Start.Stay.Grow. University bridges the gap between Philadelphia’s young talent and the startup community.

We are encouraging young talent to build a startup (or work for one!) to increase their chances of staying in Philadelphia after graduation. This program provides opportunities for students to network and connect with a support system of mentors, funders, and additional resources in the city.


Interested in getting involved? Share your contact info below to stay in the loop!

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Photo credit: Kaitlin Privitera and Comcast LIFT Labs.

Meet the SSGU Student Board

2019 - 2020

Lindsey Smith

Drexel University

Co-President: Engagement 

Lindsey is an Entrepreneurship Major with a Digital Minor at Drexel University and will be taking the lead with SSGU’s community engagement. Outside of classes, Lindsey works on her startup Fashion Buddy an app for when people don’t know what to wear. Lindsey hopes to use her passion of working in the entrepreneur community to grow with SSGU and its members!

Evan Wilson


Co-President: Offerings

Evan is a Sophomore in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an entrepreneur with a passion for bridging the gap between education and meaningful work opportunities for young people. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of My Makery, and is committed to growing Philly's startup and innovation ecosystem by leveraging what makes Philly unique.

Steven Natto

Temple University

Marketing lead 

Steve Natto is Senior Finance Major at Temple University with Minors in Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. He is currently running his own business in the space of sneakers and apparel, and has a passion for technology, data and fashion. Steven leads the SSGU Marketing initiatives including managing our social media accounts: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.