Keynote Speakers

Here is a list of our keynote speakers.
Wayne Kimmel

Wayne Kimmel

Founder of SeventySix Capital

Wayne Kimmel wasn’t always a venture capitalist, investing in game-changing companies alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Case and Mark Cuban. He was once a 29-year-old law school graduate with no connections who obsessively networked his way to success. Wayne Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, tireless networker, keynote speaker and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.

Philadelphia Magazine named Wayne a Top Innovator.

He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital firm he founded in 1999, and invests in startup consumer facing tech companies in the sports, retail and wellness industries. Wayne has invested in over 40 startup technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems and NutriSystem.

Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!

Wayne's partners at SeventySix Capital are Jon Powell, CEO of Kravco Company LLC, a leading real estate company that developed the King of Prussia Mall, and Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball National League MVP and 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Wayne, Jon and Ryan are also a partners in Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency with clients including, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and Lolo Jones, MLB legend Cal Ripken, Jr., and NFL stars Greg Olsen, DeMarco Murray, and Emmanuel Sanders.

He is on the Boards of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Einstein Healthcare Network, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Wayne is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about Philly’s pro sports teams, and making the world a better place through his nonprofit work.

Brett Topche

Brett Topche

Founder of Red & Blue Ventures
University of Pennsylvania Ecosystem

Brett co-founded Red & Blue Ventures and has nearly a decade and a half of venture capital and private equity experience. He has spent much of his career primarily focusing on investments in ecommerce, digital media, mobile applications, marketing technologies and B2B software. Prior to co-founding Red & Blue, he spent more than nine years at MentorTech Ventures. He represents Red & Blue on the Board of AptDeco and as an observer at Burrow. He also serves on the Boards of Cloudmine and PayPerks and observes on the Boards of goTenna, Curalate, Quad Learning and TicketLeap, all representing MentorTech Ventures. He previously served on the Board of Wanderfly (acquired by TripAdvisor), and observed on the Board of (acquired by Bankrate).

Prior to joining MentorTech, Brett was a member of the Fund Investments Team at Hamilton Lane Advisors, a fund-of-funds manager and private equity investment consultant. In this capacity, he evaluated private equity funds across a broad spectrum of stages and strategies on behalf of both discretionary and non-discretionary clients. During his time at Hamilton Lane, Brett reviewed more than 100 funds, including venture capital, mezzanine, buyout and real estate funds. Based in part on reports he drafted, more than $1 billion was invested into these funds.

Prior to working for Hamilton Lane, Brett spent more than four years as an Associate with NJTC Venture Fund, where he focused on investments in early-stage companies in the software, Internet and communications sectors. His responsibilities included deal flow generation, initial company reviews, performing due diligence on potential investments, participating in deal structuring, reviewing legal documentation and working with companies post-investment, occasionally as an Observer on Boards of Directors.

Brett is a magna cum laude graduate of the Wharton School, with a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies and a Political Science minor from the College and Arts and Sciences.

Vikrum Aiyer

Vikrum Aiyer

Senior Advisor to the Obama Administration / Strategy and Communications Director for

Vikrum D. Aiyer is prior Chief of Staff of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Arriving from the White House, Aiyer previously served as President Obama’s senior policy advisor for the innovation and manufacturing agenda at the National Economic Council. As the principal political and policy advisor to the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property, the chief of staff helps coordinate a $3.4B budget, in support of the bureau’s 13,000 employees, to execute the daily operations, policies priorities, and global communications of the president’s intellectual property agenda. Aiyer was previously deputy chief of staff, where he managed public-private partnerships aimed at expanding the national footprint of the patent & trademark office; boosting export capabilities for small businesses; spurring advanced manufacturing opportunities in America; and ripening the business climate for startup growth. In 2015 Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and did graduate work at the George Washington University’s School of Political Management. He lives in the District of Columbia, where he volunteers on the steering committees for Refugees International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

He is currently serving as a Strategy and Communications Director for

Dr. Wenyong Wang

Dr. Wenyong Wang

Vice President, Science & Technology of Science Center Philadelphia

Dr. Wang is currently as Vice President at Adaptimmune, an international leader in developing TCR T cell therapies for treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. He leads the Business Development activities in M&A, Partnering and Licensing with Adaptimmune US and UK teams.

Previously, as Managing Director of EVOLUTION and Burrill, Dr. Wang initiates and leads the Merger & Acquisition (M&A), licensing and capital raising, as well as other financial and scientific advisory activities in public and private biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Dr. Wang’s prior Investment Banking experiences were with Boenning & Scattergood and Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. Dr. Wang and his team provided public and private clients throughout Asian Pacific, Europe and North America in advisory, capital raising, partnering, fairness opinions and M&A. He has managed over 30 high profile transactions with an aggregate value of over $5 billion dollars. Previously, Dr. Wang worked on drug Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for over six years. Prior to GSK, Dr. Wang conducted independent research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wang grew up in China, has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. from Shandong University, and an M.B.A from Penn State.

