Philadelphia’s First City-Wide Innovation Festival, B. PHL, October 2019

Some cities are hubs of innovation, supporting and encouraging the work of creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs. In every industry from healthcare and technology to art, music and film, the City of Philadelphia is at the forefront of these developments.

First City-Wide Innovation Festival in Philadelphia

Regional leaders and entrepreneurs recently announced Philadelphia’s first city-wide innovation festival, B. PHL, which will be held on October 15 to 17, 2019.

During the 3-day festival, locations around Philadelphia will host experiential workshops, speakers and exhibits that showcase innovation in healthcare, technology, engineering, art, music, film and more. The festival is partnering with and highlighting organizations throughout the region, local entrepreneurs and individual innovators.

Innovation Festival Partners and Organizations From Throughout the Region

Along with local entrepreneurs and individual innovators, leading universities and colleges, large and small nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, and community outreach organizations will spotlight the innovation percolating throughout the area. Partners and organizations include:

  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Comcast
  • PECO
  • The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
  • City of Philadelphia
  • The Curtis Institute
  • Drexel University
  • InstaMed
  • Jefferson University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Global Identity Project
  • Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Visit Philadelphia
  • Center for Architecture and Design
  • The Science Center

Attendees are invited to purchase a badge that provides access to festival events across all locations, so there is no need to register for individual events. A B. PHL app is coming soon.  Attendees can create their own customized schedule based on events of interest. In addition, for every badge sold, another badge will be donated to organizations around the city to enhance access and equity. A portion of the proceeds will support innovation education in Philadelphia public schools.

Festival Name Pays Homage to Prolific Inventor Ben Franklin

The festival name B. PHL pays homage to a former Philadelphia resident and one of the nation’s most prolific inventors, Ben Franklin, who signed his name B. Franklin.

For more information about the innovation festival, see


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