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March 2017

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Phorum 2017

RedOwl Wins Phorum 2016 Demo Pit - Apply Now for Phorum 2017!

EA 2017

Cover Stories

Start-Ups and Small Businesses Shouldn't Overlook These R&D Tax Credits

Written By Emmalee MacDonald, EisnerAmper


The 2015 Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes ("PATH") Act included various changes to the Research and Development credit ("R&D credit") that are mostly beneficial for start-ups and small businesses.


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If you would like to write the cover story for upcoming editions of PACT Times, please contact Amanda Nardi by March 15th.

News & Announcements

Richard Vague Announced as Legend Award Honoree & Profiling Technology and Healthcare Award Finalists

EA 2017

On May 18th, the technology and healthcare communities will gather together for the 24th Annual Enterprise Awards to celebrate regional talent and innovation. This black-tie gala stands as the region's premier award program honoring individuals and companies that are pace-setters in innovation, leadership and advances in technology, healthcare and related fields.


We proudly announce Richard Vague, Managing Partner of Gabriel Investments, as PACT's 24th Legend Award Honoree for Lifetime Achievement.


Take a closer look at our finalists and honorees for the 24th Annual Enterprise Awards:

Honoring Richard Vague for Lifetime Achievement »

Profiling the Technology and Healthcare Award Finalists »


**The deadline to reserve your commemorative Tribute Journal message is March 14, 2017.**

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Celebrate International Women's Day at PACT's Foundation Breakfast March 8th

Join PACT on International Women's Day, March 8th, for our annual Foundation Breakfast, as we gather to celebrate and support women-led enterprises and diversity in Philadelphia's innovation community. This year's event will have extended networking opportunities, as well as an interactive program featuring lightning talks from leading female innovators.


Among the women sharing their stories of connection, engagement, and growth in the innovation community will be:


Lucinda Duncalfe, President & CEO, Monetate
Bethany Edwards, Co-Founder, LIA Diagnostics
Lisa Skeete Tatum, Co-Founder and CEO, Landit


Moderated by: Nancy Dunleavy, Founder & CEO, Dunleavy & Associates.


The PACT Foundation works to provide financial support to STEM-based initiatives and to women entrepreneurs in high-growth technology and life science companies in partnership with AWE (Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs) Ventures - Powered by Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Portions of the proceeds will go directly to AWE Ventures.

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Phorum Keynote Speaker Set for April 27th Conference & Demo Pit Applications Now OPEN!

Phorum 2017

We are pleased to announce that Geoffrey Moore, whose life work is focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations, has been named keynote speaker for Phorum 2017. Salesforce's Peter Coffee, Forrester's Liz Herbert, Aktana's Eric Redline, Vanguard's Ellen Rinaldi, SpaceTime Insight's Rob Schilling, and Bioclinica's Mukhtar Ahmed will also appear as featured speakers. 


Additionally, we are now accepting applications for the Phorum 2017 Demo Pit! This popular competition allows conference attendees to experience, first-hand, some of the most innovative technologies under development in the Philadelphia region and watch them vie for "Phorum Best in Show", won last year by RedOwl. 

Learn More, Apply & Register Now »


PACT Foundation Breakfast

Connect. Engage. Grow.

March 8 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
SugarHouse Event Center | 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Title Sponsor:



PACT Digital Health Summit

March 29 | 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Smilow Center at the University of Pennsylvania | 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sponsored by

Duane Morris
Edison Partners
Unversity of Delaware


Phorum Enterprise Technology Conference

Digitizing the Enterprise - The future is NOW

April 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SugarHouse Event Center | 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Title Sponsors:

Fairmount Partners



PTW17: Building a Venture-Backed Business

A Fireside Chat Featuring Josh Kopelman, Partner at First Round Capital

May 1 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pennovation Center | 3401 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Sponsored by:

Fairmount Partners


24th Annual Enterprise Awards

Recognizing Achievement in Technology, Healthcare, and Investment

May 18 | 5 - 9 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center | Grand Hall and Ballroom

Title Sponsor:

Fairmount Partners

In Partnership with:




Are you registered for our upcoming spring events? »

Interested in Sponsoring an Event?

