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October 4, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Meet. Connect. Innovate. Reintroducing Quorum @ 3675 Market

Allow us to reintroduce you to Quorum, the entrepreneurs clubhouse, now triple the size in its new location at 3675 Market Street. Gone are the days of signing in at the security desk and taking the elevator up to the 8th floor. Quorum 2.0 has street-level access with a lounge on the first floor and flexible meeting and event space on the second floor.

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September 19, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Looking Back on 10 Years at 3711 Market

Since 2009, the Science Center has called 3711 Market Street home. Almost ten years later, we’re preparing to start the next chapter two doors down at 3675 Market Street. As we write our last blog post from the 8th floor of 3711, we’re looking back on the memories and milestones. You might just spot yourself in one of the photos!

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September 6, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Playground for Scientists and Artists

In April, the Science Center was awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish a BioArt Residency program. The goal? To stimulate scientific discovery and creativity between artists and scientists by placing artists inside the lab of Integral Molecular, a biotech company located at uCity Square.

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August 23, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

ic@3401: Where Innovation Meets Community

SocialLadder joined ic@3401 in February with a small team and a technology that leverages social media influencers as brand ambassadors. Six months, a capital raise, and a team more than triple the size later, the company is experiencing the growth most founders dream of.

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August 9, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Tracy Brala, VP Ecosystem Development

On Twitter she’s known as the Main Line Marketer. Around the Science Center halls, she’s known as the Vice President of Ecosystem Development. Tracy Brala joined the team in June and brings with her an extensive background in marketing, branding, product and business development. In her new role, Tracy will lead the expansion of Quorum and the implementation of Venture Café programming. Get to know our newest VP below.

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July 26, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Fueling the Talent Pipeline at RAIN 2018

On Wednesday, we gathered the region's innovation and entrepreneurship communities at Quorum to discuss the talent pipeline. Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, kicked off the conference with a keynote describing barriers to entrepreneurship – and how VFA is breaking down these barriers.

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July 12, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Honored at Dedication Ceremony

The newest class of the Innovators Walk of Fame and their families and representatives gathered for a dedication ceremony to unveil their new commemorative blocks on June 27th. The six immigrant entrepreneurs have created jobs, disrupted technology innovation, advocated for entrepreneurship, and made the world a better place.

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June 28, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Dylan Garner on Coaching a Different Kind of Sport

From sports to design, coaching is a motivating factor for Dylan Garner, Creative Director at Cohere, a creative agency on a mission to build better cities. When Dylan mentored a team of FirstHand students through a design challenge, her coaching and design expertise helped the students create a new brand identity and logo for a startup at the Science Center. (You can read more about this history-making Project Inquiry experience in our 2018 Annual Review.) We asked Dylan a few questions to get a better sense of her mentorship experience at FirstHand. Check out the Q&A below!

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June 14, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Turning $9M into $71M: A Look Inside Our Accelerator Programs

“Every year, regardless of being public or not, my job has been different than the year before,” Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO of Stitch Fix explained in a recent NYT interview. As seasoned entrepreneurs know, businesses evolve over time, requiring different skills, resources and expertise. At the Science Center, we’re acutely aware of this and have developed a suite of accelerator programs that at its simplest, transform projects from ideas in the lab to businesses with revenues.

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May 31, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Igniting Innovation at the Science Center

Last week we announced the Science Center’s call for community support through the Ignite Innovation campaign. Our goal is to raise $3 million over the next two years to bolster the growth of our programs as we move to our new home at 3675 Market Street. This campaign will allow us to fuel the future of discovery and expand access to resources for the entire community. In a nutshell, here’s what we hope to accomplish through the Ignite Innovation Campaign:

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