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September 17, 2019 | Science Center In The News

New accelerator program focuses on tech-enabled startups

The University City Science Center has partnered with local entrepreneurs to introduce a new Philadelphia-based accelerator.   The Launch Lane accelerator is focused on helping a diverse group of tech-enabled startups grow.   “This will all...

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September 11, 2019 | Science Center In The News

University City Science Center partnered with these biz leaders to launch a new accelerator

The University City Science Center announced that it partnered with area entrepreneurs and their ventures to start a new accelerator program, which will start taking applications this fall.

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September 8, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Temple Health seeking blood test for brain injuries

We think of brain injuries as the consequence of sports or military action. But concussions can also result from car accidents, work, or even playground activity. Dr. Nina Gentile sees hundreds of potential brain injuries every year in the emergency department at Temple University Hospital.

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September 5, 2019 | Science Center In The News

Power Moves: Benefits Data Trust found its next CEO in a former Obama staffer

University City Science Center hired a new VP last month: Dr. John Younger, now the tech entrepreneurship nonprofit’s vice prez of science and technology. The lab scientist will oversee commercialization programs supporting local startups.

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September 3, 2019 | Science Center In The News

You can make a literal elevator pitch to Robin Hood Ventures investors

In celebration of angel investing group Robin Hood Ventures‘ 20th anniversary, folks looking for funds for their early-stage business can make a quick pitch to investors this week … in an actual elevator.

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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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