SAVE THE DATE: PHORUM 2021 Series, April 13-22

Join fellow enterprise tech executives, emerging companies, and investors for this four-episode virtual conference series that will explore the "Enterprise Data Journey." Participate live or watch sessions on-demand, network with your peers in our virtual lounge, and meet our Demo Pit companies.

Phorum 2021: The Enterprise Data Journey

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Phorum 2021 will provide real-world examples of how digital enterprises are accelerating through a global pandemic into a more connected world. Over four one-hour “episodes” targeted to CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, and other business leaders, Phorum will explore four journeys into data:

  • Day 1 (April 13): Data as the New Responsibility
  • Day 2 (April 15):The Consumer as Data Producer and Owner
  • Day 3 (April 20): Data Management
  • Day 4 (April 22): Unlocking the Value and Activating the Energy of Data

PLUS: The Phorum Demo Pit, featuring our judges’ selection of early-stage companies providing the cutting-edge innovation that enables digital disruption.

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Phorum 2021: The Enterprise Data Journey



Dr. Haroon Abbu
Bell and Howell

Dr. Haroon Abbu is Vice President of Digital, Data and Analytics at Bell and Howell. Haroon is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of industry experience in leading technology-enabled business transformation using digital technologies and advanced data analytics. He is currently leading a team of data scientists and solution architects to build the next-generation analytics products and service capabilities powered by IoT, machine learning, and advanced analytics to drive service efficiencies and data monetization. In addition, Haroon conducts research in the field of digital transformation and has published his work in industry publications and top-ranked academic journals. He recently co-authored a book TRUST: The Winning Formula for Digital Leaders. A Practical Guide for Companies Engaged in Digital Transformation featuring research and interview chapters with proven digital leaders.

Sushma Akunuru
Independence Blue Cross

Sushma is the VP, Business Applications Development reporting to the CIO of Independence Blue Cross. She is responsible for leading all elements of application development, maintenance, and engineering for Independence Blue Cross and its subsidiaries. She is an enthusiastic technologist and problem solver, collaborating with business areas across the company on how to best leverage digital capabilities and emerging technologies.

Sushma has a wealth of experience in driving digital solutions and technology operational efficiency. Prior to joining Independence, she spent more than thirteen years with Bank of America, most recently as SVP, Investment Management and Consumer Banking. Sushma earned a master’s of computer applications from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and a master’s of business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Coffee

Coffee has been with the company for 14 years. His global work supports Salesforce efforts in CIO strategies, security practices, and delivery of connected product and “big data” solutions through collaboration with account teams in many industries.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter spent eighteen years as a technology analyst, columnist, and editor for IT publications including eWEEK and PC Week, while also contributing to other journals including Computer Language and AI Expert. He has written widely on cloud security and privacy, and was a chapter contributor to Prentice Hall’s Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity. He previously served as the first Manager for Desktop Computing Planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space-asset applications of AI techniques. Before that, he held project management roles at Exxon Corporation including arctic resource development.

Peter received his engineering degree from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1985; he has held college faculty appointments in expert-systems programming, IT management, and business analytics, while also lecturing at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as other institutions in Europe, Asia and South America. He advises on curriculum and degree program planning in analytics and “big data” initiatives for three U.S. universities.

Suzanne DiCicco, IGP

Suzanne DiCicco, IGP is the Director of Information Governance at SEI Investments, a fintech firm in Oaks, PA. In her current role, Suzanne is responsible for the Information Governance (IG) program, as part of the Enterprise Risk Management program, which includes creating policies for protecting, valuing, classifying, storing and archiving/purging all information assets across the enterprise. In this Director role, Suzanne has to partner with all other leaders in her firm to ensure compliance with her IG framework as it integrates with Technology, Privacy, Legal, Compliance, Information Security, as well all of the business lines. Suzanne has been working in the Financial Services industry in various technology and risk leadership roles for over 20 years.

Mark McCreary
Fox Rothschild, LLP

Mark McCreary is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, and is the former Chief Privacy Officer of the firm. Mark advises businesses on a wide range of data privacy and security issues, helping clients protect their critical information and comply with state, federal and international privacy laws. He earned the rigorous CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and has been named a Trailblazer in cybersecurity law by The National Law Journal.

Chris Port

Christopher (Chris) Port is Chief Operating Officer of Boomi, responsible for Support, Services, Success and Strategy functions within the company. Chris led the Dell acquisition of Boomi in 2011 and was responsible for the company’s integration and growth post-acquisition. Previously, Chris was a General Manager within Dell Software’s Systems Management Business Unit, where he was one of the first Dell Software team members when the organization was formed. Chris brings to Boomi a diverse background, and his Dell career has spanned software, corporate strategy, corporate development, operations and finance. Prior to Dell, Chris was a senior manager at Kurt Salmon Associates, a global consultancy focused on the retail and consumer products sectors, and spent a year living abroad in Japan.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke University.

Nick Sanna

As President and CEO of RiskLens, Nick is responsible for the definition and the execution of the company strategy that established RiskLens as the market leader in cyber risk quantification. Nick is also the Founder of the FAIR Institute, a non-profit expert organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of measuring and managing risk, that was named one of the 3 most influential industry organizations of the last 30 years.

Nick brings over 25 years of experience in helping organizations leverage technology innovation to drive better business outcomes, with prior roles as CEO of Netuitive and e-Security, COO and VP EMEA at ASG, and VP Sales and Marketing at Amplitude. Nick is fluent in 5 languages and received a masters degree in Economics from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

Scott Snyder
Breakthru Advisors

Scott Snyder is a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and innovation, having held leadership roles at GE and Lockheed Martin, launched three new technology ventures including Mobiquity, led technology and innovation for venture capital firm, Safeguard, and recently led Digital and Innovation Globally at Heidrick & Struggles. He is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School and Project Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

He is the author of two books, Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors and The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution and has lectured at top universities on emerging technologies, digital strategy, and innovation including Wharton, MIT, Babson, Duke, and INSEAD.

Maria Villar

Maria C Villar has over 25 years of experience as a Chief Data Officer responsible for building enterprise data management organizations from the ground up and leading the culture change across the enterprise. She has held the position in both the technology and financial sector. Most recently at SAP where she was the CDO from 2009- 2017.

Today, Maria is Head of Enterprise Data Strategy & Transformation, where she advises SAP customers on the crucial role of data management in their digital transformation, leveraging her practical, operational experience as CDO.

In 2017, Maria was honored with the “Transformation of Collaboration From Inwards to Outwards” Award from the international Society of CDO (iSCDO) . This award recognizes outstanding CDO leadership in driving business outcomes and business collaboration.

Tom Wilde

Tom Wilde brings 30 years of experience in solving the complex problems of digital content to the role of CEO of Indico, an artificial intelligence solution for enterprise document understanding and automation. Prior to Indico, Tom was the Chief Product Officer at Cxense (see-sense), a leading Data Management provider, founder of Ramp, an enterprise video content management company, and held senior roles at Fast Search, Miva Systems, and Lycos. Tom is a frequent industry speaker and has extensive experience with company building and venture-backed startups and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton.

Tony Wimmer
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Tony is responsible for bringing the power of J.P. Morgan Chase’s analytics and data capabilities to our Wholesale Payments clients.
The WP Data & Analytics team consists of 150+ data scientists, machine learning and artificial intelligence experts, product owners and engineers. Its mission is to turn JPMorgan’s payments data into actionable insights that enable our clients to improve their decision-making.

Prior to this role, Tony served as Head of Analytics for JPMorgan Merchant Services and prior to that as Analytics Executive within JPMorgan Intelligent Solutions, driving big data analytics innovation for the Consumer Bank and Asset & Wealth Management. Prior to joining the firm, he was a junior partner at McKinsey & Company’s payments practice in London, Singapore and New York City.

Anna Zeiter, PHD

Dr. Anna Zeiter is Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of eBay Inc. Before joining eBay in 2014, Anna had been working as a lawyer for two international law firms in Germany, specializing in data protection, IT and e-commerce law. Before working as an attorney Anna Zeiter did her Ph.D. in the field of free speech and media law at the University of Hamburg, she also holds an LL.M. in Law, Science & Technology from Stanford Law School. Anna Zeiter is regularly giving speeches at international data protection conferences and teaches at several universities. In 2020, Anna had been appointed as a member of the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) Board of Directors and as Committee Member of the Global Tech DPO Network in Ireland. Besides that, Anna is a member of the Digital Transformations Working Group of the World Economic Forum, co-leading the workstream Business of Data & Data Valuation.

Deborah Hsieh
Ciox Health

Deborah Hsieh is the Chief Strategy & Policy Officer for Ciox Health. Ciox’s mission is to empower greater health, to unlock the potential of health data to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. Deborah leads interactions with policymakers and external audiences about Ciox’s enabling role in healthcare data exchange, including for patients in managing their own health data. She works with stakeholders on how to accelerate digital access to medical records while also balancing patient rights for privacy.

Deborah graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies. She also holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

Julian Ranger

Julian is Executive President and Founder of, the decentralized personal data solution which empowers individuals to share more & better data to enable businesses to provide more & better alue, with 100% privacy, full security and consent. is at the forefront of the MyData wave worldwide which is revolutionizing healthcare through patient centricity, consumer personalization in Fintech and Martech, and other sectors where personal data is the key to value creation.

Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specializing in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian retired from Lockheed in 2007 as VP International Strategy.

Diane S. Ruth

Diane S. Ruth is responsible for Guru’s Ecosystem Strategy + Business Development initiatives to extend Guru’s accessibility and use. Prior to joining the winning team at Guru, Diane was the Executive Director of Business Development for Dell Boomi (fka Boomi, Inc.). As a Business Development and SaaS Channel Sales Executive with over 15 years experience, Diane led Boomi’s partner network program, generating 60% of Boomi’s annual recurring revenue.

Prior to joining Boomi, Diane spent twelve years with SunGard Higher Education where she last served as the General Manager of Business Development & SunGard Higher Education’s Partner Program, managing relations with notable organizations such as Oracle, Microsoft, EMC, HP, Dell & IBM.

Kevin Bair

Kevin Bair is a data enthusiast with 25+ years working with Data Applications, Enterprise Architecture and the Big Data space. Over his career, he has worked with and for organizations large and small to solve their most complex data challenges. He is a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and has focused the last 6 years on Data Architecture and the challenges with petabyte-scale object store data lakes. Kevin currently serves as Director of Sales Engineering for Snowflake.

Brian Atkiss

Brian Atkiss leads Anexinet’s Applied Intelligence Team, where he has led the development and delivery of: Data Management, CX & OX Analytics, Automation, Conversational AI, Machine Learning, Social Media Listening, and Digital Transformation initiatives and solutions.

Atkiss’s long professional journey has supported clients of all sizes and industries through strategic consulting, cloud adoption, market research, process improvement, automation, and digital solution development, delivery, and integration. He graduated from the University of Delaware and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

Joe Vidal
Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Joe has been designing software and data center solutions for more than 35 years. He joined the HPE/Compaq Channel family in 1990, working his way from SE Manager, through Marketing, Sales Management, including a stint in the Server and Hybrid-IT Business Units. He is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Math. He completed his MBA in Marketing at Elon University.

Joe frequently appears as a key-note speaker for HPE and our Distributors at such events as Microsoft’s Tech-Ed, Gartner’s IT Symposium, IDC Tech Expo, HPE’s CIO and WW Ambassador Forums. He is currently the lead Master Technologist for HPE’s Channel, within the Office of the NA CTO.

Mark Porter

Mark Porter is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of MongoDB, where he is responsible for crafting the long-term technology roadmap and vision for the company. Prior to MongoDB, Mark was CTO of Core Technology and Transport at Grab, Southeast Asia’s super app that provides everyday services such as ride-hailing, food, package, grocery delivery, mobile payments and financial services to millions of people, from October 2018 to July 2020. Previously, Mark was a General Manager at Amazon Web Services, from May 2013 to October 2018, where he led the Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Aurora and RDS for PostgreSQL, the AWS Database Migration Service, and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool. Prior to Amazon, Mark held various roles including CTO of a division of NewsCorp and Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Corporation, as well as working at NASA/JPL and being an early member of the Oracle Database Kernel group. He has been professionally coding since he was 16 years old and founded and ran his own electronics services integration company. Mark previously served on the Board of Directors of MongoDB from February 2020 to July 2020. He also served on the Board of Directors of Splyt, a global mobility company, and as a Board Advisor to MariaDB, a database company. He holds a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech.

Bruce Pon
Ocean Protocol

Bruce Pon is the Founder of BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol, blockchain startups focused on bringing data and AI together since 2013. Previously, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm that helped to build 20 banks around the globe for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi & Jaguar LandRover. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan, a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and has given guest lectures at Oxford, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University and the European School of Management & Technology.

In addition to being in the 2020 full-length documentary Cryptopia, Bruce was featured in OxfordUniversity and Saïd Business School’s online Blockchain course as a guest expert.

Ashish V. Shah

Ashish leads the Dina team on its mission to power the healthcare industry’s transition to virtual and in-home care. The company’s digital platform and network helps hospitals and insurers monitor, manage and deliver care in the home, one of today’s most important, and cost-effective, care settings.

A recognized thought leader, Ashish previously served as CTO at Medicity, the market leader for vendor-neutral Health Information Exchange solutions (acquired by Aetna for $500MM in January 2011). Under his leadership, Medicity built a profitable and scalable​ healthcare network with over 1,000 hospitals and 250,000 physicians sharing over two billion health records annually. Prior to that, he served as an enterprise architect with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now PWC Advisory Services), assisting Fortune 500 C-level executives with the formulation of disruptive, technology-enabled business strategies. Before Diamond, Ashish was a key contributor in various design and engineering roles with Microsoft, Boeing, and Apollo Solutions (now CNet Channel Services).

Todd Homa

As Senior Director of Technology Solutions at EPAM, Todd Homa is a prominent tech leader in the data space who has delivered innovative solutions for clients that address data volume and velocity challenges. He has over 24 years of experience in IT, business intelligence, systems integration and data warehousing, serving in roles as a project manager, technical lead, data architect, tech consultant and hands-on developer. Todd has a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and an MIS from Carnegie Mellon University.


Daily Schedule:

10:00 AM: Networking Lounge

10:30 AM: Conference Broadcast

11:30 AM: Networking Lounge

Highlights of the Phorum Online Event Experience:

  • An interactive conference platform featuring live streaming, on-demand content, personalized attendee profiles, one-to-one meeting scheduling, and more.
  • A virtual networking lounge open 30-minutes before and after each session, powered by Remo, where you can connect face-to-face with fellow attendees and our Demo Pit companies.
  • Access to a content library featuring previous Phorum “episodes,” including Phoum 2020 content.
  • An invitation-only CIO roundtable.
  • Curated investor and corporate customer meetings with our Demo Pit companies.

Agenda Detail

Day 1: Data as the New Responsibility (The Warnings Before the Spells)

Customers, clients, patients, students, citizens and other served communities want you to deliver an experience that only their data can enable, but they are growing in their understanding and their concern about what they’re trusting you to know – and regulators are increasingly intent on defining and enforcing your obligations. Look to our speakers and our demo pit participants for insight and assistance in rising to meet new expectations and mandates.

  • Suzanne DiCicco, IGP, SEI
  • Mark McCreary, Fox Rothschild
  • Nick Sanna, RiskLens
  • Peter Coffee, Salesforce – Moderator

Day 2: The Consumer as Data Producer and Owner (Flipping the Paradigm)

In the last decade, we have seen the meteoric rise in market power and value of tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba, and Tencent, built on the back of data and analytics coming from their massive base of users. As individuals and governments have awoken to the significant market advantages and economic rent extracted from this data, there has been a steady shift in the paradigm of data control and ownership. Along with shift, new business models are emerging that enable consumers to take control of their own data, who it is shared with, and how to even monetize it, creating a new dynamic for the data economy. This panel will tackle this paradigm shift for data business models from both the large enterprise and user-centric viewpoints.

  • Deborah Hsieh, Ciox Health
  • Bruce Pon, Ocean Protocol
  • Julian Ranger,
  • Dr. Anna Zeiter, eBay
  • Scott Snyder, Breakthru Advisors – Moderator

Day 3: Data Management (Not the Fun Part – Deal With It)

The volume, the velocity, and the richness of data grow simultaneously in ways that tax the limits of legacy infrastructures and data models. Whether it’s new 5G-aligned architectures, extended integration and interoperation with cloud resources or evolving ecosystems of data sharing and process improvement—including those based on distributed-ledger platforms—our speakers and demo contenders will reveal and illuminate these (and other) futures that are now.

  • Kevin Bair, Snowflake
  • Sushma Akunuru, Independence Blue Cross
  • Mark Porter, MongoDB
  • Joe Vidal, HPE – Moderator

Day 4: Unlocking the Value and Activating the Energy of Data (There’s Gold In Those Hills)

It’s too easy to let Moore’s Law lead to bigger, faster, stronger silos of data, which only empower the kind of shallow and fragmented relationships that no longer preserve customer loyalty or achieve profitability. Value-adding engagement demands judicious use of AI-derived tools that find patterns, and make useful predictions and recommendations, while non-technical stakeholders are also being enabled to participate more directly in analyzing data and in designing and automating the experience. Our speakers and our aspiring demo’ers will share both present reality and imminent opportunity.

  • Haroon Abbu, Bell and Howell
  • Ashish Shah, Dina
  • Tom Wilde, Indico
  • Brian Atkiss, Anexinet – Moderator


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Phorum Demo Pit

The Phorum Demo Pit, featuring our judges’ selection of early-stage companies providing the cutting-edge innovation that enables digital disruption.


Celéri Health

Chronic pain is hard to treat and even harder to measure. Unlike diabetes, cancer and heart disease, pain care is not yet a data-driven disease. Celéri Health treats every encounter like a clinical study visit to capture real-world evidence and data streams (patient-reported outcomes, diagnoses, drug history, procedure registry, wearables, and physiologic data). Our Real World Outcomes® platform operationalizes the consensus expert recommendations embodied in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.6 We are building the largest most comprehensive patient-centric real world outcomes data set in pain, including procedure, device registries, and pharmaceutical usage. We have over 100 users who have assessed over 50k patients that have completed over 275k assessments, as well as running five clinical studies, including one with Medtronic.


