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June 24, 2021
Philly Pride: LGBTQ Startup Showcase - VIRTUAL
Thursday Gathering - June 24, 2021
June 24, 2021
Philly Pride: LGBTQ Startup Showcase - VIRTUAL
(Link will go live on 06/24/21) Join us for a presentation featuring the Independence Business Alliance with a spotlight on the accomplishments of their members. The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia region. The IBA provides opportunities, access and resources to LGBTQ+ professionals and allies, and promotes economic development, growth, diversity and leadership in our community. River Nice: Founder & CEO of Be Intentional Financial Matt Tinney: Founder & CEO of Windows Management Experts Zach Wilcha: Executive Director at Independence Business Alliance Donald Woodring: Founder & CEO of Mentorship.club   Zach Wilcha is, in every sense, a leader in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community. As the first-ever Executive Director of the Independence Business Alliance–the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Zach has cultivated programs such as the Intersections initiative, TransWork, and Emerging Queer Leaders. He is a founding member of Philadelphia’s Community Leadership Pipeline Initiative, which trains and places folks from marginalized LGBTQ+ communities onto Philadelphia-area nonprofit Boards. A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, he graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University and a Juris Doctor with honors from Villanova Law School. An attorney, activist, and fundraiser, Zach speaks regularly on issues such as LGBTQ+ affairs, fundraising and development, and diversity, inclusion, and equity. Bringing a rare combination of corporate, business, and legal skills to the issues facing marginalized communities, he also organizes for change at the grassroots level. It is little wonder he was named 2019 Person of the Year by the Philadelphia Gay News and received a Philadelphia 76ers Game Changer Award. Matt Tinney is Founder and Chairman of Windows Management Experts, Inc., and loves working with new Microsoft technologies to create innovative solutions that will save clients both time and money. Matt is passionate, open minded, and loves working with others. Matt believes first and foremost in getting to the heart of what matters. He takes the time to listen and focuses on the quality of the entire customer experience. His client satisfaction reviews are reliably and consistently strong. Matt is passionate about diversity in technology and an advocate for the LGBTQ business community. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his husband Christopher and twin sons Nicholas and Topher, traveling, expanding his knowledge in technology and supporting others with their goals. River Nice: earned a bachelor’s in computer science with the goal of enjoying a practical career in web development. They worked in tech for a while, but after the 2016 US presidential election, they realized that they didn’t care enough about building websites to remain in that career. They took a step back and looked for a need that existed in the community that they could fill, and found that not a lot of folks felt confident in budgeting, paying down debt, or working toward their financial goals. River started working at a small practice under a national broker-dealer in July 2017. They completed the Series 66 and Series 7 and started working with their own clients. In January 2019, River decided that it was time to leave the broker-dealer, come out as transgender, and start their own firm. By July 2019, they had changed their name to River and pronouns to they/them, and launched Be Intentional Financial! Donald Woodring is the Founder of Mentorship.CLUB. Don Woodring is the luckiest guy in the world, having overcome many obstacles in achieving what he has to date. One of the greatest gifts he’s received in his life is the access to mentors that he had to assist him in his professional development. He has always been enormously grateful for the mentorship that he has received from some of the best business minds in the United States. His mentors were Bruce Edwards, the former CEO of the $14 billion company, DHL/Exel Supply Chain, Ron Whitaker, the former CEO of Colt Manufacturing and current Chairman of Ruger, Bill Berkley, the Founder, former CEO and Chairman of WR Berkley, a Fortune 500 company as well as Bob Neary, the former Co-Chairman of Ernst & Young. Don became the country manager of Mexico at age 29 and then the CEO of a public company at age 39. After the successful sale of that public company, Don started a company, Latinos.org at 49 and now has embarked on this venture, Mentorship.CLUB. Don has never forgotten some of his roots. He always says that you will not reach your destination by looking in the rearview mirror. You can only arrive at your destination by looking through your windshield. But it is very important and healthy to occasionally look at your rearview mirrors and side mirrors. He is extremely passionate about assisting others and certainly hopes that he can change some people’s lives through this process.
June 24, 2021
Design to Disrupt and Reimagine Education: Eduprenuer Roundtable
Thursday Gathering - June 24, 2021
June 24, 2021
Design to Disrupt and Reimagine Education: Eduprenuer Roundtable
From future technologies to world history, this session is for the education focused entrepreneur. Join us as we welcome Dr. Virginia Miori and Dr. Jeremy Williams to the Edupreneur Roundtable. During this summer session we will discuss use cases for technologies like Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and systems design, while exploring the Critical Race Theory debate in K12 education. Virginia Miori, Ph.D. is a Full Professor and Chair of the Decision and System Sciences Department in the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, holding a doctoral degree in Operations Research. Jeremy Williams, Ph.D. is an Executive Principal and CEO for GEMS Education, the largest educational conglomerate in the world. Jeremy is passionate about transformational leadership, educational innovation, and revamping US curriculum to provide students with necessary skills, and teaching students and adults about Blockchain and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT’s). He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, holding a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. The Edupreneur Roundtable, assembles interested parties to analyze an identified problem while applying intentional, responsive, and active listening, to build trust across various education stakeholder groups. This method works against blanketed “Group Think”, by following a process that: 1) Performs Root Cause Analysis 2) Develops Collaborative Solutions This technique goes beyond critical thinking and employs entrepreneurial thinking in the education sector.
June 24, 2021
NextFab Rapid Hardware Accelerator | Spring 2021 Cohort Graduation
Thursday Gathering - June 24, 2021
June 24, 2021
NextFab Rapid Hardware Accelerator | Spring 2021 Cohort Graduation
Please join us for a celebration of the five startup companies graduating from NextFab’s Spring 2021 RAPID Hardware Accelerator program.. For the past 11 weeks, each company has been developing their business around a hardware product with guidance from experienced coaches and now it’s time to hear their pitches. AGENDA 5:30 – 6:45 pm | NextFab’s 2021 Spring Virtual RAPID Hardware Accelerator program graduation 6:45 – 7:30 pm | Meet the accelerator companies and ask questions in a small group setting Please note, this event will take place in Remo. For best user experience, we highly recommend joining via Google Chrome and using a laptop or desktop rather than a mobile device or tablet. Spring 2021 Accelerator Companies: AlgenAir: AlgenAir uses algae to clean the indoor air we breathe every day. Their aerium natural air purifier removes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen as efficiently as 25 house plants. Portable Diagnostic Systems: Portable Diagnostic Systems is a biotech startup developing an accurate and portable multi-drug testing device for law enforcement that takes the guesswork out of DUI stops. Our competitive advantage is improved accuracy, a more comprehensive test menu and lower cost, saving police departments both time and money by improving efficiency in DUID enforcement. Pristeem: Using a network of eco-friendly self-service kiosks that dewrinkle, deodorize, and disinfect clothes in just 10 minutes, Pristeem is building the first ever automated clothing care service that makes it quick, easy, and affordable to always dress with confidence anytime, anywhere. VascoVision LLC: At VascoVision, we are working towards developing a low-cost, at-home screening technology for the early detection of deep vein thrombosis in the lower limbs. Our broader goal is to help automate cardiovascular care and improve patient outcomes.
July 8, 2021
Office Hours w/ Ayanna Haskins: Cybersecurity (07/08)
Thursday Gathering - July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021
Office Hours w/ Ayanna Haskins: Cybersecurity (07/08)
Cybersecurity is a critical component for all businesses, including startups and SMBs. Many business leaders are not aware of and do not understand the implications of data breaches or vulnerabilities, much less technologies and security controls to keep their businesses safe from cyber threats. To assist startup and SMB business leaders, I offer complimentary office time each month to discuss cybersecurity topics. Typical discussions include security concepts to help entrepreneurs and SMBs protect their small businesses from cyber threats, strategies for developing and implementing a cyber plan, data security, 3rd party risk, compliance, and employee training. Ayanna Haskins specializes in managing information security with more than 20 years of assessing current security measures and mitigating future attacks against an organization’s devices, network, and data. She began her professional career as a consultant at SAP and Deloitte leading global ERP implementations and the required infrastructure and governance. She then transitioned to information security – specializing in managing the various strategic and tactical requirements of organizational security. To book your office hour appointment, please email hello@venturecafephiladelphia.org to confirm which time slot you would like to schedule. Office Hour Appointment Times for Cybersecurity: 3:00-3:20pm (Open) 3:20-3:40pm (Open) 3:40-4:00pm (Open)
July 8, 2021
Skilling Outside the Box: Creating a Digital Workforce Prepared for the Future - HYBRID
Thursday Gathering - July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021
Skilling Outside the Box: Creating a Digital Workforce Prepared for the Future - HYBRID
Please note, this is a hybrid event meaning that you can join us in-person or via Zoom via the button above.  The World Economic Forum recently projected that by 2022 at least 54% of all employees will need reskilling and upskilling to respond to changing work requirements. Is your workplace ready? During this session, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of reskilling, upskilling and how thinking outside the box will result in creative talent solutions to move your business forward. This session is presented by LaunchCode, a nonprofit cultivating new tech talent pipelines and working with companies to identify, retrain and upskill existing employees into hard-to-fill tech roles. Talent is the heart of the innovation and entrepreneurial community. Cultivating talent pipelines that are homegrown, diverse and sustainable is essential to the growth of our current companies, as well as an important factor in attracting new companies to our region. Exploring new and innovative ways to attract new talent and/or skill up your existing employees is crucial to the success of all businesses – especially those engaged with Venture Café. Jabari Adams is the Managing Director of Company Relations for LaunchCode, a national nonprofit creating economic opportunity through free, accessible tech training, apprenticeship and job placement. Jackie Appel is the Managing Director of Company Relations for LaunchCode, a national nonprofit creating economic opportunity through free, accessible tech training, apprenticeship and job placement.
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