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!

8:30am – 9:30am | CHECK-IN & BREAKFAST


9:45am | OPENING REMARKS


10:00am | THE POWER OF STORYTELLING

Todd Carmichael, Founder & CEO, La Colombe


10:30am

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

Francisco Garcia, Director of Business Development, Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce
Shelly Bell, Founder, Black Girl Ventures
Todd Outten, Principal Architect, Comcast
Corinne Warnshuis, Executive Director, Girl Develop It

 

11:00am | LIVE PHILLY WHO? PODCAST RECORDING

 

Josh Kopelman, Founder & Partner, First Round Capital
Kevin Chemidlin, Host of the Philly Who? Podcast

12:00pm | LUNCH


12:50am | REFRESH & REFOCUS: A GUIDED MEDITATION

Jasmine Bailey, Founder, Vitality Meditation

 


1:10pm | MENTAL HEALTH IS PERSONAL

Christopher Molaro, Founder & CEO, NeuroFlow

1:30pm

SHOW ME THE MONEY! LEARN TOP STRATEGIES FOR RAISING CAPITAL

  

Brett Topche, Founder & Managing Director, Red & Blue Ventures
Holly Flanagan, Managing Director, Gabriel Investments
Chad Stender, Director of Investments & Operations, SeventySix Capital
Lolita Taub, Principal and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Backstage Capital

2:00pm | SCALING YOUR COMPANY (AND YOURSELF!)

Lucy Grayson Deland, COO, Paperless Post

2:30pm | BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS

Amy Nelson, CEO, Venture for America

3:00pm

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

Gretchen Roede, President & CEO, Broadpath
Bill Marvin, President & CEO, InstaMed
Catherine Cook Connelly, Co-Founder & VP of Brand Strategy, The Meet Group
Andre Golsorkhi, Founder & CEO, Sidecar

3:45pm | THE STITCH STORY: LESSONS LEARNED FROM A $60M EXIT 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Bob Moore, Chairman of Stitch and Founder & CEO, Crossbeam

4:15PM | BUILDING A STARTUP BEYOND RAISING CAPITAL

  
David Brown, Founder & Co-CEO, Techstars
Ebony Lee, Sr. VP of Strategic Development, Comcast NBC Universal

4:45PM | INSIDE THE PSL ACCELERATOR

HEAR FROM PSL ACCELERATOR ALUMNI & MEET THE 2019 COHORT

  

Bruce Marable, Founder & CEO, Employee Cycle
Carolyn Horner and Eve Ackerley, Co-Founders, Jenzy
Mark Switaj, Founder & CEO, Roundtrip
Danish Dhamani, Founder & CEO, Orai

5:15pm – 7:00pm | HAPPY HOUR!

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 Labs
First Round Capital
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Wipfli
Think It First.

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

Friends of Founder Factory 2018
Cohen Partners, LLC
In Between Rivers
Darren Burton Photography
Vitality Meditation
Hootboard

La Colombe
Topos Teas
REC Philly
Dineable
1776
Lyft

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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