Please contact Dianne Strunk for more information.

Mentor Connect

viihealth Announces Acquisition of Hubdata, a Decision Analytics Company

Enhances Capabilities in Data Analytics - Expands Offerings for Life Science Clients

 PHILADELPHIA, PRNewswire/ -- viihealth, Inc., a next-generation Customer Engagement Company dedicated to helping global Life Science clients improve business results, has acquired Hubdata SARL, a French based provider of leading edge decision analytics SaaS solutions.

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QunataVerse in the News

Mentor Connect's QuantaVerse discusses how to use data science to mitigate bank employee fraud. ABA Bank Compliance published the article in the March/April 2017 edition.

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Member Spotlight

Alliance Bernstein Shares "Planning for Entrepreneurs"

Entrepreneurs: Do you have the proper planning tools needed to start/grow your businesses?

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Welcome PACT Members

3SP Events

Agilence, Inc

Avison Young - Philadelphia, LLC

Chestnut Street Ventures

Corps Team

IntegriChain, Inc.

Ipsum Clinical & Nadel LLP

Liquid Biotech USA, Inc.

Pepper Hamilton, LLP


Recensa Therapeutics, Inc.


Press Releases & News


Anexinet Appoints Cloud Industry Veteran Brad Hokamp as CEO »


Siemens, Bentley Systems plan utility design solutions »


Cloudamize Positioned for Significant Growth After Strongest Year in Company's History »

Eigen X

Eigen X promotes Brian Woelfel to Principal / Owner »

Evolve IP

Evolve IP Named A Top Cloud Computing Company In Forbes and CRN »

Hollister Creative

Hollister Creative Named One of Agency Spotter's Top 20 Marketing Agencies »

Intact Vascular

Intact Vascular's Tack Optimized Balloon Angioplasty II Below the Knee (TOBA II BTK) Clinical Trial Commences Enrollment with First Implant of the Tack Endovascular System »


MLeads on the Move catch us at SXSW trade show »

Safeguard Scientifics

COSY just raised $2.35 million »

Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship for more than 60 years »

Safeguard Scientifics to Release Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results on Thursday, March 2nd »


Vanguard Net Fund Inflow Dwarfed Its Peers' In 2016 »

We thank our Founding Leaders for their commitment and support:



Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Bentley Systems

Comcast Business

Cozen O'Connor

Duane Morris

Evolve IP


Fairmount Partners

Fox Rothschild

Grant Thornton

Independence Blue Cross



Morgan Lewis

NewSpring Capital

Osage Partners

Pepper Hamilton



Safeguard Scientifics 



University City Science Center

University of Pennsylvania


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PACT Foundation Corner

Donate Today to AWE Ventures

Powered by Ben Franklin

About AWE Ventures
By using an innovative model that draws on crowdfunding and donations, everyone can be involved in supporting women-led ventures. AWE Ventures — Powered by Ben Franklin is built from three major components:

  • A crowd-funded, donation-driven capital pool exclusively in support of women-led startups and emerging enterprises. AWE and Ben Franklin will work together to engage donors in the world of investments in early-stage women-led enterprises. *Ben Franklin will match* contributions up to $250,000 to form a total contribution pool of $500,000, and will manage the process of investment in these companies.
  • Mentorship programs that combine Ben Franklin’s world-class model for due diligence with the experience of the AWE community, to provide hands-on support for entrepreneurs from both organizations’ shared networks of capital, counsel and connections.
  • Events, workshops and published content to empower potential entrepreneurs and investors with stories of success from each organizations’ network of leaders, celebrating the progress of women in entrepreneurship and investing.

Learn more »


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If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to donate, please contact Dianne Strunk.


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