Immigrants are a significant source of innovation and entrepreneurship in this country.
The same goes for Philadelphia — our sister site Technical.ly Philly has plenty of coverage on our region’s immigrant-founded companies, and it says a lot when a community organization like Mt. Airy USA launches a Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub to help immigrants start their own businesses.
So it makes sense that University City Science Center and its Innovators Walk of Fame (IWOF) located at Innovation Plaza this year is honoring immigrant entrepreneurs with a Philadelphia region connection.
Have anyone in mind? You can send in nominations for who you think should be honored, either living or deceased, through May 19 using this form. They’ll get their own cool concrete block put up in their name and be honored at the Science Center’s Nucleus 2017 event on Sept. 14.
The IWOF got started in 2013 to celebrate the Science Center’s 50th anniversary and has so far honored innovators in STEAM and women innovators, the latter of which included social entrepreneur Judy Wicks, who is more or less adored by the local sustainability community.
We’ve got plenty of recommendations for this year’s IWOF. How about Yasmine Mustafa, the Kuwait-born cofounder and CEO of ROAR for Good who, at this point, has been included in a plethora of best-of lists, most recently in the BBC 100 Women 2016 (and our own)?
Or the Guatemala-born Tatiana Garcia-Granados, founder of The Common Market, who was recently featured on Story Exchange for her work in improving the food system?
And then there’s Megha Kulshreshtha, who emigrated to the states from Delhi, India when she was four years old and is now working with the NFL to help deal with food waste at the upcoming draft with her nonprofit Food Connect Group.