Innovations in Technology and Healthcare for the Philadelphia-Region Celebrated at 24th Annual PACT Enterprise Awards

Philadelphia, PA., May 18, 2017 PACT, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies, tonight recognized eleven exceptional organizations and individuals at the 24th Annual Enterprise Awards sponsored by Fairmount Partners.  The longest-running awards program of its kind in the Philadelphia-region, the Enterprise Awards honors investors, entrepreneurs and businesses that are transforming and advancing technology, healthcare and related fields.

The 2017 Enterprise Awards winners from the nine competitive categories:

“Innovation continues to flourish throughout our region and this night is about celebrating the many accomplishments that happen right here,” said Dianne Strunk, Vice President, PACT.  “The judging panel had to sort through more than 400 applications this year before selecting 27 finalists and ultimately, the nine winners recognized tonight.  I salute the judges for their tireless work and on behalf of everyone at PACT, I congratulate each of the 2017 Enterprise Awards honorees.”

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These Innovators Won Big at the 2017 PACT Enterprise Awards

Nearly 900 people filled the Pennsylvania Convention Center Thursday night to honor leaders in Philadelphia’s booming tech and health care space.

Written by Haley Weiss, Philadelphia Magazine (BizPhilly)

On Thursday night, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), held their 24th Annual Enterprise Awards. The event, sponsored by Fairmount Partners, honored eleven local businesses and individuals that have made exceptional contributions to technology, healthcare and related fields. With a record number of over 400 submissions, this year’s Enterprise Awards were the most competitive yet, with a list of winners spanning every branch of Philly’s hotbed of innovation.

In addition to honorees in nine competitive categories, PACT also selected honorees for two special awards. Gabriel Investments managing partner Richard Vague received the PACT Legend Award in recognition of his career supporting technology and sciences in the region. Independence Blue Cross was honored with the Digital Innovation Award for the launch of their community health and wellness center, Independence LIVE.

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Marketing wizard Richard Vague, others, honored by entrepreneurship alliance

Written by Joseph N. DiStefano, Philadelphia Inquirer

At last night’s 24th annual Enterprise Awards, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) gave affinity-marketing guru Richard Vague its lifetime-achievement award. Vague is in a second act of his career: In the 1990s, he ran credit card giant First USA Bank down in Wilmington (now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.), and other credit card operations, before moving north, founding EnergyPlus in University City, and selling it to NRG for $190 million in 2011.

Philadelphians know Vague in his current varied career — as a tech angel (Gabriel Investments), philanthropist (hands-on at Penn Medicine, and through his own Governor’s Woods Foundation), blogger, and public-affairs patron (DelanceyPlace.com, and his economic and foreign-policy writings, research and events sponsorship), and political kingmaker (most recently, he headed the finance committee for Rebecca Rhynhart’s successful campaign for the Democratic City Controller nomination.)

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Here’s who took home Enterprise Awards last night

ROAR For Good took home the coveted Technology Startup Award.

Written by Roberto Torres, Technical.ly Philly

What if everyone took the time to share one Philly success story?

During last night’s Enterprise Awards, that was the main prompt from Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) CEO Dean Miller, who emceed the 24th edition of the ceremony last night at the Pennsylvania Convention Center before a crowd of 900. Miller listed, in his opening speech, Philly tech successes like that of Sidecar (which just raised $11 million) and the up and coming LIA Diagnostics as signs of growth in the ecosystem.

Though this year the ceremony skewed a bit towards large, B2B tech companies in the suburbs, smaller companies from the Center City/University City corridor like ROAR for Good and Blackfynn also landed trophies.

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The 2017 PACT Enterprise Awards finalists have been named

Written by Tom Paine, Philly Tech News

The 2017 PACT Enterprise Awards finalists have been named. The PACT Enterprise Awards will be held on May 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

While some of these firms are well established and known in the Philly Tech community, others are like spotting the best prospects in minor league baseball baseball heading towards the majors. PACT’s committee has a good record in picking high achievers.

Last year’s winning technology startup, energy data firm NavPort, was acquired in December by Canada’s RS Energy Group, with backing from Warburg Pincus.

Philly Tech News profiled QuantaVerse (Technology Startup nominee) in December. The Wayne-based Fintech venture won the “Peoples’ Choice” award at PACT’s IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference in the fall, and has also been nominated for benzinga’s Global Fintech awards.

Regulatory DataCorp, King of Prussia (Technology Emerging), was acquired last summer by Vista Equity from Bain Capital Ventures. It is in a field roughly similar to QuantaVerse, though at a more mature stage, as it provides software and data which helps financial institutions and others identify regulatory risk.

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Richard Vague Announced as Legend Award Honoree & Honoring Technology & Healthcare Innovations

On May 18, the technology and healthcare communities will gather together for the 24th Annual Enterprise Awards to celebrate regional talent and innovation. This black-tie gala stands as the region’s premier award program honoring individuals and companies that are pace-setters in innovation, leadership and advances in technology, healthcare and related fields.

We proudly announce Richard Vague, Managing Partner of Gabriel Investments, as PACT’s 24th Legend Award Honoree for Lifetime Achievement. The formal presentation takes place at the Enterprise Awards black-tie gala on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Take a closer look at our finalists and honorees for the 23rd Annual Enterprise Awards:

Honoring Richard Vague for Lifetime Achievement »

Profiling the Technology and Healthcare Award Finalists »

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