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Greater Philadelphia’s Growing Innovation Ecosystem via Select Greater Philadelphia

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Select Greater Philadelphia released a brochure showcases the venture capital community with in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Below is an excerpt from the piece:

Greater Philadelphia’s resurgent innovation ecosystem, perennial strength in the life sciences, health care and higher education, and a growing B2B tech community positions the tri-state region among the most attractive in the world for investors and entrepreneurs looking to establish and grow a business.

Click here to read the full brochure.

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“Here are the winners of the 2016 PACT Enterprise Awards” via Philly

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Written by Roberto Torres, Philly 

The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted a crowd of some 900 investors and stakeholders Thursday to celebrate the winners of the 2016 PACT Enterprise Awards.

Dean Miller, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), mentioned in his opening remarks the surge in tech activity the city has recently seen.

Ten startups, companies and CEOs from the Greater Philadelphia Area were acknowledged for their work during the year, with a special accolade for investor John Martinson, who received the Enterprise Legend award for Lifetime Achievement.

The ceremony also served to remember Brenda Gavin, cofounder of Quaker Partners, who recently passed away. In Gavin’s name, friends and family started a fund that will support women-led healthcare startups, which currently holds $50,000.

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Greater Philadelphia Region Technology and Healthcare Leadership and Success Celebrated at 23rd Annual PACT Enterprise Awards

Friday, May 13th, 2016

In addition to honoring technology and healthcare companies, executives and entrepreneurs, PACT unveils updated vision focused on fast-growing companies, and a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Philadelphia region

PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 12, 2016 – PACT, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies, this evening announced the winners of the 2016 Enterprise Awards. Held annually, the Enterprise Awards are the region’s most prestigious awards honoring investors, entrepreneurs, and companies that are pace-setters in innovation, leadership and advances in technology, healthcare and related fields. Additionally, PACT introduced its new brand vision and logo to the more than 900 guests in attendance.

“Today is a momentous day for PACT,” said Dianne Strunk, Vice President of PACT. “The Enterprise Awards mean so much to this community and it’s always a wonderful evening celebrating the successes our region has to offer. But we’re also excited to introduce our new vision to help propel us to further supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region for years to come,” she added.

Click the link below to read the full press release and find out which companies were named winners.

PACT Announces Winners and Results for 23rd Annual Enterprise Awards

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The Enterprise Awards – One Event You Don’t Want to Miss

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

We are only a few days away from the region’s most prestigious awards for technology and healthcare – The 23rd Annual Enterprise Awards. We hope you and your team will join us on Thursday May 12th.

“If you only make it to one of these big business events a year, the Enterprise Awards is definitely the one to attend,” noted Bob Moul, CEO of Cloudamize.

This year, over 900 of Greater Philadelphia’s top C-Level executives and entrepreneurs will gather together to celebrate the region’s talent and success. Hosted by PACT and Sponsored by Fairmount Partners In Partnership with KPMG, this black-tie gala honors investors, entrepreneurs, and companies that are pace-setters in innovation, leadership and advances in technology, healthcare and related fields.

The 23rd Annual Enterprise Awards will present the winners of the nine competitive awards, the Digital Innovation Award to CHOP as well as the Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement to John Martinson of Edison Partners.


Legend Award Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

PACT presents the legend award each year to an individual who has forwarded technology and sciences in the region through leadership and exemplary work. 

John H. Martinson Founder and General Partner of Edison Ventures, and Chair of Martinson Ventures, has been selected to receive the Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement. John Martinson has been a venture capitalist and software industry leader for 38 years, specializing in software/services for life science and education. In 1986, he founded Edison Partners and currently serves as General Partner. John is also an active individual investor and philanthropist. Under his guidance, Edison Partners has invested more than $1 billion in 215 East Coast companies. John participated in 160 equity financings. He is currently a director of three private companies where Edison is the sole or lead investor. Previously, John served on Board of Directors of 68 companies.

John is an individual investor in 27 early stage companies. Previously, he invested in 35 private companies. John has also invested in 20 private equity partnerships. He made initial commitments for five first-time venture funds. Click here to learn more about John Martinson’s accomplishments and regional recognitions.


Digital Innovation Award Honoree

The Digital Innovation Award recognizes success in integrating new or next-generation technology in an innovative application to solve a business problem or advance business goals.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will receive the Digital Innovation Award in recognition of its patient provider location service (PPLS) that manages ambulatory patient flow to improve patient care, patient engagement, and operations efficiency. Click here to learn more about CHOP and the Digital Innovation Award.


This year, over 450 applications were received from technology and life science companies competing for one of nine awards.  This year’s finalists are:

Healthcare Innovator

  • Accolade
  • GSI Health
  • HealthRight

Life Sciences CEO

  • Katherine Crothall, Aspire Bariatrics
  • Paul Perreault, CSL Behring
  • Michael Daley, OrthogenRx

Life Sciences Emerging

  • ACT Oncology
  • Egalet
  • Intact Vascular

Life Sciences Startup

  • Biomeme
  • Liquid Biotech
  • Zynerba Pharmaceuticals

Technology Company

  • Analytical Graphics
  • CRF Health
  • Evolve IP

Technology CEO

  • Tim Kowalski, Halfpenny Technologies
  • Michael Harris, Zonoff
  • Calvin Knowlton, Tabula Rasa

Technology Emerging

  • Archer
  • LoanLogics
  • SkillSurvey

Technology Startup

  • Picwell
  • Navport

Investment Deal

  • Aclaris Therapeutics
  • iPipeline
  • SevOne

Clearly the Philadelphia region is blossoming with an impressive amount of talent rich in innovation and ambition to succeed. Before you join us on May 12th, we invite you to learn about each finalist and why they were selected:


In addition to the celebration and awards ceremony, there will be plenty of time to network and rub elbows at the Grand Cocktail Reception, Dinner, and Dessert Reception.

