Duane Morris to Host PACT Capital Conference 2019

The 26th Annual Program will take place September 26 at XFINITY Live!

PHILADELPHIA, June 12, 2019: Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) proudly announces Duane Morris LLP as host of the PACT Capital Conference 2019, and welcomes Duane Morris partners Sandra G. Stoneman and Richard L. Cohen as conference co-chairs.

PACT will offer a full day of content, speakers, networking and company pitches. Whether attendees are seeking capital, customers or connections, the opportunities to achieve this happen at the PACT Capital Conference on September 26.

“We are delighted to co-chair this preeminent conference that attracts entrepreneurs and investors from the greater Philadelphia area and the Northeast corridor,” said Stoneman. “The PACT Capital Conference brings together more than 1,000 people who are driving innovation and entrepreneurship throughout our region, and we’re thrilled to do our part to make that happen,” added Cohen.

About the Co-Chairs
Sandra Stoneman represents entrepreneurs, businesses and investors within the life sciences, med tech and digital health sectors in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and other strategic transactions. She also advises high-growth companies within these industries in transactional and governance matters from formation through exit, including founder and other stakeholder relationships, collaborations, licensing and partnering transactions, research and clinical trial agreements and other important commercial and operational arrangements. Stoneman is a team lead for the Duane Morris Life Sciences industry group and is co-chair of the Emerging Companies group. Stoneman is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  

Richard L. Cohen concentrates his practice in the areas of venture capital/emerging companies, mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity, general corporate law and business counseling. His client base includes a broad range of business entities, both public and private, including biotechnology and technology companies, venture capital firms, insurance companies, telecommunications companies, energy companies, and manufacturing companies. He is a team lead for the Duane Morris Insurance industry group and is co-chair of the Emerging Companies group. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About the PACT Capital Conference
Each year, the PACT Capital Conference connects the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to investors. But this program is something more. It will showcase mature companies from the Philadelphia region along with pitch sessions from international, university, and social impact entrepreneurs. It boils down to more capital opportunities for entrepreneurs and more potential investments for investors.

Before celebrating at the Gala Reception directly following, the conference will conclude with the fifth installment of the Lion’s Den, in which select companies will present to a panel of distinguished angel investors looking to write a check and power entrepreneurial ventures. Last year’s Lion’s Den resulted in more than $850K distributed in aggregate.

The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region, networking opportunities with the movers and shakers from the community, and educational panels and content sessions. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, this conference draws more than 1,000 participants each year. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. www.pactcapconf.com


For the latest information, visit our website: www.pactcapconf.com, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.

About 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, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Media Contact:

Amanda Nardi Di Filippo

609-790-6206

[email protected]

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PACT Capital Conference 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 PM 
XFinity Live 
1100 Pattison Avenue 
Philadelphia, PA 19146

We welcome our new Hosts Duane Morris and Co-chairs Sandra G. Stoneman, Partner and Richard L. Cohen, Partner

Check our website for the latest news, announcements and information on Capital Conference 2019 pactcapconf.com

Dress Code: Business Casual

HOST AN ENTREPRENEUR
PACT is working to reduce barriers to entry for qualified entrepreneurs who otherwise would not be able to afford registration fees. If you or your company would like to sponsor a single or group of entrepreneur attendees, please email Danielle Pinto. Significant discounts are availble when you purchase 5 or more entrepreneur tickets.

PACT Capital Conference Concluded with $850,000 in Startup Funding

PACT offered insights and opportunities for 1,000 attendees to succeed through collaboration, inclusion, and access

PHILADELPHIA – September 27, 2018 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced the results of the PACT Capital Conference 2018. After a full day of keynotes, company pitches, panels and more pitches, close to 1,200 attendees walked away with key insights, new connections and (for some) investment dollars. This year’s Lion’s Den was like none other before it.  After a full day of pitching, three companies were chosen out of 37 featured company presenters to enter PACT’s inaugural Lion’s Den. Infantear, Grovara, and MNI pitched their innovations once more live in front of the conference audience to five highly successful entrepreneurs. All five “lion” investors offered a collective $850,000 to MNI.

“We are extremely proud of this year’s PACT Capital Conference and thankful to the investors of the Lion’s Den – Jonathan Brassington, Michael Forman, Michael Hagan, Arlan Hamilton and Richard Vague. The innovation and collaboration in the room were palpable. We are also appreciative of all of the entrepreneurs for sharing their vision with our investment community,” expressed Paul Marvel, Market Managing Partner for RSM US LLP, PA/S.NJ and Conference Co-Chairman.

