AGENDA

Here’s a closer look at our three key themes for 2019:

  • Emerging Technologies: Digital has exploded to include a constellation of new emerging technologies fueling the next wave of disruptive offerings including AI, Blockchain, Mixed Reality, Robotics, 3D Printing, and IoT. We will explore how both start-ups and enterprises are tapping into these technologies to drive real commercial impact.
  • Hyper-personalized Experiences: Customers are raising the bar on digital experiences that companies must deliver to win their business. This cuts across B2C, B2B, and B2B2C businesses. Hear how digital leaders are leveraging Data and AI coupled with immersive technologies beyond smartphones (voice, gestures, AR/AR) to deliver engaging, hyper-personalized experiences
  • Digital and AI Talent: Some estimates put the relevant talent pool at around 2% of what will be needed for future digital organizations. This includes the 3D’s – Design, Development, and Data Sciences as well as new skills that will emerge such as AI designers and product incubation managers. Attracting and Developing these new skills and executing on new digital initiatives will require companies to rethink their talent models and organization structures.

DETAILED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, April 04, 2019
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
SugarHouse Event Center 
1001 North Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia

7:30AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30AM

Conference Kick-off
Scott Snyder and Dean Miller

8:45AM

Emerging Technology Trends

Re-imagining the Future of Work: How to Help Humans Thrive When They Work Alongside AI

Companies must intentionally design their future employee experiences to harness the advances of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots, while still ensuring a starring role for the humanity of their “flesh and blood” employees.

How to do this? Forrester Research Principal Analyst Sam Stern will lay out the promise and the peril of integrating AI alongside humans, and describe three principles for designing future employees experiences that ensure firms can attract and retain great human talent.

Featuring Forrester Analyst, Sam Stern

Followed by a discussion with Salesforce’s Peter Coffee and Audience Q&A

Sponsored by Fairmount Partners

9:15AM

Emerging Technology Panel I

AI Breakthroughs (Cognitive)

According to a recent Deloitte Study, 63% of enterprise executives say their AI initiatives are needed to catch up with rivals or at best, open a narrow lead. This means AI is no longer in the experimental phase but is being thrust ahead as a strategic capability. But the broad range of AI applications from Natural Language Processing and Chat Bots to Machine Learning and Autonomous Vehicles are creating enormous pressures on enterprises to choose where to investing technology, talent, and partnerships for both near-term payback and longer-term advantages. These investments must also consider the real ability of the organization to integrate the new ways of working that go along with AI-based applications. This panel will explore some of the touch choices both start-ups and established enterprises are having to make in keeping up with the AI wave.

Enterprises:

  • Kevin Jestice, Vanguard
  • Mike Tirozzi, iRobot

New Entrant:

  • Matias Klein, Kognition

Moderator – Chris Wilhelm, EPAM

Sponsored by Vanguard

10:15AM

Networking Break

10:30AM

Emerging Technology Panel II

Blockchain/Security Breakthroughs (Trusted)

Trust is the foundation for all the businesses involving multiple counterparties. Since the dawn of modern world, such trust is established and ensured by regulators, government agencies, consortiums, etc. to carry out business activities (e.g. asset transfer, buy, sell) across various entities spanning across multiple geographies. This business model while enables secured business networks through central authorities, it results in business friction causing long transaction life cycle, delays, increased costs and inherent business risks. That’s one major reason why many business transactions are so expensive, inefficient and vulnerable. This panel of global Blockchain SMEs will explore the advancements in Blockchain technologies to enable ‘Trust’ and establish ‘Security’ which in turn can disrupt and transform the current business models across major industries.

Enterprises:

  • Ken Nessel, Pfizer
  • Jess Turner, Mastercard

New Entrants:

  • Debajani Mohanty, NIIT Technologies
  • Oleksandr Rivkind, SigmaLedger

Moderator – Tim Coates, Synechron

Sponsored by SAP

11:30 AM

Keynote Address – Scott Snyder, Co-Author, Goliath’s Revenge

Digital disruption is driving every segment of the global economy toward winner-takes-most outcomes. It is draining the competitive moats that have protected companies for decades and blurring the lines between entire industries. Established companies and startups alike are in a footrace to accumulate data at an unprecedented scale, build lasting algorithmic advantage, and develop entirely new skills and capabilities. However, the traditional narrative that established companies are “sitting ducks” for startups to take advantage of is simply wrong. In fact, many established companies are treating Amazon’s dominance of online retail as a cautionary tale and taking the proactive steps needed to run the Silicon Valley playbook for themselves. During the Goliath’s Revenge keynote, Scott Synder will provoke you to think differently about both your career and your company as you prepare for a digital future.

