The Accelerator combines award-winning curriculum and a peer-review investment process with unprecedented access to a who’s who of decision makers from the Philadelphia region’s finance sector including high value advisors, investors, and potential customers.
Entrepreneurs selected for the program will be the first in our region to participate in the Village Capital-created peer-evaluation model that received the Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for Innovation.
The curriculum includes significant participation from industry decision makers and investors, allowing startups to engage and build relationships throughout the program. This kind of high value exposure is priceless for early stage ventures. This initiative has the support of an outstanding advisory committee and the broader Ben Franklin network.
The program will take place at the offices of Ben Franklin in the Navy Yard.
Building 100 Innovation Center
4800 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112
Martina Aufiero, Senior Vice President and Managing Partner, Safeguard Scientifics
Debbie Buchwald, Executive Director, Corporate Relations, Drexel University
Timothy Cogswell, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo – Technology Banking Group
Alan J. Cohn, CFP, Co-President, Principal, Sage Financial Group
Holly Flanagan, Managing Director, Gabriel Investments
Carl Guarino, Board Member, SEI Investments
David Hayne, Chief Digital Officer, Urban Outfitters
Ryan Hicke, Vice President, SEI Investments
Dave Kurtz, Managing Director, KMS Capital Group, LLC
Vincenzo La Ruffa, Head of Financial Technology and Services Group, Aquiline Capital Partners
William Marvin, Chief Executive Officer, InstaMed
Frank Mastrangelo, Managing Director, Sapere Advisory
Jim Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Greenphire
Jim Narron, First Vice President, Federal Reserve
Warren Pennington, Principal, Vanguard
Mark Pinsky, President, FiveFour Advisors
Jeff Rosenblum, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Operations, FS Investments
Robert Thielmann, Chief Information Officer, Janney Montgomery Scott
Jayson Tischler, Principal, Rittenhouse Ventures
Brett Topche, Managing Director, Red & Blue Ventures
Michelle Wilkes, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers