Over 2,000 successful entrepreneurs and young business owners -- including many YEC members -- gathered on October 4th for four days of pitch contests, keynotes and panels as part of the Forbes Under 30 Festival in Philadelphia. The festivities also included the Under 30 Music Festival, the Under 30 Food Festival and a private event for YEC members and invited guests.
YEC Cocktails and Connections at Forbes Under 30 Summit was an official Forbes off-site event during the conference. YEC members gathered at the Union League of Philadelphia, the number one ranked city club in the country. An elegant space, the historical gem was founded in 1862 as a Patriotic Society.
Attendees enjoyed an open bar and live music from professional violinist Andrea Levine. It was an opportunity for members to come together, and conversations ranged from business challenges to people's successes throughout the year. YEC founder and CEO Scott Gerber also briefly addressed the room, honoring everyone's success, noting the amazing work of those on the Forbes Under 30 list and offering a few words on the incredible connections being made in the room.
"Nothing you have in your pocket or in your bank account is more important or more valuable than your social capital.” Said Gerber.
A few of the YEC Members in attendance included: Aman Advani and Gihan Amarasiriwardena, founders of Ministry of Supply; Kate Levenstien, founder of Cannonball Productions; Darrah Brustein, co-founder of Equitable Payments; Deckard Sorenson, co-founder of NBD Nanotechnologies; Zach Robbins, co-founder of Leadnomics; Stephen Gill, founder of 50onred; Chris Barrett, founder of PRserve; Jordan Edelson, founder of Appetizer Mobile; Yair Flicker, founder of SmarLogic; Jeremy Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Andela; among many others.
An extra thanks to Pretty Instant for the photography and Victory Marketing Agency for event staffing. YEC members: you can see more photos from the event at photos.yec.co, and check out upcoming events in your city at events.yec.co.