Novotorium and Seed Philly Announce Entrepreneur Summer Camp

Philadelphia business incubators team up to offer six weeks of innovative programming for startups, according to Mike Krupit.

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Philadelphia Incubators Novotorium and Seed Philly are teaming up to offer Entrepreneur Summer Camp

There are so many great things happening in the entrepreneurial community throughout the Philadelphia region that we don’t always take time to look back, understand how we got here, and appreciate it.

Langhorne, PA (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

Business incubators Novotorium and Seed Philly are teaming up to hold innovative events for entrepreneurs in Philadelphia this summer, including a kickoff signature event, “The Infonautics Team and a Generation of Startups,” which will show how a dynamic entrepreneurial culture at one startup helped generate a stream of successful ventures and careers, according to Mike Krupit of Novotorium.

“We’ve seen tremendous collaboration, innovation and camaraderie through the years by the people who were part of Infonautics,” Krupit said. “We are now experiencing a resurgence of the entrepreneurial community in Philadelphia, so the timing is excellent to help a new wave of entrepreneurs learn from pioneers and see how and how much we have already achieved in our region, and the possibilities for the future.”

Seed Philly founder Brad Denenberg echoes Krupit’s perspective. “There are so many great things happening in the entrepreneurial community throughout the Philadelphia region that we don’t always take time to look back, understand how we got here, and appreciate it,” Denenberg said. “By collaborating, Novotorium, Seed Philly and numerous successful entrepreneurs are aiming to bring focus to the power of entrepreneurship in Philadelphia and help build the overall community.”

Entrepreneur Summer Camp will take place for six weeks this summer with signature events, classes, office hours with experienced entrepreneurs and subject matter experts, field trips and co-working opportunities for participants. Summer Camp will be held at various venues in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Entrepreneurs may see details and register at the website http://www.EntrepreneurSummerCamp.com.

Each week has a theme with a signature event and resources to help entrepreneurs learn and grow in areas of their business related to the theme. Entrepreneurs can register to participate in as little as one event during the six weeks, every week of the six-week program, or any combination. Fees range from as little as $20 for one event to $75 per week. Programs for the first half of the summer are as follows:

Week 1, June 11-15: Features “The Infonautics Team and a Generation of Startups,” which will be held 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the Quorum at the University Science Center. The event will feature brief presentations and a panel discussion of the Infonautics legacy. Panelists will include: Founder Marvin Weinberger (Innovation Factory), Co-founder Josh Kopelman (Half.com, First Round Capital), Product Lucinda Duncalfe (Destiny, Click Equations, Real Food Works), Technology Mike Krupit (CDNOW, Novotorium), Finance Ron Berg (Deja.com, Radpharm), Product Edwin Watkeys (Half.com, Transmogrify, ActionX), Marketing Rick Mosenkis (VerticalNet, WorkZone), Technology Ram Mohan (Afilias), Technology Andrea Michalek (1800CTO, Topular, Plum Analytics), Technology Rich Gallagher (DoctorQuality, Yell Group), HR Alan Preston (Half.com, Preston Leadership).
Those who sign up for the whole week will spend the afternoon of June 12 working with some of the Infonauts, Novotorium and Seed Philly staff and partner mentors. They will also have use of the facilities at Novotorium or Seed Philly all week long.

Week 2, June 18-22: 50 Shades of Customers – BDSM for the Entrepreneur (Business Development, Sales & Marketing, of course!) will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, in Philadelphia. Entrepreneurs will explore sales and marketing with subject matter experts. Participants will choose topics of interest and spend 30 minutes in each session before moving on to another topic.

Some of the experts who will lead table discussions are: Anita Andrews, Sepiida; Stephen Bouikidis, NetReach; Heidi Gray-Devita, PTM Solutions; Erik Harbison, TrueAction; Gary Kreissman, Group PRM; Chris Mengel, Razorwest; Mark Schneider, The CIAgency; Bruce Segal, E*S*Q Unlimited; Cari Sultanik, FulcrumTech; SEER Interactive. During lunch, Jeff Meltzer, Meltzer Media, one of the acknowledged creators of the modern day infomercial will deliver a keynote presentation. For over 20 years, the name Jeff Meltzer has been synonymous with the highest standard of excellence and professionalism in broadcast & non-broadcast television especially Direct Response TV (DRTV).

Those who sign up for the whole week will participate in a field trip to an innovative business later in the week. They will also have use of the facilities at Novotorium or Seed Philly all week long.

Week 3, June 15-29: “Not a Hackathon,” taking off from the popular hackathon approach where people get together to build tech products, will be held for 36 hours straight – from 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 27 through 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 28. It will unite entrepreneurs who have a business with tech developers, designers, and other business development professionals to move their product or business forward. Because teams will work together for 36 straight hours, participants may choose to sleep or nap if need be without leaving the event facility. Food and showers will be available.

Entrepreneurs will shortly be able to submit their idea or apply to participate and help a business. Entrepreneurs will maintain their intellectual property after the event. Prizes will be awarded, including a $2,000 cash prize to the winning team, with $1,000 going to the entrepreneur and $1,000 split among the support team members.

The weeks for the second half of the summer are:
Week 4: July 9-13, A Day with Philadelphia City Government
Week 5: July 16-20: Practicing Mind and Practicing Business: Listen, Lunch and Learn from the Authors
Week 6: July 23-27: Horror Stories in Entrepreneurship - with Something to Laugh About
More information about programs for the second half of the summer can be found on the Entrepreneur Summer Camp website, http://www.EntrepreneurSummerCamp.com.