Flying Slippers Blog

October 22, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Sticking the Landing: A Parachute for Global Startups Eyeing the U.S.

International travel may be on pause, but global innovators determined to expand into the U.S. market have a powerful resource in our Global Soft Landing Accelerator.

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October 8, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

When Our Walls Come Alive

In March, Dena Haden was preparing to pack up her art in Berkley, Massachusetts and travel to Philadelphia for the opening of her solo exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery. But for the first time since the gallery opened in 1976, the walls were void of art influenced by science – all as scientists and researchers across the country double down on a new virus that would change the course of modern history.

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September 24, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

More Than Ever, Incubation Proves Valuable for Startups

In a year unlike any other, ic@3401 has increased its portfolio of member companies by 28%. Those companies have created over 30 new jobs have raised over $11 million this year alone, outpacing last year’s total for the same period.

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September 24, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Nucleus Revisited

Missed Nucleus 2020? We’re delighted to present you with a recording of our September 22nd program honoring Benjamin Doranz, Aurora Archer and Sylvester Mobley.

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September 10, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

The Visionaries Behind the Awards: Meet the Nucleus 2020 Honorees

What makes a visionary? It’s a question we found ourselves asking often while interviewing our three Nucleus 2020 Honorees, Benjamin Doranz, Aurora Archer and Sylvester Mobley, and studying their collective bodies of work. Perhaps the answer is that no one really sets out to become a visionary, they just do when possessed with foresight that many of us missed early on.

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August 20, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

From Venture Café Regular to Part of the Team: Meet Garry Johnson

Before Garry Johnson had even considered becoming our new Venture Café Philadelphia Program Manager and Experience Designer, his likeness already appeared in our latest Science Center Impact Report; there have been several Thursday Gatherings where Garry networked, participated in pitch sessions, and, at one point, took part in a pretty dynamic panel of speakers.

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August 6, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Biological data as an artistic medium - What are the implications?

It started in 1976 when Science Center President Randall M. Whaley saw an opportunity to, “create a receptive atmosphere for the exchange of ideas between artists and scientists that might help solve problems and generate ideas.” That...

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July 23, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Checking in with the first Launch Lane Cohort

We caught up with the seven companies that make up our Launch Lane accelerator to discuss what they hoped to get out of the experience when they applied, how their priorities shifted as a result of the pandemic and the superpowers that help them thrive as entrepreneurs.

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July 9, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Rich Southerland

A NASA centrifuge? A bomb shelter in a sub-basement? Meet Rich Southerland: Our Director of Construction and resident historian who knows every nook and cranny of our uCity Square campus. His impressive 40-year career at the Science Center has afforded him a unique perspective on our past and the moments – and buildings – that are shaping our future.

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June 25, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

At Home in the Third Place

With our city quickly approaching a green-phase reopening, now seemed like as good a time as any to reflect on our reality the last few months.

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