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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