Here’s a sneak peek into how this year’s layout will look.

Based on your feedback, we are now offering some new features:

  • A tighter awards ceremony format
  • A photo booth for winners, finalists, sponsors and attendees to show their excitement. Take home a memory from the big night and even share it on social media.
  • A closing reception for celebration and building new connections
  • And a special announcement by PACT

And so I will leave you with a direct quote from Marc Lederman, Partner with NewSpring Capital, “The Enterprise Awards brings all of the top regional entrepreneurs and leaders together in one venue. Anyone you need to meet or connect with in Technology or Life Sciences will be there.”

I hope to see you Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Terrace Ballroom, PA Convention Center, Philadelphia for the 23rd Annual Enterprise Awards. Make sure to reserve your table, half table or seat today.


Thank you,

Dianne Strunk
Vice President

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Penn Medicine uses data to enhance patient outcomes | #emcworld

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

From electronic medical records to telemedicine, technology has transformed healthcare. University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Medicine, consistently recognized as a leading academic medical center, uses technology in myriad ways to improve patient care.

With five hospitals, three rehabilitation hospitals and seven regional medical centers, Penn Medicine collects a lot of data.Vasee Sivasegaran, corporate director of infrastructure at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, said that although it’s a struggle to manage, it benefits the health system in the long run.

“The more data we collect, the more information we’re able to gather,” he told Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team. “We’ve had some good use-case scenarios where we’ve been able to track patient care in a positive way.”

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Qlik Moves To Expand Partner Program Beyond License Sales To Include Services, Subscription Revenue

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Business intelligence software developer Qlik is expanding the scope of its partner program beyond software license sales to include working with partners to grow their service offerings and software subscription revenue.

The new partner initiatives come as Qlik itself seeks to grow beyond its roots as a developer of a single data-visualization software product into a provider of broader business analytics platforms and services.

Qlik channel and marketing executives, addressing partners at the company’s Qonnections 2016 customer and partner conference in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, also outlined additions to the company’s partner program, including new specializations and certifications, deal protection and market development funds.

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Dell rebrands Dell to Dell Technologies, Dell EMC, and Dell

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Written by Kelly Fiveash, ars technica 

Dell has followed in the footsteps of its rival HP by hitting the reboot button on its various brands.

“We’re a little bit late to the party, but what we’ve unveiled today puts us ahead.”

Chief Michael Dell confirmed in a letter to employees that Dell—which turned 32 years of age on Tuesday—had a new name: “our family of businesses will officially be known as Dell Technologies,” he said. The announcement will be made formally at the EMC World trade show, which kicks off today in Las Vegas.

Dell’s family of affected brands includes Dell itself, EMC, VMware, Pivotal, SecureWorks, RSA, and Virtustream—all of which now fall under the “Dell Technologies” banner.

Things got a little bit more garbled, however, when Dell (Mister Dell, that is) confirmed that Dell’s client solutions business will be branded simply “Dell.” To this, Dell said, “The brand equity in the Dell PC is irreplaceable. We have incredible momentum, gaining share in 13 straight quarters. The business is absolutely core to our vision of technology infrastructure and our ability to drive innovation at scale at the edge. And above all, it’s critically important to our customers.”

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(First Round Capital Company) This NYC Startup Just Raised To Change How You Shop

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


It’s not uncommon to feel a little jealous after a nice newsfeed scrolling session on virtually any social media platform. From pants to shoes to blouses to suits you may have the impulse to self loathe when instead you should check out Project September. The company is making nearly all clothing shoppable by simply clicking on the item, and can save you the headache of going to Amazon to try to find exactly those shoes on your newsfeed. So quit having to look for what you like, and start clicking away.

We spoke with CEO and cofounder Alexis Maybank about her company’s recent fundraising as well as what she gained while working as a Gilt executive.

Who were your investors and how much did you raise?

We are thrilled to have support from investors like William Morris Endeavor (WME Ventures), Venrock, Greylock Partners, First Round Capital, Montage Ventures, among others, in our seed round. At this time, we’re not disclosing the amount raised.

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Qlik Strengthens Cloud-Based Offerings with Acquisition of Industrial CodeBox

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Bolsters Qlik data preparation strategy with connectivity to Web-based data sources

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–QONNECTIONS 2016 – Qlik® (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in visual analytics, today announced it has acquired Industrial CodeBox, the company behind QVSource, which allows Qlik Sense® and QlikView®users to include data from cloud-based sources such as social media, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, and other web-based APIs into their applications for deeper levels of insight. A Qlik partner since 2011, QVSource provides over 40 out-of-the-box connectors to specific applications within popular Web-based services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google, as well as cloud-based applications including Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and SugarCRM. With this acquisition, Qlik enhances the time to value and ROI of the Qlik visual analytics platform by enabling customers to quickly setup and include data from cloud-based sources to gain even greater insights. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Three Fox Rothschild Attorneys Win The M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leader Award

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that JR Lanis, Sandra A. Romaszewski and Nevena Simidjiyska have been named as winners of The M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leader Award.

The M&A Advisor is a leading source of news about mergers and acquisitions, financing and turnaround professionals. It created the Emerging Leader Awards “to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, financing and turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community.”

“With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe earlier this year, the 2016 U.S. award winners join a truly global network of young leaders,” said David Fergusson, president and co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.

Click here to read the full press release.

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