PACT Members Dominate 2021 Awards Nominations Philly just announced the nominees for the 2021 Awards and the list is flush with current PACT members. We can all agree that 2020 was centered around the response to the pandemic and how quickly companies in the health, tech and science industries were not only to able to pivot but also adjust their long term strategies. The Award nominees represent the Philadelphia comapnies that set the standard for Post-COVID success.

Companies were nominated for 6 different categories: Invention, Tech Community Leader, CTO, Startup, Growth Company and Culture Builder of the Year. We are proud to highlight the many PACT members and companies who were nominated:

Invention of the Year

Ben Williams and Exyn Technologies for the ExynAI product

This year, Exyn Technologies rolled out this technology that allows for autonomous robots to capture data without putting humans in dangerous, industrial environments. The innovation will improve the safety and efficiency of data capture in industries like mining, construction and industrial inspection.

Tech Community Leader of the Year

Sylvester Mobley of 1Philadelphia and Coded by Kids

Mobley’s been on the scene in Philly for a long time, but his work in 2021 — with Coded By Kids, diversity in tech workforce strategy OnE Philadelphia Initiative and the launch of inclusive VC firm Plain Sight Capital — lands him on the list of nominees this particular year

Sulaiman Rahman of DiverseForce

The DiverseForce CEO is behind the recently opened P4 (Public Private and Philanthropic Partnership) Hub for Advancing Racial Equity and Excellence coworking and event space in Germantown. It aims to serve Black and brown professionals across different sectors, but with similar goals, through training offered directly in the space.

CTO of the Year

Jennifer Kurtz of Infinite Blue

Kurtz came to be CTO of Infinite Blue, the Collegeville-based SaaS company that focuses on business continuity software for businesses with extensibility through a “low-code” platform, after working her way up from software developer to the same role at King of Prussia’s Vertex.

Growth Company of the Year

Dan Goldsmith,Jennifer Goldsmith and Tendo Systems

Sibling duo Jennifer and Dan Goldsmith are the cofounders of cloud-based healthcare software company Tendo, which raised a $69 million since its launch last year. The platform allows the clunkier parts of healthcare — like scheduling appointments, data input, checking in at the front desk and managing communication — to all exist in one place, and create processes that are accomplished more seamlessly.

Kweli Washington and Piano

While companies throughout the pandemic have been going more remote, Piano’s recent $88 million raise will actually add positions to the company’s local HQ. The company’s end-to-end SaaS platform helps media companies and brands design unique content experiences to drive subscriptions and advertising revenue, as well as increase customer lifetime value.

Capital Conference Alums Rob Huberty and ZeroEyes

This AI-as-defense company had about 50 employees a few months ago and is on track to be about 65 by the end of the year, after raising a $21 million Series A. It uses artificial intelligence to predict potential threats with a goal of preventing mass shooter situations from escalating, and has its technology installed across 17 different states and will continue expanding.

Culture Builder of the Year

Jamie Calabria of Crossbeam

Crossbeam’s talent and culture manager joined last year, and has since been responsible for much of the company’s hiring. Their nominator said Calabria’s “superpower” is authenticity, and that diversity and inclusion is at the center of their work in recruiting, which has influenced the company. Calabria is also active in the wider tech community, as a leader in Philadelphia’s Out in Tech chapter.

Leora Eisenstadt from Temple University

Eisenstadt is new director of Temple University’s Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture. The Center is a home for research, programming, conferences and projects relating to innovation that focuses on DEI, ethical decision making, and the creation of healthy workplace cultures while students are learning to be the business leaders of the future.

You have until December 8th to submit your nominations by CLICKING HERE. Winners will be announced on December 15th.

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