16 September 2009

Venture Fair Wraps Up GoodCompany Ventures' Inaugural Class

Tomorrow the summer comes to an end for the ten companies to be graduated from the inaugural class of GoodCompany Ventures, the social business incubator.

The session wraps with a Gala Venture Fair. The Venture Fair, sponsored by Blank Rome LLP, Investors' Circle, and RSF Social Finance, features Karen Randal of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce as a key note speaker.

For the last few months, ten companies in the social business sector have been participating in GoodCompany Ventures’ incubator program. The curriculum has included expert speaker panels, strategic and industry advisers, and information sessions aimed at providing the companies with the resources they need to maximize growth.

One of the entrepreneurs, Emily Landsburg, co-founder of BlackGold Biofuels, credits the incubator with providing BlackGold "the structure and space to think more strategically." For Landsburg, the incubator's expert speaker panels offered "new insights and approaches to business planning."

Similarly, for Angela McIver, founder and CEO of Math Foundations, "GCV's support has been key in positioning our company to become a major player in the education industry."

GoodCompany Ventures' Gala Venture Fair brings together investors, entrepreneurs, and colleagues who seek to promote good business in Philadelphia.

The graduation is a two-part event that formally begins with company pitches to accredited investors at 2:00pm, followed by speakers including Bart Houlahan of B Corporation.

The Venture Fair will provide a showcase for some of the region’s most promising early and expansion-stage triple bottom line businesses, and will also mark the launch of Investors' Circle's Philadelphia chapter.

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