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December 2017

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Cover Stories

Now is the time to Inspire, Equip and Empower the next generation of entrepreneurs

Written by Dave Spencer, Chief Operating Officer, North America, SAP  


We've all heard the cliche that small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy. To be precise, entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy, responsible for most net new job creation and nearly 20 percent of gross job creation.That's not all. Entrepreneurs are also a major force of disruption, introducing new ideas and solutions that are changing the way people interact with one another, consume information, and purchase goods and services.

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Why is DevOps Adoption a must for any Enterprise to Survive?

Written by Subhendu Pattnaik, Director, Marketing, Cigniti Technologies


Enterprises operating across sectors need to ensure that they maintain an effective balance between speed and quality. They must rush ahead and beat the competition to tap the right consumer segment. However, this has increased stakes and has made the market scenario much more complex and demanding.

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What's your story?

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

News & Announcements

Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard!

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We are partnering with the Federal Reserve on a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses, and we'd like you to participate. Your answers will help business professional advisors and lenders understand real-time business conditions. This short survey takes less than 9 minutes to complete. Individual responses are confidential and summary results will be shared with you.

Take the survey »

Hiring for Innovation: The Challenges, Risks and Rewards in Today's Life Sciences Industry

Ashton Tweed recently interviewed Dean Miller and other local life science leaders on hiring innovation in our industry.

Hiring for Innovation

In the business world, innovation is characterized by the new, the improved, the advanced and often the fulfillment of unmet needs - all with the goal of financial reward for the innovators and the ousting of competitors.


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CS4Philly Launched with an Hour of Code

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Local officials and VIP guests joined us today to celebrate Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code service event. We spent the morning with students at the Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy, guiding them through a one-hour, kid-friendly coding tutorial.


This activity was presented in partnership with, Philly CoderDojo, and the School District of Philadelphia as part of the launch of the CS4Philly Campaign, organized to further equity and access to computer science education locally. Other launch activities include the CS4Philly Access_CS Summit, held this afternoon at City Hall.


Look out for a recap coming later this week.


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Phorum 2018 Enterprise Technology Conference

Mark Your Calendars for April 12, 2018! Registration Opens Soon!


Phorum is an enterprise technology conference for business and technology executives. It focuses on how enterprises can maximize the business value of specific technologies and innovation. Industry thought leaders as well as hands-on practitioners will provide engaging content through keynotes, panels, and interactive discussions to help executives understand not just the technology but how the technology can be pragmatically applied to transform their enterprise and achieve strategic business goals.


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PACT Talent Connect: Find Jobs & Recruit Talent

Sponsored by ORS Partners

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PACT Talent Connect officially launched 4 weeks ago, and we already have over 330 member employers and close to 30 jobs posted! Login to update your employer profile and upload your open positions today! Now is the time to get connected to Philadelphia's talent community whether you're an employer or a job seeker!

View and Post Jobs Now! »

Mentor Connect: Calling for Mentors

Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania & White and Williams

Mentor Connect

With close to 50 mentors, 34 mentees and 99 mentor sessions, PACT and Ben Franklin Technology Partners move Mentor Connect through its second year with huge strides. Visit the website to learn more and get involved today.


Are you an experienced entrepreneur in the technology and/or healthcare fields? If so, contact Jennifer Cohen to see if you qualify as a mentor.


Learn More & Get Involved Today »


Technology Executive Roundtable

Exclusive Event for Senior IT Executives.
PACT reserves the right to determine attendance eligibility.

