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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philadelphia Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Comcast, Caviar, GoEmerchant, AWeber Communications, Benjamin's Desk, FP Angels. This event was in Benjaminís Desk on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

    Photo of Elizabeth Sigety, Delaware Crossing Investment 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.

    Photo of Michael Kopelman, Edison Venture Fund Michael Kopelman
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Michael Kopelman is a Partner with Edison Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in leading, high-growth technology companies. Since its founding in 1986, Edison has invested in over 185 companies and completed over 125 exits, including 17 IPOs. Michael leads Edison's eCommerce and Interactive Marketing segment, Edisonís fastest growing investment area, and serves on the firmís investment committee.

    Michael began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston where he advised clients on numerous M&A and financing transactions. In 1999, Michael left CSFB to launch E*OFFERING, a venture-backed online investment bank affiliated with E*TRADE. He launched several new online products, including the first web-based roadshow for retail investors. E*OFFERING was acquired one year after its launch by SoundView Technology Group, where he remained to lead the firm's internet & e-commerce investment banking franchise.

    Michael serves as Director of CallCopy, a call performance management and analytics software company; The Neat Company, a digital organization tool for consumers and small businesses; and Sonicbids, an eCommerce platform for emerging musicians. He was previously Director of TrueCommerce (acquired by HighJump).

    Michael serves on the IT investment advisory committee for Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Director on Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Philadelphia Business Journal identified Michael as one of forty individuals under the age of forty who have made the biggest impact on the Philadelphia region.

    Michael was past President of Wharton Private Equity Partners, the private equity organization serving over 2,000 Wharton alumni. He regularly guest lectures seminars on entrepreneurship and venture capital at The Wharton School.

    He holds a BA in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA, with honors, from The Wharton School. He resides in Villanova, PA with his wife and two children.

    Photo of Ira Wallace, Angel Investor, Keiretsu Forum, Investor Circle     Ira Wallace
    Vice President
    Keiretsu Forum
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    Keiretsu Forum
    A serial entrepreneur, early stage company advisor, angel investor and physician, Dr. Wallace has extensive experience with new product introductions, commercialization of new technologies and the structure and funding of early & mid-stage companies.

    Former managing partner at SafeHatch LLC and current partner at Firelight Partners, Ira helps entrepreneurs, investors and companies from back of the envelope to Fortune 500 refine their strategic planning, improve their business models and enhance operational performance. He especially enjoys helping earlier stage companies accelerate to profitability.

    Dr. Wallace leads the Keiretsu Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences & Healthcare silo, with special interest in ophthalmology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical imaging and healthcare IT.

    Photo of Kevin Provost, CEO / Founder of CoFund360 Kevin Provost
    Founder & CEO
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    Developer and supporter of open source business and technology models that improve Career, Education, and Capital Formation opportunities for Creatives, Students, Startups, and Small-Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

    I am an Entrepreneur exploring how the democratization of capital formation processes can be better leveraged by Higher Education and Main Street communities with the intent of accelerating micro-economic development.

    I am a Creative looking to reduce the funding gap that exists for artists, musicians, performers, writers, makers, and designers. Interested in reestablishing Creative and Performing Arts as pillars of Main Street and Higher Ed communities and exploring how the personalization of digital fabrication technology is contributing to the international makers movement.

    I am a direct-marketing Sales Expert (B2B/B2C). Extensive sales portfolio of Fortune 100 clients, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and Small-Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

    Photo of David Luk, Principal, Technology, Safeguard Scientifics David Luk
    Safeguard Scientifics
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    Safeguard Scientifics
    David brings to Safeguard and its technology partner companies a complementary set of experiences as an entrepreneur, a strategy consultant and financial professional, with deep entrepreneurial, strategic and transactional experience as a co-founder, consultant to the Fortune 500, and involvement in over 30 M&A and capital raise deals. At Safeguard, David focuses primarily on software and technology-enabled services. He is responsible for supporting existing partner companies and identifying and evaluating new companies. David is a board member of Safeguard partner company CloudMine.

