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Uber & Out – What Happens After Start Up?

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted the sixth annual panel discussion and networking event: Uber and Out – What Happens After Start Up? Young professional entrepreneurs are the driving force behind current economic development in our region and around the world.  The creative and information technology sectors are two of the fastest growing industries.  This discussion focused on our region’s entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and how Philadelphia compares to other Smart Cities.  Panelists addressed the Internet of Things and how this topic is shaping not only regional development, but the trajectory of the global economy.  Creative and information technology sectors, innovation, Smart Cities, young professional entrepreneurs, Brexit, and cybersecurity were all part of the discussion.  Jason Gosselin, Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, moderated the session and led the panelists through their talk.  It was a free-flowing, dynamic discussion with questions from the audience peppered throughout.

Dimitris Horiatis, Vice-Consul, ICT & Creative Media, Department for International Trade, set the stage. He discussed the creative sector, the largest sector in the UK after financial services.  The UK is setting trends in music, art, and advertising.  The largest global brands are concentrated in London.  The UK spends a higher proportion of its GDP on advertising than other major markets, and leads Europe in digital advertising. Its £8.6bn digital advertising market is bigger than the French and German markets combined and only second to China’s in terms of its share in proportion to the overall advertising market.  Technology is creating new developments in the creative sector.  The crossover generated by VR / AR technology and creative approaches to traditional industries and enterprise is a key UK opportunity.  UK software and tools businesses are creating new platforms for content development.  While hardware manufacture is unlikely to form a key part of the UK VR industry, UK companies are able to deliver software tools and peripherals to support VR content production and experience.  US companies looking to expand internationally choose to look toward the UK first for automotive, consumer goods, multiculturalism, and a large talent pool.  The UK is interested in negotiating a favorable trade deal with the EU – this will create and grow the international talent pool.  Philadelphia is a key market for the UK due to geography/accessibility.  The Greater Philadelphia region boasts a burgeoning tech sector and artistic community, making it a great partner for UK businesses.

Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia and Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia explained the “Smart City” initiative and how the region compares to other areas. They discussed the important economic development impact of start-ups, and the entrepreneurial community, and civic tech organizations in Philadelphia.  Archna highlighted the StartupPHL program – a platform supporting entrepreneurs in the City – and what commerce is doing to enhance this initiative.  Philadelphia is at the forefront and can provide leadership outside of the City.

Jay Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP spoke about emerging companies and venture capital markets. He provided data and other findings from 2016 and talked about the economic outlook for 2017.  Jay’s discussion touched upon market performance, trends and expectations, and the “hot” sectors.  Where and what are the trends for entrepreneurs to seek capital and grow their business?  What does “working smarter” mean and how are emerging companies embracing these trends?  For example, Jay highlighted shared workspace, networking and meet-up groups, online resources and tools.  Jay discussed what’s unique about Philly and the local start-up environment.

Sophie Ding, Senior, Advisory Services – Cybersecurity, Ernst and Young LLP highlighted the key trends in the global cybersecurity market. She talked about Brexit and cybersecurity and what BABC members need to know.  Disruptive technology, like that of Uber for example, creates new risks for businesses and individuals.  Sophie also touched upon her Firm’s entrepreneurial environment, innovation and thought leadership in emerging technologies.

Shari Shapiro, Senior Manager for Public Affairs for Pennsylvania and Delaware at Uber, talked about the City’s adoption of Uber, drivers and riders. She provided interesting international visitor stats for the Greater Philadelphia region.  Uber had riders from 76 different countries last month, and many more during the DNC and other major events.  Shari explained how Uber has met with success and grown through partnerships with local institutions.  She explained how there have been challenges and hurdles in the regulatory environment both at the State and City levels.  Uber and companies like Uber are imploring the City to translate “Philadelphia is open for business” into practice.

While each presenter covered a different topic, a consistency across the board was the importance of education – developing a pipeline of STEM students and ensuring diversity and minority participation. Mentoring future professionals and grooming the up and coming working pool of potential employees will provide a competitive advantage for businesses and our region.

Conversation and questions from the audience could have gone on well into the evening. Jason thanked partnering organizations: Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) and Select Greater Philadelphia.  PSL began in September of 2007 as a handful of entrepreneurs meeting in the back of a neighborhood bar to trade war stories – fast forward and PSL years later has thousands of members.  PSL is a volunteer, grassroots organization of startup entrepreneurs dedicated to helping each other on their entrepreneurial journeys.  PSL provides emotional and practical support to mentor and coach new entrepreneurs.  The group collaborates and connects with other people and organizations who are not themselves entrepreneurial.  Select Greater Philadelphia is the region’s business attraction organization for the 11 counties within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  Select provides comprehensive regional data to help companies, site selectors, economic development teams, real estate professionals and others make informed decisions when relocating to and expanding across the Greater Philadelphia marketplace.  Jason asked Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director to pull the winning business card for four tickets to a Philadelphia Union home game this season.  Lastly, he thanked BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman and long-time board member Ian Cross, proprietor of the Trestle Inn for hosting us.  Jason encouraged attendees to join us for our next program – International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium to watch Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9:30 pm.

