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Business 2014 Track Day

Wednesday, April 9
7am–7pm

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.

RSVP to attend the full day of events, or select individual events. LOCATIONS VARY based on the event.

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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, 7:00am–10:30am
  • Regional Investor Lunch Panel

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

    Wednesday, April 9, 10:30am–12:30pm
  • #Failfest: A Conversation In Failure

    Presentations on the failures that led to success.

    Wednesday, April 9, 1:30pm–4:00pm
  • Switch Philly

    College startup demos — only one can win!

    Wednesday, April 9, 4:30pm–6:00pm
  • 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, 6:00pm–9:00pm
University City

Speakers

  • Will Crowder

    Will Crowder

    William Crowder is Managing Director at DreamIt Ventures where he works closely with DreamIt’s NYC and Philadelphia cycles, overseeing the DreamIt Access track. He is responsible for the operation of DreamIt Access; a partnership between DreamIt Ventures and Comcast to increase the number of minority-led startups. Outside of DreamIt, William leads the investing activities of the Comcast Ventures Opportunity Fund, a $20M seed stage venture fund; and is the Founder and Managing Director of Growth Strategy Advisors, a boutique strategic advisory and business development company that launched in 2008.

  • Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

    Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

    Kelly Keenan Trumpbour draws on her experience in Washington, DC lobbying on behalf of women’s business groups, recruiting young professional women to enter politics, and helping them link the personal stories behind their passions with the conviction of leadership. A published author and professional speaker, Kelly holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins and a law degree from the University of Maryland.

    See Jane Invest was created to help women gain the confidence and funding they need to turn their ideas into startups. Entering the marketplace as entrepreneurs and investors enables women to express their values, give back to their communities, and model smart risk taking. See Jane Invest is focused on helping women entrepreneurs understand and use the advantages of equity crowdfunding once SEC regulations complete the 2012 JOBS Act.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.