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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philadelphia Investor Roundtable , sponsored by Benjamin's Desk, Impact HUB Philly, AWeber Communications, Foodler. This event was in Benjamin's Desk on Thursday March 20th 2014.

    Garrett Melby, GoodCompanyVentures Garrett Melby, GoodCompanyVentures

    Garrett Melby is co-founder and Managing Director of GoodCompany Ventures, a nonprofit accelerator for social entrepreneurs that has mobilized over $40mm in private capital to scale their impact.

    Garrett is also the founder of Iolite Impact Capital, the developer of MAPS (Mission Aligned Portfolio Strips), a patented structure that improves returns and reduces risk for impact investors while also generating capital for aligned nonprofit partners.

    Garrett is an active angel investor with Investors' Circle, where he was a founding member of IC's first regional chapter and a member of their national Selection Committee. He also serves on the Investment Committee for the Wharton Social Venture Fund and as a judge for the Corzo Center's Wells Fargo Fellowship and the William James Foundation's Sustainable Business Plan Competition. Garrett is also a Director of, the platform for social innovation in greater Philadelphia.

    Garrett is a frequent speaker at national social enterprise, impact investing and venture capital events, including the Social Venture Institute, NPR's Radio Times, Investors' Circle, Sustainatopia, Business 2.0 Summit, Wharton Private Equity Conference and National Academy of Management.

    Previously, Garrett was a VC with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a $12 billion NYSE listed technology incubator. He began his impact investment career as an emerging market finance attorney in the New York, London and Washington offices of Skadden Arps.

    Garrett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University.

    Michael Cox, Managing Director, Hub Cities International Michael Cox, Managing Director, Hub Cities International

    Bahar Gidwani, CSR HUB and Angel Investor Bahar Gidwani, CSR HUB and Angel Investor

    Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. Bahar is a member of the SASB Advisory Board. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

    Story Bellows, Fast FWD Philadelphia Story Bellows, Fast FWD Philadelphia

    Story Bellows joined the City of Philadelphia in 2012 as Co-Director of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. The office is a civic idea and innovation incubator and R+D lab inside City Hall. Story is also directing the City’s efforts to engage social entrepreneurs in developing sustainable solutions to city challenges and further open government procurement to innovation through FastFWD, Philadelphia's winning submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

    Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Story served as Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and United States Conference of Mayors. An urban designer by training, Story started the city-focused phase of her career in private design practice in Chicago, where she founded an interdisciplinary research group and worked with leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors on urban, education, healthcare, and environmental projects and initiatives. She holds a BA from Colgate University and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Photo of Kevin Brophy, VUID and Meidlinger Partners Kevin Brophy
    Meidlinger Partners
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    Meidlinger Partners
    Mr. Kevin Brophy is co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC, a Philadelphia-based private equity-investment firm. Before cofounding Meidlinger Partners in November 2008, Brophy held roles in operations as well as director positions with Aqua America, including executive roles in mergers, acquisitions, business development, investor relations, and strategic planning. Mr. Brophy oversees the firm's daily operations, and manages financial planning for Portfolio Companies. Mr. Brophy also plays an integral role in negotiating and structuring investments and strategic planning for Portfolio Companies.

    Mr. Brophy has a B.S. in business administration from Villanova University and has completed executive programs at London Business School. He is a member of Investors' Circle, a leading network of private and institutional investors that uses private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. He is also on the executive committee of the Children's Crisis Treatment Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization.

    Welcome Address: Yuriy Porytko, PHL Manager, FundingPost Welcome Address: Yuriy Porytko, PHL Manager, FundingPost

    Yuriy is the entrepreneur's resource champion - networking, partnerships, community building, alliances, funding, mentoring, and - especially today - learning to do more with less, maximizing yields from limited resources. Yuriy is a Senior Executive with strategy, business development and Fund Management expertise derived from 20+ years of US and international experience. He is currently a Founding General Partner of SmartInvest Ventures and a Managing General Partner of SmartStart, a transatlantic startup accelerator/incubator. Yuriy Co-Chairs Open Access Philadelphia, a think tank and movement of civic-minded, innovative, entrepreneurial leaders from government, academia and business in Philadelphia, which convenes monthly to share projects and passion. Yuriy continues to hold advisory roles in Philadelphia Start-up Weekend, Leto Investments LLC and LABACA Venture Capital, among others.

    Yuriy was Founder and COO of Brooks Capital (a $500M Venture Fund) generating multiple high-value portfolio exits in Trade Sales to public and private companies. As a Principal in Sage Technology resources, Yuriy manages deal-flow and due diligence as well as participating as interim-CXO and Board Member in portfolio companies. Yuriy has worked with more than thirty technology startups under many funding structures and successful exits.

    Other Activities: Yuriy is an active participant and speaker in many Entrepreneurship and Start-up communities including PSL, Philadelphia Startup Leaders, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Delaware and Lehigh Valley Startup Weekends, Code for America Philly Brigade and Philly Health Codefest, among others. He has participated in both Company and Product launches at Suburban Connect, Network Visions, Metromedia International and Motorola Toperator, Solar Communications Camanco, PCRoomlink, BCG portfolio: Medcases, Alliance Consulting, Netcarrier, Eclipse Aviation, Santera Systems, Sage Technology Resources, Airdesk, DreamIt, GCV, Chariot ETE, University City Science Center QED technology transfer incubator programs. He is the Organizer of Code for Philly and Curator of Philadelphia StartupDigest.

    Yuriy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History, University of Pensylvania, 1991. He is fluent in Ukrainian and proficient in Russian and has travelled extensively in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the former Soviet Union.

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