special programs

RAIN 2020

Adaptation: An Evolving Innovation Ecosystem

July 30, 2020

RAIN: Adaptation: An Evolving Innovation Ecosystem

The startup ecosystem is a complex and delicate organism, moving and reacting to internal and external factors that shape the way we create and scale ideas, companies and communities. As industries bend and blend, capital and resources shift, and society pivots to technological demands, how must innovators and their support systems realign and adjust?


RAIN 2020, titled Adaptation: An Evolving Innovation Ecosystem will explore abrupt pivots as a result of unforeseen circumstances and slow, evolving changes that were the product of shifting market conditions. We’ll explore adaptation through the lens of several ecosystems and hear from the leaders who have navigated organizations through planned and unanticipated change.  


Travis Sheridan

Chief Community Officer, Wexford Science & Technology



Michael Banks

Managing Director for Employment Opportunities & Entrepreneurship, United Way


Yossi Levi

Founder & CEO, gettacar


Anne Bovaird Nevins

President, PIDC


MODERATOR: Garry Johnson III

Program Manager and Experience Designer, Venture Cafe Philadelphia



3:00 - 8:00 p.m.

RAIN (Regional Affinity Incubation Network)

The Annual RAIN Conference serves as a platform for organizations that support entrepreneurship to share information and capabilities as a means to reduce barriers to the region’s innovation community. Held annually for eleven years and counting, the half-day conference consistently attracts a strong showing from the business, civic and university communities.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

RAIN will take place via Zoom