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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   – 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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