Philadelphia Entrepreneurs Took Home Almost $1 Million at IMPACT 2016

PHILADELPHIA – December 1, 2016 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced the results of the IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference. After a day and a half of keynotes, panels and company pitches, over 1,000 attendees walked away with key insights, new connections and (for some) investment dollars. This year’s Lion’s Den was a home run.  Three companies were chosen from a pool of 45 companies to enter the Lion’s Den, QuantaVerse, Fischer Block and Double Helix, to pitch their innovations live in front of the IMPACT audience to five highly successful entrepreneurs. Each of the companies showed that they were up to the task with each receiving investment offers from the Lions of at least $300,000 and totaling just under $1 million in the aggregate.

“We are extremely proud of this year’s IMPACT Capital Conference and thankful for the investors of the Lion’s Den – Michael Wells, Robert Corrato, Sashi Reddi, Tom Gravina, and Walter Buckley. The time and dedication they extended to our closing session took our conference to new heights and showcased the true meaning of IMPACT,” expressed Sean Denham, IMPACT 2016 chairman and Philadelphia office managing partner at Grant Thornton, and Dave Maturo, IMPACT 2016 vice chairman and Grant Thornton’s director of business development.

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Wharton’s Top-Rated Professor and New York Times Writer, Adam Grant, to Keynote IMPACT 2016 Conference Luncheon

PHILADELPHIA – November 14, 2016 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced today that Adam Grant, Author, Professor, The Wharton School, NYT Writer will keynote the IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference Luncheon on November 30. Adam’s writings focus on work and psychology, specializing in building productive cultures of generosity and originality. He received a standing ovation for his 2016 TED talk on Originals, his #1 New York Times bestseller on how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink.

”Adam is truly a great original thinker and his research sheds light on the minds of some of our greatest disruptive entrepreneurs.  We are excited to have him share his insights at IMPACT where our theme is Growth through Disruption,” explained Dean Miller, President and CEO of PACT.

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IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference Invites 45 Companies to Compete for Venture Funding in ‘Lion’s Den’

PACT announces featured company presenters and names 2016 Lion’s Den investors

Philadelphia, Pa., October 28, 2016 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced today its 45 Featured Company Presenters and the distinguished panel of potential Lion’s Den investors. Hosted by Grant Thornton LLP, the IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference unites the private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurial communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. For over 20 years, IMPACT has stimulated billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. IMPACT 2016 will focus on “Growth through Disruption” as it pertains to the marketplace of ideas. The conference will take place on November 29 and 30 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia.

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AGENDA

DETAILED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Please take a look at this year’s developing agenda to gain a clear picture of how the conference runs.

 

WEDNESDAY, November 1, 2017
1:00-7:30 PM
Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel

 

1:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION OPENS

Liberty Foyer Pre-function Space

1:30 p.m.

OPENING REMARKS

Liberty Ballroom A/B

Fireside Chat – Intro and Questions

Polina Marinova, Associate Editor at Fortune and Author of Term Sheet

Interviewed by Dean Miller, President & CEO, PACT

2:00 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION – LIGHTNING TALKS 

Liberty Ballroom A/B/C

What are large enterprises looking for when acquiring customers and companies? How do smaller companies become partners with behemoth enterprises? Hear the stories of Success through Collaboration, Inclusion and Access with entrepreneurs across all verticals.

Lightning Talk Speakers

  • Dan Goldsmith, Senior Executive, Software, Consulting, Life Sciences, Veeva
  • Laura Huang, Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Yang, Founder, Venture for America

Introduced by

Dean Miller, President & CEO, PACT

3:00 p.m.

NETWORKING / BREAKS

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.

3:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION – PANEL DISCUSSION WITH LIGHTNING TALK SPEAKERS

Liberty Ballroom A/B/C

Success through Collaboration, Inclusion and Access

Panel Discussion with: 

  • Dan Goldsmith, Senior Executive, Software, Consulting, Life Sciences, Veeva
  • Laura Huang, Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Yang, Founder, Venture for America

Moderator

Polina Marinova, Associate Editor at Fortune and Author of Term Sheet

4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Anita Elberse, Award Winning Teacher and Scholar, Chair, Executive Educational Program, The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports, Harvard Business School

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5:30 p.m.

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Liberty Foyer

Mix and mingle with movers and shakers from the PACT community as the opening day of the PACT Capital Conference 2017 concludes.

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THURSDAY – November 2, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel and the Crystal Tea Room

7:30 a.m.

REGISTRATION OPENS

Liberty Foyer – Prefunction Space

8:00 a.m.

OPENING REMARKS AND BREAKFAST

Liberty Ballroom A/B/C

9:15 a.m.

FEATURED COMPANY PRESENTATIONS

Hear presentations from more than 40 of the region’s most promising investment opportunities in industry-focused tracks.

EARLY STAGE

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HEALTHCARE

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TECHNOLOGY

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10:15 a.m.

NETWORKING / BREAKS

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.

Industry Track Panel Sessions

EARLY STAGE

Independence A/B

How to Herd Cats While Running the Dog & Pony Show: Closing and Syndicating Your Early Investments

You’re trying to close a round with multiple investors, while trying to close early clients, and building the relationships that will keep things running and growing. From your vantage point, it might seem impossible to do all at once, yet the best founders find a way do it. Learn from successful leaders from all relevant perspectives on some of the right and wrong ways to get it done.

Panelists

  • Ted Mann, CEO, Slyce
  • Shelton Mercer, Chief Strategy Officer, Benjamin’s Desk
  • Tom Wisniewski, Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners

Moderator

Katherine O’Neill, Executive Director, Jumpstart NJ

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HEALTHCARE

Independence C/D

Revolution in Reimbursement: Your Customer is Changing and you need a program to keep up.

No health care business model can survive without identifying who is incented to pay for your product. Reimbursement models are evolving faster than ever before. Come hear from experts who will compare and contrast the fee-for-service, facilitated health network, and integrated delivery network payment models. Hear firsthand how these changing payment systems fundamentally determine for your company or those in your portfolio who buys your product and how they pay for it.

Panelists

  • Anita Brazill, Vice President, Partnerships and Business Development, The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Care Centered Collaborative, Previously Senior Director, Integrated Healthcare Systems, Merck Human Health
  • Anthony V. Coletta, M.D., MBA, Executive Vice President and President, Facilitated Health Networks, Independence Blue Cross

Moderator

Eric Steager, Managing Director, Strategic Innovation Portfolio Director, Corporate      Development & Innovation, Independence Blue Cross

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TECHNOLOGY

Philadelphia Ballroom

Supporting innovation through effective collaboration between corporations and startups

This panel will explore successful relationships between enterprises and startups which increase ROI for both parties. Be prepared to walk through the do’s, don’ts, and biggest learnings from those experienced in these partnerships. There will be ample time for Q&A so please come prepared with your burning questions for our expert panelists.

Panelists

  • Joseph DePaulo, CEO & Co-Founder, College Ave Student Loans
  • Scott A. Snyder, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
  • Shea Wallon, SVP & Managing Director, Financial Venture Fund, Hearst Business Media

Moderator 

Richard L. Cohen, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Sponsored by

11:45 a.m.

LUNCHEON

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey S. Moorad, Chairman, Morgan Lewis’s Global Sports Industry Initiative, Principal, Morgan Lewis Consulting

Interviewed by: Andy Cherry, Partner, KPMG LLP

 

Sponsored by

1:30 p.m.

Featured Company Presentations

EARLY STAGE

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HEALTHCARE

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TECHNOLOGY

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3:30 p.m.

