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Why these Venture for America fellows are launching a speaker series

The first event is Thursday, July 9 and features Girls Rock Philly and the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities. It's the first time we've seen the Philly VFA fellows take a more civic focus.

At a recent Girls Rock Philly showcase. (Photo via Instagram)

Philly’s Venture for America fellows want to give back to the city that’s welcomed them.
That’s why a group of the fellows, who have spent nearly two years working at Philly startups like Biomeme and LeadiD, are launching a bi-monthly speaker series called Intersect Philly, said co-organizer Julia Anaya.
The first event is tomorrow, July 9, at the Dreaming Building in Northern Liberties at 6 p.m. It’s focused on empowerment and features Girls Rock Philly and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.
It’s the first time we’ve seen the Philly VFA fellows take a more civic focus. (Both organizations they’re featuring in the July 9 event are outside the tech world.)
Here’s Anaya on some of the goals of the series:

One of the reasons we wanted to start a series like Intersect Philly was to get speakers together who may not be working on exactly the same thing, but whose work or causes are tangentially related. Once you start talking to people about their higher level goals or the challenges they are facing, there is a lot more in common then we might think, which makes for really interesting discussion.

Her co-organizers are Chip Koziara, Ranjani Sridhara and Alex Yamamoto.
Venture for America is also running a summer accelerator in the city for its fellows who are running startups. One startup has already committed to sticking around.

Companies: Venture for America / Girls Rock Philly

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