The 2018 PACT Capital Conference offered exciting new elements, including an increased number of investors from all over the country and pitching entrepreneurs from different parts of the globe. PACT hosted pitches from 37 featured companies; six mature growth companies; and 13 pitches from Social Impact, Student-Led and Israeli entrepreneurs. The healthcare and technology tracks centered on the blockchain technology promise, breaking healthcare boundaries, and evolving technology exits. Additionally, entrepreneurs and investors connected one-to-one in curated business meetings through the 2018 mobile app. This year’s conference also featured keynote remarks from regional and national leaders: Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital Founder + Managing Partner and CEO + Co-Founder of Backstage Studio, Cindy Eckert Whitehead, Serial Entrepreneur with total exits exceeding $1.5B, Angel Investor, and Founder of the Pinkubator, and Alex Banayan, National Bestselling Author of The Third Door and Thought Leader on millennial trends for business.

“For the 25th year of the conference, we joined PACT and our fellow sponsors to showcase investors and entrepreneurs indicative of the robust emerging growth companies in our region,” commented Bob Fesnak, Partner, Management Consulting Leader, PA/NJ and Conference Co-Chairman.

To learn more, please contact Amanda Nardi at [email protected] or by phone at 609-790-6206. You can also learn more by visiting the conference website www.pactcapconf.com, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.

 

History of the PACT Capital Conference
The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region, networking opportunities with the movers and shakers from the community, and educational panels and content sessions. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, this conference draws more than 1,000 participants each year. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. www.pactcapconf.com

 

About 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, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

 

Media Contact:

Amanda E. Nardi

609-790-6206

[email protected]

 

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The 37 companies vying for VC dollars at PACT’s Capital Conference

Written by Michelle Caffrey, Philadelphia Business Journal

By the end of the day on Sept. 26th, three dozen companies will have pitched their businesses to an Xfinity Live that’s packed full of investors, advisors and other entrepreneurs from the Philadelphia region for the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies’ 25th annual Capital Conference. A lucky few will be chosen to deliver it again — the second time in front of a handful of the most influential investors in the region in the Lion’s Den.

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PACT Invites 37 Companies to Compete for Venture Funding at 25th Anniversary Capital Conference

PACT announces featured company presenters and names 2018 Lion’s Den Investors

Philadelphia, PA, September 11, 2018 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced its 37 Featured Company Presenters and the distinguished panel of Lion’s Den investors. Hosted by RSM US LLP, the PACT Capital Conference unites the private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurial communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. For over 20 years, PACT has stimulated billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. Through a condensed one-day format, this year’s conference will open doors for all stages of rising success by laying the framework for companies seeking capital and customers.

PACT’s Featured Company presentations will break out into three industry tracks: Early-Stage, Healthcare, and Technology.

Early Stage Companies Healthcare Companies Technology Companies
Dash Solutions Aro Biotherapeutics Blogger Republik
Grovara Camber Spine Epilogue Systems
HootBoard Convetra Galactic Fog
Jenzy Group K Indico
Mine Vision Systems MNI Kickup
Narbis Oncora Medical Kognition
ShuttleBee Repisodic Make-Sense
STEM Lending Thermaquil Orai
Termaxia Vytalize Health Slyce
Traxyl PatientWing Tern Water
UniFi InfantEar Yellowdig
Vognition TBT Pharma VitalSines
WealthHub

NEW in 2018 Showcase: Six Successful, Mature Growth Companies

Healthcare Companies Technology Companies
Carisma Therapeutics DrayNow
Onkos Surgical Core Solutions
PisOxus Piano

The 37 Featured Company Presenters, which were selected from more than 150 applicants, will pitch their innovations live in front of investors, professional advisors and key decision makers on September 26. During the pitching hours, the featured companies will receive feedback with hopes to take home funding, gain experience and make lasting business connections. Additionally, each company will vie to enter the PACT Lion’s Den for a chance to receive funding in real time from a panel of accomplished investors.

“Bringing together these impressive Featured Companies with our PE, VC and entrepreneurial communities for the 2018 PACT Capital Conference, will provide exciting new capital investments and business growth opportunities the day of the event and beyond,” said Paul Marvel, RSM US LLP Market Managing Partner and 2018 Conference Co-Chair.

The conference will conclude with the fourth installment of the Lion’s Den, in which a few select companies will present to a panel of distinguished angel investors looking to write a check and power entrepreneurial ventures. Last year’s Lion’s Den resulted in more than $1 million distributed in aggregate.

PACT 2018 Lions

PACT welcomes back Jonathan Brassington and Michael Hagan to the 4th Annual Lion’s Den. The conference also includes new additions: Michael Forman and Richard Vague.

