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Thursday Gathering (03/21)

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

Community Takeover Program 

  • 3:30- 4:15PM Funding 101 | Eamon Gallagher, Program Director at ic@3401 and Director at Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
    In this session you’ll get an overview of things to know when you’re raising a round of financing, what the moving pieces are, and how those will impact you as you continue to grow your company.
  • 4:30- 5:15PM The Art of Pitch | Garry Johnson III, Founder and Director at First Founder’s Accelerator in Wilmington, Delaware
    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to craft a winning pitch. We’ll talk about how to tell an authentic story while sharing why your unique experiences make you the right person for the job. You’ll even get to practice your pitch in front of our community. (No prior experience is necessary!)
  • 5:30 – 5:45PM Lightning Talks
  • 6:00PM – 6:25PM Backstage Capital Info Session + Meet the Cohort |
    Since 2015, Backstage has invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz.This spring 2019, Backstage Accelerator is launching in four cities including Philadelphia, Detroit, LA, and London. Come meet the Philadelphia cohort in this session.

  • 6:30 – 6:55PM Fireside Chat w/ Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Backstage Capital and Fabiola Cineas, Business Editor at Philadelphia Magazine
    Join us for an intimate fireside chat with Arlan Hamilton, Founder at Backstage Capital, and Fabiola Cineas, Business Editor at Philadelphia Magazine. Arlan built a VC fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into over 80 startup companies led by underestimated founders.
  • 7:00 – 7:30PM Panel Discussion: Why Philly? Let’s Talk about investment and the state of our current ecosystem. This panel moderated by Fabiola Cineas will include Arlan Hamilton, Tiffanie Stanard, and Dr. Pamela Jolly.



  • 3:00-5:00 PM Office Hours w/ Bonnie Halper (book here)
    New York-based Bonnie Halper has worn many different hats in the technology startup world including, entrepreneur, talent recruiter, journalist and industry expert! She has built her career around mentoring, inspiring and educating those in the technology space in an effort to bridge the gap among industries. She’s the founder of Startup One Stop, a platform designed for startup communities to network, exchange industry knowledge, and hear from Bonnie herself. An avid writer and commentator, Bonnie has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, MarketWatch, and Time Magazine. She co-founded Ladies Who Lead, acts as an advisor to three top global accelerators, was founder of AlleyWatch and has worked with and written for BMG Music, Time Inc, Showtime, and Bloomingdale’s.
  • 6:15 – 7:15PM Fireside Chat w/ Bonnie Halper, founder of Startup One Stop and Mike Krupit, Philly New Tech Meetup Co-Founder
    Get up close when you join us Thursday, March 21 for an engaging fireside chat with the esteemed technologist, Bonnie Halper. With nearly three decades of moving and shaking in tech and innovation, Bonnie will share stories and insights from the breadth of her experiences that will inspire and motivate us all. Host Mike Krupit is teed-up with some thought-provoking questions, and Bonnie tells us she’s not afraid to hold back and will tell it like it is. This conversation will be live, authentic and uncensored – you won’t want to miss it!


March 21
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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