January 18 | 8 - 10 a.m.
Pfizer | 500 Arcola Road Collegeville, PA 19426

Sponsored by:



object frontier

osage partners







Fintech Series: Fintech Partnerships and Collaboration

January 24 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Vanguard | 425 Old Morehall Road Malvern, PA 19355

Sponsored by:

edison partners



Phorum Enterprise Technology Conference

Digitizing the Enterprise

April 12 | 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
SugarHouse Event Center | 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Title Sponsors:

Fairmount Partners


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25th Anniversay Enterprise Awards

Celebrating 25 Years of Achievement in Technology, Healthcare, and Investment

May 9 | 5 - 9 p.m.
The Kimmel Center | 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Title Sponsor:

Fairmount Partners

In Partnership with:




Jan 17 - PACT Alliance Partnership Group »

Feb 15 - Technology Executive Roundtable »

Feb 21 - PACT-TiE Top Pitch Event »

Mar 8 - PACT Foundation Breakfast »

Mar 22 - Digital Health Half-Day Summit »

PACT Events: See What's Up Next
PACT Times, weekly email messages, and social media accounts keep you informed about upcoming events with open registration, but did you know you can access a PDF of PACT's planning calendar for the entire year via our website?


Follow the link below and mark your calendars for the events that interest you. Don't forget to check back regularly - this document is updated often!


Contact Danielle Pinto for more information on specific events.

View 2017-2018 Event Calendar »

Interested in Sponsoring an Event?

Please contact Dianne Strunk for more information.

Mentor Connect Corner

Mentor Connect is sponsored by University of Pennsylvania & White and Williams

Lia Diagnostics receives FDA 510(k) clearance

Article written by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

At TechCrunch Disrupt, Lia announced it has received FDA approval and plans to start selling its tests online in mid-2018, initially via its own website and on Amazon. It will later evaluate its retail strategy.

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Talent Connect: Featured Opportunities

Talent Connect is sponsored by ORS Partners

Apex IT Group

LATEST JOBS: IT Project Engineer - Network, Server & Cloud


LATEST JOBS: Institutional VP, Operations

ImCare Biotech

LATEST JOBS: Post Doctoral Fellow, Oncology

ORS Partners

LATEST JOBS: Search Analyst, Talent Consultant


LATEST JOBS: Cloud Consultant; Practice Area Lead - Delivery Leadership; Solution Principal - Organizational Effectiveness


LATEST JOBS: DevOps Engineer; Director of Sales Operations; Project Manager; Sr. Financial Analyst; UX Designer; Visual/UI Designer

View and Post Jobs Now! »

PACT Spotlights & Deals

Member of the Month: Precision Systems, Inc.

From privately owned small businesses to large Fortune 500 organizations and the U.S. Government, the PSI team is responsible for both consulting and engineering solutions for projects that can't risk failure.

Learn more »

LLR Partners

eLocal, a Conshohocken, Penn.-based provider of digital performance marketing solutions for service businesses, has raised $25 million from LLR Partners.

Learn more »


Welcome PACT Members

AMW Spine, LLC

Archer Law


Gosier Holdings LLC

GSI Health

Howard Fischer Associates, Inc.

Intact Vascular, Inc.

Journey Sales

Omni Melts



Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC

Skyran Biologics


Think Company

Press Releases & News


AlphaPoint Unveils New Blockchain Network, CEO Hire »

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Matchmaker, matchmaker: Ben Franklin's new initiative to pair up startup, VCs and corporate partners »

BC in the Cloud

Leveraging the Me Culture to Your Advantage »


Techstars and Comcast NBCUniversal: Elevating Innovative Media, Entertainment and Connectivity Startups »

Comcast Business

Comcast Business Announces $13 Million Investment to Expand High-Performance Ethernet Network in Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey »


PPC Awarded DOJ Victims Notification System (VNS) Modernization »

DSA Wins Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition and Production/Procurement IDIQ Contract »


Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Headline InstaMed User Conference 2018»

Intact Vascular

Positive Twenty-Four Month Tack Optimized Balloon Angioplasty ("TOBA") Single Center Results Presented at VEITHsymposium Conference»


Privakey Awarded Patent for Universal Password-Free Authentication »

We thank our Founding Leaders for their commitment and support:



Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Bentley Systems

Comcast Business

Cozen O'Connor

Duane Morris


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



GIIN Perspectives: Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments »

12/6  —  The 2017 New England Venture Summit »

1/3 - 1/4  —  ChickTech Event at Drexel University Encourages Girls to Enter Technology Fields »

1/8  —  Innovation in Action @ Penn: What's Next? »


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