Industry Track Sessions – Companies and Customers Reverse Pitches

The Enterprise to Startup Exchange

This exchange will explore the needs of the represented enterprises with the opportunity for pre-selected startups to pitch their offerings, receive feedback, and eventually land a contract. A diverse group of enterprises will be participating across the Healthcare, FinTech, Media, and Manufacturing verticals. Don’t miss this highly interactive and experiential learning based session.

HEALTHCARE

Panelists

  • Rajesh Aggarwal MBBS MA PhD FRCS FACS, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Division of Minimally Invasive, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
  • Greg Barnowsky, Chief Architect, Enterprise Architecture, Independence Blue Cross
  • Jon Kipp, Vice President, Benefits Innovation and Product, Comcast, NBCUniversal and Comcast-Spectator
  • Brian P. McVeigh, CPA, CMA, CLP, MBA, Vice President Worldwide Business Development Transactions and Investment Management, GlaxoSmithKline

Moderator

Tom Olenzak, Managing Director, Independence Strategic Innovation Portfolio and Director Innovation and Corporate Development, Independence Blue Cross

 

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TECHNOLOGY

The Enterprise to Startup Exchange

This exchange will explore the innovation needs of the represented enterprises, the startup solutions chosen to meet those needs, and unearth the compelling aspects of the pitch that ultimately resulted in a commercial contract.  Come learn from seasoned start-up CEOs the effective pitch tactics and common missteps to avoid in this highly interactive, reverse engineered pitch session.

Panelists

  • Randall Gaboriault, MS, Chief Information Officer; Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Development, Christiana Care Health System
  • James G. Graham, Executive Vice President, Head of Domestic and Global Treasury
  • Joe Proto, Chairman and CEO, Transactis
  • Steve Wray, CEO, Cloudmine

Facilitator

Michael S. Harrington, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

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4:30 p.m.

NETWORKING / BREAKS

4:45 p.m.

THE LION’S DEN

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 in front of the audience.

The Lions

  • David Adelman, President and CEO, Campus Apartment
  • Dr. Robert Corrato, Founder and Managing Partner, Devon Hill Capital Partners
  • Michael Wells, Managing Director, Princeton Biopharma Capital Partners, LLC
  • Sashi Reddi, Managing Partner, SRI Capital
  • Rudy Karsan, Managing Director, Karlani Capital

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

Co-Sponsored by

6:00 p.m.

GALA RECEPTION

Crystal Tea Room

Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square, Philadelphia

Join us at the Crystal Tea Room to celebrate the region’s entrepreneurial spirit as we conclude PACT Capital Conference 2017.

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Executive Leadership

2017 EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

CONFERENCE HOST AND CHAIRMAN

Andrew Hamilton
Partner
Morgan Lewis

Jeffrey Bodle
Partner
Morgan Lewis

PACT CHAIR
Dean E. Miller President & CEO, PACT
Managing Director, PCOM Innovation Fund

INDUSTRY TRACK VICE CHAIRS:

Technology Track
Tina Aufiero
Managing Director
Safeguard Scientifics

Katelyn Johnson
Senior Associate
Safeguard Scientifics

Healthcare Track
Tom Olenzak
Strategy, Innovation, and Investment Professional, Healthcare Information Technology
Independence Blue Cross

Eric Steager
Director, Corporate Development & Innovation
Managing Director Strategic Innovation Portfolio

Early Stage Track
Ellen Weber
Executive Director, Temple University’s Innovation
Entrepreneurship Institute; and
Robin Hood Ventures

Jason Bannon
Director of Marketing & Communications
Ben Franklin Technology Partners SEP

SPONSORSHIP CHAIRMAN
Joseph Purcell
Business Development, EisnerAmper

RECRUITING & SELECTION OVERSIGHT CHAIRMAN
Michael S. Harrington
Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

MARKETING CHAIRMAN
Valerie F. Calderon
Manager, Business Development & Marketing
Morgan Lewis

CONFERENCE DIRECTOR
Cheryl Jarvis-Johnson
Director, IMPACT Capital Conference

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