AWE Sponsors

AWE sponsors are part of our community, and we invite others to join us as we work to support and expand the growth potential of women-led companies in the Philadelphia area.  Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsors
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EisnerAmper LLP is a leading CPA and business advisory firm, providing clients with a wide array of accounting, audit, tax and consulting services.  From emerging start-ups to large public companies, EisnerAmper serves companies in a broad range of industries including health and life sciences, software and technology, financial services, entertainment, sports, media, real estate and construction, not-for-profits, manufacturing, automotive, distribution and retail, among others. For more information, please click on our logo to visit our website.

Contact:  Lori F. Reiner, CPA | Partner-In-Charge, Philadelphia
EisnerAmper LLP
Accountants & Advisors
One Logan Square | 130 North 18th Street, Suite 3000
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2757
Office: 215.881.8853 | Fax: 215.881.8285
lori.reiner@eisneramper.com
 

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Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. We use the unique skills and talents of our people, the breadth of our practices and the depth of our 125 years of experience to deliver powerful solutions to client legal and business issues.

Our firm has grown from a two-person law office formed in 1890 in Philadelphia to a large, sophisticated law firm with a national and international practice. While much about Pepper is new and different from its beginnings, we retain traditional values passed down through the decades: respect for the rule of law, pride in an excellent work product and commitment to the client's cause. Today, Pepper Hamilton is a diverse
firm of men and women from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, united in these values.

Silver Sponsors

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With more than 500 attorneys serving clients across the globe, Blank Rome is an international law firm representing businesses and organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entities. From formation and business planning to maturity, the attorneys in Blank Rome's Venture Group provide strategic and timely advice to emerging businesses. Blank Rome's roots are in the representation of emerging and growth businesses, and we view ourselves as long-term partners, helping our clients achieve their business goals. Our attorneys also represent leading venture capital funds and their portfolio companies. As a result of our strong relationships with entrepreneurs, financing sources and investment banks, we have the ability to make introductions and facilitate business relationships for our venture clients.

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Duane Morris LLP, among the 100 largest law firms in the United States, is a full-service firm of approximately 550 lawyers. In addition, Duane Morris affiliates have approximately 50 professionals engaged in a number of nonlegal service businesses. The firm represents clients across the nation and around the world through a combination of 20 offices and a relationship with an international network of independent law firms. Throughout its 100 year history, Duane Morris has fostered a collegial culture, where lawyers work with each other to better serve their clients. Lawyers who are leaders in a range of legal disciplines and have diverse backgrounds join Duane Morris in order to use the latest technology, professional support staff and other resources in pursuit of clients' goals.  

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Growing responsibly since 1825

Our roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Today, KeyCorp is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and we’re one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $135 billion.

We are continuing to grow. KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group are joining forces. As of August 1, 2016, we are one company, to be followed by the completion of the merger of KeyBank and First Niagara Bank in mid-October, subject to regulatory approval. When we come together, we'll be able to better serve you with a footprint that includes 15 states via a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 KeyBank ATMs.


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Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) has a distinguished track record of fostering innovation and building market leaders. For more than 60 years, Safeguard has been providing growth capital and operational support to entrepreneurs across an evolving spectrum of industries. Today, Safeguard is focused specifically on healthcare and technology. Safeguard is a proven partner for entrepreneurs looking to accelerate growth and build long-term value in their businesses. Investors in SFE have a unique opportunity to tap into the high potential of Safeguard's early- and growth-stage partners companies.

Fellows Sponsor

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Founded in 1998, the Higgins Group specializes in senior-level searches in both major pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms. Owner and Founder Donna Higgins has over two decades of experience in both emerging and large corporate environments, which translates into deep knowledge of and insight into the lifesciences world, a dedicated focus on the right results, and the willingness to understand and put clients' needs first. "The proof is in our track record of successful placements", says Donna Higgins. "Out of all the searches we've performed, 98% of those placed are still with their organizations and, of those on-board more than 18 months, over half have been promoted."

Academic Sponsor

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Drexel University's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is one of a very small number of freestanding schools of entrepreneurship in the United States and the only one in the Philadelphia region.  Building on an outstanding foundation of curriculum, programming and thought leadership at Drexel, the Close School will be the engine driving the expanded culture of entrepreneurship envisioned by the University’s strategic plan.

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Under President and CEO Dr. Stephen K. Klasko’s leadership, Jefferson is unique in its openness to innovation, its focus on transforming the entire healthcare experience, and its ability to infuse this learning into future medical professionals.     Dr. Rose Ritts, Executive Vice President of the Innovation Pillar and Chief Innovation Officer leads a team dedicated to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem to advance the commercialization of new health related technologies.  The Innovation Pillar focuses on commercialization of three types of technologies:  (i) those that emanate from the Jefferson community (a Spin-Out), (ii) those that are created outside of Jefferson but desire Jefferson’s experience to advance the technology (a Spin-In), and (iii) those that solve a Jefferson need and have utility for others (a Spin-Up).  

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The ICE Institute is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. The ICE Institute has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University's strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture.