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Regional Affinity Incubation Network (RAIN)

Connecting the Entrepreneurial Support Community  

The Regional Affinity Incubation Network – or RAIN – convenes the community that supports Greater Philadelphia's innovators and entrepreneurs. From coworking spaces to accelerators and incubators, the RAIN network members help grow the region’s innovation ecosystem. The Science Center hosts an annual RAIN Conference each July in Quorum. 

 

RAIN…

  • was launched as an annual event in 2009
  • is a network of 70+ organizations that support the innovation economy in the tristate region
  • has attracted over 650+ leaders in the entrepreneurial and innovation community
  • has featured topics such as the connection between the entrepreneurial community and large enterprise, how Greater Philadelphia can become a next-generation innovation hub, and strategies to help startups connect to capital and collaborators.  

 

RAIN Co-Chairs

Archna Sahay
Director of Entrepreneurial Investment

City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce 

 

Anthony Maher
Co-Founder & CEO
Benjamin’s Desk 

 

Kristen Fitch

Senior Manager Marketing & Media Relations

University City Science Center 

wednesday, July 19th

Diversity & Access: Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Community

 

Diversity is the key to developing and sustaining a robust community. From race, ethnicity and gender to socio-economic status, physical abilities and geography, diversity can be defined through an infinite number of prisms.  Ultimately, access and inclusion for all demographics requires everyone’s participation.

 

Conversations around diversity, access and inclusion are at the forefront of the local, regional and national conversation. The 9th Annual RAIN Conference will continue the dialog and explore how innovation communities are promoting entrepreneurship while engaging with a diverse and inclusive population. The conference will look at existing successful programs that promote diversity, investors focused on making an impact, and resources that expand opportunity beyond the status quo. 

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