Attendees networked long after the formal part of the program ended. Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties. http://www.thetrestleinn.com/

Special thanks to Philly Startup Leaders and Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Article


Charting the Future Now: European Economic Growth and its Importance to American Prosperity

European Economic Growth & Its Importance to American Prosperity

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the German, French, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce for a presentation about European economic growth and its importance to American prosperity. More than 40 individuals from the various international groups attended the informative session held at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.  Dr. Andrea Montanino, Director, Global Business & Economics and C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth for the Atlantic Council spoke in great detail about the European economy and its relationship to the United States.

Dr. Montanino leads the Atlantic Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. He also previously spent four years (2001-05) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

Dr. Montanino’s discussion with the European Chambers of Commerce in Philadelphia focused on the importance of restoring European economic growth, safeguarding the European project, and reinvigorating the transatlantic alliance. Dr. Montanino presented European and American expert analysis of the challenges facing Europe and how to address them in the short, medium, and long term.  The Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program Charting the Future Now publication examines his speaking points in great detail.  Click here to access the complete report.

In a nutshell, Europe and the United States need each another. The geopolitical changes occurring throughout the world must engage both regions to focus not only on short term trade agreements and the economic implications of such negotiations, but must plan for the longer term.  Issues such as Brexit, immigration, energy, etc. are impacting the economic changes we are feeling throughout the globe.  London is the economic hub of European finance, and the UK, EU, and US have been and will continue to be strong partners if we focus on the future, and long term planning is the ultimate goal.

The British American Business Council thanks the German Chamber for inviting us to participate in this timely lunch discussion. We look forward to hosting Dr. Montanino back to the region in the early Autumn of 2017 to provide an update on Brexit and the economic relationship between Europe and the United States.  We hope you will join us for this program.  More information to follow shortly.

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Drexel’s US-UK Games for Healthcare Workshop- March 22-23

Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, in collaboration with Serious Games Institute at Coventry University, UK and UK Science & Innovation Network, is co-hosting a US-UK Games for Healthcare Workshop on March 22-23 at Drexel. The workshop brings together 20 leaders in games for healthcare from the UK and the US to foster collaborations. The workshop will begin on March 22 with morning presentations from the invited participants, which are open to the public.

Invited Talks include:

“Serious Games for People with Schizophrenia, People with Mild Cognitive Impairment and also for Healthy People”
Barbara Sahakian, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
Cambridge University, UK

“Using Digital Health to Build Good Brain Health”
Joaquin Anguera, Professor in the Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco, US

“The Promise of Brain Training Games”
Aaron Seitz, Professor in the Department of Psychology
University of California, Riverside, US

“Challenges in Developing Serious Games to Promote Challenging Subject Matters”
Art Graesser, Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Computer Science
University of Oxford, UK

“Major Incident Response Training for Hospital Staff”
Dave Taylor, Professor in the Department of Surgery & Cancer
Imperial College, UK

“Serious Games for Respiratory Therapy”
Minhua Ma, Professor in the Department of Digital Media & Games
Huddersfield University, UK

“Emerging Challenges with Game-Based Stroke Rehabilitation in a Nationwide Clinical Trial”
Walt Scacchi, Sr. Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine, US

“Perspectives from Both Sides of the Atlantic: Serious Games in the US and the UK”
Pam Kato, Professor of Serious Games
Coventry University, UK

Seating is limited. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP here: https://ukusgamesforhealth.splashthat.com/

Information about the workshop and the participants can be found here: http://egs.excite.drexel.edu/projects/serious-games/


25th Anniversary: Connecting the Dots, Building Business & Strengthening Commercial Ties on Both Sides of the Atlantic

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

The Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia

The Greater Philadelphia region is a hub for international business. We thank our members for their dedication to our organization during the past quarter of a century. Join us for this milestone program at the American Airlines Hangar at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Enjoy the exclusive opportunity to board an intercontinental aircraft that will be staged in the area during our event. Mayor Kenney will address the importance of PHL as the region’s largest economic engine — generating more than $14 billion annually. Last year more than 400,000 flights carried 31.4 million passengers to and from the Greater Philadelphia region, and provided more than 141,000 jobs in the area. The BABC is a proud economic driver helping local and UK companies succeed and grow their businesses, and the UK is the largest international passenger and cargo market. Attendees will receive special gifts and the opportunity to win American Airlines 100,000 AAdvantage Miles, the value of which is equivalent to two round-trip domestic US First Class tickets. Winner must be present at the time of drawing.