Followed by a discussion with Salesforce’s, Peter Coffee and Audience Q&A

Sponsored by Capgemini Invent

12:30PM

Networking Lunch / Demo Pit Speed Pitches

  • Benefix
  • Crossbeam
  • Distat Co
  • InCyber
  • MAXG
  • Open Health Network
  • SmarTECHS
  • Yellowdig

Sponsored by Bentley Systems & Osage Venture Partners

CIO Roundtable – exclusive session by invitation only

The One Thing CIOs Need Overcome to Lead Successful Digital Transformation
Is it time to redefine the role of CIOs to be ‘Change Instigation Officers?’ Join a panel of industry experts as they discuss shifting pressures on CIOs to reshape their organizations, drive collaboration and respond to digital disruptors (which MIT-CISR finds only 28% of organizations have succeeded at). Panelists will explore the steps for strategically aligning operational agility and tech innovation, as well as tips for navigating the number one obstacle to success: Tech Debt.

Speakers:

  • Rajesh Kumaran, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Mike Tirozzi, iRobot

Moderated – Scott Snyder, Heidrick Consulting

Sponsored by Dell Boomi

1:30PM

Hyper-Personalized Experiences Panel (Immersive) 

Digital interactions are not just about web and mobile anymore. Experiences are being delivered across a broad range of touch points like interactive surfaces, voice agents, mixed reality, and new modes of interaction like gestures, bio-sensing, and haptic feedback. Personalization is no longer just about device and location, but also about situation, context, and emotion. Companies must continue to evolve to meet the rising expectations of consumers to allow them to interact anywhere, anyway, and anytime. This panel will explore how interactions are changing and how both incumbents and new entrants are innovating to keep pace.

Enterprises:

  • Abhi Ingle, AT&T Business
  • Brock Weatherup, Petco

New Entrant:

  • Clemens Aichholzer, HireVue

Moderator – Sam Stern, Forrester

Sponsored by Comcast Business

2:30PM

Capstone – Rethinking Organizations and Talent

Some estimates put the relevant talent pool at around 2% of what will be needed for future digital organizations. This includes the 3D’s – Design, Development, and Data Sciences as well as new skills that will emerge such as AI designers and product incubation managers. Attracting and Developing these new skills and executing on new digital initiatives will require companies to rethink their talent models, organization design, and culture. And in a world of gig talent, employees no longer work for companies, but rather companies work for employees. This capstone panel will explore some of the key talent-related challenges and opportunities facing companies and their leaders in the era of digital disruption.

Enterprise

  • Vikram Nair, formerly of Viking Cruises

New Entrant:

  • Stephen Bailey, ExecOnline

Moderator – Claudia Crummenerl, Capgemini Invent

 

3:15PM

Wrap Up & Demo Pit Best in Show 

  • Peter Coffee, Salesforce
 

3:30PM

Networking Reception – Join us downstairs in Hugo’s

AGENDA

2019 AGENDA DEVELOPS!

The entire PACT Capital Conference will be held at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia culminating with the much anticipated Gala Reception directly following the Lion’s Den. Check out our developing agenda for the PACT Capital Conference 2019.

Each year, this conference brings together investors collectively managing billions of dollars in venture funding with entrepreneurs and professional advisors. 2019 will foster that growth by increasing the number of featured companies and by honing in on their diversity. This means more opportunities for entrepreneurs and more connections for investors, all by showcasing Philadelphia’s investment activity to the larger Mid-Atlantic region.

The conference will also host the return of industry-specific panel sessions, prestigious keynote speakers, the 4th annual Lion’s Den, networking and high-visibility connections to sponsors and attendees alike, all of which will complement the main focus: connecting the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs.

Travel and Accommodations
Stay over. This year, we offer you 2 hotel options at discounted rates
Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City
219 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 – (215) 732-5500
Group Name: PACT CONFERENCE 2019
Group Code: OB59C8
Reservation Deadline: Sunday, August 25, 2019.

RESERVE YOUR ROOM

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
1-800-546-7866
Group Name: PACT Room Block
Reservation Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019

RESERVE YOUR ROOM

2019 AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2019
6-9 PM
VIP EVENT (By Invitation Only)

 

6 p.m.

Stotesbury Mansion

Investors, senior business development professionals and a select group of key business leaders in the region will be invited to an exclusive VIP Reception on September 25, at the beautiful; and historic Stotesbury Mansion, located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.

Sponsored by   

 
 

THURSDAY – September 26, 2019
7:30 AM – 9 PM

NBC Sports Arena

 

7:30 a.m.

REGISTRATION OPENS

NBC Sports Arena

 

8 a.m.

OPENING REMARKS, BREAKFAST, AND SHOWCASE COMPANIES

NBC Sports Arena

Speakers – To Be Confirmed

Sponsored by

Showcase Companies: Successful, Mature Growth Companies
NBC Sports Arena 9:15 a.m.

 

9:30 a.m.

FEATURED COMPANY PRESENTATIONS

Hear presentations from more than 36 of the region’s most promising investment opportunities in three industry-focused tracks.

EARLY STAGE

Broad Street Bullies Pub

Sponsored by

HEALTHCARE

1100 Social

Sponsored by

TECHNOLOGY

Victory Beer Hall

Sponsored by

 

10:15 a.m.

NETWORKING / BREAKS

PBR Bar & Grill

There will be many opportunities to seek out that company or investment opportunity in a casual or structured way during our strategically placed networking sessions.

 

10:45 a.m.