Jonathan A. Brassington is CEO of LiquidHub, A Capgemini Company. In March 2018, Capgemini acquired LiquidHub, a customer engagement transformation company, where Jonathan was the CEO and co-Founder.  Jonathan is a Wharton Fellow, is on the Board of Overseers of the Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, is on the board of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology, is on the Board of Trustees at Misericordia University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Misericordia University and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Forman is Chairman & CEO of FS Investments, an alternative asset manager headquartered in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. Mr. Forman has been leading the company since founding it in 2007, when it was known as Franklin Square Capital Partners. FS Investments’ mission is to bring investors access to alternative sources of income and growth historically available only to large institutions and the wealthiest individuals. Today, the company has grown to more than 330 employees and manages approximately $25 billion in assets. Prior to founding FS Investments, Mr. Forman founded a private equity and real estate investment firm. He started his career as a corporate and securities lawyer. Mr. Forman is a member of a number of civic and charitable boards, including The Franklin Institute, Drexel University and the Philadelphia Center City District Foundation. He is also Chairman of Vetri Community Partnership.  Mr. Forman has also received a number of awards for his leadership and philanthropic contributions, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2017, and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 2017 honoree for his dedication to the city’s public art initiatives.

Michael Hagan is co-founder and Managing Partner of Hawk Capital Partners. Hawk Capital Partners, founded in December 2014, is a private equity firm focused on lower middle market businesses. Mr. Hagan has served as Chairman of the Board at Nutrisystem since April 2012. He served as Lead Director of the Board of Directors from February 2012 until his appointment as Chairman. Mr. Hagan is a seasoned and successful entrepreneur that has started or turned around three digital-centric businesses over the last twenty-five years. He served as President and CEO of LifeShield, Inc. from December 2009 until May 2014 where he repositioned the brand to become a leader in the fast-growing DIY sector while driving the company’s customer acquisition activities primarily through digital channels. LifeShield was acquired by DIRECTV in June 2013. Mr. Hagan currently serves as a Director at Franklin Square Investment Corp. (NYSE: FSIC) and a Director at St. Joseph’s University. He received a BS from St. Joseph’s University and was formerly a Certified Public Accountant.

Richard Vague is currently managing partner of Gabriel Investments, an early stage venture capital fund, and chair of The Governor’s Woods Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Energy Plus, and also co-founder and CEO of two consumer banks, First USA and Juniper Financial. Richard currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees and the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees, and on a number of business boards including the Franklin Square Energy and Power Fund. He is chair of FringeArts Philadelphia, chair of the University of Pennsylvania Press, and chair of the Abramson Cancer Center Development Leadership Council.  He is also on the boards of the Franklin Institute, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Visit Philadelphia. Richard is the author of The Next Economic Disaster, a book on the global economy, as well as a number of published articles on economic theory. He is editor of the blog delanceyplace.com, which focuses on non-fiction literature.

This year’s conference will bring together more investors and continue to highlight interesting panel sessions, keynote speakers, featured company presentations in healthcare and technology and The Lion’s Den. But this conference is something more.

We will also showcase mature companies from the Philadelphia region along with pitch sessions from international, university, and social impact entrepreneurs. This boils down to more capital opportunities for entrepreneurs and more potential investments for investors.

To celebrate its silver anniversary, PACT Capital Conference 2018 will be held at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, culminating with the much-anticipated gala reception directly following the Lion’s Den. For the latest information, visit our website: www.pactcapconf.com, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.

 

History of the PACT Capital Conference
The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region, networking opportunities with the movers and shakers from the community, and educational panels and content sessions. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, this conference draws more than 1,000 participants each year. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. www.pactcapconf.com

 

About 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, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

 

Media Contact:

Amanda E. Nardi

609-790-6206

[email protected]

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Arlan Hamilton and Alex Banayan to Keynote 2018 PACT Capital Conference

The event is back this year with a whole new format and location for its 25th anniversary.

The PACT Capital Conference is back again this September, but the signature event will look and feel very different this year for its 25th anniversary. For one, instead of spreading the conference out over two days, organizers have condensed the activities into just one (September 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Plus, they’ve ditched the hotel setting in favor of South Philly’s Xfinity Live!

And keynoting the conference this year are speakers who are sure to also shake things up. Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital founder and managing partner will take the stage and so will The Third Door author Alex Banayan.

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Arlan Hamilton and Alex Banayan to headline PACT’s Capital Conference

Written by Roberto Torres, Technical.ly Philly 

For the 25th anniversary of the event, PACT condensed the conference to a single day: Sept. 26 at Xfinity Live!

Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton and entrepreneurship author Alex Banayan will headline the 25th edition of the PACT Capital Conference, happening Sept. 26 at Xfinity Live!

The venture capital–themed conference has been retooled and condensed to a one-day format, peppered with content around fundraising and growing businesses, and will conclude with the fourth installment of the Lion’s Den pitch competition, which last year led to $1 million in investments for two local companies.

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Backstage Capital Founder & Thought Leader on Millennial Trends for Business Keynote 25th Anniversary PACT Capital Conference 2018

Arlan Hamilton and Alex Banayan to share insights and leadership techniques on September 26

PHILADELPHIA, August 16, 2018: PACT announced today that Arlan Hamilton and Alex Banayan will deliver the keynote addresses at this year’s PACT Capital Conference on September 26 at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia. The Breakfast Keynote (interviewed by Michelle Caffrey of the Philadelphia Business Journal), Arlan Hamilton, leads Backstage Capital as Founder + Managing Partner while also working as CEO + Co-Founder of Backstage Studio. The Luncheon Keynote, Alex Banayan, is the author of national bestseller The Third Door and was named “World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist” by Fortune Magazine.

“We are honored to have Arlan Hamilton share her journey with us at the 2018 PACT Capital Conference,” said Paul Marvel, conference co-chair and Market Managing Partner of hosting firm RSM US LLP. “Arlan’s experience facing adversity and building a successful venture capital fund that bridges gaps in the capital community will bring an inspirational perspective to the conference.”

“We are also excited to hear insights from Alex Banayan, amassed through his time with many of the world’s most well-known and successful innovators,” added Robert Fesnak, conference co-chair and Partner at RSM US LLP. “As a thought leader on entrepreneurship and excellence in business, Alex is a high energy speaker not to be missed.”

More about our keynote speakers:

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into over 80 startup companies led by underestimated founders. Read Arlan’s full biography.

Alex Banayan is the author of national bestseller The Third Door, which chronicles his five-year quest tracking down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, Steve Wozniak, Jessica Alba, Larry King, and dozens more of the world’s most successful people to uncover how they broke through and launched their careers. Banayan has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and been featured in major media including Fortune, Forbes, Businessweek, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, and CBS News. Read Alex’s full biography.

Through a newly condensed one-day format, this year’s conference will open doors for all stages of rising success by laying the framework for companies seeking capital and customers. For 25 years, PACT has stimulated billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. 2018 will foster that growth by increasing the number of featured companies and by honing in on their diversity. This means more opportunities for entrepreneurs and more connections for investors, all by showcasing Philadelphia’s investment activity to the larger Mid-Atlantic region.

The PACT Capital Conference 2018 will conclude with the fourth installment of the Lion’s Den, in which a few select companies will present to a “Shark Tank-like” panel of distinguished angel investors looking to write a check and power entrepreneurial ventures. Last year’s Lion’s Den resulted in more than $1 million distributed in aggregate.

 

To celebrate its silver anniversary, PACT Capital Conference 2018 will be held at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, culminating with the much-anticipated gala reception directly following the Lion’s Den. For the latest information, visit our website: www.pactcapconf.com, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.

 

History of the PACT Capital Conference
The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region, networking opportunities with the movers and shakers from the community, and educational panels and content sessions. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, this conference draws more than 1,000 participants each year. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. www.pactcapconf.com

 

About 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, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

 

Media Contact:

Amanda E. Nardi

609-790-6206

[email protected]

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RSM to Host 25th Anniversary PACT Capital Conference 2018

25 years ushers in a new age of deal making, featured at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia with one-day format

PHILADELPHIA, March 28, 2018: Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) proudly announces RSM US LLP (“RSM”) as host of the PACT Capital Conference 2018, and welcomes Paul Marvel, market managing partner, PA/Southern NJ offices with RSM, and Robert Fesnak, partner, management consulting leader, PA/NJ as conference co-chairmen.

On September 26, this year’s conference will celebrate and explore 25 years of building connections for companies through a newly condensed one-day format. The PACT Capital Conference 2018 will seek to create a roadmap for the stages of success by gaining a better understanding of how companies connect and collaborate.

As the market managing partner for RSM’s Philadelphia region, Marvel is responsible for business operations in the firm’s Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey offices, which includes approximately 380 people. He has overall responsibility for client relationships, implementing the firm’s strategy, people engagement and growth. Marvel has expertise with diverse clients from closely-held corporations to nationally and internationally traded public corporations in the manufacturing, life science, wholesale distribution and financial institution industries.

