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PACT Announces “Lion’s Den” for IMPACT 2015 Capital Conference

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Distinguished Panel of Successful Entrepreneurs and Investors to Hear Business Pitches and Consider Funding Emerging Growth Companies Seeking Capital

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 21, 2015 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced today the distinguished panel of potential investors, known as the “Lions,” participating in the inaugural “Lion’s Den” at the IMPACT 2015 Capital Conference. The panel is comprised of some of the nation’s top leaders in venture capital, technology and health care. The “Lion’s Den” is an interactive session comprised of a select number of featured company presenters giving a business pitch before the Lions. The Lions will have an opportunity to hear pitches and decide whether to invest money and fuel the entrepreneurial spirits of companies who are interested in seeking capital and securing business deals.

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NVCA Webinar – Charitable Giving Strategies

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Join NVCA partners, Fidelity Charitable® and UBS for an insightful webinar exploring the strategies and growing trend among venture capital firms and other investment professionals of contributing privately-held business interests to public charities.

When you give, you want your charitable contributions to make the greatest impact possible—both for you and the charities they support. There are also many advantages associated with the contribution of privately-held business interests, which is an option many should consider as part of their giving strategy.

If you have not set up a charitable giving plan, it’s not too late to start. If you already have a plan in place, take the opportunity to learn about new strategies that can make your contributions go further.


  • Erin Wilms, Executive Director, Head of Advanced Planning, UBS
  • Ryan Boland, Vice President of Complex Assets, Fidelity Charitable ®

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 Time: 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Use the code PACT to register.

For more information, click here.

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News from Luxe – Park for FREE with Luxe

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Luxe is an on-demand valet service, similar to Uber but for parking your car. With the Luxe app, drivers can conveniently have a Luxe valet meet them at their destination and have their car parked for them in one of the company’s secure lots and garages. Luxe has been praised in the NYT and WSJ for how it has eliminated the pain of parking.

Here’s how it works:

• Download the Luxe app on your mobile device and register to use the service.
• Notify Amy Yozviak at ayozviak@luxe.com where you work and that you are interested in the free week of parking so you will not be charged when you use the service.
• Enter your destination in the Luxe app before you start your trip or about 20 minutes before your arrival.
• A Luxe valet will be waiting at your arrival destination to take your car to a nearby secure parking facility where we have an arrangement.
• Request or schedule your car return time in the app about 20 mins before you want to be picked up at your departure destination.
• Payment for the pilot is free, and tip is handled through the app so no cash has to be produced.

After you have tried the free week pilot, you are then invited to participate in our Philly launch monthly promo. For $199, you can subscribe to our Commuter Monthly subscription with unlimited ins/outs on weekdays (no overnights). After the monthly promo has ended, you can continue with a monthly subscription with Luxe at market price.

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Janney Announces Hiring of New Research Analyst Covering Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Monday, September 14th, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 9, 2015 – Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a full-service financial services, wealth management and capital markets firm employing over 1,800 employees across 100 locations, announced today the hiring of a new research analyst, Ken Trbovich, who will be covering the Special Pharmaceutical sector based out of Janney’s Philadelphia Headquarters. Ken joins Janney with over 17 years of industry experience, including 10 years as an analyst covering the Specialty Pharmaceutical sector.

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Carli Lloyd – U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Star and National Women’s Soccer Player to Keynote Day Two of IMPACT 2015 Conference

Friday, September 11th, 2015


Two-Time Olympian Carli Lloyd to Share
PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 11, 2015 – Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced today that Carli Lloyd, a member of the 2015 World Cup Championship U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash, will serve as the keynote speaker at the IMPACT 2015 luncheon on Wednesday, November 4.This year’s conference will explore the “entrepreneurial spirit” from startup through enterprise stages, and will highlight the latest advances in technology, healthcare and early stage industries. This annual conference is the region’s premiere event for early stage and growth private companies, and focuses on connecting investors with entrepreneurs seeking capital to develop some of the latest advances in technology and health care.

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Evolve IP rides the cloud to a third year on the Inc. 5000

Friday, September 4th, 2015

When Evolve IP formed in 2007, the cloud was not a familiar technology term. To many, it was the stuff of Joni Mitchell’s “ice cream castles in the air.”

But tech veterans Thomas Gravina and Michael Peterson sensed the coming industry shift to software and services running on the Internet instead of computers. They and a group of co-founders launched their company with $25 million in capital, since refinanced with $44 million in bank loans.

Potential, indeed

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Funding News – PeopleLinx

Friday, September 4th, 2015

PeopleLinx, a Philadelphia-based social business profile optimization platform, has raised $3.5 million in new VC funding from return backers Osage Venture Partners, Greycroft Partners, and MissionOG. www.peoplelinx.com

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Take Advantage: Six Ways LinkedIn Trumps the Paper Resume

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Written by Staci Bender Epstein, President/CEO, Be Group

The digital revolution is no longer a revolution. It is a well-established fact, and it is making headway into long-resistant areas such as the resume. While conservative, professional gatekeepers would probably relegate job prospects to the paper resume forever, a new wave of progressive professionals are moving the resume online.

What might you ask is one of the main hotspots? LinkedIn….which is essentially an online resume fueled by the power of social media. You may know that LinkedIn is the #1 Social Business network; it’s also a job board, an updated resume database, lead generation tool and a communication tool. But, take a look below and learn six ways in which LinkedIn can help you in your professional life and how it’s changing how you network with colleagues, prospects, clients, and prospective employers.

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Philadelphia Chosen to Pilot White House Tech Hire Initiative

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Written by Kara Mancinelli, Recruiting Director for Randstad Technologies

On March 9th 2015 The White House Administration announced its commitment to make $100 million available through the Department of Labor to support innovative approaches to moving lower skilled workers with barriers to training and employment on the fastest paths to well-paying information technology and high growth jobs in industries like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and other in-demand sectors. Philadelphia was selected as one of 31 cities to pilot the Tech Hire initiative.

The White House Philly Tech Hire Campaign was created in response to the White House Challenge.

Philly Tech Hire creates a vibrant marketplace of information and resources for the technology community in Philadelphia to build accelerated talent pipelines that provide access and inclusion of nontraditional workers.

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Angel Investor on Why He’s Pumped for Shark Tank-Style Investment Contest in Philly

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Forget Silicon Valley and New York, Philly is where venture capitalists want to be.

Philly is holding its own Shark Tank-style competition (called the “Lion’s Den”) as part of the IMPACT Conference on November 3 and 4. It’s a time when Philly startups will be able to pitch their companies to five of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs and active angel investors in hope of securing an investment. I’m proud to say that two of the “lions” are former NewSpring Capital portfolio company CEOs, Michael Hagan (former CEO of NutriSystem) and Jonathan Brassington (CEO and co-founder of LiquidHub). The others are Walter (Buck) Buckley (co-founder, CEO and chairman of Actua), Dr. Robert Corrato (co-founder and managing partner of Devon Hill Capital Partners), and Michael Wells (managing director of Princeton Biopharma Capital Partners.)

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