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Today: Venture Financing SIG Meeting and Dinner

Posted By John M. Mueller, Friday, January 12, 2018

A reminder: today we will be having the Venture Financing SIG to catch up with all SIG members, and a dinner afterwards.


Venture Financing SIG - Business Meeting

Friday, January 12th, 4:30pm PT

Hotel Loews, Room: Los Feliz


Venture Financing SIG - Dinner

Friday, January 12th, 6:30pm PT

Soul Hollywood


We look forward to seeing you all later today during these activities.




John Mueller and Mike Seay, Co-Chairs

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Pre-conference Workshop: Community Development Financing Programs

Posted By John M. Mueller, Monday, January 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2017

The Venture Financing SIG is sponsoring a workshop on Thursday, January 19th, which is before the USASBE conference starts in Philly.  Come join us in learning about community development financing programs.  More information is provided below.


Pre-conference workshop: #2

Community Development Financing Programs - National, Regional, & Local

Time:  Thursday, January 19th, 8:00 am - 11:30am       Room: Regency C2


Purpose: To introduce USASBE members to a category of programs for entrepreneurial financing which is often overlooked in the academic literature that serves large numbers of enterprises annually.  USASBE members that teach entrepreneurial financing will learn about non-traditional options.  All attendees will gain a better understanding of the financing options and the potential for research and collaboration. This will involve a panel discussion of the types of funding sources and who the organizations serve and how, as well as current research within the industry and opportunities for collaboration.  Panelists are leaders in community-based financing.  Depending upon the weather, a short walking tour to visit funded organizations will be included.


Topics Include:

  • Introduction to CDFI’s
  • Funding sources and policy environment
  • Statistics and measurement of performance
  • Research topics – now and future
  • Profiles individual organizations
  • Potential mutual opportunities
  • Funded organizations


  • Moderator - Caroline Glackin - UNC - Fayetteville State University, VF SIG

  • Opportunity Finance NetworkNational Association – Amanda Joseph
  • The Reinvestment FundRegional – Donald Hinkle-Brown (invited)
  • Community First FundLancaster – Daniel Betancourt 
  • Entrepreneur WorksPhiladelphia – Leslie Benoliel 
  • First State Community Loan FundWilmington, DE – Van Hampton  

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Venture Financing Learning Journey in Philly (Thursday, January 19th)

Posted By John M. Mueller, Monday, January 9, 2017
Learning Journey - Philadelphia Investment & Innovation Ecosystem
ThursdayJanuary 19th, 1-4:30pm
[ Meet at conference registration at 12:45pm for 1pm departure ]
This learning journey will take participants on a visit to Drexel University and the University City Science Center. The majority of the program will take place at ic@3401 at 34th & Market Streets in Philadelphia. The program will begin with a tour of ic@3401 and a presentation from their team. The program will continue with a presentation from the DreamIt team who will discuss the Philadelphia innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Additional guests will dis-cuss the University City and Drexel University ecosystems that are playing a key role in the revitalization of West Philadelphia. Finally, the program will include a panel discussion featuring Philadelphia-area investors and startup founders who will discuss their experiences from both sides of the table.

Below are the confirmed speakers.

Philadelphia Innovation Ecosystem presenters:

  • Archna Sahay, ‎Director, Entrepreneurial Investment at City of Philadelphia
  • Eamon Gallagher, Program Director at IC@3401
  • Steve Barsh, Chief Innovation Officer at DreamIt

Funders and funded panel:

  • Kerton (startup)
  • Tassl (startup)
  • Roar for Good (startup)
  • DreamIt (investor)
  • RobinHood Ventures (investor)
  • Marc Kramer (investor)

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