Scenes From the 2nd Annual PHL Innovation Picnic

The event of the summer pulled in more than 800 registrants and raised thousands for local tech and business organizations. Here’s a peek at what went down.


Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

This year’s PHL Innovation Picnic pulled in more than 800 registrants from all across the Philadelphia region’s tech and innovation communities. As attendees celebrated the wins of Philly’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with games, food, drinks, music and fun, they also raised funds for some of the region’s most well-known tech and business education nonprofits.

Picnic attendees raised a collective $12,000 for Coded by Kids, Hopeworks ’N Camden and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). The funds raised surpassed last year’s total by about $2,000.

June 28th was HOT, but people showed up. Check out what went down at the PSL Field Day and PHL Innovation Picnic below. Photos by Rachel Wisniewski.

Attendees got a warm welcome at registration

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Organizations showed out

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Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

PSL’s field day brought the competition

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo booth fun

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

New connections were made; old ones were strengthened

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Drinks flowed and so did the food

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Local Stove was the event’s official food vendor

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REC Philly was the official music provider

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Organizers and Sponsors

The picnic was hosted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), Philly New Tech Meetup, Philly Startup Leaders (PSL), PIDC, Startup PHL, University City Science Center, Venture For America, and Waterfront Ventures.

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Top tier sponsors included: Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Broadpath PR (games sponsor), Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs (dessert sponsor), Drexel Ventures, First Round Capital, Janney (Photo booth sponsor), Fox Rothschild LLP, Osage Venture Partners, Penji, PIDC, The Navy Yard (wristband sponsor), Urban Outfitters, Inc., and WeWork (workstation)

Additional sponsors included: Chariot Solutions, IPR Secure, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, MVM Associates, NextFab, REC Philly, Rittenhouse Ventures, Robin Hood Ventures, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP., Temple University, and University City Science Center

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Who’s ready for next year’s picnic?

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski



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