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December Events Roundup: Finish 2021 strong with these 8 tech and biz meetups

Connect with startups in digital health and energy spaces, learn some new skills from online workshops, or join on Slack for a year-end celebration of Philly's tech community.

Comcast Senior Software Engineer Justin LaRose accepts the BENgineers' Culture Builder of the Year at the 2019 Awards.

(Photo by Sam Markowitz)

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:

‘Tis the season to be jolly … and attend a handful of tech and entrepreneurship events.

That’s how the song goes, right? Is it just us, or does it seem as the year winds down our calendars get the busiest? This month, we take it a little easy on you, with a handful of events that can be attended at home or in person — whatever strikes your fancy (and comfort level) in these last few days of 2021.

For December, we’re bringing you a mix of legal advice for new business owners, pitch events for startups and investors, a showcase where young companies will share how they’ve grown and learned through the pandemic, and even a Slack-based discussion and awards ceremony before we end the month a little early for holiday celebrations.

Keeping yourself legal

Philadelphia SCORE is hosting this virtual workshop to teach business owners the legal structure, intellectual property and contract info they’d need to run a successful new business. Attorney Zane Johnson will lead the session and raise the legal issues new business owners should be aware of and how to address them.

Angel Venture Fair

The 24th annual live Angel Venture Fair takes place at the Union League on Dec. 7. Companies may apply to become members of the private investors forum, and may apply to pitch at the conference. Applicants to the AVF are reviewed by 80 judges — a group made up of angels and conduits to angels — and 34 entrepreneurs will be selected to showcase their new venture on the day of the fair.


  • Tuesday, Dec. 7
  • 7:30 a.m. – 3p.m.
  • Tickets are $99 dollars; purchase here
  • Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

The future of space technology reporter Michaela Althouse will lead a conversation on our public Slack channel (join here!) to recap some of the year’s industry achievements, what we can look out for in 2022 and where experts see the overall future of space builds and technology. The conversation will feature founders of United Space Structures and Foundation for the Future. Bring questions!

Breaking down bias: Equitable hiring beyond the great resignation

This Chamber of Commerce event will discuss how the Great Resignation has impacted the makeup of workplaces as turnover happens at record speed. While these shortened hiring cycles are happening, learn how to create an inclusive hiring process and prioritize DEI efforts for a healthy and supportive workplace culture.

Diplomacy and Dialogue: Inclusive leadership 

Citizen Diplomacy International’s Philadelphia chapter is hosting this conversation on inclusive leadership as a tool for social change. Uva Coles, president and CEO of Inclusiva and chief learning officer at Spring Point Partners, is joined by Rotem Cohen Kahlon, deputy director at the Israel Scholarship Education Foundation, for this virtual talk.

Launch Lane Showcase

This year’s cohort of University City Science Center’s Launch Lane accelerator will highlight the work of eight startup companies in the digital health space. This year’s companies represent founders from the US and Canada. First, the startup founders will present on their companies, and at 7 p.m., folks interested in meeting the founders can do so at an in-person session.

Energy Innovation Lab Pitch Day

Earlier this year, Temple University and Philadelphia Gas Works put out a call for startups innovating in the energy space for its Energy Innovation Lab. Later this month, finalists for the incubator will present their proposals to a series of judges and community members for one or two chances to be provided with business mentorship, guidance and support from PGW and Temple’s Small Business Development Center for a two-year period. Awards 2021

Join us virtually on Slack as we celebrate and honor the winners of the 2021 Awards. This year, 30 people, orgs and products in each of’s mid-Atlantic markets were nominated for Invention, Tech Community Leader, CTO, Startup, Growth Company and Culture Builder of the Year. Voting for these categories remains open in Philly through Dec. 8.

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