8 Cool Business and Tech Events Happening in Philly This September

Here’s where you can get your networking on this month (and find free food!). You’ll maybe even learn a thing or two about the aftermath of the financial crisis and the connection between Philly’s music and tech scenes.

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Fall is upon us, which means our calendars are packed with exciting networking and educational events. Here are eight we think you should have on your radar:

Hope and Fury Concert Series
When: Friday, Sept. 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: La Colombe, 1335 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
Using music as a medium, La Colombe’s Hope and Fury Concert Series has promoted conversation and activism on topics like immigration, gender equality and misrepresentation of women in media. The fourth installment will feature a discussion on destigmatizing mental illness with La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael, Dr. Tim Barksdale and musicians Chill Moody and Donn T. The artists will also play a set under the name &More. And poet Andre Wyze will perform spoken word. Beer, food and snacks will be available free of charge. Free to RSVP.

The Future of Finance: 10 Years After the Financial Crisis
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. -6 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut Street, University City
As part of an ongoing lecture series, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Dean Geoff Garrett will host a panel discussion about the future of financial services and technology. The event coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ financial collapse on Sept. 15, 2008. The five speakers, who include Alphabet and Google senior vice president and CFO Ruth Porat, will evaluate how the Great Recession impacted public policy in its aftermath. Free with Penn ID and RSVP. Seating is first-come, first-served.

#Philly Girl Boss Cocktails
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Rally Coffee, 701 South Street, Society Hill
For the second time, the GOOD Fest, a group that creates wellness experiences, will celebrate female entrepreneurs by giving them a chance to meet, network, have some light refreshments and sip on some cocktails. Rally Coffee will once again play host, just as it did in June. Both long-time business owners and rookies are welcome. $22 in advance, $27 at the door.

Ask | Give Meetup for Founders & CXOs
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 1776, 30 N 41st Street, Fifth Floor, University City
Philly Startup Leaders and 1776, an East Coast network aiming to foster entrepreneurship, will provide a “no sales allowed” environment exclusively for Philadelphia startup owners and C-suite executives to connect. PSL will also provide information about its eight-week Startup Accelerator program, which seeks to give founders tools and tips to succeed. And, of course, it’s not an event without food and drinks. Free to register.

Super Meetup 2018
When: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. | Rain date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Where: Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street, Center City
This is the place to go for free beer and networking. The Super Meetup, hosted by tech media outlet Technical.ly, is a mixer with people in the startup and tech scene and local entrepreneurs. Meetup groups like Chick Tech Philly, women in technology fields looking to connect with each other, will be there. Be on the lookout for people looking to hire, indicated by color-coordinated dots. So, go, have a drink and put that next career move or big idea of yours into action. Free to RSVP. Free beer from kegs, plus drinks available for purchase from the Uptown Beer Garden. Pay-as-you-go snacks.

PACT Capital Conference
When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue, South Philadelphia
The 25th anniversary edition of the PACT Capital Conference is condensed into one day, but it’s still filled with some of the most influential people in private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurship. To start the day, hear from breakfast keynote speaker Arlan Hamilton, who is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital. And Alex Banayan, the author of The Third Door, is the luncheon keynote speaker. At 4:45 p.m., step into the Lion’s Den, where investors will receive pitches and write checks. As usual, more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the conference. The full conference is $499 for PACT members and $899 for non-PACT members.

When: Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at noon
Where: Four locations in Old City, Center City and University City
Creative membership platform REC Philly is hosting a unique all-day event where they’re pairing panel discussions with music performances at tech offices across the city. The day begins at software design agency Arcweb at noon with a session titled “Understanding Data to Understand Your Client” and a performance from jazz musician Max Swan. “Maximizing a Product Launch” at Guru, a Center City-based revenue empowerment network, will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Then, startup resource provider 1776 will host a “Disrupting Technology” panel, and a set by Rachel Andie in University City from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The final event is the second day of Philly Music Fest, hosted at World Cafe Live. Tech Tour attendees get $10 off their tickets. Rideshare service Lyft will offer 50 percent off rides with a discount code during the event. Free with RSVP.

Designing Leadership: Executive Development for the Creative Economy
When: Every Friday from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2, except Oct. 5, various hours
Where: Center City location to be announced
The Arts & Business Council for Greater Philadelphia will begin holding classes focused on individual and organizational leadership skills targeted toward people who work in creative fields and at corporate business and nonprofits. The classes, which will be taught by Jane Farran from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and three other instructors, address topics like negotiating and leading with emotional intelligence. The five sessions range from three to seven hours long. Accepted applicants will be charged $1,000 tuition.