PACT Times

October 2020

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Phorum 2020

Technology Strategy Conference Series Live Broadcast Concludes October 14, 2020

Phorum 2020

Cover Stories

KPMG Spark helps small businesses

Written by Jay Daugherty and Andrew Cherry, KPMG LLP

The variety of services offered by KPMG Spark allow our clients to grow, develop, and focus on things that matter most. Our services take the responsibilities of bookkeeping and give you all your necessary financial information at the touch of a button or from a quick call to your dedicated bookkeeper. Our contributions not only help you save time so you can focus on other aspects of your business, but it also gives you the information you need in an efficient, presentable, and tax-ready format.

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Quality Assurance for quality care: A healthcare perspective

Contributed by Cigniti Technologies

The rate of adoption of digital solutions in the healthcare sector has expedited in the last few months, courtesy the global pandemic, severe shortage of healthcare professionals, and high volume of incoming patients. The healthcare institutes are compensating for the low doctor to patient ratio by deploying sophisticated digital health platforms and advanced medical devices to maintain the same level of quality while attending to those in need.

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What's your story?

If you would like to write the cover story for an upcoming edition of PACT Times, please contact Amanda Nardi Di Filippo by October 15.

News & Announcements

Welcome New Members

PACT Arrows

These are difficult times, but businesses innovate when environments are tough. PACT is here to help you meet your goals – growth in customers, talent and capital. A PACT membership provides opportunities that foster strategic relationships and increase your ability to meet the next success.

Contact Kim Tuski to Learn More »

Live & On-Demand Content Available Now


Purposely designed for CIOs, CTOs and other business and technology executives, the Phorum series focuses on digital disruption at the boundary where “this will happen” becomes “this is who’s doing it now” — and “this is how and why you should not fall behind.”

Presented by: Fairmount Partners and Anexinet / #PACTphorum2020

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28th Annual Enterprise Awards

PACT Arrows

The Enterprise Awards is the region’s most prestigious business honors for Technology and Healthcare companies, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The 28th Annual Enterprise Awards will present several competitive awards on the evening of May 18, 2021. Submit your nominations by November 20 and add May 18 to your calendar!

Check out the live digital broadcast of the 27th Annual Enterprise Awards, which already received over 2,000 views on PACT's YouTube Channel.

Presented by: Fairmount Partners and KPMG LLP / #PACTawards2021

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Calling for Mentors & Mentees!

Get Involved with Mentor Connect

Mentor Connect

Since the start of the pilot program in June 2016, Mentor Connect has grown to more than 350 mentor sessions, 2,000+ mentor volunteer hours, 104 mentors across all tech sectors / skill sets, and 106 mentees from all company stages.

We're currently seeking successful CEO founders of high growth companies ready to give back AND startup companies looking for mentorship.

Please send your referral(s) to Jennifer Cohen.

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New PACT Board Members

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.

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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.

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Carter McClure, Managing Director, Pennovation Center



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. He has an M.B.A. from Hampton University and is a certified information systems specialist.

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Tiffanie Stanard, Founder/CEO, Stimulus



Tiffanie Stanard is known for following all of her passions - an anomaly in many sorts because she is a techie, a creative, media personality/producer and an award-winning entrepreneur.

Learn More »


Phorum 2020 Conference Finale & Virtual Networking

Become a Digital Disruptor in a Changing World

October 14 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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SaaS Roundtable & Virtual Networking

Exclusive Webcast for SaaS Executives
PACT reserves the right to determine attendance eligibility.

October 29 | 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Register Now »


PACT Events: Next Steps & Webinar Recaps

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 Current Events Calendar Now »

Looking for recaps on past webcasts or a few words from PACT members? Check out the PACT YouTube Channel for all our videos!

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Interested in Sponsoring an Event?

Please contact Dianne Strunk for more information.


Welcome PACT Members

Balderston Capital LLC

Boomi, a Dell Technologies business

Capital Advisors Group

Civic Capital Consulting

Cigniti Technologies

Counter Measures Security, LLC

Drexel University

Exude, Inc

Glycotest Inc.


LodeStar Software Solutions

OrthogenRx, Inc

Silicon Valley Bank


Villanova University

WizeHive, Inc.



News & Resources

Bentley Systems

Inside Bentley Systems' ‘very unusual’ $235M IPO »

Century Therapeutics

Century Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Michael C. Diem as Chief Business Officer »

Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs

Introducing the 2020 class of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars »


DSA Selected in GSA's Proving Ground Program Evaluation for Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Solutions »


Change at the top of Ernst & Young's Philadelphia office »

G-Squared Partners

Steve N. Economou Joins G-Squared Partners to Launch Investment Banking Practice »

GreenLight Fund

GreenLight Fund raises $3.5M from big-name Philadelphia backers for Covid-19, poverty relief »

Infinite Blue

Infinite Blue Announces Significant Growth Equity Investment by Foundry Capital »

Newmark Knight Frank

Chris Lange, Jr. Joins Newmark Knight Frank’s Philadelphia Office »

Newmark Knight Frank Hires Medical Office Capital Markets Expert Ben Appel in Philadelphia, in a Leadership Role Bolstering National Healthcare Platform »


NIKSUN Named the 2020 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leader for the Network Forensics Market »


Spirovant CEO Joan Lau Named Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of The Year® in Greater Philadelphia »


Stimulus and Switchboard Live won grants from Google's Black Founders Fund »

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals

Zynerba's CBD skin gel Zygel offers a goldmine of therapies for Fragile X syndrome, and other conditions »

We thank our Founding Leaders for their commitment and support:


Baker Tilly

Bank of America

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Bentley Systems

Boomi, a Dell Technologies business

Cigniti Technologies

Comcast Business

Cozen O'Connor

Duane Morris LLP

EisnerAmper, LLP


Fairmount Partners

Fox Rothschild LLP

Grant Thornton LLP

Independence Blue Cross


Morgan Lewis

NewSpring Capital

Osage Partners

Penn Center for Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania




Troutman Pepper

University City Science Center




The Chamber's Recharge and Recovery Survey »

10/5 - 10/9  — TechUnited:NJ Propelify 2020 #BetterFutureForAll »

10/14  — The Top Ten Secrets of Success for Today's Sales Environment »

10/14  — The Pivot: How Has the Funder and Grantee Landscape Changed? »

10/14 - 10/15  — Computer Science State Policy Forum Series »

11/10  — Black & Brown Students in Tech: Virtual Career Fair »

Applications Open for Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic »

Amplify Philly @Home Series »

COVID-19 Legal Updates from Fox Rothschild LLP»

VFA Match is Live! Secure Opportunities for the Class of 2020 »

RSM US LLP Technology Consulting Services »

RSM US LLP COVID-19 Resource Center »

Life Science Cares COVID-19 Response Fund »

Delaware County Launches "Delco Strong Small Business Support" Program »

Campus Philly Survey to Businesses »

Apply to Angel Venture Fair »

Dreamit Healthtech 2019 Program »

Open Access DEI Program Survey »

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