Specialties: Business Development. Merger & Acquisition (M&A). Licensing. Public offering and private placement. Scientific and financial advisory, consulting and due diligence.

David Oh

David Oh

Philadelphia Councilman At-Large

David was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended public school except for his freshman year of high school when he attended Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, PA. David graduated from Central High School, Dickinson College, and Rutgers University Law School-Camden. David’s father, the late Reverend Ki Hang Oh, founded Philadelphia’s first Korean-American church in 1953 and served as its Pastor until his death in 2006. In 1958, David’s cousin, In Ho Oh, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, was murdered by a group of teenage boys while mailing a letter to his parents. Because of their faith, In Ho Oh’s parents requested leniency for the boys and started a fund to help educate and rehabilitate them upon their release. Rev. Oh started a community service center in his name. In Ho Oh is buried at historic Old Pine Cemetery where his tombstone simply reads, “To turn sorrow into Christian purpose.”

David began his legal career while still in law school by starting a volunteer, free legal aid program. For this and other works, David received a Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. After graduating from law school, he worked as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney. In 1988, David resigned to enlist in the U.S. Army. David served as a 2nd Lieutenant, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Army National Guard, from 1989 to 1992 (David was not Special Forces qualified). In 1991, David was activated with his unit for Operation Desert Storm. The war ended before David was deployed overseas and he was released with an Honorable Discharge. Upon returning to Philadelphia, David reopened his solo law practice in Southwest Philadelphia. In 1999, David organized Governor Tom Ridge’s trade mission to South Korea, arranging meetings with Korea’s President and major corporate leaders. Over the years, David’s office outgrew its space and moved to Center City. David managed his firm for 18 years and then, in 2008, merged it into a larger firm.

Thanks to very broad and diverse support from voters across the city, David was elected to City Council At-Large in November 2011 and took office in January 2012. He was re-elected in November 2015 and began his second term in January 2016. David was the first Asian-American elected to political office in Philadelphia. He is also the only military veteran currently serving on City Council.

David and his wife, Heesun, have four children, Hannah, Joshua, Daniel and Sarah. They live in Southwest Philadelphia on the same block where David has lived since 1963.

Helen Gym

Helen Gym

Philadelphia Councilwoman At-Large

Seated in 2016, Councilwoman Helen Gym is the first Asian American woman to serve on Philadelphia’s City Council. Prior to her election, she spent more than two decades as one of the city’s leading community organizers in the areas of public education and immigrant rights.

As chair of City Council’s Children and Youth Committee, she has won historic investments for public schools, expanded pre-kindergarten programs, and invested in infrastructure safety. She established new city funds to address youth homelessness as well as a legal defense fund for tenants facing wrongful evictions. She is a leading national voice for immigrant rights and is a co-sponsor of a municipal ID card program and a resolution supporting the Adoptee Citizenship Act.

Councilwoman Gym is on the advisory board of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and is national Vice-Chair of Local Progress, a network of more than 600 municipal officials building a national progressive agenda around racial and economic justice and civil rights.

A second generation Korean American, Councilwoman Gym is the recipient of numerous awards including the Philadelphia Inquirer Citizen of the Year, the White House Cesar Chavez Champion of Change award, and the 2017 Rising Star Award from EMILY’s List, a national organization supporting women in office. She is the mother of three children and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Byong Lee

Byeong Gi Jang

Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia

Mr. Jang is passionate in serving the Greater Philadelphia Korean community and will do his best to support Korean startups and American companies that like to do business with them. He will fully support the exchanges now and in the future of Korean startups coming to Philadelphia looking to expand to the US and for Philadelphia companies to come to South Korea.


Vijay Kumar

Dean of UPenn Engineering and Applied Sciences

Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kumar received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

Dr. Kumar served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000-2004. He directed the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory, from 1998-2004. He was the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from 2005-2008. He served as the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2008-2012. He then served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013).

Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013).

Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Tract in Advanced Robotics (STAR). He currently serves as Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and as Advisory Board Member of the AAAS Science Robotics Journal.

He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Pennsylvania), the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award, a 2012 World Technology Network ( award, a 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award and the 2017 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation. He has won best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2011, RSS 2011, and RSS 2013, and has advised doctoral students who have won Best Student Paper Awards at ICRA 2008, RSS 2009, and DARS 2010.