Latest news from the Science Center, our resident companies and the innovation ecosystem.

November 22, 2017 | Science Center In The News

UC 2.0: Development in University City is transforming West Philadelphia

When University City District was established 20 years ago, the West Philadelphia neighborhood was a much different version of itself. Like many parts of Philadelphia, it had suffered from urban decay and blight over the years as the city’s manufacturing base dwindled and residents fled for the suburbs.

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November 9, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Channeling da Vinci, the Science Center investigates the art of science

In the Renaissance spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, the University City Science Center has embarked on a new, interdisciplinary collaboration between art and science. Angela McQuillan, curator at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery, notes that these two spheres “have not always been as separate as we experience them in our society today.”

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October 25, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Thanks to $500K, these nonprofits are teaming up to launch a Global Startup Accelerator

Two Philly nonprofits just got some serious cash to support local startups. Immigrant resource nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and University City tech hub Science Center just won half a million dollars to launch Global Startup Accelerator, a forthcoming initiative for Philly companies looking to scale internationally.

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October 24, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Backed by $500K, this upcoming program will help startups go global

In a push to help Philly companies scale past U.S. borders, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the University City Science Center will launch a program called Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) by January 2018.

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October 23, 2017 | Science Center In The News


A bipartisan amendment to help research-focused small businesses introduced by U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of H.R. 2763 – The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017.

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October 19, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Philadelphia celebrates its bid for Amazon headquarters

Philadelphia has thrown its hat into the ring to become Amazon’s corporate home away from home, vying with the likes of Austin, Tex., and Washington, D.C. in its bid to host a second headquarters for the Seattle company.

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October 19, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Philly’s official Amazon HQ2 bid names University City, Navy Yard as possible sites

Philly is officially in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, after the city submitted its pitch to the e-commerce giant today complete with a new website, a series of hype videos, dozens of letters of support, and three proposed sites for HQ2.

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October 11, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Adult Science Fair Lands at the PHS Pop Up Garden on October 22

Science fairs are a mainstay of everyone’s school years. This month, Sojourn Philly Restaurant Group is teaming up with the University City Science Center to bring a science fair for adults to Philadelphia.

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October 10, 2017 | Science Center In The News

US2020 honors Science Center, more with STEM awards

The University City Science Center is among the Philadelphia area organizations to receive a national recognition Tuesday morning when US2020 announced it is the recipient of its third annual STEM Mentoring Awards.

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October 6, 2017 | Science Center In The News

In Philly’s latest digital health accelerator cohort, women-led companies dominate

The third cohort of the University City Science Center Digital Health Accelerator recently got underway in Philadelphia, according to a news release. Of the seven companies selected to take part spanning caregiver support as an employee benefit to global guidance on regulatory and reimbursement issues for biopharma and medtech companies, most are led by women. Participants in the 12-month program receive $50,000 without having to give up equity.

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