Envision2bWell is a mission driven digital health company committed to empowering, enabling, and inspiring health and well-being for all. Our app and platform, EnvisionWell®, helps people live healthier lives with personalized engagement, robust data, and digital, social and human experiences to support them on their wellness journey. HIPAA compliant, powerfully integrated, and multi-functional, EnvisionWell® is a digital health stack that converges personal and workplace wellness while also providing the necessary support through telecare, which we call TeleWellness. In a marketplace of fragmented, disconnected digital health tools and resources, EnvisionWell® is one resource that aggregates health and wellness data through the lens of Social Determinants of Health AND Wellness so we can meet people where they are and bring their data to life – Wellness REIMAGINED!


GoCoach is a B2B SaaS Subscription Talent Development Platform that meets people right where they are, right now, with personalized coaching and blended learning to upskill anyone. Our marketplace matches customers and coaches, manages, schedules, and tracks progression providing measurable outputs. GoCoach measures impact with KPI-driven Sessions & Learning Behavioral Assessments. Our platform drives and reinforces the behavior change companies need to see from their learning investments. By providing each learner with a customized collection of resources and tools to measure their progress, we’ve cracked the code in measuring and ensuring success for both the learner and the company. GoCoach is a complete solution that manages all the learning, administrative, and data management within our platform.

Pliant is the only platform to create new or leverage existing automation under centralized governance and delivers a unified interface that interacts with all the systems powering your infrastructure. The platform enables enterprises to build IT process automation without the usual constraints of incompatible code libraries, underlying protocols, and syntactic issues associated with scripting languages.

ROAR for Good

Based in Philadelphia, a women-owned and mission-driven technology company dedicated to cultivating safer workplaces.

Workplace safety is a growing concern. Injuries & harassment can lead to stress, increased liability, and high turnover. Wearable and discreet panic buttons provide quick access to de-escalate incidents and summon help quickly.

Built from the ground up using feedback directly from workers, our staff safety platform protects workers to improve well-being and increase job satisfaction. Simply put, no one should be afraid while trying to earn a wage.

Strados Labs

Strados Labs, a medical technology company focused on enabling the understanding of pulmonary diseases and respiratory health to provide enhanced patient care, recently received FDA 510(k) clearance for its lung sound monitor and connected platform, RESP™. This first-of-its-kind technology enables doctors to identify abnormal breathing patterns anywhere and at any given time. Often referred to as, the “Holter Monitor for the Lungs”, the RESP™ cloud-based system offers clinicians a cost-effective solution. There is currently no convenient or easy way for caregivers to capture abnormal patient lung sounds and patterns remotely when a patient has no supervision (putting patients at risk of pulmonary decompensation between visits). Strados Labs is experiencing intense interest for its technology from pharmaceutical companies for respiratory infectious disease decentralized clinical trials due to COVID-19.

Strategikon Pharma

Strategikon Pharma has developed world-class application processes and technologies to address a significantly underserved market of clinical business operations. This is a key area that is often a roadblock to the planning and execution of the biopharmaceutical industry’s most critical function – developing new medical treatments. Our Clinical Maestro™ solution is the industry’s leading cloud-based platform that modernizes outsourcing for clinical programs. Its modular design provides highly functional stand-alone solutions that also work together seamlessly for maximum efficiency and ROI. Budgeting. Sourcing. Reforecasting. Accruals. Contract performance. Costing. Benchmarking. Subcontractor management. Governance. Clinical Maestro advances outsourcing for both buyers and sellers. Clinical Maestro is an industry-wide aggregation of anonymized clinical trial bid data from Sponsors and Service Providers, making it an extremely powerful benchmarking tool.


Sweft is SaaS software that helps retailers of all sizes quickly and profitably scale their online businesses by automating processes, connecting teams and reducing reliance on manual entry Excel spreadsheets. Retailers struggle to efficiently and accurately create the digital assets required to populate product detail pages (PDP) to sell online reducing their growth, profitability and competitive position. Sweft is an end-to-end SaaS solution with seven modules that organizes and automates the workflow management of digital asset creation. Sweft’s clear dashboard, priority alerts and 360 degree view of the product provide both visibility and accountability of tasks across a retailer’s teams, including buying, sample management, creative, marketing, copywriting and web production to allow them to work together smarter to launch new products faster from anywhere


Verif-y is a technology company that offers a suite of identity verification solutions. These solutions include: regulatory compliance screening services such as Identity Screening (e.g. KYC), Know Your Business (KYB) and Accredited Investor screenings, as well as other tools such as credential, license & employment verification services.  We leverage innovative and cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide trusted exchange in the digital world.

Unlike other compliance service providers, we do not store customers’ data, leaving it vulnerable to misuse hacks. Instead, we developed a fully de-centralized solution, which serves as the basis for a Self-Sovereign Identity Platform.  Additionally, our tools are modular, and easy to integrate, thus enabling companies to easily mitigate risk while remaining fully compliant.  Verif-y solves the problem of accurate, immediate and privacy focused interaction with customers and users.


  • 2020 – boodleAI
  • 2019 – Crossbeam
  • 2018 – Slyce
  • 2017 – 51 Maps
  • 2016 – RedOwl
  • 2015 – Tesorio
  • 2014 – SocialLadder
  • 2013 – PeopleLinx
  • 2012 – Cloudamize


Win in the Pit

Past Phorum Phoward Winner – RedOwl


The Phorum Demo Pit features the region’s hottest early-stage companies that are providing cutting-edge innovation that enables Digital Disruption. The Demo Pit was created to allow startups to connect with C-level enterprise decision makers attending the Phorum conference. In addition to showcasing their technologies, each Demo Pit participant will present to a panel of judges and the Phorum audience. One will be named “Best in Show” and will receive the 8th annual Phorum Phorward Award. Since our inaugural event, past Phorum Phorward Award winners have gone on to raise more than $50M in capital, with three of the seven successfully completing exits to strategic acquirers.

2020 Participants

Alternative Investment Exchange (AIX) is an enterprise financial technology platform designed to transform the business model of investing in alternatives (any investment other than stocks, bonds, cash and mutual funds). Wealth managers have typically been slow to adopt alternative investments due to their complexity, regulations, and traditionally paper-led process that incurred increased risk — until now.

AIX’s pioneering platform solves this problem for the financial industry by connecting all trade data through the entire investment process logically, efficiently, and seamlessly. Designed to remove friction across the previously opaque and manual clearing and settlement process, only AIX’s leading-edge technology provides full data connectivity across the entire lifecycle of buying, owning and selling.

boodleAI finds the best prospects in any contact list. It leverages proven AI/machine learning to rapidly model the untapped data sitting in organizations, along with billions of third party data points, to help organizations achieve significant lifts in conversion, engagement, and retention rates through predictive analytics.


Cassian Solutions is a B2B SaaS company that offers an integrated hardware solution which leverages patient smartphone compliance to improve health outcomes and increase data collection for patients enrolled in specialty pharmacies. Our tiered solutions take advantage of our patient engagement engine that can deliver unparalleled data through the inclusion of our hardware data collection tool, MediTrak. Our products are sold to the 750 unique specialty pharmacies in the US who currently spend over $12 billion on patient management for specialty disease states. Our solutions reduce the time and money spent by specialty pharmacies on patient care while also increasing their in-house capabilities. With the addition of our products, specialty pharmacies can now compete for enhanced data collection programs and limited distribution drug programs.

IKE AI Software (SaaS) products augment business processes, search and insights with deep Natural Language Understanding. IKE dialogs and causal knowledge answer even the most complex questions by bringing together internal and external data, documents and web content. IKE’s ability to understand a person’s intent powers our automated discovery bots, analysis and workflows leading to better decisions based on more varied perspectives and info. Our IKE interpreter resolves ambiguity in human language to understand a person’s intent, match it with information in databases and documents, ask clarifying questions, make processes more intelligent, perform cognitive search and answer “why” and “how’ questions. IKE data management tools discover and catalog data, create data lakes and support complex analytics. IKE workflow engine automates dialog-based business processes.

Neura Health is a team of practicing doctors, software engineers and data scientists working on building innovative AI products for Healthcare Medical Imaging Industry particularly for Cancer detection using Deep Learning Neural Network techniques.

Our goal is to build innovative AI products using the latest IT tools available and augment Medical Professionals, Clinicians and Radiologists with AI capability to increase their productivity and reduce time and cost for the patients. The AI models are built using publicly available Imaging datasets and AI Models curated and annotated by world renowned Radiologyexperts. Our first AI model is called NeuraDetect and is used to detect breast density, screening BI-RADS classification and Breast Cancer classification from Mammography Images.

Our products seamlessly integrate with the existing clinical workflow and leverages client’s DICOM router for transmission of Medical Images from Mammogram modality. Other technologies being used are Google Cloud Platform’s Healthcare DICOMWeb APIs, Google’s AutoML for model training and AI Inference engine running on Kubernetes cluster.

