PACT Enterprise Awards
Sponsors Fairmount Partners Investment Banking KPMG PACT

2017 Enterprise Awards Winners

Healthcare Innovator

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Sponsor: Independence Blue Cross

Healthcare CEO

Excellis Health Solutions, Greg Cathcart

Sponsors: EY and Morgan Lewis Bockius

Healthcare Emerging

VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals

Sponsor: RSM

Healthcare Startup


Sponsor: University City Science Center

Technology Company

EPAM Systems

Sponsor: Comcast Business

Technology CEO

Billtrust, Flint Lane

Sponsor: Cozen O'Connor

Technology Emerging


Sponsors: Fox Rothschild and EisnerAmper

Technology Startup

ROAR for Good

Sponsors: Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Pepper Hamilton

Investment Deal

Tabula Rasa

Sponsors: Broadpath and Grant Thornton


Legend Award
(Lifetime Achievement)

Richard Vague

Richard Vague

Richard Vague is currently managing partner of Gabriel Investments, an early stage venture capital fund, and chair of The Governor's Woods Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Energy Plus, and also co-founder and CEO of two consumer banks, First USA and Juniper Financial.

Richard currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees and the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees, and on a number of business boards including the Franklin Square Energy and Power Fund. He is chair of FringeArts Philadelphia, chair of the University of Pennsylvania Press, and chair of the Abramson Cancer Center Development Leadership Council. He is also on the boards of the Franklin Institute, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Visit Philadelphia.

Richard is the author of The Next Economic Disaster, a book on the global economy, as well as a number of published articles on economic theory. He is also editor of the blog, which focuses on non-fiction literature.

Sponsors: McCarter & English and University of Pennsylvania

Digital Innovation

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 8.5 million people in 25 states and the District of Columbia, including more than 2.5 million in the region.

Health insurers must find meaningful ways to engage their members both digitally and physically. It is critical to educate members on healthcare costs, alternative health solutions, preventative wellness services, in order to help them more easily navigate the healthcare system and maximize their health.

In September, 2016 Independence launched Independence LIVE, a 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art customer and community health and wellness experience center, which focuses on innovation to find practical solutions to enhance the member experience and increase community engagement including:

- Fitness classes including yoga, Zumba, and more, as well as financial well-being, health, and nutrition classes;
- A full kitchen for healthy cooking demonstrations;
- A tech arcade where guests can test various health and wellness tools and mobile apps;
- Free blood pressure screenings;
- Licensed “Super” Agents who can answer benefit questions, take payments, and enroll people in individual health coverage;
- Private conference rooms and large multi-purpose meeting spaces, which are fully equipped with audio visual equipment and can be reserved for community meetings.

LIVE is the newest addition to the insurer's portfolio of resources and digital programs — which includes IBX Wire,, and the Independence Express.

Sponsor: LiquidHub