As a technology-focused start-up culture continues to brew in Philadelphia, the second annual Philly Tech Week, presented by AT&T, is becoming the equivalent of an anniversary networking party.
The conference kicked off over the weekend and is running through Saturday. Almost a third of more than 80 events focus on entrepreneurship and investment in the region.
And that's with good reason. In recent months, Old City-based mobile application provider appRenaissance and Center City-based business analytics firm RJ Metrics each announced $1.5 million in early-funding rounds. The region is rife with meetups, networking and conversation.
"We're moving the needle in Philly's start-up world," said appRenaissance CEO Bob Moul.
It's all something of an ongoing experiment to see what types of start-up shops will thrive in Philadelphia, a city that has spent a half-decade or so restarting its innovation business community. Much of the country is also battling for recognition in the technology venture sphere.
In a statement on the growing status of the region's startups, five young technology businesses will pitch their products during Philly Tech Week to three judges: Mayor Michael Nutter, legendary venture capitalist Josh Kopelman and local investor Ellen Weber.
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In another event, the Entrepreneur Expo, more than 50 exhibitors are showing off their slice of the region's entrepreneurial pie.?Workshops will cover topics including raising start-up capital, minorities in the technology field and civic engagement.
If you go
Philly Tech Week 2012 runs through Saturday. Check out www.phillytechweek.com for a full schedule of events, including entrepreneurial seminars such as:
Tales of a Philly Entrepreneur
Today, 2-4 p.m.
Today, 6-8 p.m.
$10, Pyramid Club
Preparing to Raise Capital
Today, 6-7:30 p.m.
What it Takes to be a Black Tech Entrepreneur
Thursday, noon-1 p.m.