Pulsedive is a cybersecurity threat intelligence startup founded in 2017 and headquartered in New Jersey.

Led by cofounders Daniel Sherry and Grace Chi, Pulsedive delivers high-fidelity cyber threat intelligence to help organizations proactively improve their security posture.

Intuitive search and risk scoring paired with enriched, contextual data keeps busy teams prioritized – helping to prevent wasteful false-positive investigations. With the ability to seamlessly integrate with internal and third-party systems, teams can flexibly leverage Pulsedive’s one-stop-shop platform and data.

Pulsedive’s threat intelligence offerings support organizations at every level of security maturity. Our products and services include the Pulsedive Community Platform, Pulsedive API, Pulsedive Feed, and Pulsedive Enterprise.

StaffGeek helps companies hire smarter. Companies powered by StaffGeek have been able to reduce time to hire, onboarding and turnover. We do this by helping companies identify which candidates are the right fit for their company’s culture. Through our proprietary DNA Sequencing (Distinct Native Attributes), we are able to quantify your company’s culture. Those results are used to create a FitTechTM assessment that is customized to your company. Armed with your customized FitTechTM assessment, you can evaluate which candidates are the right fit for your company culture. Don’t wait. Start hiring smarter today with a free trial to create your company’s own customized FitTech assessment powered by StaffGeek. is a growth stage software company improving the efficiency and transparency of nonprofit outcomes through voice enabled AI solutions built on Microsoft and powered by the Nonprofit Common Data Model. We are a NetHope corporate partner and Microsoft Tech for Social Impact partner.

2019 Participants

Benefix pairs small businesses with a team of friendly and professional insurance brokers to help navigate the complex world of benefits through a totally digital experience. Small businesses owners can now shop all their health insurance options, enroll and manage all their policies online.

Crossbeam is a collaborative data platform that helps companies build more valuable partnerships. We act as an escrow service for data, allowing companies to find overlapping customers and prospects with their partners, while keeping the rest of their data private and secure. X Crossbeam connects to your existing CRM system and turns your partner ecosystem into a scalable, measurable growth channel. Common use cases include account mapping, lead qualification, attribution tracking, and more. X The company is co-founded by serial entrepreneurs Bob Moore (RJMetrics, Stitch) and Buck Ryan after years of experiencing the need for Crossbeam firsthand.

Distat Co specializes in training software applications of physical systems including equipment, machine and devices using Augmented Reality technology. Our product reduces training cost and time, improve job performance (productivity, accuracy and safety), and speeds up knowledge transfer at workplace. Using user centered AR interface design, our product superimposes 3D model/animation or overlays instructions/guidance in the real world environment, which makes training and learning more immersive, intuitive and interactive. X Distat provides solutions to address the knowledge gap and training challenges at workplace. Today, the workforce has changed, with older generation retiring and leaving knowledge and experience gaps, and younger generation switching jobs more frequently and needing more on-the-job training. Therefore, organizations are constantly looking for ways to better transfer knowledge and provide efficient training.

InCyber is an Israeli company that is changing the way organizations are dealing with insider threats, enabling companies to catch the malicious and non-malicious users hiding in their organization months in advance. X At InCyber we created the first cyber prediction solution that predicts insider threats by using both internal and external sources of information. It allows us to tell companies who are the users in its system that have a bright red light above their heads, who are at the highest risk level. We are the first company that we know of that does prediction of insider threats months in advance. Our software is a standalone product that is not rule or agent based, and we have nearly zero false positives. The software can be installed either on premises or on the cloud. Our operations have been very successful so far on tens of thousands of employees and users screenings. Oh, and the cost of our software is much less expensive than other software in the market.

Marketers are drowning in data. With so much information to process, they’ve become both overwhelmed by decisions and overcome by indecision. The result is too much time wasted deciphering analytics, with no ROI to show for it. MAXG is the world’s first B2B marketing and sales insight and recommendation engine, MAXG (Marketing Advisor for eXponential Growth) turns your data into direction. More than just another analytics dashboard, MAXG uses AI to deliver prioritized recommendations eliminating the guesswork from marketing and driving better and faster results. Now marketing and sales leaders can skip the dashboards and go right to the action plan! #skipthedashboard.

Open Health Network is using blockchain and smart contracts to enable consumers to control and monetize their health information. Powered by artificial intelligence and big data analytics, the company’s platform enables rapid development of mobile health applications and chatbots for patients, healthcare providers, payers and medical researchers.

SmarTECHS unlocks the full potential of frontline teams through a practical, secure, and scalable industrial augmented reality solution. Empower your field technicians to work safer, faster, smarter. X SmarTECHS is built on an IoT platform and is paired with industrial smart glasses to provide hands-free context relevant information. We empower technicians with only the relevant information they need, ensuring the work is done precisely, without any guess-work. Should technicians need support in the field, our Remote Expert solution brings a remote expert on site instantly with video call, screen,and document sharing. X Typical clients see productivity increase by 20%, first time fix rate improvement up to 80%, drastic reduction in errors, and guaranteed compliance and traceability.

Yellowdig is a gameified social learning platform that naturally engages users, builds connections, and organically disseminates information through your entire organization or network.

2018 Participants

Aerial Applications is a web application designed for infrastructure companies that makes storing, viewing, and sharing drone-based data easy and intuitive. It functions as a system of record for inspections and physical asset information, and empowers users to interact with their assets in an annotatable, accurately measurable 3D environment. It supports a wide range of file inputs and outputs, and can securely store critical operational information for entire asset portfolios – from full networks of energy/communications transmission lines, to tens of thousands of cell towers. Aerial’s interactive mapping environment makes finding information about your assets faster and easier than ever before. provides industrial augmented reality solutions designed for operation in complex lab and manufacturing environments that deliver a positive ROI and satisfies industry demand while meeting regulatory compliance standards. The GMP/GLP compliant platform utilizes the latest in augmented reality and artificial intelligence to enhance human ability and create a synergistic relationship between humans and technology that empower engineers and scientists. Users gain with hands-free access to remote troubleshooting tools, process and workflow aids and intelligent data capture through smart glasses, ushering in usher in a new age of industry efficiency, safety, audit readiness and mobility that allows organizations to better connect and compete globally. has global product deployments in pharma, biotech, cosmetic, consumer goods and chemical facilities across the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America.

Buildings have become increasingly intelligent, yet the fastest growing source of energy usage —devices distributed throughout buildings — remain disconnected from any centralized point of control. Energy solutions companies lack the tools to provide their customers a way to manage, or even understand this massive energy expenditure.
Bert® provides the end-to-end solution: innovative technology that empowers organizations to have seamless control over the ‘everything else’ in buildings. Using patented technologies and a facility’s existing Wi-Fi network, Bert® remotely measures, controls and schedules plug load energy use at both the device and circuit level.
A trusted service partner, Bert® takes complete responsibility for each aspect of energy management, from survey to completion. Energy solution companies can be confident their guarantees of efficiency and building intelligence will be realized, and their customers will experience the full potential of Bert’s technology, every single time.

Boost Linguistics offers an editing tool designed to help writers create marketing content (articles, blogs, social media posts, etc.) that inspires audience engagement every time. Our text editor does this by using natural language processing to analyze your text for the five basic emotions. Once the analysis is complete the writer selects a target emotion for their content (joy, sadness, etc.). With the target emotion selected, the editor will recommend changes to your wording to help elicit the target emotion in your audience. Understanding and eliciting the correct emotion in your audience has improved conversion/engagement rates across several industries.

Dash has drastically lowered the compliance burden in healthcare. Dash Compliance Automation Suite transforms the manual and time intensive HIPAA compliance process. As the industry’s first solution to connect administrative controls to technical safeguards in the AWS cloud, Dash empowers healthcare vendors to commercialize faster and market their solutions to health systems. In turn, those very health systems leverage dash to ensure data security and minimize 3rd party risk. A recurring software revenue model ensures high margins, and our leadership team has the hands on expertise to solve the problems in compliance at both the engineering and business levels.

HeavyWater built a transactional AI platform (AIVA), to automate manual processes in the financial industry. AIVA’s first application is in the mortgage industry: automating loan production from mortgage intake to processing to servicing. Compared to competitive robotic process automation (RPA) tools, AIVA is 2x+ more accurate and an investment in a platform for automating future, higher value job functions (i.e., beyond repetitive and redundant tasks). Today, AIVA is in production, automating processes for 1M+ loans across: (a) mortgage intake (top 3 credit bureau), (b) mortgage processing (several leading originators) and (c) mortgage servicing ($20B insurance broker/advisor). In the future, HeavyWater aims to leverage the data we are processing to train AIVA to automate across the mortgage production value chain, including high-level cognitive functions that today ‘require’ human judgment – ultimately creating a “black box” that can run an entire back-end mortgage process with little-to-no manual intervention.

