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Missed the Launch Lane Showcase? Here's a Highlight Reel

Launching a startup is personal.

And on December 10th, seven of the most exceptional ones coming out of Philadelphia showed us what’s possible when a driven person identifies a problem and works tirelessly to solve it.

For the founders of Arke Aeronautics, envoyatHome, Kiira Health, The OrVac, Pera Labs, Pippy Sips and Tozuda, becoming an entrepreneur is about solving a challenge they’ve experienced first hand. Despite the global pandemic bringing people and businesses to a screeching halt, many hurdles in our day-to-day lives continue: aging parents still need care, women still need to pump and store breastmilk and couples around the world are still trying to start families.

Launch Lane Cohort

We’ve proven over and over that when you match a promising idea and the tenacity to make it a reality, with support from the Science Center, anything is possible.

And, that being an entrepreneur doesn’t require experience – it requires determination, perseverance and grit.

As Tyiwanna Carter, Founder of The OrVac emphatically exclaimed in our panel discussion, anyone can be an entrepreneur when those qualities and the right resources align, “for people that are on the fence about applying for an accelerator program: I’m an executive assistant. I’m not an MBA, I don’t have an engineering background and here I am, in a year of a pandemic I raised $100,000 and that’s because I’ve been in this room. It can be taught.”

The Launch Lane Showcase may be over, but the seven companies that make up the cohort are just getting started.

"I’m an executive assistant. I’m not an MBA, I don’t have an engineering background and here I am, in a year of a pandemic I raised $100,000 and that’s because I’ve been in this room. It can be taught.”

Tyiwanna Carter, Founder of The OrVac

Need an a (re)introduction? Check out their pitches:

Don’t miss the fantastic panel discussion with the Launch Lane cohort moderated by Jewel Burks Solomon.

This is where you’ll get a glimpse behind the entrepreneurial curtain where the Launch Lane founders discuss the impetus for their products and the paths and pitfalls they experienced along the way.