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The Early Pitch Decks of 5 Startups Before They Became Billion-Dollar Companies

By CB Insights

August 19, 2015   New York, NYSee the early pitch decks of future unicorn companies, including LinkedIn (before it had a dime of revenue) and Buzzfeed when it had just 2.5M monthly page views.

Notching a billion-dollar valuation as a private tech company is hard, exiting at one is even harder. For nearly all the most valuable investor-backed companies in tech, nailing a pitch to early potential investors was a step on the journey.

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Robin Hood Ventures - Successful Part of Philadelphia’s Startup Ecosystem

By Angel Capital Association

March 09, 2015   Philadelphia, PAACA Membership Director Sarah Dickey interviewed Ellen Weber recently as part of a series of ACA member profiles.

Meet Ellen Weber – ACA member angel investor, Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures and Executive Director of the Temple Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. Ellen provides insight into how the 16 year old angel group maintains its edge for investing in dynamic markets.

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kWantera CEO Mark DeSantis to Present at Innovation Works (IW) Investor Day and Annual Meeting

By kWantera.com

May 18, 2012   Pittsburgh, PA – kWantera has been selected as one of eight companies to participate at this year’s Innovation Works Investor Day and Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 23. CEO Mark DeSantis will present a company and product overview during the Portfolio Company Pitches beginning at 4:00 p.m.

DeSantis along with company executives and staff will also be available during the Reception & Technology Showcase immediately following the Portfolio Company Pitches.

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Ten Start-ups Selected for Innovator Spotlight at Privacy Identity Innovation

By PRWeb.com

May 08, 2012   Sunnyvale, CA – Ten start-ups have been chosen to participate in the Innovator Spotlight program at the 3rd annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference (pii2012). Taking place May 14-16, 2012 in downtown Seattle, pii2012 will explore where innovation is heading in areas like geo-location, mobile and social media, and what it means for the future of digital privacy, identity and reputation.

Founders of the 10 Innovator Spotlight start-ups will demo their technologies the morning of May 15th to an audience that consists of over 250 leading technology executives, entrepreneurs, investors, marketing professionals and policy experts. Conference attendees will then get a chance to learn more about the companies in the pii2012 Technology Showcase expo area, and they will decide which start-up will be presented with the Audience Choice Award.

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Philadelphia Hosts Women in Tech Summit

By Stephanie M. Adamow

April 24, 2012  
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– Philly Tech Week kicked off on April 20, featuring the first-ever Women in Tech Summit on Sat., April 21. A combination of female empowerment, industry examination, networking extravaganza and education gathering, the Women in Tech Summit zeroed in on everything from getting into the IT industry to adapting, surviving and mentoring throughout your career. It also delved into topics that could only be broached while in the company of 200 women, like managing motherhood and work life.

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RCD Technology is Now Vizinex RFID

By vizinexRFID.com

April 02, 2012   Philadelphia, PA – RCD Technology will formally change its name to Vizinex RFID and launch its new brand at RFID Journal Live! Tenth Annual Conference and Exhibition on April 3-5, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. After a decade of RFID tag design excellence and innovation using its printed circuit board platform, the company is embarking on a re-launch in order to emphasize the keystones of its success: versatility to deliver application-specific tags; efficiency to prototype quickly and manufacture cost-effectively in the U.S.; and reliability to consistently perform as advertised.

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Temple Program Offers Entrepreneurs Guidance on Attracting Investors

By Taunya English

March 20, 2012   Philadelphia, PA – Some Philadelphia startups are getting help to polish their pitch to investors. MidAtlantic Diamond Ventures is a coaching program for up-and-coming companies. It's based at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Executive director Jaine Lucas says in Philadelphia several of the startups are life-sciences firms – companies hoping to sell a new pharmaceutical, medical device or some other biotech product.

"They were absolutely the darlings of the investment community even as recently as five or six years ago," Lucas said. "The issue with a lot of life-science firms is that the dollars to get to that point are huge, the failure rates typically very, very high."

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Ben Franklin Technology Investing $1.7M in 11 Companies

By Peter Key

January 11, 2012   Philadelphia, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania said Wednesday its board of directors has given it the go-ahead to invest nearly $1.7 million in 11 early-stage biotechnology, mobile-technology and advanced-manufacturing companies.

RCD Technology Inc. was approved for a $160,000 investment. The Quakertown, Pa., company makes radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags for specific, high-value technically challenging applications. RCD received $2 million in venture capital in 2006.

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Edge Therapeutics, Inc. to Present at Rodman & Renshaw's 13th Annual Healthcare Conferance

By EdgeTherapeutics.com

September 07, 2011   Newark, NJ – Edge Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel implantable technology for direct delivery of proven therapeutic compounds to the site of brain injury, will be a presenting company at the Rodman & Renshaw 13th Annual Healthcare Conference to be held in New York City from September 11-13, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria. Brian Leuthner, chief executive officer, is scheduled to present on Tuesday, September 13th, at 12:05 p.m. in the Metropolitan West conference room.

