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Business 2014 Track Day

Wednesday, April 9
8am–8pm

A full-day of business idea exchange in University City. Participate in targeted business bootcamps, learn from local leaders on their biggest mistakes, and watch five local startups compete for bragging rights and more at Switch Philly.

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Track Day Events

  • Entrepreneur Boot Camp

    Building the legal elements of intellectual property, trademarking, litigation, accounting and more.

    Wednesday, April 9, 8:00am–11:30am
  • Regional Investor Lunch Panel

    A panel about making investments in Philly and along the northeast corridor.

    Wednesday, April 9, 11:30am–1:30pm
  • #Failfest: A Conversation In Failure

    Presentations on the failures that led to success.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2:30pm–5:00pm
  • Switch Philly

    College startup demos — only one can win!

    Wednesday, April 9, 5:30pm–7:00pm
  • Philly Startup Leaders Entrepreneur Expo

    The Entrepreneur Expo is your chance to connect with this community, whether you're an entrepreneur, a business, an organization or a community member.

    Wednesday, April 9, 7:00pm–10:00pm
University City

Speakers

  • Dan McGill

    Dan McGill

    Dan McGill is a Partner at the Capstone Insurance Group. He has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and currently leads a team focused on managing the unique risks facing technology based companies and startups. Dan is a trusted advisor to many of the area’s growing technology firms and entrepreneurs and has a passion for facilitating collaboration between those clients and his contacts in the private equity/venture capital community.

  • Sam Katz

    Sam Katz

    Sam Katz is a Philadelphian who has experienced a career in public and project finance, venture capital, civic affairs, development, politics and filmmaking. In 1999, Sam lost the closest Mayoral election in the city’s history in an overwhelmingly Democratic city. Following that defeat, Sam was selected as the CEO of Greater Philadelphia First a business civic group focused on regional issues. In 2003, he again ran for Mayor in a campaign that will long be remembered for the FBI's "bug", installed in the Mayor's office, and that swamped the campaign. Sam created a venture capital business which invested in Philadelphia area technology companies. Most recently, Sam is producing a series on the history of Philadelphia called, “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment”.

  • Karina Sotnik

    Karina Sotnik

    Karina Sotnik is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, adviser and an educator. She spent over a decade in Silicon Valley in senior positions helping companies grow globally. She also launched three ventures of her own. In the last five years her concentration has been on growing WorldUpStart, a consulting practice focused on providing mentorship, consulting and advice to academic incubators, including UPstart at University of Pennsylvania, Accelerlife (Scandinavia) and ITMO QD (Russia). In addition, Karina recently conceived and launched AppITUP, an accelerator program for Mobile Apps at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Mike Krupit

    Mike Krupit

    Mike is the founder and operator of Trajectify, coaching entrepreneurs of startups and small businesses to cross the chasm – getting them beyond traction to help scale and grow. He is also the co-founder of IntroNet, an application that makes it easy for people to make and track introductions to others in their professional and personal networks. Mike has a passion for growing companies - a veteran of seven previous startups and a mentor and advisor to many more.

    Notably, Mike held senior management positions for online pioneer CDNOW. Appointed CEO when the company was sold to media giant, Bertelsmann AG, he transitioned and stabilized the business in a new environment and challenging economy. Under Mike's guidance, CDNOW became one of the most advanced companies doing business on the Internet, with industry-leading levels of customer satisfaction and operational effectiveness.

  • Nate Lentz

    Nate Lentz

    Nate joined Osage Venture Partners in 2008 and as Managing Partner oversees investment and portfolio management activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of BA-Insight, Canvas, InstaMed, FieldView, Medallion Analytics, PeopleLinx, Pneuron, and RackWare. He is also a board observer of Identropy and a member of the Technology Investment Advisory Board for Ben Franklin Southeast Pennsylvania. Nate is a frequent speaker and panelist at venture events and is actively involved with numerous venture focused organizations including PACT, NJTC, MAVA, and Early Stage East.