How We’re Moving Philadelphia Forward

Investing in Entrepreneurship

PIDC is proud to bring together the public and private resources that businesses and developers need to turn their big ideas into projects that attract investment, create jobs and improve our city for all who live, work, and visit here.

Startup PHL

Start Up PHL Philadelphia today is alive with start-up and early-stage business development. To support this burgeoning sector, PIDC joined forces with the City of Philadelphia to announce a series of initiatives known as StartupPHL. The StartupPHL initiative has Call for Ideas grants that support the sector’s development and also two StartupPHL funds to increase early stage investment capital in Philadelphia.

First Round Capital

PIDC co-invested with First Round Capital, one of the nation’s leading early stage investors based here in Philadelphia, to create the StartupPHL Seed + Angel Funds, designed to address the shortage of early stage investment capital available to Philadelphia’s expanding technology community. PIDC has also been an active investment partner with several other successful early stage investors like the University City Science Center’s, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and the DreamIt Fund.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

PIDC is a proud capital partner of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Philadelphia. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative designed to help small businesses create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with access to capital, a practical business education, and business support services. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to growing their business and creating jobs within their community.

Educational Component

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Community College of Philadelphia is a practical business education program that gives entrepreneurs valuable skills for growing their businesses, the opportunity to access financial capital, powerful networking opportunities and more, at absolutely no cost to participants. If you're a small business owner interested in learning real-world skills that get remarkable results, please visit