2018–2019 University City Science center Impact Report

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The University City Science Center plays a key role in driving economic impact in the Philadelphia region.

We’re in the business of helping bright ideas become businesses while nurturing a workforce to support our 21st century economy. As you’ll see in this impact report, we operate in three distinct but interconnected ways: we help commercialize; we convene; and we cultivate the STEM talent pipeline.

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Commercialize

Through a suite of programs we identify, support, and commercialize promising technology, working with a network of dozens of academic and research institutions across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Learn more about Science Center’s commercialization impact in the Philadelphia region.

149

Businesses and projects supported

$1.82M

science center funds invested

$49M

follow-on funds

42%

Female founders

Convene

Through programs like Quorum, Venture Café, and the Esther Klein Gallery, we're bringing people together to generate new theories and solutions. We expose our community to places, people, and bright ideas—radiating creative energy.

Find out how more about how the Science Center convenes the best and brightest minds in the Philadelphia area.

7,000+

quorum visitors

29

Venture Café Thursday gatherings held

160

Program partners

18

artists featured at Esther Klein Gallery

Cultivate

Our mission through FirstHand is to provide Philadelphia youth with real-world learning experiences and promote economic empowerment for all by filling and diversifying the STEM talent pipeline.

See how the Science Center fuels discovery and exploration with interactive programming.

282

students served

10

school partners

4,820

hours of student engagement

46

STEM mentors

Learn more about how the Science Center is creating impact in our region.