Panel Sessions

ENTREPRENEUR TARGETS

Broad Street Bullies Pub

Everyday Analytics
Data is everywhere and knowing how to harness it goes to the very core of today’s businesses success. The Everyday Analytics panel discussion will bring together industry experts to talk about practical ways companies can be more analytical and data aware. We will focus on such things as segmentation (e.g. how to break down something into more manageable chunks like customers or markets) and efficiency (e.g. how to focus on the important stuff or get the most out of the resources you have). Representatives on the panel will come from both the user’s and provider’s perspectives. For the users; how we solved the problem, what tools we used. For the providers; look at all these great tools out there that make tackling this problem easy. The goal is to provide information that is actionable not theoretical.

Panelists:
Tristan Handy, CEO and Founder, Fishtown Analytics
Larry Waddell, COO, SEER Interactive

Moderator:
Patrick Callahan, Founder, CompassRed, Inc.

Sponsored by

 

HEALTHCARE INVESTOR TARGETS

1100 Social

Investing in healthcare startups beyond the seed-stage; indications for growth and scalability
Many Philadelphia-area companies express concern about a lack of local Series A investment capital (for rounds of $5-7 million). One way to address this need is for our companies to attract capital from outside the region. Hear from a panel of investors from across the country [and around the world] discuss why they have or would invest in Philadelphia, what they see as the strengths of our region, and what they might suggest to make our region more attractive to outside capital.

Panelists:
Andrew Kress, CEO and Founder, HealthVerity
Joel Krikston, Managing Director, Merck’s Global Innovation Fund, LLC (“GHI”)
David Tamburri, Managing Partner, Health Enterprise Partners, L.P>

Moderator:
Shahram Hejazi, Venture Partner, BioAdvance

Sponsored by

 

INVESTOR PANEL

Victory Beer Hall

Exploring the LP/GP Relationship: Tips and Market Trends for Raising a VC Fund
Raising capital for VC funds can be a competitive contact sport. Hear from limited partners and LP gatekeepers as they discuss what LPs are looking for in 2019 and how VC funds can best position themselves for attracting investors. Plus, general partners will weigh in with practical tips on what they have done right and wrong, what they are hearing on the fundraising trail, and how they plan to address current market demands.

Panelists:
To Be Confirmed

Moderator:
To Be Confirmed

Sponsored by

 

11:30 a.m.

LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER REMARKS

NBC Sports Arena


Brian Westbrook, former running back for the Philadelphia Eagles (9 years), Inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame, DIRECTTV Fantasy Zone, 97.5 The Fanatic Host, philanthropist with the Westbrook Horse Farm and added to his list of successes, an Investor with SeventySix Capital, and Member, SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group.

Brian will share his story on investing in a team, an idea, and a community. At the conclusion of his remarks, he will spend some time off-stage to autograph footballs, talk shop and reconnect with the Philadelphia fans.


Moderator: Sal Paolantonio, National Correspondent, ESPN

Sal primarily covers the National Football League for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and Fantasy Football Now. He also hosts the long-running NFL Matchup show.

Sponsored by

Showcase Companies: Successful, Mature Growth Companies
NBC Sports Arena 1 P.M.

 

1:15 p.m.

Featured Company Presentations

EARLY STAGE

Broad Street Bullies Pub

Sponsored by

HEALTHCARE

1100 Social

Sponsored by

TECHNOLOGY

Victory Beer Hall

Sponsored by

 

2 p.m.

NETWORKING / BREAKS

PBR Bar & Grill

There will be many opportunities to seek out that company or investment opportunity in a casual or structured way during our strategically placed networking sessions.

 

2:30 p.m.

Featured Company Presentations

EARLY STAGE

Broad St. Bullies Pub

Sponsored by

HEALTHCARE

1100 Social

Sponsored by

TECHNOLOGY

Victory Beer Hall

Sponsored by

 

3:15 p.m.

Pitch Sessions

The PACT Capital Conference annually highlights top companies in technology and healthcare. In 2019 we will be highlighting companies in new pitch session tracks that have specific strengths in Philadelphia:

IMPACT

International

Universities – Student Led Companies

 

4 p.m.

NETWORKING / BREAKS

PBR Philly Bar & Grill

 
 

4:30 p.m.

Showcase Companies: Successful, Mature Growth Companies
NBC Sports Arena

 
 

4:45 p.m.

THE LION’S DEN

NBC Sports Arena

A panel of highly successful entrepreneurs will be presented with 3 investment opportunities from the best of the conference featured companies. Investment decisions will be made LIVE.

The Lions

  • David Adelman, CEO, Campus Apartments, Lead Director, Wheels UP
  • Jonathan A. Brassington, CEO, Capgemini Invent NA
  • Anthony Bucci, Founder and Former CEO of RevZilla.com, Angel Investor and Tech Advisor
  • Donna Cordner, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, OKM Capital
  • Richard Vague, Managing Partner, Gabriel Investments

Moderator : Marc R. Lederman, General Partner, NewSpring Capital

Co-Sponsored by
 
 
 

6:00 p.m.

GALA RECEPTION

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19112

Join us and celebrate the region’s entrepreneurial spirit as we conclude PACT Capital Conference 2018.

Co-Sponsored by