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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:
This accelerator 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 virtual Signature Programming and Venture Cafe Philadelphia Thursday Gatherings. The accelerator will include deep-dive seminars and curated one-on-one meetings with experts on the following topics:
The Global Soft Landing Accelerator is offered in multi-week sessions during which founders and CEOs produce a custom plan for expansion. The accelerator targets companies with proven market traction and revenue in their own region.
Topics covered include:
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:
Additional services available from strategic partners:
Go-to-market Implementation & Project Management:
Companies tend to see international expansion as an afterthought.
But as a startup, you’re in the business of thinking BIG.
With 95% of the world’s consumers living outside of the U.S., your customer base looms large. But odds are you are not reaching most of it.
Stop playing small! For those startups focused on connected devices, smart cities, smart government, digital health, fintech, education technology, cleantech, the Global Startup Accelerator is here to help you go global!
Why go global? You’re an innovator… going global is part of the business plan!
And the benefits are many:
Who is this program for?
This program benefits entrepreneurs aiming to build a healthier and smarter society.
The 2020 GSA cohort will be exploring the Indian market and its opportunities in the areas of connected devices, smart-cities, digital health, fintech, education technology, and other products looking to democratize access to technology solutions.
So, what exactly is the Global Startup Accelerator?
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the University City Science Center have been awarded $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This program is one of 27 chosen nationwide for funding by the Economic Development Administration (EDA).
Through this 3-year grant, the EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies i6 program is funding the launch of the Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) to:
Indeed, Philadelphia proudly boasts one of the largest and fastest growing immigrant populations amongst major U.S. cities. According to the latest Pew State of the City report, 15% of Philadelphia residents are foreign-born; and a study by the New American Economy found that immigrants in the Philadelphia region are 43% more likely to be entrepreneurs than native-born residents.
The Global Startup Accelerator is tapping into Greater Philadelphia’s business community and is ensuring that Philadelphia’s immigrant entrepreneurs are at the table and invited to contribute their vast knowledge on how to navigate international, global markets.
As a whole, if you are interested in gaining insight into the international market without having to travel, this six-month program is for you.
Why should you apply?
Oct. 7, 2019 - Call for Cohort 2 - Indian Track
Dec. 1, 2019 at 12:00 am - Application Deadline
Dec. 2 to Dec. 13, 2019 - In person interviews
Dec. 16, 2019 - Announcement of the selected participants
Jan. 23, 2020 - GSA Info Session
Jan. 30 to Mar. 19, 2020 - Module 1: Market Framework: Indian Channels, access market data and Funding Mechanisms
Mar. 26 to May 14, 2020 - Module 2: Legal & Regulatory Frameworks – IP, Taxes, Regulations in India
May 28 to Jul. 16, 2020 - Module 3: Cultural Framework: Localization & Soft skills Development
Each module includes workshops, testimonials of entrepreneurs, pitch sessions to angel investors, one-to-one meetings with experts and mentors.
Want more information about GSA? Get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer your questions!
The first cohort ran from January to June 2019 supporting startups with a focus on life sciences, MedTech, and eHealth in Greater Philadelphia, that wanted to explore European opportunities.
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 Global Startup Accelerator is supported by the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies program.