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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Executive Leadership



John E. Royer, Jr, Managing Partner

Neil A. Cooper, Executive Partner

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


Technology Track
Glen Bressner, Managing Partner
Activate Venture Partners

Healthcare Track
Kapila Ratnam, Ph.D. General Partner
NewSpring Capital

Early Stage Track
Doc Parghi, Managing Partner
SRI Capital

Michael S. Harrington, Esq, Partner
Fox Rothschild, LLP

Cheryl Jarvis-Johnson
Director, PACT Capital Conference