Award-winning Harvard Professor & Scholar will Keynote PACT Capital Conference 2017

Interview set with Harvard’s Anita Elberse on successful collaboration

PHILADELPHIA, September 29, 2017: PACT announced today that Anita Elberse, the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, will serve as keynote speaker on Wednesday, November 2nd.

An award-winning teacher and scholar, Professor Elberse develops and teaches an MBA course covering the “Businesses of Entertainment, Media, and Sports,” which ranks among the most sought-after courses in the School’s curriculum, and chairs a short executive education program, also named “The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports.” She holds various leadership positions at the School: among other roles, she serves as the chair for Convening and Special Events. In her research, Professor Elberse primarily aims to understand what drives the success of products in the entertainment, media, sports, and other creative industries, and how firms can develop effective marketing strategies for such products. She is acclaimed for her work on digital-media strategies. Professor Elberse has conducted case studies on dozens of entertainment companies, personalities, and other entities. Several of these are described in her first book, Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment. To learn more, please visit Anita’s HBS faculty profile page.

The November 1-2 conference will explore the stages of success for capital, customers, and companies. The PACT Capital Conference 2017 will seek to create a roadmap for the stages of success and to gain a better understanding of how enterprises and entrepreneurs connect and collaborate.

“We are thrilled to have Anita share her research and experience with us at the 2017 PACT Capital Conference,” said Andy Hamilton, conference co-chair and Partner of hosting firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. “Anita’s experience as a teacher of one of Harvard’s most sought-after courses and her expertise in the digital media industry and effective marketing strategy fits perfectly with the purpose of the PACT Capital Conference—to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet and learn from leading influencers.“

Each year, the intensive two-day conference brings together investors collectively managing billions of dollars in capital with entrepreneurs and professionals. 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 conference will conclude with the third 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 over $1 Million dollars collected in the aggregate.

PACT Capital Conference 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel culminating with the much anticipated Gala Reception at the Crystal Tea Room. For the latest information, visit our website:, 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.

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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