Backstage Capital Founder & Thought Leader on Millennial Trends for Business Keynote 25th Anniversary PACT Capital Conference 2018

Arlan Hamilton and Alex Banayan to share insights and leadership techniques on September 26

PHILADELPHIA, August 16, 2018: PACT announced today that Arlan Hamilton and Alex Banayan will deliver the keynote addresses at this year’s PACT Capital Conference on September 26 at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia. The Breakfast Keynote (interviewed by Michelle Caffrey of the Philadelphia Business Journal), Arlan Hamilton, leads Backstage Capital as Founder + Managing Partner while also working as CEO + Co-Founder of Backstage Studio. The Luncheon Keynote, Alex Banayan, is the author of national bestseller The Third Door and was named “World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist” by Fortune Magazine.

“We are honored to have Arlan Hamilton share her journey with us at the 2018 PACT Capital Conference,” said Paul Marvel, conference co-chair and Market Managing Partner of hosting firm RSM US LLP. “Arlan’s experience facing adversity and building a successful venture capital fund that bridges gaps in the capital community will bring an inspirational perspective to the conference.”

“We are also excited to hear insights from Alex Banayan, amassed through his time with many of the world’s most well-known and successful innovators,” added Robert Fesnak, conference co-chair and Partner at RSM US LLP. “As a thought leader on entrepreneurship and excellence in business, Alex is a high energy speaker not to be missed.”

More about our keynote speakers:

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into over 80 startup companies led by underestimated founders. Read Arlan’s full biography.

Alex Banayan is the author of national bestseller The Third Door, which chronicles his five-year quest tracking down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, Steve Wozniak, Jessica Alba, Larry King, and dozens more of the world’s most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers. Banayan has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and been featured in major media including Fortune, Forbes, Businessweek, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, and CBS News. Read Alex’s full biography.

Through a newly condensed one-day format, this year’s conference will open doors for all stages of rising success by laying the framework for companies seeking capital and customers. For 25 years, PACT has stimulated billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. 2018 will foster that growth by increasing the number of featured companies and by honing in on their diversity. This means more opportunities for entrepreneurs and more connections for investors, all by showcasing Philadelphia’s investment activity to the larger Mid-Atlantic region.

The PACT Capital Conference 2018 will conclude with the fourth installment of the Lion’s Den, in which a few select companies will present to a “Shark Tank-like” panel of distinguished angel investors looking to write a check and power entrepreneurial ventures. Last year’s Lion’s Den resulted in more than $1 million distributed in aggregate.


To celebrate its silver anniversary, PACT Capital Conference 2018 will be held at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, culminating with the much-anticipated gala reception directly following the Lion’s Den. For the latest information, visit our website:, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.


History of the PACT Capital Conference
The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region, networking opportunities with the movers and shakers from the community, and educational panels and content sessions. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, this conference draws more than 1,000 participants each year. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success.


About Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)
PACT’s vision is to be the go-to resource for fast growing companies, and a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region. PACT provides its members with valuable content and connections to capital, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.


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