HiveIO’s Software Defined Data Center solution provides the value and simplicity of the Public Cloud to private data center clients and MSPs at half the cost and twice the performance. HiveIO’s unique zero-layer architecture natively includes built-in security and eliminates the need for proprietary hardware, which allows customers the ability to leverage commodity computing. Our unique Message Bus Architecture is Artificial Intelligence ready. Hive Fabric™ architecture is used by customers across multiple verticals with diverse workload types including VDI, VSI, Grid compute and Hadoop environments. Hive Fabric™ replaces expensive hardware, complex licensing and vendor bloat with streamlined and disruptive Swarm-based nodes that predictively scale and auto heal. The value of Hive FabricΓäó is that organizations of all sizes can implement a holistic, easy to use an end-to-end stack that provides computing at a significantly reduced cost.

indico is an enterprise AI solution for unstructured content. Our focus is on helping to automate tedious back-office tasks, improving the efficiency of labor-intensive document-based workflows, and extracting valuable insights from unstructured content, including text and images. Our breakthrough in solving these challenges is an approach known as transfer learning, which allows us to train machine learning models with orders of magnitude less data than required by traditional content analysis techniques. With indico, enterprises are now able to benefit from the dramatic advantages of machine learning at a fraction of the time.

Slyce is the market-leader in image recognition for retail, powering visual product search for retailers such as Macy’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, and Tommy Hilfiger. SlyceΓÇÖs service can identify virtually any product from an image, and enable customers to snap a photo to buy something, add it to a wish list, find it in store, or create another retail moment.

At Translator, we believe that getting Diversity & Inclusion right can enable a better workplace and prevent potential damage. We created the first and only 360 platform for enterprise Diversity & Inclusion, providing companies and their employees with the best technology right at their fingertips. Through chat support, interactive learning tools, and virtual reality, employees can more easily navigate challenges at work and embrace differences. By offering a unique combination of the best technology and the right people, Translator lets companies build a better culture, and ultimately, improve their bottom line. Founded in 2016, Translator is on a mission to spread empathy and equality through #EqualityTech.

Vognition provides patented technology and software tools delivered through a SaaS operating environment with voice user interface middleware to manufacturers seeking to capitalize on the exploding voice driven IOT market (home and industrial).

2017 Participants

51maps allows organizations to easily enable their entire application portfolio to run on consumer devices. Our architecture provides access in a manner that is more secure than locked down PC’s behind the firewall. This delivers a seamless, native feeling, role based experiences on any device.

Our application bus technology securely integrates any application (legacy, custom, cloud, or native) without changing source code. This allows employees to pass information between disparate applications.

Our audit capability allows organizations to gain visibility, down to individual key strokes, around all user activity. This can be used for fraud investigation, productivity improvement, training, time & motion studies, and much more. This functionality makes 51maps the first source of organizational Big Data on processes, activities, and outcomes across the enterprise.

DivvyCloud software enables organizations to achieve their cloud computing goals by simplifying and automating security, compliance and cost optimization of public and private cloud infrastructure. Using DivvyCloud, customers can leverage programmatic Bots to identify and remediate common cloud problems in real time. DivvyCloud was founded by seasoned technologists who understand first hand what is necessary to succeed in today’s fast-changing, multi-cloud world.

Fishtown Analytics is building a modern workflow for data analysts. Its product, dbt (data build tool), helps analysts write modular, high-quality analytic code by borrowing elements of the software development workflow. dbt is open-source, and used in production today by analytics teams at Casper, Seatgeek, Credible, and dozens of other companies.

Journey Sales makes it easier for your customers to buy with Smart Rooms, an Account-Based Selling solution built on Salesforce®. Smart Rooms are private customer experiences built for each account and opportunity, where buying and selling teams can engage, collaborate, and build consensus. With Smart Rooms, enterprises create personalized buying experiences for their strategic accounts at scale and build deeper relationships for improved cross-sell and upsell opportunities. In addition, track the digital body language of your customers to understand who is most engaged and what they are engaging with. Executives receive deep insight into accounts to predictably close more valuable deals.

Focusing on rare disease, cancer and patient reported outcomes, Pulse Infoframe, a data insights and precision knowledge company, delivers real-time analytics and visualization to advance knowledge, improve outcomes, generate real-world evidence and accelerate time-to-value. Pulse Infoframe uses their software to capture and aggregate data from multiple sources, making it available to relevant stakeholders and offering numerous benefits including dramatically improved efficiency, productivity and collaboration, which are required for value-based care. Pulse is a 21st Century asset for healthcare.

RiskLens is the leading provider of cyber risk quantification software. RiskLens empowers large enterprises and government organizations to manage cyber risk from the business perspective by quantifying it in dollars and cents. Our customers leverage RiskLens to understand their cyber risk exposure in financial terms, prioritize their risk mitigations, measure the ROI of their security investments, and optimize their cyber insurance coverage. RiskLens is the only cyber risk quantification software purpose-built on FAIR, the only standard quantitative model for cyber security and operational risk.

TimelinePI is a SAAS-based analytics and visualization platform that provides a new approach to understanding operational data in the context of its related business processes. Using its patent-pending Timeline Analysis approach to analyzing event data, TimelinePI accepts event data from any number of systems and automatically reconstructs the underlying business process logic behind the data. A variety of pre-built analyses to quantify process performance, identify process execution issues and perform root cause analysis are available to users. The TimelinePI platform also supports operational monitoring through its continuous assessment of new event data to determine if any adverse conditions occur and can immediately notify business operations personnel so they can take action.

Your organization will only ‘touch’ your customers in three or four situations – retail, website, service delivery and your contact center. And when your customers call, send emails or start chat sessions, they are usually telling you what’s wrong with your products, policies, pricing and competitors. Are you listening?

TopBox’s cloud-based application analyzes your customer interactions by automatically transcribing, interrogating and categorizing them to reveal the root cause of customer experience, product, sales, marketing and operational problems.

With a subscription pricing model, easy installation, unlimited user licenses, and an intuitive user interface, TopBox is unlike anything on the market. Founded by customer experience industry veterans, TopBox was created to fill the void of customer contact analytic solutions that yield truly actionable insights and a clear ROI.

VitalTrax is transforming how clinical trials are run by putting patients and investigators at the center. VitalTrax delivers a complete patient engagement and data collection solution for clinical trials comprising of a cloud based enterprise platform and a mobile application for patients. For clinical study teams, VitalTrax delivers an enterprise platform to design and run trials efficiently. For sites, VitalTrax makes it easier to recruit and communicate with patients during the trial. VitalTrax mobile app solution, Wing, is a world-class patient engagement tool that provides a way for patients to search for trials, apply to become a volunteer and participate in the trial.

Widget Brain is passionate about creating smart solutions that have a real impact on daily life: algorithms that lower CO2, improve recycling rates, deliver faster, prevent critical failures and decide autonomously.

We are ambitious in achieving our vision of the future. In that future, we see a connected universe of things, capable of outperforming everything else in the analogue world in terms of superior service, lowest costs, and compatibility with other smart devices. We cover the full digital ecosystem, including smarter cities, smarter factories, and smarter supply chains.

Our customers use Widget Brain software to monitor their water pumps to detect leaks, forecast fill rates in waste containers to optimize service routes, and collect usage data to monitor equipment and predict maintenance moments.

Wylei is a next generation AI Machine Learning company and is the pioneer of Predictive Content, which is digital content that automatically assembles itself in real-time for each impression with deep and precise predictive intelligence. Wylei leverages its AI engine by ingesting 1st, 3rd, and real time contextual data to determine the best combination of content to serve to a consumer. Wylei can optimize content in real-time for any channel, enabling 1:1 personalization at scale across any channel including email, web, mobile and video. Our predictive cloud does the heavy lifting and automatically defines dynamic micro segments, testing and predicting to achieve the highest ROI.

2016 Participants


AlphaPoint is a financial technology company that powers digital asset exchanges and provides institutions blockchain-enabled solutions to store, track, and trade digital assets. Its secure, scalable, and customizable platform enables customers to deploy blockchain technology to innovate, differentiate, and transform their businesses. AlphaPoint powers over 20 digital asset exchanges on 5 continents, and is led by a seasoned team with 50+ years in financial technology. AlphaPoint has offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.


Funnl, a SaaS product created by Boxter, answers questions about the top of your sales funnel. It’s an intelligent analytics solution for online businesses. Funnl enables fast ROI measurement and optimization for growth channels like Facebook ads or content marketing. The innovative semantic user interface allows you to quickly get detailed answers from websites and online marketing efforts without needing any technical training. The software brings powerful enterprise grade functionality to small and medium-sized businesses. Requiring less than an hour in training and setup time to get started.


Cloudamize is an analytics software company that helps companies get the most out of their investments in cloud computing. Our SaaS-based analytics platform helps our customers and partners make confident, data-driven decisions at each stage of the cloud journey – from assessing options, to planning migrations, to managing cloud deployments for maximum value. With Cloudamize, companies have experienced significant monthly savings on their cloud deployments, while simultaneously increasing performance.


Mobilizing digital content is the easy part but getting your sales teams to adopt mobile in their sales process is challenging. The DryDock mobile platform helps engage field sales, making their sales process more productive and efficient.

DryDock is a mobile app and content management system rolled into a single product. Instead of forcing reps to search for content in online repositories or web portals, sales teams quickly access your curated content in a secure mobile app. Plus, DryDock does not charge by seat license because everyone who can increase revenue should benefit from high impact sales information.


