Global Soft Landing

Innovation without boarders



Considering an expansion to the U.S. market? Philadelphia is the place to be. The city boasts a vibrant startup community, with access to a diversely talented workforce and deep connections to many prestigious institutions of higher education. Philadelphia has built a reputation on breakthroughs in science, education, technology, healthcare, and more. And today we're among the most popular, affordable, and accessible destinations to live, work, play, and learn.


At the epicenter of it all is the University City Science Center - a dynamic hub of innovation that leverages all Philadelphia has to offer. With programming designed to fit your needs, the Science Center can help international companies establish a foothold in the U.S. market.


Our Global Soft Landing Programs enable companies to form meaningful relationships with stakeholders, and establish a presence in the life sciences and technology markets in and outside of the US. 


The Science Center has a 55+ year legacy of building and delivering successful acceleration and incubation programs with a broad network of academic and research institutions. We have partnerships with leading corporations in a wide range of industries, and we are plugged into with corporations, industry partners and government initiatives including:

  • 31 shareholders representing top research & academic institutions,
  • BARDA's DRIVe Accelerator Network,
  • a network of 150+ experienced business advisors and mentors that help companies build funding paths and go-to-market strategies, giving them the best chance for success.

US Market Exploration Boot camp



The Boot Camp creates a road map for your company's expansion to the U.S. We'll provide you with the tools, while leveraging the Science Center's partnerships with universities, healthcare institutions, government agencies, service providers and other organizations in the emerging technology sectors.


Companies have access to the Science Center's Quorum Drop-In Lounge, Quorum Signature Programming and Venture Cafe Philadelphia Thursday Gatherings. The Boot Camp will include deep-dive seminars and curated one-on-one meetings with experts on the following topics:


US Market Exploration Boot Camp is offered in one-week sessions during which founders and CEOs produce a custom plan for expansion. The Boot Camp targets companies with proven market traction and revenue in their own region.


Topics covered include:


  • Doing business in the US
  • Localization of your product and service
  • Legal and visa issues (incorporation vs. LLC, JV, visa options)
  • IP exploration
  • Introduction to funding sources, structures, and the  local funding ecosystem
  • Accounting/tax/valuation
  • Regulatory and compliance
  • Industry night
  • Pitch to investors
  • HR practices
  • Leveraging conferences for maximum impact


US Market Expansion Fellowship


This six to 12-month program is designed to help international companies choose Philadelphia as their destination for entering the US market and to acquaint them with the resources and expertise found in the Greater Philadelphia region.


The Science Center’s role is to help companies achieve successful US market entry by making introductions to our vast network of investors, service providers, executive leaders, strategic partners and potential board members, as well as to provide assistance securing office space in the region. Companies that already have market traction and revenue in their own regions will benefit from this program.


We offer the following services to international companies interested in landing and growing their business in the Mid-Atlantic region:


Local Operations:

  • Assistance setting up a legal entity in the US
  • Virtual office with access to conference rooms, printers, wi-fi and mailbox
  • Personal introductions to service providers, such as corporate attorneys, immigration attorneys, accounting firms, localization services and market research firms
  • Access to programming at Quorum


Growth Support:

  • Introduction to local network of Angel investors and VCs
  • Introduction to Key Opinion Leaders and potential sales leads
  • Support in building Advisory Board and Board of Directors through partnerships with American College of Physicians (ACP) and CEO Connection
  • Help to identify key hires


Additional services available from strategic partners:

  • Market research & corporate strategy
  • Market size & opportunity / Competitive peer analysis
  • Regulatory landscape
  • Sales strategies and pricing analysis
  • Manufacturing / supply chain / logistics overview
  • Talent resources & labor law
  • Financing options


Go-to-market Implementation & Project Management:

  • Identify, negotiate and secure partnership agreements (Joint venture / licensing / distribution/ manufacturing)
  • Identify, negotiate and secure financing partners
  • Localize office
  • Logistics & import


Local Operations

  • Government relations and community support
  • KOL network and brand management
  • Supply chain & manufacturing strategies for scaling




Expanding a business into global markets has many challenges. For startups, those challenges are even more daunting. Yet our most innovative entrepreneurs must think globally from the outset to be able to launch and survive global competition.


A partnership between the Science Center and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) is designed to foster the global innovation ecosystem in Philadelphia. The GSA leverages the knowledge of successful immigrant professionals and international communities in the region to help local early-stage life sciences and technology startups as they plan for future expansions into foreign markets.


The GSA is pooling the region’s knowledge and experience of global markets to create curriculum designed to help scale businesses globally. We’re building tracks to provide connectivity to foreign markets starting with Europe in 2019 and India in 2020.


The Global Startup Accelerator is supported by the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies program.