Latest news from the Science Center, the companies we support and the innovation ecosystem.

August 22, 2019 | Science Center In The News

This STEAM Program Is Challenging Students to See Food Through a Scientific Lens

With its free summer programs at the Science Center, FirstHand could lead more youth to choose careers in science.

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August 15, 2019 | Science Center In The News

The Science Center Just Tallied Its Complete Diversity Data for the First Time

While much attention has been paid to the incubator’s swanky new office space at 3675 Market Street, not much has been said about the Science Center’s first fully cumulative annual report, which shows particularly strong investment in women, minority, and immigrant-founded startups. Through aggregated data, the 2018-2019 report showed, for the first time, just how strongly the Science Center has invested in historically underfunded groups in business.

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August 13, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Deirdre Murphy's 'Oculus' exhibit is an exploration of interconnectivity

Art and science are often presented as two diametrically opposed concepts, when, in fact, they exist in ideological symbiosis. The pursuits of the artist and the scientist are the same: make sense of the universe and humanity’s role within it. This is the foundation of Deirdre Murphy’s stunning new exhibit Oculus, the culmination of her residence at Integral Molecular, a biotechnology company that’s partnered with University City Science Center.

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August 6, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Not Your Ordinary Startup Incubator

In 2017, eight employees of the startup HeavyWater moved into ic@3401 to complete development of a disruptive AI program that speeds the mortgage loan approval process. The founders quickly found collaborators with AI expertise among the faculty and students of Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics, also located in the building. They also received introductions to local angels and help with a crucial CFO hire from the incubator’s organizers. Just 13 months later, the startup was acquired by publicly traded Black Knight and graduated to new offices in Center City Philadelphia with a team of 19.

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August 5, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Creating a future of work that is inclusive- an executive discussion

Workplace innovation also poses regional questions. How does Greater Philadelphia ensure that its students and population are ready for the digital age? How do we make the future of work inclusive?

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July 31, 2019 | Science Center In The News

When Inventions Become Innovation

Each year in late June, ISTE is held in a large US city, drawing educators and administrators from across the globe. Hailed as the premier gathering for all things “edtech,” the ISTE conference hosts some of the largest and most interactive displays of classroom technologies. Many of these tools claim to be capable of innovating teaching and learning.

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July 23, 2019 | Science Center In The News

3 ways to 'hack your hustle' aka grow your small business, in Philly

Over 400 people showed up to the CIC coworking space in University City on Thursday afternoon for its weekly Venture Café series to talk about how small business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone thinking of starting their own venture could fund their hustle.

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July 23, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Not Your Ordinary Startup Incubator

Launched in the summer of 2014 by Drexel and the nonprofit University City Science Center, the innovation center is building a reputation as the spot in the region for embryonic businesses, particularly those in digital health, educational and financial technologies, and the “internet of things” (i.e. connected devices)

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July 22, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Philly Life Science Leaders Boosting Infrastructure, Partnerships

With more than 800 related companies and a rich network of health and education systems, the life sciences sector in Greater Philadelphia is growing at a steady pace. All the activity is driving local organizations to develop new infrastructure and local partnerships to cater the burgeoning segment. One prime example: uCity Square

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July 17, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Power Moves: Malvern's Frontline Education has a new CEO

The cofounder of NewSpring and former general board member of the University City Science, Center Mike DiPiano, is now its newly elected chairman. President Steve Zarrilli said DiPiano has been key to the board’s growth over the last eight years, especially in its Impact Report

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