MLeads is a comprehensive SaaS mobile platform for leads and event management process automation. MLeads allows event organizers, exhibitors, business owners, and sales and marketing professionals to manage leads and organize events from any devices anywhere, increasing productivity, efficiency and opportunities. The platform allows users to capture and collect leads, research leads, perform follow-up, and measure and manage ROI across sales and marketing teams. The platform is feature-rich, affordable, and easy to use compared to other solutions.


OpsDataStore is the Real-Time Data Fabric for IT Operations. We collect data from your strategic platforms (VMware) and tools (AppDynamics, Dynatrace, ExtraHop) and combine these disparate streams of data into real-time topologies. You can prevent problems that affect online service quality, solve the remaining problems more quickly, and achieve dramatic increases in capacity utilization.

We also make the combined data available to any BI or query tool, which turns the analysis and consumption of IT data into a self-service problem through tools like Tableau and Qlik. Gartner recently recommended the IT Operations become “data driven” and we are the only open and real-time platform that allows modern enterprises to achieve this. In summary we protect your online revenue and save you time and money in the operation of your environment.


PeopleLinx drives results throughout your sales funnel to create, nurture, and win deals. Founded by early LinkedIn employees, we activate social selling for B2B sales teams through individualized guidance. Reps are guided to create presence, networks and engagement with buyers. The result? Quality leads, faster sales cycles, and a higher close rate, all measureable through your CRM. Customers include Fortune 500 leaders in high-tech, finance, manufacturing and professional services.


Pneuron enables organizations to rapidly solve business problems challenged by highly disparate and distributed sources of value. By deploying a non-invasive “fabric” to build, deploy, and execute intelligent workflows, Pneuron’s platform sidesteps traditional and costly prerequisites and delivers solutions in less than half the time and cost of multi-product approaches.


RedOwl provides information security teams a single platform to proactively monitor insider risk across the enterprise. The RedOwl platform analyzes all observable interactions between employees, contractors, devices, and applications within your organization. Only RedOwl analyzes structured and unstructured data to provide immediate and unparalleled visibility into human risk to combat intellectual property loss, detect compromised accounts, monitor privileged users and enhance forensics.


2015 Participants


Boxly is a touch-based dynamic document platform which allows business users to visually relate and interpret information. The dynamic document creates an app-like experience where one can share information using mobile devices without the need to write code. Boxly transforms disparate, static data into a meaningful, interactive experience.


Collected instantly finds related content from your business’ documents and presentations as you work in apps like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, helping you and your team rediscover and get more value from your content than ever before.


Livegenic helps organizations enhance customer service support capabilities by reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction, and mitigating business related risks. They achieve this by enabling businesses to see what the customer sees during the very first customer contact over the phone. Using real-time video streaming, they provide an ability to triage incoming issues during the first customer contact, capturing remote information, resolving user issues, and improving customer experience.


MongoSluice takes the time-consuming and expensive slog out of working with big data. It figures out what an unstructured or NoSQL database would look like if it were SQL – and then actually turns it into (and streams it to) SQL or any other RDBMs datastore. This new patent-pending technology exponentially expedites the time it takes to bring big data into business intelligence systems, providing clients with near real-time insight.


Nfoshare is the easiest way to increase employee engagement. Each week, the tool checks in with employees using 10 second anonymous email surveys to gauge real-time employee morale & collect feedback. At the end of the month/quarter, simple, personalized research-based suggestions are sent to managers/HR to hit their goals & increase company morale.


The SETVI™ Platform is a SaaS sales enablement solution for field sales forces. Our mission is to create a more efficient sales process, which enables organizations to close more deals and increase sales revenue. Version 1.0 of the product contains an intuitive content management system; a robust, but user-friendly presentation tool; and a powerful tracking system that delivers insightful analytics.


Shibumi is a cloud-based application that provides a secure, central location to manage initiatives and deliver better results. Whether driving new sales opportunities, executing cost optimization or managing a change portfolio, Shibumi helps teams collaborate, communicate goals and develop actionable plans so they can spend less time reporting and more time focusing on execution.


Tesorio enables companies to self-finance their daily operations, streamlining early payments on invoices so suppliers get paid early and buyers optimize returns on cash. By forgoing a small percentage on their invoice, a supplier can get paid weeks earlier than typical 30 – 90 day terms. Tesorio’s algorithm calculates this percentage to be win-win: fair for the supplier to forgo and valuable for the buyer to earn given their respective costs of capital.

2014 Participants

Rescufy (AppItUP Winner)

Rescufy was created by David and Rachel Edwards who were inspired by their son, Sammy, to simplify the standard anaphylaxis action plan. Sammy has a life threatening tree nut allergy, and they developed Rescufy so they would have a simple, fast, and reliable tool to streamline getting help in the event of anaphylaxis.

With the touch of a button, Rescufy will send critical information including geo-location, medical condition, medical history, medications, and contact information to first responders and emergency contacts. It will also auto dial 911 with a voice recording of the same information should the user be impaired by his/her condition. Rescufy simplifies the process of notifying first responders and emergency contacts, compresses time, creates redundancy, offers peace of mind, and simplifies the action plan which in turn will saves lives!

AppItUP is a new mobile application idea challenge designed to gather the best app ideas from the Penn community and connect them with the funding and technical expertise necessary to make them a reality. AppItUP is a brain child of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer and UPstart program.


BuyerMLS™ is the real estate industry’s first and only real-time buyer marketplace. As an enterprise platform, we help brokerages and their agents increase productivity by transforming their anonymous buyer data into an asset, leading to more transactions and new listing opportunities.


Canvas is a cloud-based software service that allows businesses to replace expensive and inefficient paper forms with powerful apps on their smartphones and tablets. Canvas enables users to collect information using mobile devices, share that information and easily integrate with existing backend systems. Canvas also offers the first business-only application store of its kind, with 13,000+ pre-built, fully customizable apps that work on all mobile platforms and serve 30+ vertical markets.


As the premier platform for, “Consumer Lifecycle Success” (CLS), Clutch is the first and only system that helps Brands create, unify, manage, and measure success across increasingly complex marketing efforts and technology ecosystems. The goal of every retailer is optimizing the lifetime value of consumers at each stage of the lifecycle. We provide a comprehensive set of modular solutions to drive loyalty, increase consumer spend and reward brand advocacy by unifying the currently fragmented consumer experiences, wherever your customers are – in-store, online, and through mobile and social channels. We feed the customer experience, the experience feeds the brand loyalty, and the loyalty feeds the revenue.

Grassroots Unwired

The Grassroots Unwired platform is a mobile sales enablement platform for anyone conducting customer acquisition and engagement in the field and used in conjunction with their existing CRM.

The integrated SaaS platform combines a mapping system, mobile application and web portal that run in conjunction with a GPS-enabled mobile device for tracking, reporting and analytics – all in real-time.


RJMetrics helps online businesses make smarter decisions with their data. We provide the kinds of deep insights that were formerly only accessible by large companies willing to invest in full-time data scientists. With RJMetrics, any company can become truly data-driven.


Brands recognize traditional marketing tactics are becoming less and less effective with the Millennial consumer. SocialLadder is mobile technology, white-labeled for brands, giving them the ability to speak the language Millennials respond to – true Product Discovery rather than marketing hype.
SocialLadder is deployed by brands as either a new mobile app or embedded into their existing mobile platform. Consumers discover the brand in a gamified environment. Rewards and experiences are unlocked through a score composed of two primary components:

Influence – calculated from the size of a user’s social voice/reach
Engagement – calculated via content creating challenges
Brands build a community of influencers virally, while driving valuable word of mouth impressions and retaining ownership of the media, data and conversations generated.


tapCLIQ offers the industry’s first responsive marketing solution that meaningfully engages mobile users at moments when they are most receptive.
Our holistic approach harnesses the value lost in disparate marketing tactics. The platform offers products for Advertising, Communication, Support, Feedback, and Research. tapCLIQ’s opinion based engagement products, generates the most authentic user data. This includes preference & intent data of highest relevance, which is not being captured today.
tapCLIQ’s mission is to enhance user experience by improving the relevance, context, and timeliness of engagement. We are reinventing how customer engagement can be and should be on mobile devices.


Yorn® – (Your Opinion. Right Now®) is a real-time feedback platform for healthcare settings with early traction and compelling evidence that it helps organizations understand and improve the customer/patient experience. Optimized for mobile, patent pending and HIPAA compliant, Yorn enables providers and payers to identify root causes of potential problems and make appropriate operational changes that improve experience, satisfaction, and compliance with care plans. Yorn delivers clinical and economic benefit that can correlate to higher quality ratings on performance.


Phorum will take place as a fully remote conference.

About Phorum

Philadelphia’s premier enterprise technology conference, purposely designed for CIOs, CTOs and other business and technology executives focused on how enterprises can maximize the business value of specific technologies and innovation.

Industry thought leaders as well as hands-on practitioners will provide engaging content through keynotes, panels, and interactive discussions to help businesses and technology executives understand how technology can be pragmatically applied to transform the enterprise and achieve strategic business goals.

In addition, the conference will also feature the popular “Phorum Demo Pit” where conference attendees experience, first-hand, some of the most innovative technologies being developed in and around the Philadelphia region. We’ll also feature the Showcase Exhibition for cutting-edge technology companies to meet and demo their product with key enterprise decision makers.

