PACT Capital Conference Concluded with $850,000 in Startup Funding

PACT offered insights and opportunities for 1,000 attendees to succeed through collaboration, inclusion, and access

PHILADELPHIA – September 27, 2018 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced the results of the PACT Capital Conference 2018. After a full day of keynotes, company pitches, panels and more pitches, close to 1,200 attendees walked away with key insights, new connections and (for some) investment dollars. This year’s Lion’s Den was like none other before it.  After a full day of pitching, three companies were chosen out of 37 featured company presenters to enter PACT’s inaugural Lion’s Den. Infantear, Grovara, and MNI pitched their innovations once more live in front of the conference audience to five highly successful entrepreneurs. All five “lion” investors offered a collective $850,000 to MNI.

“We are extremely proud of this year’s PACT Capital Conference and thankful to the investors of the Lion’s Den – Jonathan Brassington, Michael Forman, Michael Hagan, Arlan Hamilton and Richard Vague. The innovation and collaboration in the room were palpable. We are also appreciative of all of the entrepreneurs for sharing their vision with our investment community,” expressed Paul Marvel, Market Managing Partner for RSM US LLP, PA/S.NJ and Conference Co-Chairman.

The 2018 PACT Capital Conference offered exciting new elements, including an increased number of investors from all over the country and pitching entrepreneurs from different parts of the globe. PACT hosted pitches from 37 featured companies; six mature growth companies; and 13 pitches from Social Impact, Student-Led and Israeli entrepreneurs. The healthcare and technology tracks centered on the blockchain technology promise, breaking healthcare boundaries, and evolving technology exits. Additionally, entrepreneurs and investors connected one-to-one in curated business meetings through the 2018 mobile app. This year’s conference also featured keynote remarks from regional and national leaders: Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital Founder + Managing Partner and CEO + Co-Founder of Backstage Studio, Cindy Eckert Whitehead, Serial Entrepreneur with total exits exceeding $1.5B, Angel Investor, and Founder of the Pinkubator, and Alex Banayan, National Bestselling Author of The Third Door and Thought Leader on millennial trends for business.

“For the 25th year of the conference, we joined PACT and our fellow sponsors to showcase investors and entrepreneurs indicative of the robust emerging growth companies in our region,” commented Bob Fesnak, Partner, Management Consulting Leader, PA/NJ and Conference Co-Chairman.

To learn more, please contact Amanda Nardi at or by phone at 609-790-6206. You can also learn more by visiting the conference 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 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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Amanda E. Nardi





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