PACT Announces Finalists for 2021 Enterprise Awards

Finalists unveiled for nine competitive awards recognizing the achievements of the region’s technology and healthcare leaders and companies

Philadelphia, PA., February 5, 2021 – Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) announced today in a special 10-minute video presentation the 27 finalists competing for one of the nine prestigious awards at the 2021 Enterprise Awards, the region’s most competitive and admired business awards.  The video announcement can be viewed on the event’s website.

After a pivot in 2020 to a virtual Enterprise Awards broadcast, this year’s celebration of the vitality of the region is tentatively scheduled as an outdoor, socially distanced event on June 29, 2021 at The Mann Center. Confirmation of the in-person format is pending information on the expected evolution of state, local, and federal guidelines for gathering safely.

“We are so proud to provide the platform that celebrates our local investors, entrepreneurs and businesses who are leading transformations worldwide in their respective fields,” said Dianne Strunk, Vice President at PACT.  “The judges selected the 27 finalists from a crowded field and it’s my honor to share the results with the region today.”

Introducing the 2021 PACT Enterprise Awards finalists:


Healthcare Startup

Avisi Technologies

Envara Health

The Discovery Labs

Sponsored by: Ben Franklin Technology Partners


Technology Startup




Sponsored by: Troutman Pepper


Investment Deal

Passage Bio



Sponsored by: Baker Tilly and EPAM


Healthcare Emerging

Antares Pharma



Sponsored by: RSM and SAP


Technology Emerging


Infinite Blue


Sponsored by: EisnerAmper and Fox Rothschild


Healthcare CEO

Annovis Bio, Maria Maccecchini, PhD

Astarte Medical, Tracy Warren

MOBILion Systems, Melissa Sherman, PhD

Sponsored by: EY and Morgan Lewis Bockius


Technology CEO

iPipeline, Larry Berran

Frontline Education, Mark Gruzin

Odessa, Madhu Natarajan

Sponsored by: Cozen O’Connor


Healthcare Innovator




Sponsored by: Independence Blue Cross


Technology Company

Analytical Graphics

Relay Network


Sponsored by: Comcast Business


Tickets for the 2021 PACT Enterprise Awards will be available soon.  Visit the PACT website for more information.


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.




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Tiffanie Stanard, Carter McClure, Kalyana Rao Konda, and Jim Dever Join PACT’s Board of Directors

PACT welcomed four new Board Members at its Quarterly Board Meeting held on October 8

Philadelphia, October 15, 2020 – The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) is excited to announce four additions to its Board of Directors: Tiffanie Stanard of Stimulus, Carter McClure of 1776 / Pennovation Center, Kalyana Rao Konda of Cigniti Technologies, and Jim Dever of Bank of America. Each individual brings a plethora of expertise, insight and knowledge to the PACT Board as the organization expands its vision to be the go-to resource for fast growing companies, a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region and a leader in creating access and equity for underrepresented founders.

“We are excited to welcome Tiffanie, Carter, Kalyan, and Jim to our board. We are grateful for the support and leadership provided by our Board of Directors. Their engagement, ideas, and collaboration lay the groundwork for PACT’s ultimate success,” said Dean Miller, President and CEO of PACT, “Our Board’s dedication helps PACT provide and expand top notch programs and services to strengthen and grow our entrepreneurial community inclusively,” ended Miller.

Tiffanie Stanard
Founder/CEO, Stimulus
Tiffanie Stanard is known for following all of her passions for over 13 years – she is a techie, a creative, media personality/producer and an award-winning entrepreneur. Stanard has been named One of the 15 Women Changing the Face of Technology, Innovator of the Year, One of the Top 100 Women Visionary Leaders to Watch, among many more honors. Tiffanie is the Founder/CEO of Stimulus, a relationship intelligence SaaS platform that uses data and analytics to help companies (of all sizes and across industries) make better purchasing decisions. The Stimulus team is backed by amazing investors including Google for Startups. Learn More.