Each year top executives from around the country gather at Phorum in a highly entertaining and collegial atmosphere.

Stay Connected with PACT’s Phorum Community
In the summer months we’ll be rolling out digital content and virtual events featuring our Phorum speakers and demo pit companies, as well as the Phorum mobile app with built-in networking features – delivering connectivity and thought leadership right to your doorstep. Information and registration for upcoming events are highlighted above.

Need more info? Take a look at last year’s Phorum Program Book.

About PACT

Driving Innovation and Growth for Businesses and Entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia Region

Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)’s vision is to be the go-to resource for fast growing companies and a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in Philadelphia.

At PACT, we provide our members with valuable content and connections to capital, coaching, talent 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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Advisory Board

Sanjay Sharma
Advisory Board Chairman

Sanjay K. Sharma has 20+ years of Global financial solutions delivery, IT Strategy and implementation experience spanning across 11 countries with the delivery of USD 2 billion+ ITFS programs.

Sanjay is currently Chief Technology Officer of SEI Investments where he is responsible for SEI Wealth Platform (SWP) delivery to keep pace with business, operations, technology and regulatory trends and growth objectives. Sanjay is also responsible for SWP technology strategy, global workforce management, DevOps, vendor management, quality assurance and performance engineering.

Before joining SEI, Sanjay held several key global delivery positions, including Head of Delivery, Europe for a global ITFS consulting company; Head of Delivery ITFS Solutions, North America for a global top 10 IT consulting company; and Head of Implementation, ITFS Solutions for a global top 10 IT consulting company.

Currently Sanjay is also a member of ‘Client Advisory Board for Digital’ for a Global IT firm and a member of ‘SEI Advisory Board for Diversity’.

Sanjay has a master of engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, specializing in systems engineering, Business English Communication from the Cambridge University, UK, Machine Learning from the Stanford University, Business on Board leadership development program through Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia and have attended the Wharton School Fellows program.

Lloyd Adams
SAP North America

Lloyd Adams is the managing director of the East region, responsible for the strategic direction, customer success, profitability and overall leadership of one of SAP North America’s larger market units. Named the 2018 North America Market Unit of the Year, the region’s talented team covers all lines of business, including cloud and on-premise software as well as service and support to hundreds of customers from small businesses to large corporations across a multitude of industries.

Prior to his current role, Lloyd oversaw SAP’s Utilities business in North America, and before that, was chief operating officer of Regulated Industries, where he drove the strategy, operations, revenue performance, and overall customer satisfaction in markets across the United States.

Since joining SAP in 1998, Lloyd’s career trajectory has included a progression of presales, inside sales and marketing leadership roles, and posts in the U.S. and Asia Pacific region. As chief of staff for SAP North America, he was responsible for the holistic management of the regional president’s office, ensuring quick and full execution of programs and communications, balancing the president’s responsibilities to North America employees, customers, and the SAP Executive Board. In Singapore, he served as vice president of Field Marketing for industry, solutions and services, and the small to medium enterprise market segment in the Asia Pacific region.

Other management roles have included leading Innovation Sales (Platform, Analytics, and Mobility), Industry Business Development, Value Engineering, Ecosystem and Channels, and presales teams aligned to the Regulated Industries business.

Lloyd began his career in human resources with Arthur Andersen (renamed Accenture in 2000). He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Allen Born
Fairmount Partners

Allen Born is a Director at Fairmount Partners. Allen focuses on originating and executing middle-market investment banking transactions in the Internet and Cloud Computing sectors. He has advised on exclusive sale assignments, buy-side transactions, financings, and various other strategic advisory assignments and has completed more than 50 transactions totaling over $13 billion in consideration.

Srinath Chigullapalli

Srinath Chigullapalli is a Senior Program Manager at Vanguard currently serving as the Head of Personal Advisor Service Modernization. In his current role he is leading the efforts to scale Vanguard’s advise services to all investors. He has previously held several senior roles at Vanguard including Head of Legal & Compliance IT and Head of IT Workforce Planning.

Srinath joined Vanguard in 2001 as a developer and has held multiple positions including leading the emerging technology evaluation group, piloting Vanguard’s march towards Continuous Delivery and hosting Vanguard’s first internal hackathon. Most recently he was responsible for conceptualizing and hosting several events at Vanguard with startups in the Fintech, RegTech and AI domains to promote innovation.

Srinath holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras) and a Master of Science from Pennsylvania State University (University Park).

Peter Coffee

Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, has been with the company for 13 years. His global work supports Salesforce efforts in CIO strategies, security practices, and delivery of connected product and “big data” solutions through collaboration with account teams in many industries.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter spent eighteen years as a technology analyst, columnist, and editor for IT publications including eWEEK and PC Week, while also contributing to other journals including Computer Language and AI Expert. He has written widely on cloud security and privacy, and was a chapter contributor to Prentice Hall’s Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity. He previously served as the first Manager for Desktop Computing Planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space-asset applications of AI techniques. Before that, he held project management roles at Exxon Corporation including arctic resource development.

Peter received his engineering degree from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1985; he has held college faculty appointments in expert-systems programming, IT management, and business analytics, while also lecturing at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as other institutions in Europe, Asia and South America. He advises on curriculum and degree program planning in analytics and “big data” initiatives for three U.S. universities.

Sean Dowling
Osage Venture Partners

Sean Dowling joined Osage full time as an Associate in 2011, after interning with Osage as a Summer Associate in 2010 while pursuing his MBA. Prior to business school, Sean spent five years at the Monitor Group in London, UK and Boston, MA where he served as a senior case team leader and member of Monitor’s marketing strategy group, m2c. At Monitor, Sean focused on integrating marketing strategy and organizational design to enable Fortune 500 multinational companies to achieve sustainable growth, primarily in the consumer packaged goods and life sciences industries.

Sean serves as a board member of Brazen, ExecOnline and redIQ. He is also an observer of Canvas, Collections Marketing Center, Pneuron, Phone2Action, RackWare, Sidecar and Wylei.

Sean completed his MBA, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Economics.

Sean currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board for Community Partnership School, a pre-K to fifth grade independent school in Northeast Philadelphia that serves low-wealth, low-income students from the surrounding neighborhoods. He is also a member of the investment committee for Wharton Impact Investing Partners, a student run impact investing organization at Wharton.

David Egan
Comcast Business

David Egan is the Senior Director of Enterprise Services for Comcast Business in the Freedom Region, which includes PA, NJ and DE. David is responsible for all sales and service delivery activities for both the Enterprise and Mid-Market segments for Comcast Business in the Region. Under his direction, David’s team is charged with leading one of the company’s largest growth opportunities to further differentiate Comcast from the competition in the tri-state area.

Prior to joining the Freedom Region in 2014, David spent over 10 years with Comcast Business in the Chicago Region in a variety of management and sales roles before moving to Philadelphia.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University and a MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Dennis Hancock

Dennis Hancock leads the Global Commercial Solutions organization for Pfizer Business Technology and has responsibility for strategy and delivery across three centers of excellence: Mobile and Emerging Technologies, Digital Marketing, and Sales Force Enablement.

Mr. Hancock and the teams he leads have received a number of awards: including the #10 spot on InformationWeek’s Elite 100, a CIO 100 award for Innovation, and consistent accolades for execution in the areas of Digital, Mobile, and Embracing SaaS and Cloud solutions at an enterprise level resulting in repetitive annual savings to Pfizer of > $50MM.

Mr. Hancock has been with Pfizer for 20 years, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology.

Ryan Hicke

Ryan is the head of SEI’s Wealth Platform. In this role, Ryan is responsible for the technology resource and delivery teams driving the creation, deployment and continuous innovation of SEI’s global Wealth Platform solution.

Ryan began his career with SEI in 1998 at the corporate headquarters in Oaks, PA before moving to the UK in 2001. During his tenure in the UK, Ryan held many leadership roles including running the SWP UK business from 2012-2014.

In his current role, Ryan is also a member of SEI’s corporate Executive Committee.

Ryan has a Finance degree from St. Joseph’s University and lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife and five children.

Michael Janke

Michael is a Senior Analyst in Emerging Technologies at Pfizer. He is focused on identifying the latest start-ups and new products that can be leveraged to meet business needs at Pfizer. These findings are
communicated throughout the company via a web site, newsletter, social media, and podcast, as well as on site events and global webcasts. Further work is done through research, experimentation, and hackathons that lead to full scale projects. Recent projects have focused on virtual reality, voice assistants, and chatbots.

Michael earned an MBA from Penn State and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, also from Penn State. Prior to business school, he was a software engineer at Lockheed Martin.

Kevin Jurrens

Kevin Jurrens serves as Director of Operations for Broadpath, Inc., the Philadelphia region’s largest public relations and content marketing firm solely focused on technology and high-innovation companies.

Kevin is responsible for overseeing operations of the Firm. Additionally, he oversees the firm’s consulting to companies in the Supply Chain, Cloud Computing and FinTech industries. Through the years he has advised companies like Comcast, Rajant Corporation, AT&T, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Voxware and many others to successfully position and grow in competitive markets.

