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Thursday Gathering 7/18: Funding The Hustle

July 18 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Resolve Philadelphia, The Enterprise Center, University City Science Center, the Sustainable Business Network, and the West Philadelphia Promise Zone have come together to host a special edition of Venture Cafe Philadelphia. Funding the Hustle is an engaging and interactive event focused on accessing capital for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancing creatives.

While this event will pay particular attention to West Philadelphia hustles, we encourage participation from our larger Philadelphia community. Through a series of panels, lightning talks, one-on-one activation opportunities, and a design thinking workshop focused on the needs of West Philadelphia businesses and entrepreneurs, we’ll explore the basics of funding your hustle, from traditional lending products to alternative financing mechanisms like crowd-funding and impact investing, to how to balance your hustle with your day job when you’re just starting out.


3:15-4:15pm  Finance 101 w/ Vaughn Taylor 
This session on the basics will kick off the program. During this session, you will explore the vernacular used around capital/finance, the different financing models that are commonly used by small businesses and start-ups, and tips to understand your business’ financial situation.

4:15-5:15pm Hacking Your Hustle w/ Garry Johnson, Jamine Smith, Mary Livingston, Maura Shenker, and moderated by Julie Zeglan
This session will feature tips and insights from experts who will address a range of topics including: balancing day job/school/family and your hustle, partnering for growth, when to write a business plan and how to get started, scaling services/production, pricing your professional services, accounting tools, and proving your services.

4:15-6:15pm  Design Jam w/ Pamela Raitt and Brie Wildau 
Informed by pre-session participation about the challenges faced by West Philadelphia entrepreneurs, this design jam will tackle some of the obstacles using the design thinking process. After a short overview, we’ll break out into teams to come up with prototypes that we hope will result in both quick and impactful wins for West Philly businesses.

5:00-5:30pm Maximizing Your Thursday Gathering Experience w/ Paige Brala
This session is for those new to Venture Café to hear about the resources, opportunities and programming offered, have someone ask them about what they are looking to get by attending, and potentially connect them to the right person or, at least, place them on the right path.

5:15-6:15pm Lightning Talks w/ Thomas Jones, Jared Cannon, Shirlesa Baido, Jason Coles, Uchenna Okere, and Melissa Lamarre 
This session will feature West Philadelphia entrepreneurs and business owners sharing 5-minute presentations featuring stories, perspectives, and best practices, from a range of professionals doing business in the neighborhood.

6:15-7:25pm Micro Sessions
Short, back-to-back sessions focused on marketing your hustle (building a presence, getting clients, how to network), creatively funding your hustle (crowdfunding, community investing, leveraging Opportunity Zones), and scaling your hustle (when to hire, funding your expansion, when and to how to bring in a professional)

6:15-6:35pm Micro session Messaging Your Hustle w/Marcus Iannozzi 

6:40-7:00pm Micro session Financing Your Hustle w/ Page Huey 

7:05-7:25pm Scaling Your Hustle w/ Blessy Thomas and Nestor Canales 

7:25-7:55pm  Generosity Marketplace w/ Sustainable Business Network 
You’ll have the opportunity to offer up services, opportunities for collaboration and partnership, as well as your organizational needs in support of your hustle. “Items” that might be found in the Generosity Marketplace include “Offer: An hour-long conversation about how to best use Twitter to market yourself as a freelance writer,” or “Need: Affordable headshots for my cleaning company employees.”

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July 18
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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