Philadelphia (PRWEB) October 14, 2008
Twelve months ago, entrepreneurs starting a new company in metro Philadelphia had no choice but to operate in a vacuum. In the fall of 2007, they banded together and built Philly Startup Leaders ("PSL"), with the goal of supporting one another and helping their companies grow. In less than a year, PSL grew to 300 members. And yet, that was not enough. Business founders cried out-they wanted to lasso successful local-area entrepreneurs and investors, corral them in a room, and soak-up their business lessons.
In response, PSL leaders, along with partner MAC Alliance, took it upon themselves to build The Founder Factory--http://www.FounderFactory.com, a unique one-day conference and networking event coming to Philadelphia on November 13, 2008, where wisdom from world-class Philadelphia-area business leaders is shared with the next generation of local entrepreneurs. Josh Kopelman, Managing Partner of First Round Capital, Lucinda Holt, Ernst & Young Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year, and many more all-stars have lined up to speak and lead panel discussions.
"I'm excited to sponsor and speak at The Founder Factory. The emergence of programs like The Founder Factory, PSL and DreamIt are important indicators of the vibrancy of Philadelphia's entrepreneurial community." says Josh Kopelman. "It is programs like these that will help inspire a new generation of start-up founders."
Recognizing the importance of The Founder Factory, heavy hitters MAC Alliance, Morgan Lewis, Chariot Solutions, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, First Round Capital, Safeguard and Eight Eleven Inc. enthusiastically sponsor the program.
"The Founder Factory leaders took it on themselves to build this program, even while running their own businesses. It's a collaborative effort that clearly shows the current vitality and future potential of Philadelphia's entrepreneurial arena," said Tom Balderston, CEO of the MAC Alliance. "It is this great energy in our startup community that bodes well for strong growth for our startup ecosystem. And, the MAC Alliance is happy to support the Founder Factory team with this tremendous program."
The Founder Factory will run on Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 8:00am-5:30pm at World Caf