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ASCENDER’s Network + Grow: Revenue Generation & Fundraising

October 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ascender Network & Grow banner for October 12, 2022

Bringing together Pittsburgh entrepreneurs, startup founders, and small business owners for networking, lightning talks, and free coworking.

About this event
In celebration of Ascender’s 10th Anniversary, we’re hosting ten Network + Grow events— from August 2022 through May 2023—celebrating an entrepreneurial community where everyone can build, belong, collaborate, and thrive.


So much has changed over the past few years, and staying on top of what matters to you and your business is challenging. Setting up Google Alerts, scouring the newspaper’s business section, or saving that Twitter thread only gets you so far.

What actually helps is connecting with folks who understand your industry’s jargon, are on (or have already been down) a similar path as you, and are eager to share notes, tips, and introductions.

During our Network + Grow event, you’ll get to network with other entrepreneurs interested in what you care about, hear a lightning talk from a special guest, grab dinner, and enjoy a free pass to work from our collaborative coworking space in East Liberty before the evening’s event.

In October, we’re bringing entrepreneurs together around the theme of Revenue Generation & Fundraising and will hear a lightning talk from Marion Lewis, Founder & CEO of Govenda.

Don’t pass on this chance to meet other startup founders, small business owners, innovators, and experts interested in Revenue Generation & Fundraising!

Networking // Lightning Talk // Free Coworking

// A light dinner will be available at 6:00 PM.

// Program will start at 6:15 PM.

To view our full 10 Year Anniversary campaign and upcoming Network + Grow dates and topics, visit ascenderpgh.com/ten.

***Proof of vaccination is required to attend the event and masks are strongly encouraged.***

Network + Grow: Revenue Generation & Fundraising
Featuring: Marion Lewis, Founder & CEO of Govenda

Marion Lewis is a results-driven serial entrepreneur, investor, and business community leader with more than 25 years of successful digital experience. As the founder and CEO of Govenda (her fourth company), she is passionate about providing best-in-class solutions and modern tools to support organizations’ boards of directors. Govenda is an award-winning board success platform that enables effective corporate governance, robust regulatory compliance, centralized control, and interactive board engagement.

Prior to Govenda, Marion was Co-Founder of Tachyon Solutions, a custom application development and interactive marketing firm, and served as its CEO for 21 years. As such, she was responsible for creating the firm’s vision, executed the strategic plan, and led the renowned Tachyon Interactive Group. She was also co-founder and Board Chair of WeDoCommerce, a systems integration and e-commerce consulting firm with a global customer base.

In addition to leading Govenda, Marion is a member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and serves as an active investor of NextAct Fund, an angel investment organization that supports women-led companies. She is also a former member of the Pittsburgh Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh.

Marion is passionate about giving back to the community that sustains her and was a founding partner and past chair of Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners, a network of community-minded individuals who invest time, money, and expertise in organizations that solve problems facing at-risk youth in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is also a past member and Secretary of the board of Social Venture Partners International, and past Vice Chair of Goodwill of Southwest Pennsylvania board of directors.

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Ascender is located at 6401 Penn Ave, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Click here for directions. We are in the same plaza as the East Liberty Trader Joe’s; opposite side of the parking and directly next to Hair Master.

***Proof of vaccination is required to attend the event and masks are strongly encouraged.***

Ascender is ADA accessible; attendees can take the stairs or the elevator up to the third floor to Ascender’s space.

Free on-site parking is available.
Bus lines: 75, 74, 82, 77, 71C, 88, 86, 89 (within 3-minute walking distance after drop-off); P1, P2, P3 within 10-minute walking distance from the bus station.


October 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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6401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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