Change in CapCon 2020 Finale

A Note from PACT Capital Conference Director:

We have a change in our Lion’s Den Finale lineup for September 24.

  1. Lion’s Den – will begin at 10:00 AM.  You will want to see it from the beginning. Countdown begins at 9:55 AM.  (See link below)
  2. The Gala Networking Lounge will begin at 11:30 AM
    1. This session is sponsored by our Gala Sponsors Grant Thornton and Troutman Pepper.  While it is not our traditional Gala it promises to be fun!  Join us for 30 minutes.  It is easy to sign into the networking lounge through the link and then double click into any table at any time to see your colleagues, featured companies, sponsors, investors and folks you just want to connect with.  No table is off limits (See link below)
    2. This room is spectacular in its ease for networking. Remember, part of your access to the virtual conference is to take advantage of the networking element whether for 5 or 30 minutes.

Below are the links to connect to the programs!

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Watch the Lion’s Den Finale in YouTube Live:

https://youtu.be/iig4FDPYlp8

 

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM:
Networking Lounge

https://live.remo.co/e/pact-capital-conference-septembe-3/register

 

For optimal Networking Lounge experience, click HERE to test your browser and HERE for a getting started FAQ.

For more info on Featured Companies, Speakers, and to connect with fellow attendees, visit our interactive conference platform HERE. (Access code CAPCON2020)

Now, let’s show our community how to virtually have fun on 9/24….join us!

 

Cheryl Jarvis-Johnson

Director, PACT Capital Conference

PACT

200 South Broad Street

Suite 700

Philadelphia, PA  19102

Doc Parghi, Managing Partner, SRI Capital

Doc Parghi, Managing Partner, SRI Capital is an early stage venture capital firm focused on funding innovative startups primarily in India and the US. We are usually the first institutional investor in a company. We typically invest between $1,000,000 and $3,000,000 for a meaningful minority interest and prefer to lead the round. We are active investors, providing support to the founders beyond just a board role. We will also selectively do Series A investments, usually $3-5,000,000, either as a lead investor or as a co-investor with other VCs. We bring personal experiences, contacts and expertise to help cultivate ideas, refine business plans, fill out management teams, develop go-to-market strategies, create strategic partnerships and more. Currently an investor in 30+ companies.

Varsha Tagare, Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures

Varsha Tagare is a Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures and an advocate for diversity in the technology sector. She is focused on the Digital Enterprise and Security sectors in the US. She oversees a $150M fund dedicated to India and cross border Digital Enterprise investments. Varsha was recognized as a Rising Star by Global Corporate Venture Organization in 2019.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Varsha was an investment director at Intel Capital, responsible for global equity investments in Mobile Technology.

She has led and managed investments in Blue Canoe, JAMDAT(IPO), Lookout, MindTickle, Mobile365(M&A by Sybase) and Zinier. Her international portfolio includes Capillary Technologies, Enstage (M&A by Nasper), Ideaforge, MapMyIndia, MCX(IPO), Ridlr (M&A by Ola), Reverie Language Tech (M&A by Reliance) and Yourstory. The India Fund has also invested in companies such as Bounce, ShadowFax and Stellapps.

US portfolio for Qualcomm ventures includes companies like Zoom, Cohesity, Ring, Cruise and Innovium.

Varsha has deep engineering and operating experience in Chip Design on Pentium II, Technical Marketing and Business Development Groups at Intel.

Varsha has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.E. in Electrical Engineering from VJTI from the University of Bombay. She holds two US patents in Microprocessor Design.

Paul Martino, General Partner, Bullpen Capital

Paul is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data.

Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Tripp Jones, General Partner, August Capital

Tripp joined August Capital in 2011 and focuses on investments in rapidly-growing information technology companies, with a particular focus on consumer internet, consumer marketplaces, and application software. He led August’s investments in ADARA, Bark&Co., CommonBond, Compology, Hipcamp, Paperless Post, Quandl, Rocketmiles, Spacious, Sun Basket, and Wattpad.

Prior to joining August Capital, Tripp spent the previous four years at Menlo Park-based Spectrum Equity Investors. Earlier in his career, Tripp was an investment banker with JMP Securities and BMO Capital.

Tripp has a BA in Psychology from Princeton University.

Current August investments: ADARA, Bark &Co., CommonBond, Compology, Hipcamp, Paperless Post, Revel, Sun Basket, Wattpad and Yumi.

