Mayoral Election 2023: Your Final Review of Philly Tech and Entrepreneurship Policy

Candidates to become Philadelphia’s 100th mayor have sounded much more interested in spending tech wealth than creating more of it. Trouble is, this city doesn’t have all that much of it.

In a heavily Democratic city with a closed primary, tomorrow’s primary election will likely decide who is inaugurated next January. It’s worth a review of where we sit for those who remain undecided and have a bent toward policy friendly to technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Like any big enough group of people, opinions vary among the tech set — which could include a startup founder in Old City, a software developer in Fishtown, a digital equity organizer in Germantown, an angel investor in Rittenhouse, a workforce training advocate in South Philly, a small business advisor in the Northeast and a lab tech in University City. But consider a composite of what a Philadelphia tech candidate might resemble: forward looking, efficiency minded, data centric and business friendly.