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Edge Therapeutics Appoints Dr. Sol J. Barer to Board of Directors

By EdgeTherapeutics.com

September 07, 2011   Newark, NJ – Edge Therapeutics, Inc. announced today the appointment of Sol J. Barer, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2011. Dr. Barer will also serve as chair to the site of brain injury.

Dr. Barer is a founder of Celgene Corporation and spent 18 years leading Celgene as president, COO and CEO, culminating with his tenure as Celgene's executive chairman and chairman before retiring in June 2011. Under his helm, Celgene became the third largest independent biotechnology company in the world and a member of the S&P500 with a current market capitalization exceeding $25 billion.

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Cardinal Resources Makes the Inc. 5000 for the Second Year in a Row

By Inc.com

December 01, 2011  
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– Provides a patented solar-powered water treatment system and other innovative systems and solutions to water pollution and environmental remediation services.

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Tama Copeman Appointed Chair of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures

By Inc.com

June 23, 2011   Philadelphia, PA – Tama Copeman, PhD, founder and CEO of Alcyone*7, a management advisory company, and founder and Managing Partner of Maya*7 Investments, an associated boutique investment company, has been appointed chair of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (MADV). MADV is a year ‘round venture forum and entrepreneurship advisory program wholly owned and operated by the Fox School of Business, Temple University. To date, MADV has coached and presented for investment over 230 emerging firms which have collectively raised over $200 million in Series A funding. It is the only year ‘round venture forum program in the Greater Philadelphia region and by far the largest by number of emerging firms served annually. Dr. Copeman was selected as chair for her extensive service to the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, expertise in technology commercialization and experience as an angel investor and technology executive.

“Tama brings not only a wealth of knowledge across numerous aspects of technology and technology commercialization, but tireless dedication to helping emerging firms resolve technology and business challenges so they are positioned for sustainable growth,” says Jaine Lucas, executive director of Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures. “She has been one of our most active board members, and one of first appointed to MADV’s advisory board when it was brought to Temple in January of 2006.” Dr. Copeman brings over 35 years experience in executive-level strategy and risk, business development, general management and operations, ventures and equity investments, international partnerships, technology and product development, intellectual property strategy and competitive analysis, solution innovation and human capital. She has served as an executive committee member of MADV for the past two years.

Bernie Rudnick, founder of the former Diamond State Ventures, MADV’s predecessor, and chair emeritus of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures adds, “Tama has a remarkable intellect coupled to a keen sense of business strategy. She brings a blend of Fortune 500 executive experience, angel investing savvy and senior scientific acumen to her new, well deserved leadership role at MADV.”

Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (MADV) provides advising on all aspects of entrepreneurship, assistance in developing compelling and defensible investment materials, and an extensive network of mentors and investors to assist entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic region with innovation-based technologies to grow their companies into successful, sustainable businesses. Four venture forums, an “alumni firm” reunion, and programming on technology entrepreneurship are offered annually. MADV is just one of a handful of venture programs associated with large research universities in the US, and is often cited as a distinguishing feature of Temple’s entrepreneurship program which has been nationally top ranked for eight consecutive years by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review.

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Kevin Jones Nominated as a Finalist for Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award

By EY.com

June 13, 2011  
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– Cardinal Resources President, Kevin Jones, has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Finalists will gather on Friday, June 10th at a Black Tie Reception in the Westin William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Jones was one of 1800 semi-finalists from Western Pennsylvania. He is one of twenty-eight finalists vying for the award this year.

Cardinal Resources brings a unique blend of experience, technology, and focus to projects worldwide and across the United States from offices in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dakar, Senegal. Their commitment to Clean Water, Clean Environment, Worldwide includes the patented Red Bird System, a solar-powered community-sized drinking water system, proprietary approaches to community and industrial wastewater treatment, green infrastructure as well as a depth of traditional environmental and engineering services.

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Mobile Solutions Provider Movitas Acquires PhindMe

By BusinessWire.com

December 08, 2009   Collegeville, PA – Movitas LLC announced the acquisition of PhindMe LLC, a leading provider of web-based tools for creating mobile websites and mobile marketing campaigns. The PhindMe platform includes mobile communication and marketing solutions for marketing agencies, optimized for all browser-based mobile devices, and a direct-to-business mobile solution, branded Everywhereigo. The acquisition enhances the capabilities of Movitas, a provider of real-time mobile communication, marketing and commerce solutions for location-centric businesses.

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Hydrocoil Power

By Julia Lawlor

June 29, 2008  
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– Hydrocoil Power, a MADV company that presented at the organization's April 2008 venture forum, was featured in a recent NY Times Article, New Jersey edition titled "In an Age of Fossil Fuel, Returning to the Water for Electricity." The firm has developed new "microhydro" technology that converts the kinetic energy of fast-flowing water into electricity.

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