We’re looking for 36 new startups to house for 75 days in 2020. Applications are open from October 15th November 15th, 2019.


CIC Philadelphia is seeking 36 entrepreneurs who share its mission “to fix the world through innovation” for its second 36for75 cohort. This project supports local startups and encourages collaboration and innovation by creating a diverse community of entrepreneurs and nourishing their endeavors with resources, connections, and workspace--pro bono--for 75 business days. The contest gets its name and core concept from CIC Philadelphia’s home base: 3675 Market Street in uCity Square.

Entrepreneurs from all industries, stages, and backgrounds are welcome to apply! CIC is specifically interested in under-represented verticals like:


Ready to apply? Record a 1-minute video submission of yourself answering one of the following questions. Each question represents a core CIC value: Innovation, Collaboration, and Local Impact

  • CIC supports more than 2,000 companies across the globe that represent diverse innovation verticals within our network. How is your idea going to change your industry’s landscape?

  • We’ve heard time and again that entrepreneurs’ best resource is their network. How have you collaborated with your network to accelerate growth or build your business?

  • Philadelphia’s startup hub is growing, but we’re still in the process of making a name for our city. How are YOU putting Philly on the map?

Send your video to 36for75@cic.com with your information:

  • Name

  • Phone number and email

  • Company name

  • Links to your website and all social media pages

  • What city are you based in? 

  • Team size

Or apply in person at Venture Café

In order to apply for 36for75, your company must be based in the Greater Philadelphia. You must not be a former or current client at any CIC location. Please note this offer is for up to four members from your organization.

Don’t know how to get started on your video submission? We can help. Come submit your application in person and record your video response for free at Venture Cafe on November 7th, 2019! Register here


Questions? Contact 36for75@cic.com


Hear from some of our previous cohort winners:


"... By participating in the 36for75 cohort, we were able to prepare the foundation of our business with confidence and support. From the various workshops, event programming, and specialized office hours, CIC has provided an exceptional environment for entrepreneurial success. We've connected with amazing brands like Creative Players, GLBL VLLG, and Humble Genius and have only continued to grow both our network and our net-worth each day … As creative web consultants, we help brands and small businesses navigate and optimize the digital space to accomplish their online business goals ... We highly recommend CIC as the co-working space for emerging entrepreneurs, and we are excited to continue building our business within this innovative and collaborative community."

Ashlyn Woodard, Skylow Affiliates


I came to CIC’s grand opening last year to network and REC Philly suggested I pitch. He helped me make my video. Before we moved to CIC, we tried several Center City coworking spaces. As a founder of color, I always felt like an outcast or isolated in other spaces. I honestly think this has to be the most diverse space in Philly; there are so many people here who look like Camille {my co-founder} and me. We’ve gone through a couple of coworking spaces and it’s always just like you’re there and fending for yourself. Here, they’re always looking out for you. If you’re going to be here, there are going to be people caring enough about you and your company to help you out. Look, everyone loves their business, but sometimes sitting down to work on it for long periods of time can be really draining. Coming here is a radical shift. You can walk outside and talk to people, flip on one of the huge screens to see what you’re working on larger than you can on your laptop, or head over to a Venture Café event.”

Johnny Velazquez, co-founder of Pound Cake Cosmetics


“You’re being given an opportunity to utilize resources to grow your idea that normally would cost you thousands of dollars. We never really had a home until we came here; we were moving from coffee shop to coffee shop. I can’t overemphasize the chance to connect. We formed a powerful relationship with the director of Backstage Capital’s accelerator that would not have otherwise been possible. We met in the space and figured out we had both been chosen by Billy Penn for its Who’s Next in STEM article. We formed a connection because of this shared history and now we’re talking about potential projects together.”

Nicodemus Madehdou, Founder/CEO of JumpButton Studio