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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philadelphia Investor Roundtable, sponsored by National Mecahnics, Lucha Cartel , Weblinc, Impact HUB Philly. This event was in Impact HUB Philly on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

    Photo of Karen Griffith Gryga, DreamIT Ventures Karen Griffith Gryga
    Executive Director
    DreamIt Ventures
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    DreamIt Ventures
    Karen Griffith Gryga is an experienced venture capitalist and investor with over 15 years of transaction experience. Karen is the Executive Director of MAG, The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, which has two angel funds under management. The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Funds I & II, LP (MAG I & II) were created to bridge the gap between angel funding and institutional venture capital funding serving the Mid-Atlantic region. Karen is also Co-Founder and CEO of FashInvest, an initiative focused on emerging growth entrepreneurs within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail and Technologies that intersect Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. The goal of FashInvest is to create a business platform focused on bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives to foster the growth and development of emerging growth enterprises within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. Previously, Karen was a Founder and Partner of Liberty Venture Partners, a Philadelphia based venture fund established in 1997. Karen holds a MBA in decision analysis from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (with Distinction). At the same time as Wharton, Karen obtained a Masters in Computer Science from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    Photo of Holly Flannigan, Gabriel Investments Holly Flanagan
    Business Development
    Gabriel Investments
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    Gabriel Investments
    Holly's career includes 20 years of business development experience including stints at 5 start-up ventures, 1 of which had a very successful IPO (MBNA America) and another (Juniper Bank) that was acquired by Barclays Bank for close to $300mm. Most recently, she was responsible for Business Development at local start-up, TicketLeap (a Gabriel portfolio company), where she increased gross ticket sales from BD efforts over 400% within 1 year.

    She recently joined Gabriel Investments where she is responsible for deal sourcing and is involved in investment due diligence and other Gabriel operational activities. She also actively works with the Gabriel portfolio of companies to refine their business development strategy and tactics.

    Holly holds a BA and MBA from the University of Delaware.

    Photo of Ellen Weber, Robin Hood Ventures Ellen Weber
    Executive Director
    Robin Hood Ventures
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    Robin Hood Ventures
    Ellen Weber is the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, responsible for operations and administration.

    Ellen is also Managing Director of Antiphony, a strategic consulting firm that helps companies create sustainable value, responsible for the Leadership Development practice. Prior to that, Ellen spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She also has served as a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting. Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.

    Photo of Liz Sigety, Delaware Crossing Investor Group Elizabeth Sigety
    Managing Director and Co-Founder
    Delaware Crossing Investor Group
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    Delaware Crossing Investor Group
    Liz is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 22 offices coast to coast. She is co-chair of the firmís National Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice and co-chair of the firmís Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice. Liz focuses her practice on a wide variety of corporate work, with an emphasis on the representation of fast-growth, venture-backed companies and businesses that wish to expand through franchising. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College.

    Liz is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of Delaware Crossing Investor Group, an angel investor network with chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In this capacity, she has been investing and advising start-up companies in the PA, NJ, NY, CT and DE region for over a decade. She is also a frequent speaker and writer, especially on issues facing emerging businesses, franchised businesses and women-led businesses and serves on numerous committees and organizations in the venture capital and franchise arena.

    Liz has four children and resides in Bedminster, PA.

    Gloria Rabinowitz, Golden Seeds Gloria Rabinowitz, Golden Seeds



    Cat McManus, Education Business Plan Competition/Education Design Studio @PennGSE Cat McManus, Education Business Plan Competition/Education Design Studio @PennGSE



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