various venues throughout the city. These venues included startups, co-working spaces, corporate innovation departments and various service providers all who offered a physical space for us to convene each week (and who fed us, which is always appreciated).
Finally, our weekly workshops were led by guest speakers, including some of our accelerator alumni; all who offered tangible takeaways and valuable insights into their own successes and failures.
It is because of all of these individuals and that “been in your shoes before” type perspective that lends most to the personal and professional growth of our founders.
We envision Philadelphia to be a place where everyone can achieve their entrepreneurial potential as a part of a collaborative startup and innovative community. It is programs like this one that help us attain this, and as we look to the future we plan to grow these educational opportunities to continue to fulfill that vision.
Special thanks to everyone who made this program possible
Rudy J. Ellis
First Round Capital
Vanguard Innovation Studio
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld Law Offices
Cambridge Innovation Center
Ben Franklin Technology Partners