Temple students are throwing a startup showcase next week

It’s the school’s first What IF Innovation Festival. The event also features a handful of Philly technologists.

April 12, 2016 | Technical.ly by Albert Hong

Tim Mounsey, a senior entrepreneurship major at Temple, wants to answer this question: What if students from all of Temple’s 18 schools and colleges got together to discuss and collaborate on new, innovative projects?

It’s why he came up with and organized the inaugural What IF Innovation Festival, a two-part event at Temple on Tuesday, April 19. It’s free and open to the public.

The first part of the festival, dubbed the Tower Takeover, will take place at the Bell Tower from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where 40 exhibitors will be showcasing their technologies, businesses, music, nonprofits and art. While many of the startups come from Temple students and alumni, like Neha Raman’s award-winning customizable nail polish startup, other startups like Earl Knight’s social media analytics platform GoBabl will also be present.

Following the showcase, a series of lightning talks will be held at Mitten Hall from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The list of speakers includes Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang, Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Innovation Director Michelle Histand and Philly Startup Leaders President Brock Weatherup. There will also be an hourlong networking session afterwards.

The festival is the culmination of an eight-month process for Mounsey, his marketing team and Rosalie Shemmer, the director of Temple’s Career Center, which provided funding for the event along with IBX and Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.

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