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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Presents: Feed the Founders Networking Event Featuring Special Guest Simone Kendle, CEO of Wove

Calling all entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts! Ben Franklin Technology Partners is thrilled to announce the upcoming Feed the Founders networking event, scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This event will take place at the vibrant 6th Floor of The Candy Factory, located at 342 N Queen St Warehouse D, Lancaster, PA 17603. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Feed the Founders is a monthly networking event designed for entrepreneurs who are building businesses based on novel innovations. It provides an invaluable opportunity for founders to connect, share experiences, and learn from one another to make a real impact in our local business community. At the event, attendees will have the chance to meet founders and business leaders who have faced similar challenges and found innovative solutions, fostering an environment of empowerment and transformation.

Event Details & RSVP

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: The Candy Factory, 342 N Queen St Warehouse D, Lancaster, PA

This month’s Feed the Founders event will feature a special guest: Simone Kendle, CEO of Wove, Simone brings a wealth of experience to her role, with a background that includes serving as co-founder and CMO at the beauty-tech startup Parfait. Prior to this, she spent eight years at Capital One, where she held various pivotal roles, honing her skills in strategic customer experience analysis, team leadership, and operational efficiency. A graduate of The Wharton School with an MBA focused on Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Simone possesses profound knowledge and practical experience, blending innovative, customer-oriented market strategies with business growth objectives.

Simone Kendle, CEO of Wove

Simone Kendle, CEO of Wove

Wove, founded in 2021, is a small, startup e-commerce jeweler based in Lancaster city, offering custom engagement rings, bracelets, and more. Following a recent endorsement from Taylor Swift, where she adorned a Wove bracelet during a high-profile event, the company experienced an unprecedented surge in traffic, social media engagement, and sales, demonstrating the power of strategic marketing and brand association.

Join us at Feed the Founders to hear firsthand from Simone Kendle about her career journey and the extraordinary marketing opportunities that have propelled Wove to new heights. Registration for this event is complimentary but essential to secure your spot. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, learn from industry leaders, and be inspired by the success stories shaping our local business landscape.

Taylor Swift wears "TNT" bracelet from Wove Made Inc. PHOTO: WOVE MADE INC.; ROB CARR/GETTY

Taylor Swift wears “TNT” bracelet from Wove Made Inc. PHOTO: WOVE MADE INC.; ROB CARR/GETTY

About Wove: Founded in 2021 by Andrew Wolgemuth and Brian Elliott, Wove is a pioneering online custom jewelry company that assists couples in designing their dream engagement ring and fine jewelry pieces that last a lifetime. The venture-backed custom jeweler is best known for its innovative approach in engagement ring design by providing exact replica rings for home try-on before crafting the final piece. With the support of in-house world-class online jewelry designers, they ensure a risk- and stress-free experience building each client’s dream piece using ethically sourced diamonds and 100% sustainable materials.