We are privileged to have Ellen Weber, Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, as guest of Ben Franklin’s next Capital Call. Based in Philadelphia, Robin Hood Ventures is a group of experienced entrepreneurs and accredited investors investing in high-growth startups since 1999. Robin Hood Ventures expertise extends across a variety of industries, including software/healthcare IT, hardtech, life sciences, and consumer products. Robin Hood Ventures also syndicates with venture capitalists, institutions, and other angels in the network.
This session is moderated by John Sider, Vice President of Business Development, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania.
Ellen Weber is the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, a leading angel group helping to fuel startup growth in the Philadelphia region. She also serves as the Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, a venture forum for early stage companies, and serves as adjunct faculty for Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Previously, Ellen was the Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at the Fox School of Business. Prior to that, she was COO and co-founder of VisionMine, which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations.
Ellen has more than 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. She has been a Managing Director and Founder of Antiphony Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in helping companies create sustainable value through innovation. She was involved in the growth of Investor Force, a provider of technology-based solutions for institutional investment professionals, where she created the company’s initial human resources department, facilitated strategic planning, and managed the organizational aspects of the company’s mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, she spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She was also a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting.
Ellen was chosen as part of the Philadelphia Business Journal Power 100 for 2017, 2018, and 2019. She also received the Iris Newman award for supporting women entrepreneurs from the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, and the David Freschman award from the Philadelphia Private Investors Group. Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.
John Sider is the Vice President of Business Development at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania. In this role, Sider is responsible for assisting the Center’s portfolio companies in attracting additional investment capital from sources such as angel investors, institutional venture capital, banks and government sources.
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