Founder Factory

Thursday, December 6th 2018 at La Peg & Fringearts

Who Attends

This is a collaborative day of resource-sharing, ecosystem building, and networking. Attendees leave feeling connected, inspired and refreshed.

Founder Factory is a full-day event bringing together local and national entrepreneurs, startup employees, angels, VC’s, students, universities, government groups, community partners, nonprofit organizations, and other key stakeholders in the startup ecosystem.

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What to Expect

Check out our #FounderFactory speaker lineup! The detailed schedule will be released closer to the event date.

HOMEGROWN

PHILLY PHILLY! HEAR WHY THESE LEADERS CHOSE TO START.STAY.GROW. IN PHILADELPHIA

   

Kiera Smalls, Philly Startup Leaders (Opening Remarks)
Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital
Kevin Chemiddlin, Host of the Philly Who? Podcast
Gretchen Roede, Broadpath
Bill Marvin, InstaMed
Andre Golsorkhi, Sidecar

ACCESS TO CAPITAL

SHOW ME THE MONEY! LEARN TOP STRATEGIES FOR RAISING CAPITAL

  

Brett Topche, Red & Blue Ventures
Chad Stender, SeventySix Capital
Holly Flanagan, Gabriel Investments
Lolita Taub, Backstage Capital

ECOSYSTEM BUILDING

IT TAKES A VILLAGE! HEAR FROM NATIONAL LEADERS ON HOW THEY BUILD SUCCESSFUL ECOSYSTEMS

Amy Nelson, Venture for America
David Brown, Techstars
Ebony Lee, Comcast NBC Universal
Francisco Garcia, City of Philadelphia’s Chamber of Commerce
Shelly Bell, Black Girl Ventures
Todd Outten, Comcast Cable
Corinne Warnshuis, Girl Develop It

WELLNESS & TECHNOLOGY

TAKE A MOMENT! PRIORITIZE YOUR PHYSICAL + MENTAL WELL-BEING

Christopher Molaro, NeuroFlow
Jasmine Bailey, Vitality Meditation
Michelle Highstand, Independence Blue Cross

FOUNDER REAL TALK

BE INSPIRED! LEARN HOW TO USE STORYTELLING TO COMMUNICATE YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY TO OTHERS

 

Bruce Marable, Employee Cycle
Carolyn Horner and Eve Ackerley, Jenzy
Todd Carmichael, La Colombe
Lucy Grayson Deland, Paperless Post
Mark Switaj, Roundtrip
Danish Dhamani, Orai
Bob Moore, Crossbeam

Where & When

Fringe Arts & La Peg
Thursday, December 6th 2018
9am - 5pm
Happy Hour: 5pm - 7pm

Why We Do It

FUN FACT: 283 different companies were present at Founder Factory 2017

@boochzilla

Congrats and thanks @startupleaders, the supporters, and @robertjmoore on planning an amazing event with amazing speakers – dropping knowledge and inspiring all day.

@sbierb

Great VC panel with @chudson and @kmehandru at #FounderFactory17. Super helpful (and rare) to have thoughtful West Coast investors make the trip to Philly and present.

@bengarvey

Whoa @LucindaD’s talk at #FounderFactory17 is starkly different from other Philly CEOs I’ve heard. This is not a feel good pep talk, this is real.

@chucksacco

Seeing lots of familiar faces in the room at #FounderFactory17 but also some new faces. Great thing about Philly startup scene is that you can get quickly plugged in and connected. @startupleaders #GreatStartupCommunity

@bengarvey

Stellar turnout & festive views at the #FounderFactory17 happy hour! Always a pleasure to be surrounded by so many self-starters in one room. #PHLtech #FounderFactory @startupleaders

@patrickhan93

“Architect your team of teams based on goals you’d like achieve for your customers” – Kristen Swanson of Slack #founderfactory2017

Sponsors

Thank you to our annual sponsors who support
Philly Startup Leaders’ mission throughout the year.

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT LabsFirst Round CapitalMorgan Lewis & BockiusWipfli, and Think It First.

Founder Factory 2018 Sponsors
Linode, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Baer Crossey McDemus, and Independence Blue Cross

Friends of Founder Factory 2018
Cohen Partners, LLC
In Between Rivers

Sponsorship opportunities for Founder Factory and other impactful PSL programs and events can be requested by emailing The PSL Team at engage@phillystartupleaders.org


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