Since we thought just making the top 20 was GOOD NEWS, we figured this had to be too: Philadelphia was named one of five winners in the Blooomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, winning $1 million “to implement its idea to create the Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership, a new effort to engage social entrepreneurs in working with city government and other partners to tackle urban challenges.” According to a press release:
The Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership will create a process through which entrepreneurs and city government can work together on researching, developing, and applying innovative solutions to urban challenges. By building on existing innovations taking place in Philadelphia and cities around the country – such as opening up city data for use by citizens and entrepreneurs – Philadelphia will demonstrate that creating partnerships between innovators within and outside of government provides the opportunity to develop more effective solutions to some of our most intractable challenges. Philadelphia will identify two to three issues per year for which it will seek proposals from entrepreneurs, bringing them to the city to develop and pilot their ideas through a proven social enterprise accelerator program.”
Other winners included Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Santa Monica, CA; and a $5 million grand prize went to Providence, RI.
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