A portion of event revenue will be donated to the Philadelphia Youth Network.

 

Lead Sponsors (to date):

aa

Duane Morris Large

cl-mcconnell

OTG

welsh-government-logo

yards

Premium Sponsors (to date):

deloitte

td

Corporate Table Supporters (to date):

AECOM

American Airlines

Cigna Global Health Benefits

Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

PCI Pharma Services

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Philadelphia Marketplace

UK US Tax Services LLP


National Museum Wales’ Exhibition- ‘Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills’ -Jan. 23 – April 24, 2016

BABC member Welsh Government invites all BABC members to visit the Princeton University Art Museum Wale’s Exhibition.

Princeton, New Jersey

For centuries, artists have been fascinated by Britain’s changing landscape and the changing dialogue surrounding nature and culture, country and city, rolling hills and urban industry. Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape follows the rise of British landscape painting, from the Industrial Revolution through 19th-century Romanticism and Impressionism, to 20th-century modernism and contemporary art.

The exhibition presents more than 60 masterpieces drawn from the remarkable collection of the National Museum Wales and offers powerful insights into the enduring role of landscape during this time of rapid change. Focusing on the period from 1770 to the present, the exhibition includes works by Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Oskar Kokoschka, David Nash, and Stanley Spencer.

Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from Jan. 23 through Apr. 24, 2016. The exhibition was co-curated by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, and Oliver Fairclough, Keeper of Art at the National Museum Wales, and was organized in collaboration with Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales.

“Bringing together painting, watercolor and photography, Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills invites us to consider why the landscape as subject has been so central to British artmaking and indeed to British national identity,” said James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director. “This compelling exhibition reveals the many ways in which artists developed new vocabularies to understand and respond to the world around them throughout the modern period.”

The British passion for landscape – already present in the literary works of Milton, Shakespeare and Chaucer – began to dominate the visual arts at the time of the Industrial

Revolution. In his preface to Milton (ca. 1804-10), the poet William Blake wrote of both “England’s green and pleasant land” and the “dark satanic mills” of its new industrial cities. As Britain became the world’s first industrial nation in the late 18th century, cities – where the nation’s new wealth was generated and its population increasingly concentrated – mills and factories started to challenge country estates and rolling hills as the defining images of the nation. Artists tracked, recorded and resisted these changes, inaugurating a new era of British landscape painting which both celebrated the land’s natural beauty and a certain idea of Britain – one tied to the land itself – while also observing the feverish new energies of the modern world.

Loosely chronological, the exhibition begins with “Classical Visions and Picturesque Prospects,” looking back to the 17th-century origins of landscape painting through iconic works by Claude Lorrain and Salvator Rosa, canvases by the early British landscapists Thomas Gainsborough and Joseph Wright of Derby and the rise of watercolor as an increasingly valued artistic medium. “Turner and the Sublime” features major oil paintings – including The Storm (1840–45) and The Morning after the Wreck (ca. 1840) – and watercolors by the revered British artist who did so much to invent fundamentally new modes of painting. “Truth to Nature” focuses on artists’ direct and objective depictions of the natural world through works by John Constable and Stanley Spencer, among others. “Picturing Modernity” looks at the subsequent urban industrial transformation of Britain through representations by artists such as Lionel Walden and Oskar Kokoschka. Claude Monet’s visionary reflections of the Thames – The Pool of London (1871) and Charing Cross Bridge (1902) – during his seminal period in London are spotlighted in “Monet and Impressions of Britain.” Finally “Neo-Romantic to Post- Modern” considers the reemergence of traditional landscape subjects, inflected by modernism, the environmental movement and growing concern for the dark side of human impact on the natural world.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by the curators and individual entries on each work of art as well as by extensive public programming, including a film series examining the power of landscape on film offered in partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre.

Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales. The exhibition tour and catalogue are generously supported by the JFM Foundation, Mrs. Donald M. Cox and the Marc Fitch Fund. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s. The exhibition at Princeton has been made possible by support from the Frances E. and Elias Wolf, Class of 1920, Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; and Susan and John Diekman, Class of 1965. Additional support has been made possible by the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Exhibitions Fund; the Judith and Anthony B. Evnin, Class of 1962, Exhibitions Fund; the Rita Allen Foundation; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Katherine P. Holden, M.D., Class of 1973, and Joshua S. Jaffe, M.D.; and the Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.

