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Thursday Gathering (03/14)

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

03/14 Program

Celebrity Bartenders
Pitch our celebrity bartenders! First come, first serve, so don’t be late!

  • 5:15-5:45pm Steve Zarrilli | President and CEO of University City Science Center
  • 6:00-6:30pm Travis Sheridan | President of Venture Café Global Institute


  • 3:15-4:00pm “Maximizing Your Thursday Gathering Experience” | Learn the inside scoop of Venture Café and how to make the most of your experience.
  • 4:00-5:00pm Join our conversation corner on “The Economy of Willpower |  Venture Café Ambassador Joe Coyle | Join in an informal conversation and meet some fellow Thursday Gatherers.
  • 4:00-4:30pm Capital for Artists: Learn about Philly’s Creative Economy | Lindsay So and Carrie Leibrand (The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy) | Join this session to learn about the current opportunities for creatives in Philly.
  • 5:00-8:00pm Pop-up Gallery on The Economy of Memory by current Esther Klein Gallery Artist, Patricia Moss-Vreeland
  • 5:00 -5:45  The Economy of Engagement: Staying Digitally Engaged with your Audience | Miranda Essig (Milkcrate) 
    How do resonate with your audience, where does this fit in the engagement funnel, and what are the tradeoffs when it comes to investment and effectiveness?
  • 5:45-6:30pm The Economy of Risk: Building a Strong Foundation for Making Bold MovesIsidore Ogoussan
  • 6:30-7:30pm Entrepreneurs’ Insights: Tales from Successfully Raising Capital | Learning from the Investor Perspective  | Panelists: Evan Brandoff (LeagueSide), Mike Diem (Amicus Therapeutics), Peter Groverman, Esq. (Grovara), and Satyajeet Shahade (Hootboard). Moderator: Sally Guzik (CIC Philadelphia). Last week, we heard from the “sharks” about what they look when investing capital. This week, we’ll from the entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated the investment waters.|

Office Hours

  • Sally Guzik | Director of CIC Philadelphia
    Sally Guzik is the Director of CIC, and has a passion for creating opportunities for innovation communities to balance global and local priorities and perspectives through growth, strategic partnerships, community engagement, and outreach programs (
    book here).
  • Bill Kingsley  WGK Ventures 
    Back from our investor panel last week, Bill Kingsley is a recovering Venture Capitalist and an inspired investor. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, venture capital investor, board member and business confidant. 25+ year startup, growth, and corporate new venture track record. (book here).
  • Mike Marks | President at Catapult Capital Growth
    Mike Marks has raised $110M, 10,000 hours scaling sales at startup-through-IPO and Fortune 100 companies through business and corporate development. He has been consulting with startups full or part time since 2001. LLC’d in 2011 (book here).
  • Brian Slough | Attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Brian P. Slough is an associate in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP’s Corporate Business Transactions Practice Group. Brian advises private equity, emerging businesses, and other innovative high-growth companies at every stage of their business lifecycle including business plan development, start-up structuring, and exit strategies such as initial public offerings (IPOs) and change in control transactions. (book here).


March 14
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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