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Smart Talk Panel to Explore the Art of Pitching to Funders

PHILADELPHIA--(December 1, 2010) – How can startup companies stand out from their competition when seeking funding in this volatile market? A panel of experts in obtaining and leveraging capital will help answer this question and others during a program on “Perfecting Your Pitch to Funders” at the University City Science Center, Monday, December 6, 2010.

The panel discussion is part of the Smart Talk: Adventures in Entrepreneurialism series and is a follow up to remarks by entrepreneur-turned-funder David R. King of Quaker BioVentures. Panelists include experienced funders Katherine Crothall, PhD, principal, Liberty Venture Partners; Dean Miller, president & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and Gloria Rabinowitz, managing director, Golden Seeds Philadelphia. Ned Moore, chairman, CEO and co-founder, Portico Systems will offer the perspective of an entrepreneur who has successfully obtained funding. The panel will be moderated by Adam Roth, senior manager, Deloitte Tax LLP.

Smart Talk is a quarterly program at the Science Center which gives startup and growing companies a look at best practices and business strategies from industry leaders in the region. Smart Talk is sponsored by Deloitte and the University City Keystone Innovation Zone.

Smart Talk will take begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. The program will run from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Science Center’s offices at 3711 Market Street, Suite 800.

About the Science Center The University City Science Center accelerates technology commercialization, regional economic development, and the market availability of life-enhancing scientific breakthroughs by bringing together innovations, scientists, entrepreneurs, funding, laboratory facilities, and business services. Established in 1963 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to

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