About the Princeton University Art Museum

With a collecting history that extends back to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include over 92,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe.

Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the Art Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Museum offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.

The Princeton University Art Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.

Learn more here

Media contact: Erin R. Firestone, manager of marketing and public relations, efirestone@princeton.edu or 609-258-3767


BABC Annual Transatlantic Business Conference: London – May 11 & 12, 2016

The 2016 Annual Transatlantic Business Conference seeks to address what challenges cities and business face in the changing world that we live. Cities can bring prosperity and opportunity and be exciting places to live. All of this attracts talent which in turn generates significant economic output. However, urbanization also brings great challenges, from increasing pressure on infrastructure and services, to managing risk. This event is the must attend of the year for representatives and policymakers looking to discover cutting edge solutions for smarter and more agile environments, and those looking to meet and interact with the organizations reshaping the environments in which we work and influential leaders shaping direction for business and government.

 

Conference Venue:

Held at the stunning News UK building in London Bridge directly over-looking the River Thames. Ideally placed in the heart of London this venue with its panoramic view of the City of London facilitates a positive and interactive environment for sharing thought leadership.

Event Programme:

Welcome reception in Tower Bridge (Weds 11th) – the opening social event brings the delegation to the infamous Tower Bridge – where we have a unique opportunity to celebrate our transatlantic relationship in the walkways that connect the two towers directly over the River Thames! Overlooking the spectacular view west towards the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye and east towards the new Canary Wharf and Stratford International 2012 Olympic development – join us for a unique celebratory glass!

Future Cities Conference (Thurs 12th) – we are delighted to share with you that we have secured the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and Danny Lopez, British Consul General of New York for the first panel session of the day, which follows a keynote session with the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (confirmation awaiting). Other speaking panels and sessions include: Infrastructure, investment and our built environment including Arup, McKinsey, HSBC and others, Innovation and technology – driving urban sustainability and Urban security and risk in the digital age. Speakers are being announced across all social media feeds so be sure to follow and share @BABLondon.

CHASE Awards dinner (Thurs 12th) – join us for the very first of the CHASE Awards dinner celebrating and recognising micro to medium sized businesses exporting to the US or investing in the UK. Showcasing the very best of stories of striving for success we are delighted to wrap up the Future Cities event in the stunning surroundings of 1 Great George Street, which sits in the shadow of Big Ben in Westminster, for a dynamic and sumptuous dinner not to be missed!

Networking Opportunities:

  • A Welcome Reception the evening of 11th May
  • An Awards Dinner on the evening of 12th May celebrating excellence and achievement in exporting and inward investment to the UK

Business Development:

A sell-out of this event is excpected and there are great opportunities for business networking with BAB members as well as participants from BABC chapters.

Learn more about the Conference at their official website here.

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The Ultimate Global Compliance Risk – Managing FCPA Compliance

As more organizations conduct business globally, they must consider their obligation to comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and similar anti-bribery laws in other countries where they do business. At the same time, worldwide initiatives to combat corruption and bribery are gaining momentum, and companies face not only FCPA actions in the United States, but also the possibility of parallel or concurrent enforcement actions under similar laws or regulations in other jurisdictions. In addition to substantial fines and hefty legal costs, FCPA violations and other bribery and corruption breaches pose other serious consequences, including reputation risks and the loss of investor confidence.

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Cool Brittannia Business Networking Reception

aka Rittenhouse Square
135 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Please join us for a networking reception featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres from across the pond.

Mix and mingle at the luxurious aka suites, and make some great new contacts with members of the British American Business Council (BABC) as well as members of the international business community in Greater Philadelphia.

For more information, please call 215-790-3627 or email jscofield@greaterphilachamber.com.


Wrench in the System: What's Sabotaging your Business Software and How you can Release the Power to Innovate

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia
215 South 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Featuring Harold Hambrose, CEO of Electronic Ink

Learn how to achieve a better return on one of your company’s largest investments, how to specify changes that can dramatically boost productivity, how to reduce training costs, questions that are essential to ask vendors, and more.

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Wrench in the System: What’s Sabotaging your Business Software and How you can Release the Power to Innovate

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia
215 South 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Featuring Harold Hambrose, CEO of Electronic Ink

Learn how to achieve a better return on one of your company’s largest investments, how to specify changes that can dramatically boost productivity, how to reduce training costs, questions that are essential to ask vendors, and more.

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The BABCGP recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ernst & Young
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic