Two weeks ago Brazen officially kicked off our programming in Philadelphia with a party. Nearly 100 people came out to meet other women entrepreneurs, network, and learn more about Brazen and how we help women grow their businesses.
“The Brazen Philly launch event was—and will likely remain—a highlight of 2018 for me,” said Liz Funk, co-founder of And We Evolve and a founders committee member of Brazen Philly. “It was the largest gathering I’ve attended of women entrepreneurs and people who support women’s success in business. Needless to say, it was a fun crowd that almost instantly felt like a community. I was impressed that Brazen drew all of these interesting, passionate people together for its *inaugural* event. I’m excited to talk with these women more intimately at workshops and in a peer advisory group.”
“We had such a great group of people out for our launch party. I met women running restaurants and bike shops, starting companies from technology consulting to recruiting, and disrupting spaces like second hand clothing and investing. The common thread is that everyone had big ambitions for their company, which is just so exciting,” said Bonnie Bogle, director of Brazen Philly.
There was also a strong showing from supporters of startups – including investors and serial entrepreneurs who want to work more with women founders and help amplify their work. This shows how supportive and enthusiastic the Philadelphia startup community is in growing and supporting its female founders.
After a brief welcome from Bonnie and Brazen CEO and founder, Jennifer Ehlen, we gave guests a taste of Brazen’s programming and what we offer. We ran a live demo of a growth group – our peer advisory groups that bring together women entrepreneurs to work through business challenges and support each other. Jenn showed off how Brazen’s app makes running meeting easy, and the group worked through several real business challenges. Guests could also schedule speed Power Hour sessions with our legal expert (Liz Roggio) and marketing expert (Matt Nicosia).
A big thank you to our hosts Perpay, for letting us use their beautiful space, to Philadelphia’s Founders Committee who helped plan and execute the party, and to our volunteers who made the event seamless.
Want to get involved in Brazen Philly? We’re forming growth groups now – our application deadline is May 31 to get started with a group this summer, and we have monthly roundtables on topics like hiring, telling your company’s narrative, and using social media to build your user base. Check out our events calendar, and join today.