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August 9, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Tracy Brala, VP Ecosystem Development

On Twitter she’s known as the Main Line Marketer. Around the Science Center halls, she’s known as the Vice President of Ecosystem Development. Tracy Brala joined the team in June and brings with her an extensive background in marketing, branding, product and business development. In her new role, Tracy will lead the expansion of Quorum and the implementation of Venture Café programming. Get to know our newest VP below.

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July 26, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Fueling the Talent Pipeline at RAIN 2018

On Wednesday, we gathered the region's innovation and entrepreneurship communities at Quorum to discuss the talent pipeline. Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, kicked off the conference with a keynote describing barriers to entrepreneurship – and how VFA is breaking down these barriers.

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July 12, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Honored at Dedication Ceremony

The newest class of the Innovators Walk of Fame and their families and representatives gathered for a dedication ceremony to unveil their new commemorative blocks on June 27th. The six immigrant entrepreneurs have created jobs, disrupted technology innovation, advocated for entrepreneurship, and made the world a better place.

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June 28, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Dylan Garner on Coaching a Different Kind of Sport

From sports to design, coaching is a motivating factor for Dylan Garner, Creative Director at Cohere, a creative agency on a mission to build better cities. When Dylan mentored a team of FirstHand students through a design challenge, her coaching and design expertise helped the students create a new brand identity and logo for a startup at the Science Center. (You can read more about this history-making Project Inquiry experience in our 2018 Annual Review.) We asked Dylan a few questions to get a better sense of her mentorship experience at FirstHand. Check out the Q&A below!

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June 14, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Turning $9M into $71M: A Look Inside Our Accelerator Programs

“Every year, regardless of being public or not, my job has been different than the year before,” Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO of Stitch Fix explained in a recent NYT interview. As seasoned entrepreneurs know, businesses evolve over time, requiring different skills, resources and expertise. At the Science Center, we’re acutely aware of this and have developed a suite of accelerator programs that at its simplest, transform projects from ideas in the lab to businesses with revenues.

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May 31, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Igniting Innovation at the Science Center

Last week we announced the Science Center’s call for community support through the Ignite Innovation campaign. Our goal is to raise $3 million over the next two years to bolster the growth of our programs as we move to our new home at 3675 Market Street. This campaign will allow us to fuel the future of discovery and expand access to resources for the entire community. In a nutshell, here’s what we hope to accomplish through the Ignite Innovation Campaign:

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May 17, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Conversation with BioArtist in Residence Laura Splan

Earlier this year we announced a new interdisciplinary artist residency program in conjunction with uCity Square-based biotech company, Integral Molecular. Laura Splan, the first of three artists to participate in the BioArt Residency, began her three-month stint in April. Tonight, she’ll be giving an Artist Talk at Quorum to provide further insight into some of her completed projects.

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May 3, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Four take-aways from Innovation for Social Change

What do a farm-to-table restaurant, an outdoor clothing brand, a youth sports marketing firm and a laundry service all have in common? They all are using business as a platform to do good and ignite social change. As part of Philly Tech Week 2018, the Science Center teamed up with Venture Café Global Institute and CIC to present Innovation for Social Change: a Venture Café Experience. Representatives from Philadelphia-based organizations including the White Dog Café, United By Blue, LeagueSide and Wash Cycle Laundry provided us insight into their company ethos and philosophies.

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April 19, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

What Philly can expect at Venture Cafe

We asked Travis Sheridan, President of Venture Café Global Institute what to expect when the weekly Venture Café gathering comes to Philly.

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April 5, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Maya Heiland

Next week, she’s embarking on a beekeeping adventure in her own backyard. During the work week, Maya Heiland spends her time inspiring students to tap into their curiosity as Program Manager for FirstHand. Prior to joining the FirstHand team in 2014, Maya led students through caves and aquifer systems, up rock walls and onto river islands. She’s a top-notch facilitator and encourages interactive learning both inside and outside of the lab. Her favorite part about working for the Science Center? Find out in our Q&A below.

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