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Why you should attend PACT’s 2023 Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference: Philly’s time to shine in a tough economy

Investors and entrepreneurs representing 51 growing companies unite at the annual event for deal making, networking and lessons sharing. Here's what the expect on Nov. 8 and 9.

Inside PACT's 2022 Lion's Den. ( Gross)
This is a guest post by Sarah Carter, director of marketing at PACT. is a media partner of the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference.

Philadelphia: A city with rich historical roots, a diverse cultural scene, and an entrepreneurial spirit that continues to make waves on the national stage. As we navigate through a challenging economic landscape, opportunities for innovation and growth emerge, and Philly stands as a beacon of potential and promise.

So, why should you mark your calendars for Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies’ (PACT) 2023 Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference, to be held on Nov. 8 and 9? Let’s delve into the myriad of reasons.

Philly’s untapped potential and opportunities

According to the 2022 Philadelphia Venture Report, the City of Brotherly Love has showcased impressive growth trends in venture activities, despite the global economic downturn — highlighting Philadelphia’s resilience and the untapped opportunities waiting to be harnessed.

Sharing your business narrative on a national stage

Every entrepreneur has a story, a purpose, and a vision. The Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference serves as a platform where you can share these with a national base of investors. But it’s more than that. For entrepreneurs, it’s a chance to:

  • Gain feedback from industry leaders and seasoned investors.
  • Explore collaboration and partnership opportunities.
  • Acquire knowledge on market trends, investment strategies, and business scaling.

And you don’t have to be one of the 51 companies that will present throughout the day and vie for a spot in the Lion’s Den. Entrepreneurs in attendance will have access to investors through investor office hours, individual meetings, and ample networking opportunities.

For investors, it presents:

  • A first look at emerging startups and innovative ventures.
  • Opportunities for diversifying portfolios with high-potential entities.
  • Networking with fellow investors and sharing best practices.

Megan Walsh and Andre Peart, speakers at PACT’s 2022 CapCon. (Courtesy PACT/LeVar Ferrell/graphic by Julie Zeglen)

PACT Fest at Reading Terminal Market

To kick off the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference, join us on Nov. 8 at the historic Reading Terminal Market for the annual PACT Fest. Sponsored by Bridge Bank and Troutman Pepper, this fest is a celebration of the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. Dive into delicious food, engage in refreshing drinks, and indulge in a night of invaluable networking.

Dive into the Lion’s Den

The Lion’s Den is where the magic happens. Out of the 51 featured companies showcasing their innovations and potential, only three will be selected for the coveted chance to enter the Lion’s Den (sponsored by Cozen O’Connor and RSM). Here, they’ll pitch their ventures live, facing probing questions and gaining invaluable feedback. The stakes are high and the rewards even higher: These select three have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure live investments from The Lions themselves.

Picture this: a panel of industry powerhouses, including David Adelman of Darco Capital & Campus Apartments, Robert Corrato, M.D from Devon Hill Capital Partners, Daniel Goldsmith of Tendo, Paul Graziani of COMSPOC Corporation, and Ryan Hicke from SEI Investments, all steered by the adept moderation of Marc R. Lederman from NewSpring Capital. Together, they’ll make on-the-spot decisions and LIVE investments that have the potential to reshape the futures of the chosen startups. The energy in the Lion’s Den is electric, offering unique, valuable experiences and lessons for entrepreneurs and investors alike.

[Editor’s note: Here’s who scored big at the 2022 Lion’s Den.]

Luncheon: CEO fireside chat

An invaluable session with industry thought leaders where attendees will expand their knowledge on current economic shifts and opportunities. The insights shared here can shape investment decisions and entrepreneurial directions. Listen in as Erik Hirsh (Hamilton Lane) and Tony Ibarguen (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia & Quench) share their expertise and perspective. This exclusive chat is brought to you courtesy of KPMG.

In conclusion: Why now?

In these challenging times, Philly offers a fresh perspective and a myriad of opportunities. The 2023 Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference is not just an event but a convergence of ideas, potential, and opportunities. Whether you’re an investor seeking the next big thing or an entrepreneur looking to make a mark, this is your platform. It’s our time to shine, collaborate, innovate, and elevate Philly in its deserved stature in the entrepreneurial world.

See you there!

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Companies: Cozen O’ Conner / PACT

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