PSL Accelerator

Who Participates

Since 2014, Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) has helped 44 companies start-up through the PSL Accelerator; an annual program designed to equip early stage founders with the knowledge and network needed to secure long term success.

In this 12-week program, new founders participate in educational sessions led by seasoned entrepreneurs and work with dedicated mentors to refine their business models and accelerate growth.

The program concludes with Pitch Night, a celebratory event that gives each startup the opportunity to tell their story, pitch their business, and share what’s next for building their company in Philly. While Pitch Night is the culmination event to our annual Accelerator, it is only the beginning for these passionate founders and their promising startups.

This year’s pitch event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, April 23rd. Mark your calendar!

Learn more about the 2019 companies!


In January 2019, Philly Startup Leaders published its first-ever PSL Accelerator Impact Report showcasing the changes that our 32 alumni companies have experienced since their participation in the PSL Accelerator program (classes of 2014 – 2018).

 

What to Expect

Applications Open: September

Application Deadline: October

Program Kickoff Event: February

Pitch Night: April

✅ Grow your business & expand your network with the PSL Accelerator

✅ 12 weeks of expert-led sessions

✅ Valuable connections to industry leaders and local founders

✅ Dedicated mentorship throughout the program and beyond

✅ An opportunity to pitch your business to local investors and startup supporters

✅ Exclusive opportunities to promote your business & attract talent

For Frequently Asked Questions

Where & When

Tuesday Evenings throughout Center City

Why We Do It

We do it for our founders. And here is what they have to say about it…

The network of mentors and other entrepreneurs that I have built as a result of the accelerator has given me more clarity and confidence on how to best approach all the challenges that lie ahead for our team. My gratitude for PSL’s contribution to my company’s future success is immeasurable. – Luis Gamardo, Co-Founder of Besto

I thought the ability to get to know other startups in the program intimately was invaluable. Being new in the Philly tech scene, forming connections with other entrepreneurs and co-founders is really special (and helpful!) and I thought the diversity and energy of the other startups were really electric.  – Carolyn Horner, Co-Founder of Jenzy

The accelerator was invaluable for our team, being new to Philly’s startup scene. The programming helped us work through early-stage discovery and plugged us into people and resources that advanced our business faster in a few weeks than we could have done on our own. Most impactful, though, is the continued energy, support, and championing that we’ve continued to receive from industry and community leaders long after the accelerator’s conclusion. – Erin Houston, Co-Founder of Wearwell

I received a ton of value from the PSL accelerator in the forms of getting a great mentor, receiving critical feedback on my investment pitch, and building a deeper network with founders in the same startup phase. – Bruce Marable, Employee Cycle

The Accelerator was an awesome group of founders and mentors working together. In collaboration with the PSL team, we identified a sales strategy that increased our MRR by 500%. We still use this strategy today. –Jeremy Peskin, CEO of Borderwise

The previous Fishbox pricing model wasn’t working. Because my mentor had experience with the same issue at his current company, he recommended a change that simplified things. That update led to a 20% increase in MRR. –Napoleon Suarez, CEO of Fishbox

The PSL Accelerator made me accountable, on a weekly basis, to work towards a goal that was designed to improve and grow my business. PSL is an amazing and supportive community to be a part of. – Debbie Schwartz, CEO of College Money Search

We launched our product half way through the Accelerator. We got the opportunity to speak with investors and receive strategic insights, and more importantly we made connections with the rest of the Accelerator companies! – Danish Dhamani, CEO of Orai

The PSL Accelerator was and will continue to be one of the greatest catalysts of our organization’s growth. The in-depth exposure to local and far-reaching entrepreneurs and financiers offered perspective, encouragement, and best approaches. – Mark Switaj, CEO of Roundtrip

Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities for the PSL Accelerator and other impactful PSL programs and events can be requested by emailing The PSL Team at engage@phillystartupleaders.org


Applications are Closed for 2019

PSL is your go-to resource for tech and entrepreneurship needs in Philadelphia. We connect you with a robust community and offer one-of-a-kind programming to support the growth and creation of startups in the region.

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