Fesnak is a partner, management consulting leader, PA/NJ at RSM US LLP and PACT Board Member.  He has developed an extensive background in audit, accounting, tax, valuation and financial consulting for many public and middle market companies. Fesnak has more than 30 years of experience with a concentration in the manufacturing, technology, life science, service, real estate, health care, private equity and leasing industries.

“For more than two decades, the PACT Capital Conference has been the premier outlet for bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region and beyond,” said Marvel. “We are thrilled to host the 25th Anniversary Capital Conference at an exciting new location with a refreshed format that will truly usher in a new age of deal making.”

“As a PACT board member, I have seen the evolution of this conference and the critical role it plays in deal making,” said Fesnak. We have enlisted the feedback of members, attendees and sponsors to streamline the program into a more impactful day and evening that will bring investing opportunities and networking to a new level.”

Each year, the conference brings together investors collectively managing billions of dollars in capital with entrepreneurs and professional advisors. The conference features company presentations, industry-specific panel sessions, prestigious keynote speakers, networking and high-visibility opportunities to sponsors and attendees alike, all of which will complement the main focus: connecting the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors.

The 2018 conference will conclude with the fourth installment of the Lion’s Den, in which a few select companies will present to a “Shark Tank-like” panel of distinguished angel investors looking to write a check and power entrepreneurial ventures. Last year’s Lion’s Den resulted in more than $1 million distributed in aggregate.

To celebrate its silver anniversary, PACT Capital Conference 2018 will be held at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, culminating with the much-anticipated gala reception directly following the Lion’s Den. For the latest information, visit our website: www.pactcapconf.com, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.

 

History of the PACT Capital Conference
The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region, networking opportunities with the movers and shakers from the community, and educational panels and content sessions. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, this conference draws more than 1,000 participants each year. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. www.pactcapconf.com

 

About 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, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. www.philadelphiapact.com

 

Media Contact:

Amanda E. Nardi

609-790-6206

[email protected]

 

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Philadelphia Startups Took Home Over $1 million in Funding

PACT offered insights and opportunities for 1,000 attendees to succeed through collaboration, inclusion, and access

PHILADELPHIA – November 3, 2017 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced the results of the PACT Capital Conference 2017. After a day and a half of keynotes, lightning talks, panels and company pitches, close to 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.  After a full day of pitching, three companies were chosen out of 45 featured company presenters to enter PACT’s inaugural Lion’s Den. Roundtrip, Statum Health, and SocialLadder pitched their innovations once more live in front of the conference audience to five highly successful entrepreneurs. Three of the “lion” investors offered Statum Health $250,000 followed by SocialLadder who walked away with $800,000 from all five investors (the largest amount yet in all three years of the Lion’s Den).

“We are extremely proud of this year’s PACT Capital Conference and thankful for the investors of the Lion’s Den – David Adelman, Dr. Robert Corrato, Michael Wells, Sashi Reddi, and Rudy Karsan. The collaboration in the room was palpable and that is thanks to the entrepreneurs, who put their company on the stage, and the investors, who provided important insight and funding,” expressed Andy Hamilton and Jeff Bodle, 2017 PACT Capital Conference co-chairmen and partners at Morgan Lewis.

The 2017 PACT Capital Conference offered exciting new elements. It created a roadmap for the stages of successful collaboration and how startups, enterprises and investors become collaborators. The PACT lightning talks shared stories of when large enterprises collaborate with entrepreneurs across all verticals. The healthcare and technology tracks centered on the enterprise to startup exchange, mirroring PACT’s new Customer Connect initiative in which entrepreneurs pitch their inventions to enterprise buyers. Additionally, PACT released a new venture report by Pitchbook and in collaboration with Ben Franklin Technology Partners and others. Entrepreneurs and investors also connected one-to-one by scheduling business meetings through the 2017 mobile app. This year’s conference also featured keynote remarks from regional and national leaders: Polina Marinova of Fortune and Author of Term Sheet, Anita Elberse of Harvard Business School, and Jeffrey S. Moorad, Chairman of Morgan Lewis’s global sports industry initiative.

“The conference provided an ideal platform to connect entrepreneurs, investors, industry and thought leaders, and promote collaboration, particularly in the technology and healthcare spaces,” commented Morgan Lewis co-chairs Andy Hamilton and Jeff Bodle.

To learn more, please contact Amanda Nardi at [email protected] or by phone at 609-790-6206. You can also learn more by visiting the conference website www.pactcapconf.com, Linkedin, Twitter (@PhilaPACT), and Facebook.