Carter McClure
Managing Director, Pennovation Center, 1776
Carter McClure is the Managing Director for the Pennovation Center, a technology incubator and co-working space collaborative between The University of Penn and 1776. Carter’s passion lies at the intersection of innovation, inclusion and impact. He has an M.B.A. from Hampton University and is a certified information systems specialist. Prior to his work in business incubation, Carter managed financial analysis for companies including Motorola, Caremark Rx, and Citibank of Chicago. Carter has 15+ years’ experience in business assistance and incubation and a wealth of experience with incubation programming, university student and faculty entrepreneurship, and business partnerships and collaboration. Previously, he led the Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University and the Business Accelerator Program at East Stroudsburg University where he was instrumental in heading the university-wide strategic task force on social innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more.

Kalyana Rao Konda
President, NA East, Cigniti Technologies
Kalyana Rao Konda (Kalyan) is the President at Cigniti North America. In this role, he is responsible for driving revenue growth for Cigniti and achieving success for Cigniti’s clients. Kalyan is a seasoned leader with 20+ years of experience in Sales & Marketing, Operational Planning, Technology, Partnerships and he helps Cigniti teams design custom solutions, ensuring great service delivery. He also is a speaker at diverse industry and technology forums, webinars and podcasts and also has a patent pending in the area of Intelligent Test Scenario generation. Learn more.

Jim Dever
Greater Philadelphia Market President
Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America
As Market President, Jim is Bank of America’s leader in the Greater Philadelphia market. In this role, Jim is responsible for connecting businesses, families and individuals to the banking and investment teams that help them improve their financial lives. He also leads the work to deploy Bank of America’s resources in the region to help address social and economic concerns and build strong communities. Learn more.

Check out PACT’s website for a full list of its Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Amanda Nardi Di Filippo.

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.

Media Contact:
Amanda Nardi Di Filippo


NKF Arranges Sale of Premier Retail/Mixed-Use Development Site in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for $13.5 Million

Wilmington, DE (June 20, 2017) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) today announced the sale of the 10.3-acre; 448,668-square-foot parcel at the southeast corner of the Coastal Highway (Route 1) and Holland Glade Road, in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware. The $13.5 million sale represents the last large commercial land tract along the Route 1 corridor between Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches. Mike Margolis, Dave Dolan and Neal Dangello of NKF represented the seller, the Corrado Family, LLC in the sales transaction. Coastal Station Development Co., LLC were the buyers.

The site will be redeveloped with the first phase to begin immediately and will include a Royal Farms convenience store and Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (planned to open in summer 2018).

Click here to read the full press release.

Thursday: Vanguard, Safeguard, Stash talk fintech trends

Written by Roberto Torres, Philly

Head to the suburbs for this PACT event. It’s the latest in an uptick of fintech activity across the Philly region.

From high-priced acquisitions to niche accelerator programs, fintech activity in the region has been on the rise lately.

And tomorrow, amid that bubbling context, PACT is hosting a chat at Vanguard’s Malvern HQ to dissect some of the latest trends in the fintech space.

Joel Dickson, Vanguard’s global head of investment R&D will kick off the event, followed by a presentation from John Evans, senior manager for investment fintech strategies at Vanguard, on how the OG investment firm is using tech to manage its massive portfolio, which spans $4.2 trillion in assets.

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Philly tech execs went to Harrisburg to lobby against Pa.’s proposed ‘Tech Tax’

Written by Roberto Torres, Philly

PACT organized the field trip of sorts in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Alongside the Pittsburgh Technology Council, PACT rallied eight tech execs from the Philly area and headed to Harrisburg last Tuesday. The goal? Speaking out against the proposed rehashing of a six-percent sales tax on computer services and software found in the commonwealth’s latest budget proposal.

Here’s the list of Philly folks that headed to the capitol (including more than a couple familiar names):

  • Chris Cera, Arcweb Technologies
  • Rich Napoli, ObjectFrontier
  • Chris Schalleur, Christo IT Consulting
  • Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, ZivTech
  • Lauren Schwartz, TechWise Group
  • Greg Sterndale, PromptWorks
  • Dawn McDougall, Operations Manager, PromptWorks
  • Matthew Donegan, Senior Technical Architect, Strava Technology Group

Click here to read the full article.