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Thursday Gathering 04/18

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

  • 3:15-4:15 pm Venture Deals Workshop I Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars host a free course on venture capital called Venture Deals. Join our team online at VenCafePHL by (04/15) and/or come see what’s on tap this week.

  • 3:30-4:30pm 7 Secrets of an Awkward Networker | How ‘bout that awkward moment when… You extend a handshake, but the person gives you the fist bump. So you switch to the fist bump while the person switches to the handshake. Or when you arrive to an event with your significant other ready to #powercouple but 20 minutes later you succumb to a small bickering quarrel in the middle of the ballroom. We’ve all been there. Throughout this highly engaging, entertaining, and insightful presentation, your audience will learn Sean Hand’s 7 secrets to being the best networker in any room.
  • 4:00-4:30pm Open Feedback Session | Need some feedback or a sounding board on an idea or work-in-progress? Sign up for a 10-minute open feedback slot here!
    Love giving your opinion? Help out your fellow VCers and let them know what you think!
  • 4:30-5:30pm (Un)Natural Partnerships | Entrepreneurs, creatives, and organizations pride in strategic partnerships as a matter of growth strategy, or possibly as a gesture of inclusivity.  Has the idea become another industry buzz word? Join creative practitioner, Brittanie Tea, as she partners an organizational leadership perspective with creative storytelling to share a practical framework for intersecting relational values

  • 5:30-6:30pm (Un)Natural Progression: Designing Doctors I What if designers learned to think empathetically like doctors?  Or if doctors learned to think creatively like designers? Could we redesign healthcare from the inside out?  Drawing on a unique background combining medicine, engineering, and the performing arts, physician innovator Kristy Shine, MD, PhD, shares her health design thinking secrets for the [un]natural progression of medtech development.
  • 6:00-7:00pm Handling Half of the Inevitable: Business Taxes in Philly | Please join the Drexel Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (Eamon Gallagher, Alex Kungu, André Brown, Christopher Mullen, & Lorenzo Thomas) to get an overview of taxes in Philadelphia for tech businesses, with special guests Rebecca Lopez Kriss & Francisco Garcia from the City of Philadelphia.Topics include: BIRT (Business Income and Receipts Tax),  Net Profits Tax, Earnings / Wage Tax, JumpStart Philadelphia, Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC), KIZ Tax Zones
  • 6:30-7:30pm Shifting Gears: The unnatural path to technology | How do you shift gears between seemingly unrelated career trajectories or ventures? What skills allow you to make what can seem like unnatural leaps and big risks? PJ Chesson takes us through his journey of entrepreneurial risk-taking as a former INDY race car driver to a tech start-up founder and CEO of DUZY tv and highlights the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Office Hours

  • Tracy Brala Venture Café 
    In her role with the University City Science Center, Tracy ignites the Innovation Ecosystem in Philadelphia through many programs including Venture Café. She can advise on Venture Café collaboration, partnerships, and participation. (book here)
  • Bill KingsleyVenture Capital and Investing
    Accomplished entrepreneur, venture capital investor, board member and business confidant. 25+ year startup, growth, and corporate new venture track record. (book here)
  • Lindsay Tabas | Product-Market Fit
    Lindsay’s education is in human-computer interaction and systems engineering, she built her career in user experience and product development, and her persistent passion has always been to design technology for people. (book here)


April 18
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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