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health care stakeholders in the Pennsylvania ;ve-county region to
enable the electronic exchange of patient information to improve
patient outcomes and to lower health care costs in the region.
A HOME FOR ALL COMPANIES
;e regional presence of large enterprises such as Comcast,
Independence Blue Cross, P;zer, SAP, and SEI has been another
crucial piece of the puzzle in growing Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial
ecosystem, by many accounts.
Comcast—whose venture arm was recently ranked the number
Comcast Business has partnered since 2013 with the
four corporate startup investor since 2011 by research ;rm CB
Insights—has played a major role. “We were a startup 50-plus years
ago when Ralph Roberts started our company,” says Denice Hasty,
chief marketing o;cer for the cable TV company. “Entrepreneur-
ialism is at the heart of what we do.”
For the past two years, Comcast has sponsored Shark Tank and
hosted casting calls in Philadelphia in 2016 and 2017, attracting
more than 500 people to each. “Our goal is to provide small busi-
ness owners and entrepreneurs opportunities to pitch the casting
team of Shark Tank and give them a chance to achieve their busi-
ness aspirations,” says Hasty.
Philadelphia incubator and co-working network Benjamin’s
Desk, providing a network that provides ethernet, voice, and TV
services at four locations in the city. ;e company also partners
More millennials are choosing to make the nation’s sixth largest city their home.
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with Bunker Labs, a nonpro;t that supports veteran-owned
businesses. Meanwhile, business unit Comcast NBC Universal
announced in March a multi-city initiative called Li; Labs.
Comcast plans to host a space for entrepreneurs in its tech
;rough a combination of public and private support, Philadel-
center starting in early 2018. “Philadelphia is an up-and-coming
place for tech startups,” says Hasty. “Our goal is to make it the
Silicon Valley of the Northeast.”
With support for the city’s startup scene so strong on every
front, that ambitious goal seems to be increasingly attainable.
phia’s startup scene promises to continue its growth trajectory
and further fuel the city’s economic and population growth.