Previous August investments: Quandl (acquired by Nasdaq), RJMetrics (acquired by Magento Commerce), Rocketmiles (acquired by PCLN), Spacious (acquired by The We Company) and Stitch Data (acquired by Talend).

 

Gil Beyda, Managing Director, Genacast and Comcast Ventures

Gil Beyda is an accomplished investor who started his career as a software developer and serial entrepreneur. His first startup, Mind Games, developed games for the original Apple II. After many years of technology consulting around the world, Gil founded his second startup, Real Media in online advertising, acquired by 24/7 Media in 2001. After AOL bought his third startup TACODA behavioral targeting ad network in 2007, he moved from building successful companies to investing in them. Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Ventures, focused on seed-stage technology startups in the Northeast. Gil has a never-ending curiosity and passion to explore a broad spectrum of sectors as well as future frontier technology. He received his B.S. in computer science and MBA from California State University-Northridge.

INVESTMENTS:

BigID

Blockdaemon

Confetti

Datadog

Demdex (Acquired: Adobe 2011)

Divide (Acquired: Google 2014)

DoubleVerify (Acquired: Providence Equity Partners 2017)

DrayNow

goTenna

Invite Media (Acquired: DoubleClick 2010)

Jornaya

Neural Magic

Rocketrip

Staq

Uptycs

Yieldmo

Zapata

ZeroFox

EisnerAmper to Host PACTCapCon 2020

The 27th Annual Capital Conference comes back to Center City September 23 & 24

PHILADELPHIA, March 24, 2020: Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) proudly announces EisnerAmper as host of the PACT Capital Conference 2020, and welcomes Conference Co-Chairs Patrick Boyle, CPA, Partner-in-Charge of Audit and Assurance in PA and Paul Dougherty, CPA, Partner-in-Charge, Philadelphia.

PACT will showcase the region’s companies and capital at the largest venture conference in the Northeast. This conference offers a full day and a half of content, speakers, networking and company pitches. The inaugural Gala Reception, a prime arena for networking with regional and Mid-Atlantic business professionals, will be held back at the Crystal Tea Room. This year, it will kickstart the conference the day before on September 23. Whether attendees are seeking capital, customers or connections, the opportunities to achieve this happen at the PACT Capital Conference 2020.

“EisnerAmper is excited to host the PACT Capital Conference, which is such an important touchpoint for the entrepreneur and investor community in our region across the country”, said Boyle. Dougherty added, “When you are able to bring together people driving innovation and investment in a dynamic setting, wonderful things happen. We are delighted to play a role in that process and look forward to a great event.”

About the Co-Chairs

Patrick Boyle is Partner-in-Charge of EisnerAmper’s Audit and Assurance Practice in Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of public accounting experience, Patrick has assisted his publicly and privately held clients with all aspects of SEC reporting, compliance and filings, as well as Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and reporting. He has also assisted clients with transactions such as initial public offerings, private placements, acquisitions, divestitures, and debt and equity financings. Patrick specializes in the technology and life science sectors and also serves other sectors including manufacturing, distribution, real estate, construction and professional services.

Paul Dougherty is a Tax Partner and Partner-in-Charge of EisnerAmper’s Philadelphia practice, with more than 30 years of public accounting experience, and is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Paul has dedicated much of his career to building and enhancing a specialized expertise in corporate taxation, high net worth individuals and IRS controversy. He has significant experience in the review of corporate, partnership and individual tax returns; sophisticated tax planning techniques; representation at federal and state audits; real estate taxation; tax lien matters; and mergers and acquisitions. Paul is a frequent writer and speaker, presenting seminars nationally and throughout the tri-state area on various tax matters.

About the PACT Capital Conference
New this year, the Gala Reception, sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP and Pepper Hamilton LLP, will kickstart the festivities by taking place the night before the conference begins at the Crystal Tea Room (back by popular demand).

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.

It connects the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to investors both in region and out of region. But this program is something more. It will showcase mature companies from the Philadelphia area 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.

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 $550K distributed in aggregate.

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 EisnerAmper

EisnerAmper LLP, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, is a premier accounting, tax and business advisory services firm. EisnerAmper provides audit, accounting and tax services; valuation, due diligence, internal audit and risk management, litigation consulting and forensic accounting; as well as technology, compliance and regulatory, operational consulting and other professional services to a broad range of clients, including services to more than 200 public companies. The firm has more than 200 partners and principals and 1,900-plus employees. For more information, please visit eisneramper.com.

 

Media Contact:

Amanda Nardi Di Filippo

609-790-6206

[email protected]

 

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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 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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