    Prior to joining Safeguard, David was a co-founder of Quewey, an institutional-backed digital media company which was sold in late-2012. In addition to his start-up experience, David brings a big picture / big company strategic perspective from his time as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he developed web engagement strategies for Fortune 500 companies, advised on digital marketing initiatives and completed operational and strategic due diligence studies in enterprise software and financial and healthcare technology.

    Photo of Jennifer Hartt, Ben Franklin Technology Partners SEP, Director, Life Sciences Jennifer Hartt
    Director of Investments
    Ben Franklin Technology Partners
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    Ben Franklin Technology Partners
    Jennifer Hartt is Director of Investments, Life Sciences, for Ben Franklin. Hartt directs all of Ben Franklinís life sciences investments in companies with technologies ranging from medical devices and diagnostics to therapeutics. Hartt has invested in over thirty companies for Ben Franklin since arriving in 2005. Hartt holds a Bachelorís degree, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, as well as a Masterís in Biology, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She has prior experience in lab research, clinical settings, business consulting for small and large companies, technology evaluation, licensing and equity management. Prior to joining Ben Franklin, Hartt was Associate Director of Business Development & Equity at the University of Pennsylvania. Hartt is involved in regional activities in technology development education and commercialization programs such as in being on a science curriculum audit committee, evaluating business plans, judging entrants in the Eastern Technology Council Enterprise Awards, mentoring students and representing her organization on the oversight committee for Coulter funding of translational research at Drexel University.

    Photo of Bruce Luehrs, Managing General Partners Rittenhouse Ventures Saul Richter
    Managing Partner
    Rittenhouse Ventures
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    Rittenhouse Ventures
    Mr. Richter is the Founder of Rittenhouse Ventures and has been active within the technology community for over twenty years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and technologist. Mr. Richter brings the Fund broad experience in the venture capital industry, having worked at a number of leading venture firms over the past 18 years. Mr. Richters strong technical background in software development and systems administration, his ongoing avid interest in emerging technologies and deep early-stage venture experience make him a strong leader of the Rittenhouse team.

    Since founding Emerald Stage2, now renamed Rittenhouse Ventures, in 2006, Mr. Richter has led investments in Maverick Network Solutions, acquired by Fiserv (FISV), ClickEquations, acquired by Channel Intelligence, Take The Interview and Halfpenny Technologies. Prior to Rittenhouse, Mr. Richter was a Principal at Himalaya Capital, which he joined in early 2002. While at Himalaya, Mr. Richter was active on the boards of a number of companies including Concerro which was acquired by Francisco Partners in 2012. Prior to Himalaya, Mr. Richter worked at Lucent Technologies in the New Ventures Group, where he focused on the creation and launch of software startups. In addition to Lucent, Mr. Richter has prior venture capital experience working at Softbank Ventures, Jerusalem Global Ventures and Flatiron Partners(now Union Square Ventures). Mr. Richter currently sits on the Boards of Take The Interview, Miria Systems, Vcopious and Halfpenny Technologies(observer).

    Mr. Richter also has operational experience as the founder of Zapper Technologies US operations. He formed and built out the company US office, developed the go-to-market strategy, hired a sales force and worked closely with the Israel-based development team to coordinate product development. Mr. Richter also worked as a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney and as head of new product development at Dubois, Brown & Co, a financial analysis software company sold to Thomson Financial (NYSE:TOC).

    Rohan Shah, Founder, Private IPO app Sliced Capital Rohan Shah, Founder, Private IPO app Sliced Capital

    Photo of Ellen Weber, Executive Director, 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.

    Tyson Marian: Comcast Strategic Development Tyson Marian: Comcast Strategic Development

    Photo of Welcome address Yuriy Porytko, FundingPost Philadelphia Yuriy Porytko
    Philadelphia Manager
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    Yuriy is the entrepreneurís resource champion Ė networking, partnerships, community building, alliances, funding, mentoring, and Ė especially today Ė 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, who convene 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 start-ups under many funding structures and successful exits.

    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.

    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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