Phorum Series: The Enterprise Data Journey

Join us for the 10th Annual Phorum Enterprise Technology Conference

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.

Break out your designer pajamas and WAKE UP on March 24th for the annual PACT Foundation Breakfast. Connect with fellow members of the Philly Innovation Community for a (virtual) cup of coffee as we celebrate diversity, inclusion, access and equity in innovation and STEM education.

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM – Virtual Networking Lounge

Connect with your community face-to-face in our virtual lounge, powered by Remo. Meet our planning committee, speakers, and PACT Foundation beneficiaries as you move from table to table in the space. Pour yourself a mug of something warm, mix up a bowl of oatmeal, and it’ll be SO CLOSE to breakfasting in-person!

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Program Broadcast

Our PACT Morning Show Team will welcome you LIVE! as we share the stories of the people and organizations that are working to make the Philadelphia innovation community more equitable, and leveraging the collective efforts of the tech community to offer career opportunities and economic mobility to ALL Philadelphians, regardless of race, gender identity, or zip code.

Daily Schedule:

10:00 AM: Networking Lounge

10:30 AM: Conference Broadcast

11:30 AM: Networking Lounge

4:00 PM: Afternoon Watch Party*

*Featuring a rebroadcast of the day’s session with speaker live chat


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

Speakers to be announced.

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.

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 data business models from both the large enterprise and user-centric viewpoints.

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.

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.

Presented by:

Fairmount Partners


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PACT Tracks Outstanding Results for Philly Capital in New Venture Report

Breaking down all key trends in Philly MSA from 2019, powered by PitchBook Data

February 18, 2020 (Philadelphia, PA) — PACT announces the release of its 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report with data produced by PitchBook. Philadelphia’s “grit” sets the region apart and this report showcases how Philadelphians are increasingly using their inner grit and industry passion to fuel innovation. It identifies key trends and advancements in Philadelphia’s 2019 capital activity. The report was sponsored by 11 organizations: Bridge Bank, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA, BioAdvance, CEO Council for Growth, EY, Janney Montgomery Scott, Life Sciences PA, Penn Medicine, Toppan Merrill, University City Science Center, and Wilson Sonsini.

According to PitchBook’s data:

At $2.5 billion invested across 225 venture financings, Philly’s venture ecosystem closed out a record 2019 for both dollars invested and the number of deals closed. Philadelphia is firmly in the top ten venture capital markets in the U.S. ranking 7th in dollars invested in 2019. Moreover, the region’s pharma & biotech sector commanded more than $1 billion in overall deal value, also setting a record.

The 2019 Philadelphia Venture Report uncovers the underlying drivers of the robust Philly ecosystem, exploring datasets ranging from VC activity by sector to the sustained rise in the participation of outside investors.

Additional highlights include:

  • goPuff’s massive $750M investment from SoftBank
  • Analysis of the drivers behind Philly’s angel & seed VC deal activity
  • Highlight of the growing capital flowing to Philadelphia startups from other top markets
  • Examination of the annual growth in corporate venture investment over the past decade

“The Philadelphia entrepreneurial community is no longer the ‘best kept secret.’ From cutting edge cell and gene therapy to enterprise software and even digital convenience delivery, Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs are setting the pace for innovation, fundraising and deals,” shared PACT President and CEO Dean Miller. “We thank Pitchbook and our sponsors for their partnership and look forward to working with the region to continue to elevate Philadelphia together!”

The full report is now available. Click here:

About the Contributors:


PitchBook is a financial data and software company that provides transparency into the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. PitchBook collects and analyzes detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people. The company’s data and analysis are available through the PitchBook Platform, industry news and in-depth reports. Founded in 2007, PitchBook has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, New York and London and serves more than 23,000 professionals around the world. In 2016, Morningstar acquired PitchBook, which now operates as an independent subsidiary.

Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)

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

Media Contact:

Amanda Nardi Di Filippo


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