Professional Development

Events Roundup: 8 tech and biz meetups to add some spring to your step this April

Whether you're job hunting for the first time, planning moves for your startup or focusing on economic recovery, we've got you covered this month.

Spring in Franklin Square .

(Photo by Rob Rabena via Visit Philly)

Events Roundup is a column where we highlight events happening in the Philly area each month. Got a submission? Email us the details so we can consider it for our next roundup.

Hey there, April! The flowers are blooming, vaccines are getting into arms and the Logan Square fountain is back on — things are looking brighter, baby!

(Quite literally … bless you, Daylight Savings.)

We’re at that place in the year where spring events are sprouting up around us faster than we can take our allergy medicine. The city’s coming a little more alive, and hundreds of thousands of local grads are about to enter the “real world” job hunt. But whether you’re job hunting for the first time, planning moves for your startup or focusing on economic recovery, we’ve got you covered this month.

Check out what’s happening in Philly tech this April:

Exit Planning Begins at Start-Up

Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Philly Startup Leaders partner to bring this morning webinar focused on positioning your company for an exit. Led by Steve Economou, managing director of G-Squared Partners, the webinar will go over real-life examples while discussing what entrepreneurs need to know about positioning themselves effectively for an exit from day one.

Campus Philly’s Opportunity Fair

For those recent and soon-to-be grads in the Philly region, Campus Philly is hosting a jobs and opportunities fair for attendees to network, hear from hiring companies, connect with graduate school programs or learn about professional development organizations. Attending orgs and companies include Comcast, Vanguard, REC Philly, Coded By Kids, Tech Elevator, SAP and more.


Science Matters

This virtual chat hosted by Pew Charitable Trusts will focus on how COVID-19 thrust science under a microscope in a way it hasn’t in decades. “Vaccines, therapeutics, and epidemiology are now topics of conversation in the public square, and the need for researchers to effectively communicate about their work has never been more essential,” the event page says. Hear from folks from the Milken Institute, National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

PACT Phorum 2021 Conference Series

PACT’s annual conference series will take place over four one-hour events this month, exploring how enterprises are accelerating throughout the pandemic. Between April 13 and 22, catch these “episodes,” which are targeted to CEOs and other business leaders on “data as the new responsibility,” “the consumer as data producer and owner,” “data management” and “unlocking the value and activating the energy of data.” The series wraps up with the org’s annual Demo Pit on April 22.

  • April 13 through 22
  • Various times throughout the day
  • Tickets range from free to $50; register here

Accelerating Neighborhood Business Growth & Inclusive Recovery

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia will hear from business owners and community development institutes about their continued needs in the launch toward an equitable economic recovery. The goal is to ensure small businesses aren’t left out of action plans, and hear about which resources they’re using or could use right now. Topics include diversifying your supply chain and improving access to capital.

  • Tuesday, April 27
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Free for Chamber members; register here

Understand Your Cyberthreats

Morgan Lewis is hosting this evening webinar focusing on understanding how cybersecurity plays into protecting your company’s assets and building trust in your brand. It’s a part of the global law firm’s Startup & Grow webinar series happening throughout April — check out other sessions here.

WhatsNext Festival

This all-day virtual startup, VC and M&A business festival will mix panels, networking and breakout rooms to bring folks from different cities together. Hosted by law firm Ballard Spahr, the festival will tackle topics like software and hardware product development, branding, VC strategies, bootstrapping and scaling. Organizers urge folks to register no later than two days before the event.

Resilient Coders Demo Day

The free bootcamp from Boston that expanded to the Philly region last year is hosting a demo day for its first cohort at the end of this month. The evening will kick off with networking rounds and student pitches, then the project showcases.

“This cohort is also equipped with experience in User Authentication, MongoDB, React Native, OOP, Algorithmic Thinking, and they have submitted too many PRs to count,” the event page says. “They are ready to join your engineering team and start pushing code.”

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