As part of Broadpath’s ongoing commitment to furthering the positive impact technology makes in the Philadelphia region, Kevin head’s up the Firm’s pro-bono efforts for PACT and Bunker Labs PHL.

Prior to joining Broadpath, Kevin was an Account Supervisor for GGPR, a boutique PR firm where he managed a variety of accounts in both B2B and B2C technology industries. Kevin holds a BA in Communications from Monmouth University.

Terrence Kerwin
Fox Rothschild LLP

Terry Kerwin is a partner in Fox Rothschild’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice group and represents clients across a range of industries, including those in the technology, software, medical device, pharmaceutical, energy, clean tech, health care, manufacturing, financial services, and e-gaming industries. He regularly advises startup and growth stage companies on various matters from formation to exit, such as entity formation, corporate governance, private equity and venture capital financings, commercial contracts, employment issues, intellectual property protection and licensing, and mergers and acquisitions. Terry has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in both the Startups & Emerging Companies and the Corporate, M&A & Private Equity practice areas.

Nate Lentz
Osage Venture Partners

Nate joined Osage Venture Partners in 2008 and as Managing Partner oversees investment and portfolio management activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of BA-Insight, Canvas, InstaMed, FieldView, OpsDataStore, PeopleLinx, Pneuron, Phone2Action, RackWare and Sidecar. He is also a board observer of 51Maps, Brazen, ExecOnline, Identropy and ResiModel and formerly was on the board of Carnegie Speech and Medallion Analytics. He is a member of the Technology Investment Advisory Board for Ben Franklin Southeast Pennsylvania. Nate is a frequent speaker and panelist at venture events and is actively involved with numerous venture focused organizations including PACT, NJTC, MAVA, GCV, and Early Stage East.Prior to joining Osage, Nate was President and CEO of Verticalnet, Inc., a publicly traded SaaS solutions provider, which was sold in January, 2008 to Italy-based BravoSolution. He served as the Malvern, PA- based Verticalnet’s CEO for over five years and was attributed with leading the transformation of Verticalnet from an online operator of web portals to a proven software solution provider, while navigating the company through a financial turnaround. Prior to Verticalnet, Nate was a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting and led both the San Francisco and the Hong Kong offices. During his time at Mercer, he worked closely with multinational companies and high growth emerging businesses both in the U.S. and in over fifteen countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Nate began his career at Chemical Bank in New York providing lending and structured finance services to mid-size companies. He is a graduate of Brown University and of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors.

Suzanne Lentz

As the CMO of Anexinet, I am responsible for leading an integrated marketing and brand strategy and all related programs, which will ensure effective and efficient use of marketing investments for Anexinet’s internal and external brand. My specialties include: business research and analysis; business, marketing and sales strategy; multi-channel customer and employee engagement; sales; content development; and various marketing and sales technologies.

Anexinet is focused on technology-enabled business transformation strategies and solutions. Anexinet customers benefit from our holistic approach—from engaging front-end interactions to dependable back-end solutions, all informed by data-driven insights. Because truly great digital experiences rely on the smooth operation of all interconnected elements: beautiful front-end applications, modern distributed architecture, private/public cloud, Dev/Ops and Agile/SAFE processes, and data-driven insights. Some companies focus on application design, others handle your infrastructure, and then there’s Anexinet.

Jason Mahoney

Jason is a Director of Regulated Program Delivery at Pfizer Inc. He has a passion for building operationally effective teams immersed in cutting edge technology tailored for practical business applications. Jason is a creative leader who delivers high quality cost effective processes and business systems.

Jason has been focusing on mobile application Software Medical Devices (SMD) bringing Pfizer’s first mobile SMD to market. He also established a regulated mobile delivery capability to efficiently and compliantly deliver future programs. Previously, he was a Program Manager leading Pfizer acquisition and divestiture initiatives. He started his career at Accenture in their technology consulting practice.

Chris McNabb
Dell Boomi

Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of Dell Boomi where he is responsible for all operations and strategic direction. Chris brings over 20 years of software development and line of business experience from a diverse set of prior roles that include software development, professional services, LOB leader and consulting. In his role at Dell Boomi, Chris is constantly engaged with customers and partners to ensure alignment between business needs and Dell Boomi’s strategy and operations.

Chris joined the Dell Boomi team in 2011 following a 12 year career with SunGard Higher Education. In his prior roles, Chris was SVP of worldwide software development and had responsibility for all software execution, delivery and quality to over 1600 customers. Chris spent two years as a management consultant at a subsidiary of Pennsylvania Blue Shield advising on project management and quality assurance initiatives to improve development execution. Chris started his career in software development in the financial services sector holding various engineering and management roles.

Chris attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (MIS) and Villanova (Business).

Dean Miller

Dean serves as President and CEO of PACT (Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies), the largest resource in the Philadelphia region for investors and healthcare and technology entrepreneurs.

Dean also serves as Managing Director of the PCOM Primary Care Innovation Fund, a venture capital fund focused on healthcare innovations, particularly those focused broadly in the field of primary care. Dean brings close to 20 years of investment experience to the PCOM Fund.

Dean was previously Managing Director at Novitas Capital where he focused on venture capital investments across healthcare and technology. He led investments in and served as Chairman or Director of Agile Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AGRX), Cernostics, Inc., Renal Solutions (acquired by Fresenius (NYSE: FMS)), Incurrent Solutions (acquired by Online Resources (NASDAQ: ORCC)), LearnNow, Inc. (acquired by Edison Schools), and VIPDesk (acquired by International SOS).

Previously, Dean served as the Chief Financial Officer of Adaptiv Learning Systems, a venture-backed start-up company that was spun out of the University of Pennsylvania. Dean began his career at the Chubb Group, where he held a variety of senior management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and he graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with an MBA in Private Equity.

Warren Pennington

Warren Pennington is a principal and global head of Vanguard’s Office of Investment Management Fintech Strategies. The Office of IMFS mission is to actively explore new technologies in ways that could dramatically improve Vanguard’s investment performance, make global capital markets work better for investors, and serve as a catalyst for innovation within the Investment Management Group at Vanguard. IMG manages over $3.6 Trillion of assets globally, across both passive and active strategies in the fixed income, equities, currencies, and derivatives markets. Before joining Vanguard in 2012, Mr. Pennington worked for the Macquarie Group in various senior leadership roles in their Investment Management division. Prior to working for Macquarie, Warren was division controller and ran operations in the consumer lending and corporate trust businesses at Wells Fargo Bank. He earned his B.S. Aerospace Engineering and M.S. Telecommunications degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is California CPA, and serves on the SIFMA Operations and Technology Steering Committee as well as the Advisory Board of the Ben Franklin Fintech Accelerator program out of Philadelphia.

Scott Snyder, PHD
Heidrick Consulting
The Wharton School

Scott Snyder is a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and innovation, having held leadership roles at GE and Lockheed Martin, launched three new technology ventures including Mobiquity, led technology and innovation for venture capital firm, Safeguard, and now leads Digital and Innovation at Heidrick & Struggles. He is the author of two books, Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors and The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution and has lectured at top universities on emerging technologies, digital strategy, and innovation including Wharton, MIT, Babson, Duke, and INSEAD.

Dianne Strunk

Dianne Strunk is the Vice President of PACT (Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies) – the go-to resource for capital and connections for fast growing companies, and a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region. PACT is an association that provides members with connections, capital and content that will further their growth and success and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Strunk also served as the CEO of Eastern Technology Council.

Previously, Strunk worked as a commercial real estate banker for Latimer & Buck in Princeton, New Jersey. Latimer & Buck represented elite insurance companies that made $5-$150 million investments in first mortgages of commercial properties. Prior, during a decade of employment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Strunk worked in Pittsburgh’s economic development sector, specifically for the Economic Development Committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Ken Weirman

Ken Weirman is the CIO for AMETEK Inc, a $4B manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. He is a seasoned IT executive with extensive experience within the manufacturing and distribution industries. He has held this role since 2010.

Prior to joining AMETEK, Ken spent 16 years with Keystone Foods, a $6B international food manufacturer and distributor, where he held positions as Vice President of US Distribution as well as global CIO. Mr. Weirman also has held operating and information management positions with several leading companies, including Astra Merck, ICI Americas, CDI, and Arthur Andersen and Company.

Mr. Weirman holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems. Both degrees are from Penn State University.

Chris Wilhelm

Chris is Vice President of Business Consulting for EPAM Systems, responsible for advising clients on business solutions, as well as the benefits and cost savings that can be realized by applying leading-edge business practices, industry trends, innovation, automation, analytics, and digital solutions to create new business and operating models.

With over 20 years of experience in professional services, Chris has worked with various Philadelphia-area and other Fortune 500 clients to solve their most challenging business problems in verticals such as telecommunications, utilities, life sciences, and consumer products/ services. He is an alumni of North Highland Worldwide Consulting, Andersen, and the Hay Group, where he drove firm growth via delivery of management and technology consulting services, thought leadership, relationship management, and recruiting.

Chris has a B.A. in Economics from William & Mary, and was a Hermes Scholar at Columbia Business School, where he received an M.B.A. in Finance.


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