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. 



  • 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 

Thursday, July 14th

Size Matters: How Large Enterprises Are Leveraging the Startup Community

Presented by EisnerAmper


They may have different company cultures and work towards different bottom lines, but regardless of size, all companies seek opportunity. Early-stage companies can get a boost from partnerships with    established companies that have connections, resources and brand recognition. Established companies want innovative ideas from nimble companies that can act quickly and de-risk their big-business model. 


The 2016 RAIN conference will take a deep dive into how large enterprises in the region can leverage the innovation community as a resource for growth and competitiveness. The conference will also highlight startups that have built relationships with large companies as we continue the conversation about connecting large corporations to the startup community that we started at the 2015 RAIN conference.


1:00 p.m.                    Conference Registration & Networking 

1:30 p.m.                     Keynote Remarks – Tim Rowe, Founder & CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center

1:50 p.m.                     Panel – Big & Small: Paths & Pitfalls in Developing Relationships Across the                                           Business Spectrum

Douglas Baldasare, CEO and Founder, ChargeItSpot 
Susan Lowry, Vice President, Marketing Director, JLL 

Rick Nucci, Co-founder & CEO, Guru

MODERATOR: Lori F. Reiner, Partner-in-Charge, EisnerAmper

3:00 p.m.                    Keynote Remarks – Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney 

3:10 p.m.                     Break

3:35 p.m.                     Remarks - Pru Ashby, Vice President, Business Development, North America,                                                     London & Partners

3:45 p.m.                      Reverse PitchesThese Philly-based Corporations Want the Startup                                                             Community’s Help

Minas Apelian, Saint Gobain 

Jeff Friedman & David Voyles, Microsoft 
Neil Gomes, Thomas Jefferson University

Brian Smyth, JP Morgan Chase

MODERATOR: Archna Sahay, City of Philadelphia

4:00 p.m.                      Reverse Pitch Q&A

4:30 p.m.                      Closing Remarks

14:35 p.m.                    Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Fisher Scientific

6:00 p.m.                     Adjourn

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